Scripps Hall (California)

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Scripps Hall
Scripps Hall Altadena 5.JPG
Scripps Hall (California) is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Scripps Hall (California)
Scripps Hall (California) is located in California
Scripps Hall (California)
Scripps Hall (California) is located in the US
Scripps Hall (California)
Location 209 E. Mariposa St., Altadena, California
Coordinates 34°11′34″N 118°8′38″W / 34.19278°N 118.14389°W / 34.19278; -118.14389Coordinates: 34°11′34″N 118°8′38″W / 34.19278°N 118.14389°W / 34.19278; -118.14389
Area 5.3 acres (2.1 ha)
Architect Buchanan, Charles W.; Stanley, C.N.
Architectural style Bungalow/Craftsman
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP July 28, 1999

Scripps Hall, also known now as the Pasadena Waldorf School, is a large American Craftsman or Arts and Crafts style house located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, in Altadena, California, United States. It was built in 1904 as the central feature of the Scripps Estate, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

History and Significance[edit]

Scripps Hall was built by William Armiger Scripps. The house is a three story Arts and Crafts style residence designed by architect Charles W. Buchanan. Scripps lived in a small bungalow on his property near the intersection of Mariposa Street and Fair Oaks Avenue in 1904 while his three-story mansion was built. He planted citrus and olive groves on his 'Scripps Estate' located in the community then known as North Pasadena.[2]

After William died Scripps Hall was subsequently passed to his grandson. The western portion of the property was subdivided. In 1979, with the residence threatened with demolition, the Altadena Heritage Association coordinated the historic home's sale to the Pasadena Waldorf School, one of many Waldorf Schools around the world.[3] Scripps Hall was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999 under Criterion A for its representation of local history and development patterns (#99000893).[4] The nomination notes that the property is significant for its "design by a well-known local architect, C. W. Buchanan (only one of two of his major works still standing in Altadena); its high state of integrity; its association with a regionally significant long-term original owner, the Scripps family; and its prominence within the historic context of Altadena's residential growth and development during the first decades of the 20th century. It is the most intact example of the estates that once lined Altadena's 'Millionaire's Row.'"

William A. Scripps[edit]

William Armiger Scripps was the son of James Mogg Scripps. His father was a prominent bookbinder in England and came to America in 1844 with six motherless children. Scripps grew up on a Rushville, Illinois farm, where his father remarried. William moved to Detroit, Michigan, where he and his brother George opened a print shop. His other siblings and half-siblings, such as E. W. Scripps and James E. Scripps, owned and operated major newspapers around the country. After the original print shop was destroyed by fire, William Scripps moved to Southern California, being financially supported by the family newspaper empire, the E. W. Scripps Company. Scripps spent some time with his siblings in La Jolla, California, before moving to Altadena in 1904.[5]

William Scripps' sister was Ellen Browning Scripps, also involved with the founding of the E. W. Scripps Company, who become a prominent philanthropist in founding: the Scripps Research Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Scripps College, and the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. William also became involved in community philanthropy and founded 'Scripps Home' in Altadena for the elderly.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Google online book: "Historic spots in California" - by Mildred Brooke Hoover, Douglas E. Kyle . accessed 7/7/2010
  3. ^ "Pasadena Waldorf School". Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  4. ^ "California - Los Angeles County". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  5. ^ Peterson, Robert H., Altadena's Golden Years, Alhambra, California: Sinclair Printing and Litho, Inc., 1976, p. 38

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