Upton Sinclair House

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Upton Sinclair House
Upton Sinclair House is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Upton Sinclair House
Upton Sinclair House is located in California
Upton Sinclair House
Upton Sinclair House is located in the US
Upton Sinclair House
Location 464 N. Myrtle Avenue
Coordinates 34°9′44″N 118°0′0″W / 34.16222°N 118.00000°W / 34.16222; -118.00000Coordinates: 34°9′44″N 118°0′0″W / 34.16222°N 118.00000°W / 34.16222; -118.00000
Area 0.8 acres (0.32 ha)
Built 1923
NRHP reference # 71000153[1]
Added to NRHP November 11, 1971[1]
Side of Upton Sinclair House

The Upton Sinclair House, located at 464 N. Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, California, was the home of American novelist Upton Sinclair between 1942 and 1966. It is a 1923 Neo-Mediterranean building in a district of similar houses, located in suburban Los Angeles, in the San Gabriel Valley. Most of his later works were written while he lived here. He had converted the rear garage into his study.[2] The grounds also include a concrete vault where he kept all his papers.[3]

The house was designed by California architect Frederick H. Wallis and is privately owned.[2] It is made of poured concrete and includes "ball-and-ribbon" concrete moldings and Batchelder tile.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and, further, declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.[2][4] The house sustained damage during the 1991 Sierra Madre earthquake (5.6M) and was nearly torn down by its owner; however, California's state historic preservation office denied the demolition.[5]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c Robert S. Gamble (July 20, 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Upton Sinclair House" (PDF). National Park Service.  Accompanying 2 photos, exterior, from 1971 (437 KB)
  3. ^ a b Williams, Janette (February 25, 2011). "Historic Upton Sinclair house up for sale". Pasadena, California: Pasadena Star - News. 
  4. ^ "Upton Sinclair House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved November 18, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Owner barred from razing Upton Sinclair home". Los Angeles Times. January 23, 1992.