October 06, 2005

Not so stately Wayne Manor

A beautiful, classic Pasadena landmark burned last night. The house at 160 S. San Rafael was undergoing renovations, and was a total loss.

The house was owned by the grandon of Armand Hammer and his family, and they had put over $30 Million into renovating and restoring the house to its former glory.

You might be familiar with the house as it "starred" in episodes of Murder, She Wrote, Rocky V and especially, the Batman movies. Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer each lived there as Bruce Wayne. Interestingly, Adam West's Bruce Wayne did not. He lived down the street at 380 San Rafael. That house still stands, although it was a near miss. The prompt and professional response of the Pasadena Fire department saved the fire from spreading down the entire Arroyo under Santa Ana conditions.

The whole story is here.



both images courtesy Newsreel/NBC4TV

Posted by caltechgirl at October 6, 2005 12:14 PM | TrackBack