The Bungalow Lifestyle

Monday, May 9, in celebration of national Historic Preservation Month, the Tower Theatre Foundation will host a special screening of a full-length documentary about Bungalow Heaven.

Nestled in the heart of Pasadena, California is a neighborhood of 1,100 houses known as Bungalow Heaven. It is the first Historic Landmark District in Pasadena. How did it get its name, and how did it become a Landmark District?

Resident filmmaker, Joaquin Montalvan, created a film about the history of the neighborhood, its residents, and the constant threat that old homes like these face from developers and demolition. “It has always been my hope when I made the film that it might help bring interest in Craftsman architecture to a younger generation,” he says. “There needs to be some kind of spark, and I’m hoping that this film will be a part of that spark.”

Similar to Pasadena, Deschutes County has evolved from a farming and agricultural center to a vibrant cultural destination. After the screening of Bungalow Heaven, local architect Heidi Slaybaugh will share a 10-minute presentation on Bend’s own bungalow heritage, and the importance of historic preservation. This isn’t a history lesson; it’s a lifestyle.

The documentary is presented in conjunction with The Deschutes County Historical Society, Deschutes County Historic Landmarks Commission, City of Bend Landmarks Commission and City of Redmond Landmarks Commission.


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