Historic Seattle is pleased to present Bungalow Heaven: Preserving a Neighborhood. Bungalow Heaven is a leafy, close-knit neighborhood of historic, early 20th century bungalow homes, many built during the Arts & Crafts period in Pasadena, California. The Landmark District, the first of its kind, was created in 1989 to preserve the historic significance of these homes. Bungalow Heaven is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as one of the “10 great places in America” by the American Planning Association.
Filmmaker Joaquin Montalvan moved to Bungalow Heaven in 1997. Over the next 18 years, he cultivated friendships and bonds in the neighborhood and became part of its community, paving the way for him to film and direct the new documentary presented by American Bungalow magazine. The documentary reflects the challenges that communities face in preserving distinctive single-family neighborhoods in the face of ongoing growth pressures.