Theo – Six-Story, 105-Unit Apartment Building Completed in Pasadena
May 21, 2020
The six-story development abuts the historic Theodore Parker Lukens House.
Two-and-a-half years after breaking ground in Pasadena, Summerhill Apartments Communities has completed construction of Theo, a new multifamily residential complex.
The project, located at 289 N. El Molino Avenue, consists of a five-story edifice featuring 105 one- and two-bedroom units, including street-fronting townhomes and penthouse-style apartments. A total of 154 parking spaces are also located in a subterranean garage.
Built between 2017 and 2020, the project is named in honor of its next-door neighbor – the historic Theodore Parker Lukens House. Completed in the mid-1880s, the Victorian house is among the oldest structures in Pasadena.
Rents at the property range from $2,400 to $4,900 per month, according to a project website.
KTGY Architecture + Planning designed the project, which features a Modernist exterior which contrasts with its historic neighbor. The housing complex includes a series of courtyards and terraces, with views oriented toward the San Gabriel Mountains and the Lukens house.
“Pasadena requires 30% of total gross square footage to be outdoor usable open spaces,” said Keith McCloskey, KTGY Associate Principal. “We configured these in combinations of active and passive courtyards – each curated to create a unique experience and many to maximize different views.”
The project site is located one block north of Walnut Avenue, where several similar multifamily housing projects are currently planned.