a boy and his dog
assemblage and photography by Curren Ivor – with encouragement from Nona
Filed under Art, Family history, Postcards
The Manhattan Project came to fruition, the war ended; George W Downs with wife Beatrice, made their home in Altadena on Rubio Canyon Drive in a lovely David A. Ogilvie-designed Spanish Colonial Revival home, perched on the edge of the Arroyo Seco.
Uncle George’s pine-paneled den smelled exotically (to my young nose) of pipe smoke, leather and cognac when I visited as a child with my mother and father:
Theresa Catherine Cresto Downs and Lemuel Joseph Downs – George’s younger brother,
and my grandmother… George’s and Lemuel’s mother, Lena Miller Downs,
George taking photos with his latest equipment, developing them in his darkroom – the door visible at bottom right
Aunt Bea’s art studio overlooking the arroyo fascinated me, but was off-limits…
Even the house has a Caltech connection…acquired by George and Beatrice in 1949, the property was later sold to a Caltech professor of physics, and then to a member of the aeronautics faculty at Caltech – in 2000 his wife was kind enough to allow us inside and on the grounds to take photos, reminisce, gather a stray brick from the yard, an empty glass bottle from the darkroom…
Sharing history and stories about the house, she mentioned that Rosalyn Tureck had once played there……………………..
Filed under Exteriors, Family history, Interiors