Sherman Mott Quimby, a retired building contractor, built the California Bungalow for himself and his wife Mary Abbot Quimbly in 1914. Quimby was born in Curtis, Steuben County, New York in 1865. He married Mrs. Quimby in 1895. He moved to California in the 1890s, first settling in the old Drum Barracks in Wilmington. He became active in Wilmington civic affairs and was a successful builder and real estate developer. He was elected Mayor of Wilmington and is best remembered for the construction of Harbor Boulevard, a major thoroughfare linking Wilmington to Los Angeles. In 1900, he and his wife moved to Long Beach where he built a number of hotels, business buildings and schools.
After retirement, the Quigleys moved to Pasadena where they were active in the Washington Street Methodist Church. After Mrs. Quigley's death in 1924, Quigley sold the Raymond Avenue house and moved elsewhere in Pasadena. He died on July 26, 1938 at the age of 73.
The 4-bedroom, 2-bath home in 2133 sq. ft. is currently (April 2016) on the market listed for sale for $840,000 and described in the listing as"painstakingly restored and artfully updated, this craftsman bungalow has it all. Offering an extraordinary blend of lush, outdoor living and warm, elegant interiors, this two-story home is simply stunning. Dark, rich hardwood floors, high ceilings and crown molding are just some of the classic details. Plus Historic Landmark and Mills Act status afford this property property tax benefits. Master bedroom; expansive (750 sq. ft!) patio with open-beam ceiling, fireplace and pizza oven; remodeled kitchen and bath; amazing gardens and pathways are just some of the upgrades. Recipient of the Pasadena Beautiful Foundation Golden Arrow Award in 2012, the new gardens will help lower your blood pressure with a simple meander through them. Come for the history; stay for the gardens.
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