The well-preserved Pasadena home of ArtCenter College of Design’s late former president Don Kubly is on the market for the first time since its completion.
Built in 1965, the 2,156-square-foot wood-and-glass residence is listed for $3 million.
Don Kubly and his wife, Sally, commissioned modernist architect Craig Ellwood to design the post-and-beam house with four bedrooms, two Jack-and-Jill bathrooms and an open floor plan with expansive floor-to-ceiling glass.
Sliding walls can open or close the kitchen to the dining room.
As the listing reads, the house sits “elevated like a pavilion amidst the massive gum and oak trees shading the site.”
There’s a backyard deck and pool.
John Jacob Matthes of Crosby Doe Associates holds the listing.
The house went up on the nearly two-thirds-acre lot four years before Don Kubly followed Tink Adams as ArtCenter’s president, which he held until 1985.
Under his leadership, the private college sought out Ellwood’s distinctive interpretation of modernism for its Hillside Campus. It opened in 1976 and was designated a local historic landmark by Pasadena.
But the Kublys’ relationship with the school goes back further still. Don Kubly met his wife, Sally, when they were advertising students at ArtCenter’s original Los Angeles campus.
After graduating in the late 1940s, the couple left Southern California for Philadelphia. They returned in the early 1960s and Don Kubly went to work at ArtCenter while Sally Kubly joined the Pasadena Art Alliance, a philanthropic organization that supports ArtCenter.
She also served as art director for ArtCenter publications from 1975 to 1981, including a catalog that won a New York Art Directors’ Award.
Don Kubly died in 2011 at 93. Sally Kubly died in March at 96.