Exquisite 1910 California Craftsman Home
1299 N Wilson Ave | Pasadena, CA 91104
HENRY C. DEMING
Henry Charles Deming, a prolific designer/builder, was a Pasadena resident. He built as many as
fifty residences and bungalow courts in Pasadena alone, as well as many large and small homes
in the Los Angeles area. Most of the thirteen houses he built in Pasadena’s “Bungalow Heaven”
during the Craftsman period followed a standard design.
Mr. Deming was born in New Hampshire in 1854 and came to Los Angeles in the 1890s. He
established himself as a contractor, building a number of office buildings and apartment houses.
In 1903, Mamie, the woman he had called his wife, passed away and it was revealed that they
had never married. Mrs. Deming had evidently abandoned her second husband and her children
in North Dakota and had run off with Mr. Deming, never bothering to get a divorce. Her son by
her first marriage, sued to inherit her entire estate. A trial court eventually awarded half her
estate to the son and only 25% to Mr. Deming. More details about the Deming scandal can be
found in the attached articles from the Los Angeles Times.
Following the court case, Mr. Deming and his wife Lora (whom he had married in 1904) moved
to Pasadena in 1906 where he began specializing in the design and construction of single-family
residences. Mr. Deming was also known as a civic booster, a sharp businessman, and a
gregarious fellow, with many friends. Mr. and Mrs. Deming were active members of the First
Baptist Church. Besides his contracting business, Mr. Deming owned the Crown City Oil
Station at Glenarm and Fair Oaks, said to have been one of the largest in Southern California.
He was also an investor in real estate, owning the Deming Court at 944-954 South Marengo/231
Ohio Street, which he had built in 1913. Among the other buildings of note that Mr. Deming
built: 790 North Wilson (1909); 1073 North Garfield and 958 North Oakland (both 1910); 250
Alpine (1912); 1070 Mar Vista (1914); 545 North Oakland; and 655 South Mentor. The 1915
directory identifies Mr. Deming as a grocer, but by the early 1920s he was again referred to as a
Henry Deming died at the age of 69 in 1923. A copy of his obituary from the Pasadena Star-
News can be found in the "Building Biography".
Los Angeles Times: November 12, 1904; September 11, 1905; June 5 and 8, 1906
Pasadena Star-News: May 10, 1923