Every house has a story, and Pasadena’s Babcock House has an especially poignant one. Architect Everett Phipps Babcock was a native New Yorker who practiced in Tacoma and Portland before arriving in Pasadena in 1923. Babcock reportedly worked briefly with the noted architect Wallace Neff before establishing his own practice. In 1926, he built himself a combined home and office that amply showcased his mastery of Storybook design. Just two years later, Babcock underwent a routine tonsillectomy, developed complications, and died at the age of 55.