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The Upton Sinclair House is a historic house at 464 N. Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, California. Built in 1923, it was the home of American novelist Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) between 1942 and 1966, and is where he wrote many of his later works. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.[2][3] It is a private residence.

Upton Sinclair House
Upton Sinclair House is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Upton Sinclair House
Upton Sinclair House is located in California
Upton Sinclair House
Upton Sinclair House is located in the United States
Upton Sinclair House
Location464 N. Myrtle Avenue
Coordinates34°9′44″N 118°0′0″W / 34.16222°N 118.00000°W / 34.16222; -118.00000Coordinates: 34°9′44″N 118°0′0″W / 34.16222°N 118.00000°W / 34.16222; -118.00000
Area0.8 acres (0.32 ha)
Built1923 (1923)
NRHP reference #71000153[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 11, 1971[1]
Side of Upton Sinclair House

Description and historyEdit

The Upton Sinclair House is located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, north of the center of Monrovia at the southeast corner of North Myrtle Avenue and East Scenic Drive. It is a Neo-Mediterranean building in a district of similar houses. It is made of poured concrete and includes "ball-and-ribbon" concrete moldings and Batchelder tile.[4] Its main entrance is set in an ornate archway, with an iron balcony above. The entrance and flanking windows are set in round-arch openings. To the rear right of the house is a period garage.[2]

The house was designed by California architect Frederick H. Wallis and built in 1923. It was purchased by Upton Sinclair in 1942, seeking a quieter location than Pasadena, where he had been living.[2] Sinclair is best known for his exposé style of writing, epitomized by The Jungle, his 1906 novel exposing unsavory practices in the meatpacking industry. Sinclair was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1943.[2]

Many of Sinclair's later works were written while he lived here, in a studio space created in the garage.[2] The grounds also include a concrete vault where he kept all his papers.[4]

The house sustained damage during the 1991 Sierra Madre earthquake (5.6M) and was nearly torn down by its owner; however, California's state historic preservation office denied the demolition.[5]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b c d e Robert S. Gamble (July 20, 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Upton Sinclair House" (PDF). National Park Service. Accompanying 2 photos, exterior, from 1971 (437 KB)
  3. ^ "Upton Sinclair House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved November 18, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Williams, Janette (February 25, 2011). "Historic Upton Sinclair house up for sale". Pasadena, California: Pasadena Star - News.
  5. ^ "Owner barred from razing Upton Sinclair home". Los Angeles Times. January 23, 1992.