The historic Pasadena residence at 540 South Hill Avenue, originally built over 100 years ago across the street from the renowned California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), recently underwent a renovation. The home is remarkable for its connection to Albert Einstein, the 20th century’s most famous physicist and developer of the theory of relativity. Einstein was often at the house during the early 1930s, visiting with the owners.
Meticulously restored by Jeffrey Hogan of Hogan Buffa Building, the interior remodeling (1,500 square feet) with structural alterations included the addition of a large basement, which is now used as a classroom. PENETRON ADMIX-treated concrete, supplied by Cemex, was used for the building’s footings, while PENETRON ADMIX-enhanced shotcrete was used to stop leaks in the previous structures and to construct new basement walls. PENEBAR-SW waterstop strips were also applied to seal the resulting construction joints.
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