|Recent photo of Bank Entry|
(courtesy of hometown-pasadena.com)
While he established himself in the bank business of the southland, Coulston was also having a new house built just northeast of town in Altadena. The Craftsman-style house held 5 bedrooms in 2 1/2 stories plus basement, with a great room on the third floor, and a large pond out back. The family had moved in by 1907.
|View from the back yard of Coulston Residence ca. 1910|
(today's 1100 New York Ave., Altadena)
In 1911 J.B. was a Rose Parade director. Participating in the parade on a "one-horse" float were Lillian and friend Genevieve Seyler. George "drove". The float won 1st place in its category.
In his spare time, when not running his Wildwood Ranch of orange groves near Glendora, Coulston pursued an avocation of golf, founding Altadena Country Club, and serving as its president for multiple years. Along with the Club, "cottages" were built along the west side of the course, and by 1918 the Coulstons had moved into #35, after living for two years in the bungalow cottages at the Maryland Hotel, which had just finished rebuilding after a devastating fire in 1914.
|Son John in a 1918 UC Berkeley photo|
In 1919 Coulston ventured into a new area of business. According to a December article in the New York Herald,
"D. M. Linnard, manager and owner of the Maryland, Huntington and Green, the city's largest resort hotels recently disposed of a controlling interest in the California Hotel Company, the holding corporation, to J.B. Coulston, a Pasadena banker, and some of his associates."
Coulston was to take an active role in the management of the hotels, negotiating agreements for guests to have "golfing privileges" at nearby courses, as well as moving into one of the bungalows on the backside of the Maryland Hotel. As part of the publicity generation, Coulston was noted in a 1921 article in a golfing magazine about his daily "flying routine", as seen below
In 1926 J.B. headed up the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, while still managing the California Hotel Company.
In 1928 he was found dead at the Maryland Hotel. The obituary indicated his death was due to heart disease, and that he was under a strain from some negotiations in progress. Nora remained in the Maryland bungalow through 1930, eventually removing to 695 Belvidere. She died in 1946.
|A photo of J.B. in 1910|
And what of the house? Today it still exists, albeit with some of the roof extras removed. Bing.com provides this aerial.
|1100 New York Ave. today (even the pond!)|
Photos of the house in 2006
Sign from one of Coulston's orange groves