Huell Howser Volcano House Designed by Pasadena Architect

The host of California’s Gold and other shows was 67 when he died Sunday night, leaving behind many fans and an interesting Pasadena connection.

Huell Howser, the wide-eyed, curious and friendly host of various television shows, died Sunday night at the age of 67, according to KCET. He died of natural causes. 

Howser uncovered interesting people and historical places in shows like California’s Gold and was known for his child-like sense of wonder and excitement.

But the legendary host, who retired last year, also had a unique connection to Pasadena, besides the episodes he filmed in the city. See an interactive map of places he visited here.

Howser owned a house that was perched atop a small volcano and originally designed by well-known architect Harold J. Bissner, Jr., Curbed LA noted in November 2011.

Bissner was born in Pasadena and his son, Harold J. Bissner III, founded an Altadena-based contracting corporation in 1984.

The photos Curbed LA shared of the home—isolated in the middle of the desert—show its resemblance to a UFO or something out of a retro sci-fi film.

Eventually, Howser donated the home to Chapman University around May 2012 for use as a set for film students, field trip destination and more, Chapman University publication The Panther reported.

How will you remember Huell Howser? Share your thoughts and memories below.

zuny January 14, 2013 at 02:55 AM
It was a very sand news. He helped us to see California in a very unique way. I will certainly miss him a lot.
Marialyce Pedersen January 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Huell Howser was a keynote speaker at the 2001 California Resource Recovery Association conference (our statewide recycling/zero waste trade organization, crra.com), held in Pasadena, CA. He filled the room with his warmth and a sincere interest in what our group does--and I am told he was so inspired by our organization's work to prevent waste, and support reuse, recycling and green purchasing, that it became the impetus for his "California's GREEN" segments, highlighting some of our group members' businesses. He even took a moment at the conference to enthusiastically meet my young son, age 5 at the time. Only the good die young--67 is much too soon to go and he had far too short of a life after retirement. Luckily I think his work WAS his passion that he obviously got a great deal of enjoyment from. We are all richer for this transplanted Tennessean's appreciation for our Golden State!


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