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 Altadena.
Howser owned a house that was perched atop a small volcano and originally designed by architect Harold J. Bissner, Jr., Curbed LA noted in November 2011.
Bissner was born in Pasadena and his son, Harold J. Bisner 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.
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