Hewn from Millard Canyon granite and El Prieto Canyon timber, the huge home was built overlooking the east edge of the canyon where the road curves to go up to the Meadows (photo below). The huge craftsman-like lodge was constructed in the Swiss Chalet style and featured spectacular gardens, bridges, an aviary and petting zoo.
Busch wasn’t a wealthy man – he and his wife Mary were proprietors of a Los Angeles clothing store. They received an inheritance and with this they built Boulder Crest where they entertained many prominent people including Thomas Alva Edison and Henry Ford. Busch lost everything in the 1935 fire. In 1940 the property was sold. Incorporating parts of the remaining masonry walls, the new owners built a contemporary house that still stands today.
Boulder Crest, pamphlet, prepared and published by R. J. Busch, nd. (AHS collection)
Altadena’s Golden Years, Robert Peterson, Sinclaire Printing & Litho Inc., Alhambra CA, 1972