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Pasadena, California

Extraordinary Estates

Explore two eccentric homes on 'Millionaire's Row' in Pasadena

Pasadena’s Orange Grove Boulevard has long been known as “Millionaire's Row” for the lavish mansions that once lined the street. Join us for an in-depth tour of two famous estates that are still standing, The Gamble HouseFenyes Mansion, including access to secret doors and the maids' quarters, not normally open to the public. 

About Fenyes Mansion

This home has enjoyed a remarkable life, having served as the Finnish Consulate from 1948-1964, and prominently appearing in films such as Being There and The Prestige. Now managed by the Pasadena Museum of History, we'll get access to the upstairs bedrooms and sitting room, as well as the "maids' room," which was just recently completed. 

There is even a small, but incredible Museum of Finnish Folk Art on the grounds that will be included in the tour. 

About The Gamble House

This beautiful Craftsman home is often referred to as “America’s Arts and Crafts masterpiece,” though many people now know it as Doc Brown’s home in the Back to the Future series of films. Designed in 1908 by architects Greene & Greene, the Gamble House is a stellar example of the craftsman style, which showcases Greene & Greene's signature style, fine attention to detail and superb craftsmanship.

The tour will include a full walkthrough of the home as well as the exclusive opportunity to see what’s behind some of the secret doors in the house. At the end of the tour, everyone will receive an assortment of postcards showcasing The Gamble House and/or Pasadena.

Afterward, everyone will be invited to explore the grounds at their own leisure, complete with outdoor patios, a garden, and a pond.  


  • Street parking near the Fenyes Mansion.
  • Both houses/estates are very old, along with the furniture and art. Please act in a respectful and careful manner.
  • Photography permitted inside and out, but no flash. Tag @atlasobscura #atlasobscura
  • No touching anything inside either estate unless the docent says it's okay.
  • Please be sure to use the restroom before the tour begins. No public restrooms inside the houses. Restrooms can be found elsewhere on each property.
  • Be sure to wear comfy, flat shoes, sun protection, and comfy, breathable clothing. No heels or non-flat shoes allowed. 
  • No water or food allowed inside either estate, but you can leave water by the door.
  • Expect to be standing/walking for most of the 3-hour tour. 
  • The houses are not ADA wheelchair accessible.
  • The entire grounds of both properties will be open for exploring as well as the Finnish Folk Art museum!
  • Family friendly, ages 12+. All minors must have a ticket and be accompanied by an adult. 


Email Benjamin Harmon at benjamin.harmon@atlasobscura.com.

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