Fenyes Mansion – Pasadena, California - Atlas Obscura

Fenyes Mansion

A repository of Pasadena history. 


The Fenyes Mansion, unlike so many of the great houses on Orange Grove Boulevard, actually represented a move into a smaller home for the Fenyes family, who were tired of keeping up their 30-room Moorish mansion. They moved into their new, custom built 16-room Beaux-Arts mansion in 1906, and the home stayed in the family until 1970.

The 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. It is most well known now as the home of the Pasadena Museum of History, which manages the home and estate grounds.The estate also includes a Finnish folk cottage and extensive gardens.

The newly restored home is open to the public for tours, and features many of the original furnishings and works of art from the decades the Fenyes family resided here.


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