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Majestic Pasadena mansion by Greene and Greene seeks $4M

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The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

William T. Bolton House
The house was built in 1906 and restored in the late 1970s.
Photos by Don Lewis, courtesy Catherine Cheney/Coldwell Banker

This stunning Pasadena estate was built in 1906 and designed by brothers Charles and Henry Greene, a few years before the pair completed their Arts and Crafts masterpiece, the Gamble House.

As chronicled in The Craftsman Bungalow, this earlier residence was commissioned by a doctor named William T. Bolton, who unfortunately died before the home was completed. Later, sisters Cordelia, Kate, and Margaret Culbertson expanded and remodeled the home with the assistance of Henry Greene and his associates.

Subsequent makeovers undertaken by other owners were less true to the home’s original design, and by the late 1970s, when a major restoration project began, the home’s elegant wooden box beams had been removed and its tile fireplace had been covered over.

Fortunately, the house appears to be in great shape today and retains much of its original aesthetic. Wood beams abound, along with built-in furniture, and Japanese-inspired light fixtures. The original Grueby tile fireplace is on display once more, and and casement windows can be found throughout the home.

Alongside the wide front door is a grand staircase illuminated by a towering, semi-circular window with stained glass ornamentation.

The house sits on a one-third-acre lot with a neatly landscaped yard that features a stream and pond. A two-car garage is connected to a one-bedroom guest house.

All told, the property includes six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and 7,162 square feet of living space.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home is asking $4 million.

Living room Greene and Greene
Front door and staircase
Built-in benches Photos by Don Lewis, courtesy Catherine Cheney/Coldwell Banker
Sitting room
Dining room
Kitchen
Bedroom
Bedroom 2
Backyard