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Altadena’s incredible McNally estate seeks $3.79M

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Built in 1888, the house is on the National Register of Historic Places

An exterior photo of the McNally Estate in Altadena.
Photos by Cameron Carothers
Courtesy of Matthew Berkley | Deasy/Penner

This incredible landmark estate sits on what was once referred to as Altadena’s Millionaire’s Row. Built in the Queen Anne style in 1888, the grand residence was commissioned by Andrew McNally, a founder and vice-president of the Rand-McNally Map Company of Chicago.

Designed by Frederick Roehrig, the architect of Pasadena’s Castle Green, the house retains its nineteenth century opulence.

Measuring nearly 7,000 square feet, the nine-bedroom house still holds its original carved woodwork, stained glass windows, wood paneling, and about two dozen functioning gas lamps. (The only non-original room is the kitchen, the listing says.)

Perhaps the most famous room in the house is the Turkish room, which was added to the house in 1897. The space features Arabic design flourishes and intricate wood carvings. How the room came to be part of the house is not totally clear, says the listing.

Some accounts say that the room was part of the World Columbian Exhibition of 1893, and that McNally had it taken apart and reassembled in his house. Other accounts say that it is merely a copy of the room furnished with the original accessories and pieces. Either way, it’s pretty fantastic.

The the McNally Estate was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. For sale for the first time in 65 years, it’s listed for $3.79 million.

The Turkish Room.
  • McNally Estate [Matthew Berkley, Barbara Lamprecht, and Scott Lander/Deasy/Penner]