When it comes to outstanding period-revival architecture, Pasadena really is the golden goose that keeps on giving. Here to illustrate that point is this elegant Italian Renaissance Revival whipped up in 1924 by the dream-team firm of Reginald D. Johnson, Gordon Kaufmann, and Roland Coate.
Commissioned by the wealthy widow of Los Angeles developer Harry Gray, the Millionaire’s Row mansion’s construction was overseen by Peter and John Hall, the Stockholm-born brothers renowned for their masterful work on projects for Greene & Greene, including the Gamble House.
Adding to the pile-up of pedigrees, the home’s gardens were designed by pioneering landscape architect Katherine Bashford. (And if all those names weren’t impressive enough, the property was also the childhood home of celebrity rehab personage Dr. Drew Pinsky.)
Within the two-story residence’s 5,894 square feet are seven bedrooms and four baths. Interior features include polished hardwood floors, French doors, wrought iron sconces and railings, carved archways, and multiple fireplaces.
Outside on the .59-acre lot, you’ll find an old-specimen rose garden, a recessed patio with Venetian-plaster arches, a trellis-shaded outdoor dining room with fountain, and a two-car garage with chauffeur’s quarters.
The property is listed with an asking price of $3.599 million.
- 601 S. Orange Grove Blvd. [Deasy/Penner & Partners]