The three-story Beaux-Arts style Fenyes Mansion sits at the north end of Orange Grove Boulevard, one of the few remaining grand homes on Pasadena's famed "Millionaire's Row." Mrs. Eva Scott Fenyes, a patron of the arts and a prolific artist herself, commissioned Robert Farquhar to build the structure for herself and her husband, Dr. Adalbert Fenyes. In 1911, Eva hired celebrated architect Sylvanus Marston to add a conservatory and studio.
The 18-room, 10,162-square-foot residence includes a grand foyer, drawing room, dining room, kitchen and butler's pantry, upstairs sitting room, six bedrooms, five and one-half bathrooms, plus the conservatory and studio. Fenyes Mansion is unique historically, having housed four generations of the same family. Many of the rooms feature the original decor of the early 1900s preserved largely unchanged including the family's Oriental rugs, antique furnishings and decorative objects, fine china, silver and glassware, and a significant collection of more than 100 paintings.
One exception is the Consul's Office, which remains furnished as it was during the home's consular years when Y.A. Paloheimo, the husband of Eva's granddaughter Leonora ("Babsie"), was appointed the first Finnish Consul for Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. He held this position from 1948-1960, during which time the Fenyes Mansion served as the Finnish Consulate. Fenyes Mansion has been designated as a Pasadena Cultural Heritage Landmark and a Point of Historic Interest by the State of California.
Docent tours (one tour per day) of the ground floor of the Fenyes Mansion are offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 12:15 pm. Tours are approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.
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