A Grand And Glorious La Cañada Flintridge Mansion Transformation, $6.6MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 1600 Fairmount, La Cañada Flintridge
What: Designed in 1929 by architect Welby H. Hudson in the Spanish Mediterranean style for a J.C. Penney executive (and well-loved by subsequent residents), the current owners have sensitively transformed this classic mansion into a family-friendly environment while retaining and restoring the original details, making it a treasure trove of ’20s design. In addition to the grand public spaces, the 5-bed, 10-bath property offers plenty of privacy for all in a surprisingly manageble layout. Below, the main entrance makes a strong first impression, an open, 2-story space with a stenciled beam ceiling and octagonal tiles in a muted palette, rather than the usual orange terra-cotta.
The vast living room has stenciled beams, plus the original pipe organ, the pinnacle of “home entertainment centers” in the 1920s.
Provenance: For many years, the property was home to Victor Emmanuel Wenzel von Metternich, an Austrian aristocrat and art collector. Below, the architect’s original embellishments included the Pompeiian ceiling fresco in the octagonal breakfast room, now incorporated into the remodeled kitchen.
What We Love: The house is loaded with features, like the screening room that recalls the grand movie palaces of the ’20s, but there are also intimate spaces and vistas to be found throughout.
More: For additional information, images and floor plans, go the agent’s outstanding dedicated site for the property.