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Public tours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:15 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a special event, there will be no docent-led tour of Fenyes Mansion on Saturday, March 22, 2014.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Visitors are invited to enjoy free mini "Peek" tours of the Mansion on Friday, March 21 (1:30 to 4:00 pm), Saturday, March 22 (11:00 am to 4:00 pm), and Sunday, March 23 (1:30 to 4:00 pm) in conjunction with the Westridge School Centennial Exhibition and Celebration.  For further details, please click here.

More than two years after the landmark 1906 Fenyes Mansion at Pasadena Museum of History was closed for extensive repairs, PMH docents once again stand in the elegant foyer and bid visitors a warm welcome.

The Fenyes Mansion is a unique historic property, having housed four generations of the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo family.  Today the legacy of this philanthropic family is carried on by the Paloheimo Foundation, which funded the $1.7 million renovation project.  The exterior of the Mansion has been repainted white with dark brown trim - a match to the original 1906 color scheme.  The roof was redone, and the balustrade around the central roofline was recreated.  A new HVAC system was also installed.  Many of the interior rooms were repainted, and the floors and wood trim throughout were refinished.  In addition, the Mansion closure made it possible to repair and/or restore select items in the house including a number of the Oriental carpets, which were restored by Pashgian Brothers with funding provided by the El Molino Questers. 

Special "Spotlight Tours" are being developed and will be offered intermittently throughout the year.  Please refer to our Programs and Events Listings for updates.



Architecture and Furnishings
Antique furnishings, oriental carpets, wood paneling and floors, curving staircases and an excellent collection of California impressionist paintings enhance the Beaux Arts elegance of the Mansion. The spacious three-story, 10,162 square-foot residence by the prominent architect Robert D. Farquhar was completed in 1906. In 1911 another renowned architect, Sylvanus Marston, designed a two-story concrete addition, which includes a study and laboratory space on the ground floor and a solarium and studio/gallery upstairs.

From Cultural Gatherings to Consulate...
Once a gathering place for Pasadena's glittering social and cultural life, the Mansion later became the first Finnish Consulate in the Western United States. In addition, the legendary film director D.W. Griffith used the beautiful house and gardens as a film location in 1912, becoming the first of many to recognize it as a perfect setting when aristocratic elegance is required. Among the Mansion's more familiar credits are Peter Sellers' satirical masterpiece, Being There (1979) and the Emmy-award-winning Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977), in which it played the "role" of the White House.  Most recently, it was a featured location in the Hugh Jackman/Christian Bales hit The Prestige (2006).

The Fenyes Mansion was designated a Pasadena Cultural Heritage Landmark in 1965 and a California Point of Historical Interest in 1993. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fenyes Mansion Tours

   Hours & Admission

Fri, Sat & Sun at 12:15 pm

Monthly Art Tour, 1st Sun






Tour admission also includes entrance to the History Center Galleries and optional touring in the Finnish Folk Art Museum

Please check this space for updated Mansion tour information.

Group tours Group tours by appointment
Call 626.577.1660, ext. 10
Free parking available in the Museum lot Free parking available in the museum lot
Wheelchair accessible Due to the historic nature of the Mansion, only the ground floor is wheelchair accessible
For more information:
Pasadena Museum of History


470 West Walnut Street ~ Pasadena, CA 91103 ~ Ph 626.577.1660 ~ Fax 626.577.1662 ~