By Philip Ferrato
Where: 1413 Wentworth Avenue, Oak Knoll, Pasadena
When: Sunday, July 1 from 1:00pm-4:00pm
What: Camellia Cottage, a wonderful “cottage” to accommodate long-term guests, originally built as part of the legendary Huntington (currently the Huntington Langham) Hotel’s postwar expansion in the late 1940s, and now a 5-bed, 6-bath home with a swimming pool in the courtyard.
Other cottages had been built during the 1920s in the hotel’s classic Pasadena Mission Style, but this one, built in 1948, is very much in the spirit of William Wurster, the Northern California architect best known for designing exquisitely (and expensive) simple homes for the modest rich. At some point in the late 1980s, most of the cottages were sold off (during the hotel’s post-earthquake hiatus, demolition, and reconstruction) and incorporated into the historic Oak Knoll neighborhood.
In this U-shaped structure of painted stucco, board-and-batten, and softly glowing, white interiors, the classic Mid-Century California Rancho aesthetic has been both preserved and enhanced.
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