Exquisitely nurtured Victorian gem in Pasadena historic district
In 1897, shortly after completing work on Pasadena’s upscale Hotel Green and its fanciful Castle Green, Frederick L. Roehrig, “The Millionaire’s Architect,” designed a palatial home for grocery executive Frank L. Warner. Today, the gated Shingle style estate at 271 Markham Place in Pasadena is a highlight of the Markham Historic District, home to one of the largest concentrations of Victorian houses in the city. Lovingly conserved for over a century, the Warner Estate has just been listed at $4,595,000 by Carla Buigues and Elizabeth Gonzalez of John Aaroe Group. Common on the East Coast and rare in Pasadena, the Shingle style appeared with the rise of the New England school of architecture, which moved away from the highly ornamented Eastlake and Queen Anne styles of the time. Even though it appeared during the Late Victorian era, it influenced emerging Craftsman architects with its free-flowing plans and use of stained, unpainted wood shingles. Roehrig interpreted the style superbly and in minute detail, much of which can still be seen today. The home retains its original windows, roofline sawtooth shingles,dentil and egg-and-dart motifs, strap-hinged front door and central roof finial. Its complex roofline has seven gables and a mansard. Five chimneys have been painstakingly rebuilt and veneered in river rock to match the originals. The over 5,500-square-foot residence is rich with original features, from broad wainscoting, gleaming hardwood floors and lavish built-ins to tray ceilings and leaded and stained glass windows. The grand entry foyer, formal living room, dining room, library and vast gourmet kitchen bespeak abundant turn-of-the-century elegance, lightened by the open, flowing Shingle style. Up the magnificent main staircase, which is one of two, four master suites surround a sitting area. A guest house/cottage, measured at 950 square feet, includes a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bath. A pool house and pool bath measured at 883 square feet. The estate commands half an acre of beautifully landscaped grounds that include a pool, spa, gardens and mature trees. This is a Pasadena jewel from a landmark era: the city’s first emergence as a wealthy resort town. As its owner, the honor … and the pleasure … are yours. See more at http://271markhamplace.aaroe.site
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