Open House Obsession: Living The Old School Life In Pasadena, $3.6M

By Philip Ferrato

Where: 601 S. Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena
When: Saturday and Sunday May 12 and 13 from 2:00pm-5:00pm both days
Asking: $3,599,000
What: A grand 7-bed, 6-bath mansion in one of Pasadena’s grandest neighborhoods, dubbed “The Mrs. Harriet Gray Estate” after its original owner, the wealthy Los Angeles widow who built it in 1924 soon after her husband’s demise. Little is known about her, but we can easily believe this was her dream house.

Principally designed by architect Reginald D. Johnson (of Johnson, Kaufmann and Coate) in a restrained Italian Renaissance Revival style, it possesses simple, beautifully proportioned interior spaces that stand on their own. The youngest partner in the firm, Roland Coate would go on to become one of Pasadena’s most sought-after Mid-Century traditionalists.

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