1888 Queen Anne – Altadena, CA – $2,900,000

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National Register
Added to OHD on 1/30/19   -   Last OHD Update: 2/20/19   -   25 Comments
654 E Mariposa St, Altadena, CA 91001

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  • $2,900,000
  • 9 Bed
  • 5 Bath
  • 6938 Sq Ft
  • 0.79 Ac.
Frederick Roehrig, Architect. Built in 1888 for the great mapmaker Andrew McNally, its most important feature is intangible: the promise of a high-spirited life's adventure, like a chance to step into C.S. Lewis's Narnia. The elegance of this 22-room mansion is in the grand 12-foot-tall spaces; the clear heart vertical Douglas Fir wood paneling; a sunny, meandering butler's pantry; large, gracious bedrooms; the 24 working gas lamps, chandeliers, and wall sconces; and the massive windows allowing sunlight and cooling breezes from the mountains to flow through the house. A deep, old-fashioned wood porch wrapping the house provides play space in the rain and shade from the sun; a Victorian aviary and the world-famous ''Turkish Room'' complete the property's unique character. Several rooms would be perfect as offices, including the round turret's top floor that presides over Altadena and Pasadena below. At least three sequences of rooms, including the former servants' wing, might lend themselves to private suites or even a separate apartment, including the potential conversion of the huge attic of the six-vehicle, 999-square-foot carriage house as guest quarters or the perfect musician's studio. Imagination, creativity, and livability are alive and awake here
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Matthew Berkley, Deasy/Penner & Partners
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25 Comments on 1888 Queen Anne – Altadena, CA – $2,900,000

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10086 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Linked up top is the property website and the National Register file with more history and old photos.

  2. AvatarWee Scotty says: 9 comments
    Lorna S

    Be still my beating heart… Holy moly, this is glorious! I think I need to start playing the lottery lol

  3. SharonSharon says: 387 comments
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    Sedalia, MO

    The cove ceilings’ murals elevate the beauty of every room they grace, and the Turkish Room leaves me at a loss for suitable words. What an impression that front door makes with its delicate glass and hefty iron strap. I’m glad they included those old photos and postcards. Total dreamland.

  4. AvatarKarenR says: 36 comments

    Words are insufficient.

  5. AvatarTracy O. says: 3 comments

    Brett Waterman (“Restored”) recently toured this house. Here’s the link: https://unlockinghistory.tv/the-mcnally-estate/

    • SharonSharon says: 387 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Sedalia, MO

      Thank you for sharing this link. Brett Waterman always highlights the best details, and I learn something new about architecture and design every time I watch his videos or programs. Here, I enjoyed seeing the gas light fixtures in action.

    • Avatarcodum55 says: 11 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1926 Colonial Revival
      Erie, PA

      Oh my!!! I’m in trouble with this website! Thanks so much for posting it!! ☺️

    • JimHJimH says: 4116 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Thanks for the excellent video! I don’t watch much TV so this show is new to me. I used to love America’s Castles back in the day.

      • SharonSharon says: 387 comments
        OHD Supporter

        Sedalia, MO

        Jim, I think you would like Brett Waterman’s tv show on DIY called “Restored.” Located in Redlands, California, he approaches every one of his own restorations with infectious enthusiasm and historical accuracy. Season 3 is on way.

  6. AvatarPorch Freak says: 48 comments

    I’m at work. Eating lunch. Know better than to click into OHD. But I did it anyway. Saw this house and have spent the last 20 minutes looking at these photos over and over. What a fantastic treasure of a house this is. Now back to business (and figuring out how I can come up with $3.2 million). ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  7. AvatarJason B says: 205 comments

    A stunning home, undoubtedly. I wonder if the “sold off” land is developed with newer houses? All that wood is just yummy!

  8. AvatarRandy C says: 420 comments

    Some beautiful natural woodwork on the first floor. Those original light fixtures are breathtaking for sure. That moroccan room is truly unique! This place is one of a kind.

  9. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 923 comments
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    1947 Ranch

    Totally gobsmacked. I LOVE the old photos and post cards!

  10. JTGJTG says: 20 comments

    Wow, exquisite property and fantastically-presented. It has a little bit of a William Ralph Emerson meets California “virtual” feel.

  11. RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Still just the most exquisite of houses. The Moorish smoking room is beyond priceless; and would benefit immensely from the addition of a period, and thematically appropriate gasolier. Then you would have 25(!) working gas fixtures. Sigh…

    Oxley, Giddings, Enos: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/22/2b/e7/222be718e8723e615735b87395e3f750.jpg

  12. AvatarAlicia P says: 22 comments

    Love the period postcards.

  13. AvatarCate says: 161 comments
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    Milwaukee, WI

    Absolutely stunning! Thank you for posting this Kelly! It would be a dream come true!

  14. AvatarBryan Berg says: 35 comments

    I read that McNally had a rail spur built to the property so he could store his private rail car!!! Just smiling ear to ear over this one.

  15. AvatarBigrog says: 187 comments

    Be still my heart! Absolutely gorgeous. Soon as I hit the lottery, this is going to be my winter home. What craftsmanship they had back then. Unheard of today.


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