With its original furnishings and art collection, the Fenyes Mansion offers a unique glimpse into life on Pasadena’s Millionaire’s Row. Family heirlooms and a unique California plein air art collection enhance the Beaux Arts-style home of Dr. Adalbert and Eva Fenyes. Robert Farquar designed the 1906/1907 residence. Eva, a patron of the arts and a prolific artist herself, commissioned Sylvanus Marston to add a conservatory and studio to the building in 1911. The Fenyes Mansion has been designated as a Pasadena Cultural Heritage landmark and a Point of Historic Interest by the state of California.
Despite four generations living at the estate, many rooms in the mansion remain as they were more than 100 years ago. One exception is the Consul’s Office. In 1948 Y.A. Paloheimo, the husband of Eva’s granddaughter Babsie, was appointed the first Finnish Consul for Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. He held this position for about sixteen years, and the Fenyes Mansion remained a Consulate until 1964. This is why both the American flag and the Finnish flag fly from the front of the mansion. Visitors may also view the Finnish Folk Art Museum as part of the Fenyes Mansion tour.
Docent tours (one tour per day) of the ground floor of the Fenyes Mansion are offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 12:15 pm. Tours are approximately one hour and fifteen minutes
Tickets: $15 (PMH Members receive free admission for 2). Ticket price includes viewing the Finnish Folk Art Museum and the exhibit galleries.
Advance purchase is highly recommended as space is limited per tour. To purchase tickets online, click here. For more information, call 626.577.1660, ext. 10. The Museum is closed on all major holidays and closes early on December 24 and December 31. The Museum’s hours can be affected by the schedule at the Rose Bowl Stadium and filmings. Check our calendar for specific dates.
For groups of 10 or more people, please see our information on group tours.
Special tours of the Fenyes Mansion are offered on certain dates during the year. Please check the Museum Calendar & Events page for details and tickets. We currently offer the following special tours:
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 2:30 pm – Docent-led Fenyes Mansion Tour with Sign Language
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 10:30 am – Growing Up on Millionaire’s Row: An Immersive Fenyes Mansion Tour for Youth
From November 19 through January 8, Edwardian era Christmas trimmings will embellish the original furnishings in the drawing and dining rooms.
Please Note: As a historic building, the Fenyes Mansion is not fully wheelchair accessible. Please contact PMH in advance if anyone in your group uses a walker or wheelchair so that we may be prepared to assist these guests. Mansion tours require walking and standing, and the walk to the Mansion entrance is slightly uphill and includes several flights of stairs. Flat shoes are recommended for all visitors. Only service animals are allowed inside all Museum buildings. Non-commercial photography is allowed in most cases; please follow instructions provided by docents.
Images: Fenyes Mansion. Photo by Mia Damaris; Studio, Fenyes Mansion. Photo by Eric Politzer; Benjamin Chambers Brown (1865-1942). California Poppies, c. 1920. Oil paint on canvas, 10 x 14 in. Gift of The Y.A. and Leonora Curtin Paloheimo Trust (2000.019.0082). Fenyes Mansion drawing room. Photo by Joanne Wilborn/Marlyn Woo. Image on homepage: Hallway, Fenyes Mansion. Photo by Eric Politzer