Fényes Estate Gardens

Originally part of the extensive estate that Eva and Dr. Adalbert Fenyes used both for pleasure as well as in their artistic and scientific pursuits, the gardens at Pasadena Museum of History are the perfect setting for the period architecture of the elegant Fenyes Mansion and its companion buildings, the Curtin House and the Finnish Folk Art Museum. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the grounds during Museum Hours.

The Early Years

During the early twentieth century, Eva and Adalbert Fényes enhanced the property to include two greenhouses and an “insectorium,” where Dr. Fényes pursued his entomological studies. The renowned American artist Richard E. Miller captured the resplendent beauty of the garden in his 1917 painting Dappled Light — a view from Eva Fényes’ garden studio.



DAppled Light by Richard Miller

Fényes Mansion exterior


The Gardens Today

Today, visitors enjoy the landscaped grounds as a perfect setting for the elegant Fényes Mansion and as a picturesque venue for some of the Museum’s larger community events. The grounds are open to the public during Museum hours.

Non-commercial photography is allowed unless otherwise noted. All outdoor photography and videography requires a permit and advanced scheduling. Text 626.720.3544 to schedule any photography, commercial shoots, or filming.


Images: Richard Emile Miller (1875 - 1943).  Dappled Light, circa 1917.  Oil on canvas, 34 x 33 in.  (Fényes-Curtin-Paloheimo Collection, 2000.019.0037); photo of Fényes Mansion exterior by  Eric Politzer.