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Admiring An Italian Renaissance Revival On Pasadena’s West Green Street

Located on West Green Street, this historic home was designed for one of the nation’s richest men.

Completed in 1905, this Beaux-Arts estate was designed by renowned architect William F. Thompson for magnate Hulett C. Merritt. The cost to build it, rumored to exceed $22,000, was a great deal of money at a time when the average house could be built for less than $5,000.

Merritt purchased the parcel in 1903 from the city auditor, George R. Kernaghan. Merritt was considered one of the nation’s richest men. He shared the residence as a winter home with his wife, Rosaline, and their two children.

The property is included in David Gebhard and Robert Winter’s “Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles,” which calls the home an “Italian Renaissance palace.” Its lush grounds and stately rooms have made it a go-to location for many weddings and film-shoots over the years.

Listed for $6.88 million, the home boasts more than 17,000 square feet of living space on a 1.8 acre lot in the Ambassador Gardens community.

This property is represented by Janice Lee of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. For more information, contact Lee at (626) 616.2789 or


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