An English Tudor Revival Home in Pasadena That Was Once Home to a Manufacturing Tycoon

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An English Tudor Revival Home in Pasadena That Was Once Home to a Manufacturing Tycoon

The 1914 property was originally designed by renowned firm of Hudson & Munsell for a manufacturing tycoon.

In 1913, Morris A. Cohn purchased an undeveloped parcel of 12.13 acres, to create one of the largest estates in southwestern Pasadena. A pair of brick pillars that flank the driveway indicates the original boundary and probably once marked the entrance to a service driveway that ran along the northern edge of the property.

Cohn was the epitome of the selfmade man. He arrived in Los Angeles at the age of 20 and immediately founded Morris Cohn & Company, a firm that manufactured overalls. He was said to be the first local clothing manufacturer to bring a power sewing machine to the west coast. Cohn was a patron of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Auditorium and of the Hollywood Bowl. He was also a member of the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

In 1914, Cohn commissioned the well-known Los Angeles architectural firm of Hudson & Munsell to design a grand home for him and his wife in the Tudor Revival style. The cost was $32,000—an amazing amount of money for the time period when the average house could be constructed for $2,000. Hudson & Munsell was one of the most well-regarded and sought after architectural firms in the beginning years of 20th-century Los Angeles. They were adept in many styles, but seemed to favor large-scale and rather magnificent statements in period revival architectural, especially English.

Today, the eight bedroom and eight bathroom residence boasts an impressive 11,152 square feet of living space on a 74,418 square foot lot. This property is listed by Bradley A. Mohr and Susan C. Mohr of Pacific Union International. For more information contact Brad at bradley.mohr@pacunionla.com or 626.696.4814.

 

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