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The Story Behind the Painting

The Story Behind the Painting

The model sits comfortably on an old tree stump in a forest glade. Her head is slightly tilted and she gazes directly at the painter. Her costume is styled in the tradition of Oaxaca, Mexico, and she wears huaraches on her feet. On her lap she holds a piece of pottery, a vase or a […]

That Guiltiest Feeling

That Guiltiest Feeling

On July 29, 1925, at 3 a.m., Eva Fenyes, unable to sleep, was quietly engaged in a rather pleasant indulgence that was sweeping the country. She was solving a crossword puzzle. Cruciverbalist, a word that would not be coined until the 1970s, would have described Eva Fenyes perfectly. She had books full of crossword puzzles, […]

Painting in the Garden

Painting in the Garden

Fenyes Mansion has kept a long tradition of inviting guests to paint outdoors in its grounds. In the early twentieth century, Eva Scott Fenyes welcomed artists to her gardens where she too joined the en plein-air gatherings, sketching alongside Benjamin C. Brown, Richard E. Miller, and Channel Pickering Townsley. In the early twenty first century, […]

Christmas Greetings from Dr. & Mrs. Adalbert Fenyes

Christmas Greetings from Dr. & Mrs. Adalbert Fenyes

Hearty Christmas Greetings!  However…before I present a selection of Dr. & Mrs. Adalbert Fenyes’ historic holiday greeting cards, I am going to comment on a curious phenomenon.  So often when I mention the names Fenyes, Fenyes Mansion, and Pasadena Museum of History, my listener dons a puzzled expression or gets a strange sleepy look in […]

Eva Fenyes & Boadway Bros. Dept. Store

Eva Fenyes & Boadway Bros. Dept. Store

It was an enormous pit, a huge gaping excavation that threatened to undermine Cabrillo Place. The bungalows and shops teetered on the edge of a precipice, and the potential for collapse was undeniable. Wanting documentary evidence, Eva Fenyes methodically photographed the construction site and what seemed to her an impending disaster. East Colorado Street in […]

Beaches: Watercolors and Sketches by Eva Fenyes

Beaches: Watercolors and Sketches by Eva Fenyes

Over the past three months, Michelle Turner, Collections Manager at Pasadena Museum of History, presented a progressive exhibit of beach art, which she posted on the museum’s Facebook Page.  Each Wednesday between Memorial Day and Labor Day she selected and introduced one of Eva Fenyes’ sketches by way of social media.  This did reach a […]

Beetling, Building, and Painting with Eva & Adalbert Fenyes

Beetling, Building, and Painting with Eva & Adalbert Fenyes

A lot was happening that spring in 1906.  To begin with, Eva and Adalbert Fenyes were on a railway journey across the United States and Canada.  In early May, the Los Angeles Times announced their pending departure. “They will leave Pasadena Wednesday or Thursday and will first travel in the Southwest. From New Orleans they […]

Watercolor Sketches

Watercolor Sketches

Watercolor Sketches by Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930) — Early 1906 In early 1906 in Pasadena, California, Eva Scott Fenyes was planning her second Orange Grove Avenue mansion; and, being a woman who immersed herself in her building projects, she stayed close to home where she could oversee the design of her new domestic vision. For […]

When Garfield Promenade Was Cabrillo Place

When Garfield Promenade Was Cabrillo Place

Stand at the intersection of Garfield Avenue and East Colorado Boulevard. Now face south looking into the Paseo Colorado toward the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The shopping lane before you, which leads to a sunny plaza and proceeds to an impressively wide Green Street crosswalk, is the Garfield Promenade. In the early 20th century this relatively […]

Autos and Accidents with Mrs. Fenyes

Autos and Accidents with Mrs. Fenyes

Eva fenyes was driving her Waverly Electric automobile along South Raymond Avenue when the accident occured. Perhaps she was preoccupied with thoughts of building her new mansion, or perhaps she was feeling unwell as she often did. Or maybe she was otherwise distracted. After all, that new novel was so intriguing. The ensuing newspaper article […]

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