Feynes Mansion Tours Begin

Dec 3, 2012

Photo by Thomas Holaday

We may be entering a Southern California winter, but why not come visit a “summer home”?

The particular summer home we’re talking about would be Fenyes Mansion, which reopens to the public this Friday, December 7th, after a two year, $1.7 million renovation (funded by the Paloheimo Foundation).

Docent-led tours—and these are very well-trained docents as explained to us by Jeannette Bovard, Media Consultant at the Pasadena Museum of History—will explain the 1906 Beaux Arts architecture, the interior artworks and furnishings, as well as the Fenyes family “saga” within the context of early 20th century Pasadena history.

PMH informs us that the home was built by architect Robert D. Farquhar, with a two-story addition in 1911 by Sylvanus Marston. It “provided Eva and Dr. Adalbert Fenyes a magnificent home that served as a gathering place for prominent artists, writers, musicians, and scientists.”

The mansion was also the Finnish Consulate while Yrjo A. “George” Paloheimo was consul for sixteen years (1948-1964). The Paloheimo family donated the estate to the Pasadena Museum of History in 1970.

Four generations of Fenyes lived in the mansion: Eva and Dr. Fenyes, their daughter Leonora, Eva’s granddaughter Babsie with her husband Yrjo, and Eva’s four great-grandchildren Ava, George, Nina, and Eric (info courtesy of

Fenyes Mansion Tours
Begin Friday, Dec. 7th
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday at 12:15 p.m.
Pasadena Museum of History
470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena
Tours Cost $15 and include the Finnish Art Museum & History Ctr. Galleries
For more info, visit or call 626.577.1660, ext. 10.


Fenyes living room

All photos courtesy of PMH




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