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Huntington Hotel, 1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, CA



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Location
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2251
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-210).
Significance: By the 1890s, Pasadena's mild winter climate and scenic beauty was attracting thousands of winter visitors. Resort hotels flourished from the turn of the century until the 1930s. The Huntington Hotel was constructed in 1907, during the height of the resort era. It was designed by two prominent local architects, Charles Whittlesey (first four floors) and Myron Hunt (later addition of top two floors and belvedere) and is associated with prominent hotelier Danniel Linnard. / The Huntington Hotel was the work of Charles F. Whittlesey and Myron Hunt, two of Southern California's early master architects. Both operated within a stylistic range that served to link the building with the traditions and history of the region, thus increasing its romantic appeal for those visiting from less exotic places. Whittlesey designed the building up to the fourth floor in 1906. It is one of his most ambitious and finely detailed Mission Revival buildings. He was one of the first architects to use reinforced concrete cast in place for both building structure as well as ornament. The Huntington was one of the earliest examples of the use of this technology. Myron Hunt was a very popular early exponent of a "California" style. He completed the building to its eventual roof level in 1913 and redesigned its interiors. In the hotel design he attempted a synthesis of Classical and Renaissance elements to generate an early version of a Mediterranean Revival architecture that became dominant in Southern California in the 1920's and 30's.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. AERIAL VIEW
2. SOUTH ELEVATION FACING HORSESHOE GARDEN
3. SOUTH ELEVATION WITH WEST FACING EAST WING
4. SOUTH ELEVATION AS SEEN FROM FOURTH FLOOR, EAST WING, GUEST BALCONY
5. EAST ELEVATION
6. WEST ELEVATION
7. NORTHWEST ELEVATION AS SEEN FROM POOLSIDE
8. NORTH ELEVATION
9. SOUTH ELEVATION OF TOWER
10. SOUTHWEST FACING VIEW OF EAST WING
11. VIEW OF EAST WING, AS SEEN FROM FIFTH FLOOR TOWER BALCONIES
12. WEST FACING ELEVATION, DETAIL OF SOUTHEAST WING
13. DETAIL OF SOUTH FACING END OF WING
14. DETAIL OF SOUTH FACING ENDS OF LOWER BUILDING WING
15. DETAIL OF UNION OF UPPER AND LOWER BUILDING, EAST END
16. DETAIL OF MOULDINGS AND BALCONIES ON SOUTH SIDE OF TOWER
17. DETAIL OF BASE OF PILLASTER ON TOWER ELEVATION
18. CENTRAL PAVILLION IN MAIN LOBBY
19. CENTRAL SPACE ON SOUTH SIDE OF MAIN LOBBY
20. GUEST ROOM, INTERIOR VIEW


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