Robert R. Blacker House
The Robert Roe Blacker House referred to as the Blacker House or Robert R. Blacker House, is a residence in Pasadena, now on the U. S. National Register of Historic Places, it was built in 1907 for Nellie Canfield Blacker. It was designed by Charles Greene of the renowned Pasadena firm of Greene and Greene; this house was a lavish project for the Greene brothers, costing in excess of US$100,000.00. Everything for the house was custom designed, down to the teak escutcheon plates of the upstairs mahogany panel doors to the linen closets with their ebony cloud adorned keys. Robert R. Blacker was a retired Michigan lumberman. Nellie Canfield Blacker was the daughter of John Canfield, owner-operator of Canfield & Wheeler, a lumber mill based in Manistee, Michigan. Blacker was a member of several lumbering firms in Manistee, including R. R. Blacker & Company. Among other interests, he was president of the Michigan Steamship Company, original owners of the ill-fated SS Eastland. Robert Blacker preceded his wife in death in 1931.
Upon Nellie's death in 1946, the property went into probate as the Blackers did not identify any heirs. In her Last Will and Testament, Nellie specified the house and its furnishings were to be sold as a whole and not parceled off; the representative of Nellie Blacker's estate decided to maximize the value of the assets instead. As a result, the seven acre estate was sold sans its furnishings subdivided by the purchaser into smaller parcels, destroying the gardens in the process; the main residence ended up on just one acre. The garage became a separate residence; the remainder of the gardens were subdivided into separate lots. More notable, was the infamous "yard sale" conducted shortly after the sale in probate where the furnishing were sold off, in a yard sale fashion. Furniture built for the Blacker House is now in museums and in the hands of wealthy collectors and Hollywood luminaries. One family, the Andersons, were able to buy a large lot of furniture. In 1990, an Anderson family member offered the then-owners of the Blacker House the ability to purchase the breakfast room table for the remarkable sum of $390,000.00.
On 19 June 2007, the following Greene items. The house was purchased by Mrs. Max Hill in the 1950s. In 1985 widowed, Mrs. Hill sold the property to Barton English, a Princeton graduate and rancher from Texas, Michael Carey, a prominent dealer of Arts and Crafts era antiques from New York City. Shortly after the close of escrow, Mr. English hired a well known local antique dealer to remove more than forty-eight original lighting fixtures for him, he removed some of the leaded art glass doors and transom panels, after commissioning a well known local studio to produce exact reproductions of the doors and windows that were to be removed. Many of the original pieces were sold on the art market; this incident has been referred to as the "Rape of the Blacker House". National media attention to this sequence of events was facilitated through the efforts of Pasadena Heritage executive director Claire Bogaard. Articles appeared in Washington Post and New York Times. Pasadena enacted an emergency ordinance, known as the Blacker Ordinance, which attempted to limit the ability of people owning homes designed by Greene and Greene to dismantle or otherwise destroy artifacts therein.
Although not a direct prohibition, the ordinance delayed for up to one year any changes or alterations, subject to review of a committee of the Planning Commission. Conservation-minded citizens guarded the Blacker house day and night to keep further fixtures from being removed. Several of the chandeliers sold for $250,000 and many of the lamps fetched $100,000 each; as Mr. English paid only $1 million for the home, he recouped his investment on the sale of the fixtures, he sold the home for 1.2 million, having never lived in it. When the home was offered for sale in 1994 it was purchased by Ellen Knell. At the time the couple were in escrow on another Greene and Greene house, they backed out of that purchase in order to obtain the Blacker house; the Knells worked with Randall Makinson, a restoration architect with a specialty in Greene and Greene, James Ipekjian, a master craftsman, along with an entire team of like minded mastercraftsmen that were specialists in their fields. The building was restored out.
Ipekjian was responsible for re-creating the wood work of other fixtures. The house was re-wired and re-plumbed, the structure upgraded to withstand earthquakes, discreet ventilation ducts were installed; every shingle was removed and either restored or replaced, all timbers were stripped and refinished, nearly all the tail rafters cantilevering beyond the roof line needed to be replaced. After four years of restoration, a benefit dinner hosted by actor Brad Pitt celebrated the completion of the project. In the movie Back to the Future, interior shots of Dr. Brown's house were taken inside the Blacker House. Williams, Janette. Pasadena Star News, June 20, 20
The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is a luxury resort hotel located in Pasadena, California that dates back to the Gilded Age. The original hotel on the site was built by General Marshall C. Wentworth, a Civil War veteran, designed by Charles Frederick Whittlesey in the Spanish Mission Revival-style, it opened in February 1907 as the Hotel Wentworth, but the structure was only complete, with the first four stories finished and a temporary roof. The hotel's completion had been delayed due to a shortage of construction crews caused by rebuilding in San Francisco following the 1906 earthquake. Heavy rains that year kept away prospective guests, the Wentworth closed its doors in July 1907 after its first season; the Wentworth was purchased by railroad tycoon Henry E. Huntington in 1911 and reopened in 1914 as The Huntington Hotel after a major redesign by the architect Myron Hunt which added the hotel's upper two floors and its iconic central belvedere tower, it remained under Huntington's management until 1918.
The hotel comprised over 20 acres. Between 1920 and 1926, 27 bungalow cottages were built on the grounds to accommodate long-term guests. California's first outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool was added in 1926, when the hotel a winter resort, began operating year-round; the hotel was owned by Stephen W. Royce, who sold it to the Sheraton Corporation in 1954, it was subsequently renamed the Huntington-Sheraton Hotel. As a Sheraton, much of the hotel's interior period detailing was covered over, the Lanai Building was constructed next to the swimming pool in 1967. Sheraton sold the hotel to Keikyu U. S. A. Inc. in 1974, but continued to manage the property. In the wake of the disastrous 1985 Mexico City earthquake, seismic tests conducted on the hotel showed the main building to be unsafe; as a result, the hotel's main wing had to be closed without notice on October 20, 1985, causing a chaotic scramble to relocate hundreds of social events booked at the hotel over the coming months. The 89 rooms in the 1967 Lanai wing and the 18 cottage homes remained in operation as the Huntington Sheraton Lanai and Cottages, while the six-story main building sat vacant.
Huntington Hotel Associates, consisting of developer Lary Mielke, Tom Tellefsen, William Zimmerman and James M. Galbraith, announced plans in 1986 to demolish the main wing of the hotel and replace it with a replica. After a year of debate and numerous pleas from preservationists, Pasadena voters chose on May 19, 1987, to give zoning approval to the demolition of the main building. HHA bought the hotel from Keikyu in December 1987. Sheraton ceased operating the hotel in January 1988, it was renamed The Huntington Hotel & Cottages; the contents of the main building were sold to the public in June and July 1988 and demolition of the main building began on March 27, 1989, lasting three months. The lanai and cottages closed in mid-1990. Due to their extensive experience with the design of other Ritz-Carlton Hotels, including the RC Laguna Niguel, the RC Rancho Mirage and the RC Naples, Florida. Local Architects McClellan Cruz Gaylord were involved with entitlements and permitting and were responsible for the renovation of the Lanai Wing and the historic Carriage House.
Wison & Associates from Dallas, Texas was the Interior Designer for the project. During the demolition and reconstruction of the main wing, the two historic ballrooms, the Viennese Ballroom and the Georgian Ballroom were retained and incorporated into the new hotel, in addition to the other outbuildings such as the pool and bungalows, which were not required to be demolished; the $100-million reconstruction project revealed 10 stained-glass windows made of opalescent glass in the Georgian Ballroom, covered over by the Sheraton Corporation in 1954 when the space was converted into a dining room. The hotel reopened on March 18, 1991 with 383-rooms as Huntington Hotel; the new building replicated the exterior of the original, but offered modern facilities. It was renamed The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa in April 1998. In October 2007, the hotel was sold to Great Eagle Holdings for $170 million and renamed The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, on January 8, 2008, managed by Langham Hotels International.
The hotel is featured as The Huntington Sheraton in the 1956 home movie Disneyland Dream. Multiple areas of the hotel are featured in the 1982 pilot episode of the TV series Remington Steele; the hotel appears in a 1982 second season episode of The Club Murder Vacation. The hotel appears in the 1985 film Girls Just Want to Have Fun The hotel appears in the 1985 television film Promises to Keep; the hotel appears in a 1986 seventh season episode of Phoenix Rising. The shuttered hotel is featured in a 1986 third season episode of Scarecrow & Mrs. King, The Triumvirate; the shuttered hotel appears again in a 1987 fourth season episode Scarecrow & Mrs. King, One Flew East; this hotel is featured in the 1998 Disney movie "The Parent Trap" as the Stafford Hotel. The 2007 film Charlie Wilson's War was filmed in the Georgian Ballroom; the 2012 film Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3 was filmed throughout the hotel as well. The Langham Huntington was the site for the much-publicized 2012 wedding of The Bachelorette's Ashley Hebert and J.
P. Rosenbaum; the hotel's bar, The Tap Room, was used to double as The Beverly Hills Hotel in the 2013 Disney film, Saving Mr. Banks. Official The Langham Huntington, Pasadena website34°7′13.02″N 118°8′0.59″W
San Marino, California
San Marino is a residential city in Los Angeles County, United States. It was incorporated on April 25, 1913. With a median home price of $2,431,900, San Marino is one of the most expensive and exclusive communities in the United States; the city takes its name from the ancient Republic of San Marino, founded by Saint Marinus who fled his home in Dalmatia at the time of the Diocletianic Persecution of Christians. Marinus took refuge at Monte Titano on the Italian peninsula, where he built a chapel and founded a monastic community in 301 A. D; the state which grew from the monastery is the world's oldest surviving republic. The seal of the City of San Marino, California is modeled on that of the republic, depicting the Three Towers of San Marino each capped with a bronze plume, surrounded by a heart-shaped scroll with two roundels and a lozenge at the top; the crown representing the monarchy on the original was replaced with five stars representing the five members of the City's governing body.
Beneath the city's seal are crossed palm fronds and orange branches. The city celebrated its centennial in 2013, including publication by the San Marino Historical Society of a 268-page book, San Marino, A Centennial History, by Elizabeth Pomeroy. In September 2014, this book and author Elizabeth Pomeroy received a prestigious Award of Merit for Leadership in History from the American Association for State and Local History; the site of San Marino was occupied by a village of Tongva Indians located where the Huntington School is today. The area was part of the lands of the San Gabriel Mission. Principal portions of San Marino were included in an 1838 Mexican land grant of 128 acres to Victoria Bartolmea Reid, a Gabrieleña Indian.. She called the property Rancho Huerta de Cuati. After Hugo Reid's death in 1852, Señora Reid sold her rancho in 1854 to Don Benito Wilson, the first Anglo owner of Rancho San Pascual. In 1873, Don Benito conveyed to his son-in-law, James DeBarth Shorb, 500 acres, including Rancho Huerta de Cuati, which Shorb named "San Marino" after his grandfather's plantation in Maryland, which, in turn, was named after the Republic of San Marino located on the Italian Peninsula in Europe.
In 1903, the Shorb rancho was purchased by Henry E. Huntington, who built a large mansion on the property; the site of the Shorb/Huntington rancho is occupied today by the Huntington Library, which houses a world-renowned art collection and rare-book library, botanical gardens. In 1913 the three primary ranchos of Wilson and Huntington, together with the subdivided areas from those and smaller ranchos, such as the Stoneman and Rose ranchos, were incorporated as the city of San Marino; the first mayor of the city of San Marino was George Smith Patton. The son of a slain Confederate States of America colonel in the U. S. Civil War, Patton graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1877, just before moving west, he married the daughter of Don Benito Wilson. Their son was George S. Patton, Junior. To a prior generation of Southern Californians, San Marino was known for its old-money wealth and as a bastion of the region's WASP gentry. By mid-century, other European ethnic groups had become the majority.
The city is located in the San Rafael Hills, is divided into seven zones, based on minimum lot size. The smallest lot size is about 4,500 square feet, with many averaging over 30,000 square feet; because of this and other factors, most of the homes in San Marino, built between 1920 and 1950, do not resemble the houses in surrounding Southern California neighborhoods. San Marino has fostered a sense of historic preservation among its homeowners. With minor exceptions, the city's strict design review and zoning laws have thus far prevented the development of large homes found elsewhere in Los Angeles. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.8 square miles all land. San Marino is restrictive of commercial operations in the city, it is one of the few cities that requires commercial vehicles to have permits to work within the city. The rationale is that commercial vehicle operators and service providers, such as gardeners, pool service providers and maintenance workers, are more to cause social disruption within the city, so must be preauthorized for crime control and prosecutorial purposes.
This regulation and others, including the bans on apartment buildings and overnight parking, are some of the more obvious examples. The 2010 United States Census reported that San Marino had a population of 13,147; the population density was 3,483.4 people per square mile. The racial makeup of San Marino was 5,434 White, 55 African American, 5 Native American, 7,039 Asian, 2 Pacific Islander, 198 from other races, 414 from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 855 persons; the census reported that 13,066 people lived in households, 81 lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, 0 were institutionalized. There were 4,330 households, out
Terry Eliot Tornek is an American politician, the mayor of Pasadena, California. He served on the Pasadena City Council. On April 21, 2015, he defeated City Councilmember Jacque Robinson in the general election to replace Bill Bogaard, the longest-serving mayor in Pasadena's history. Tornek was born to Gertrude Slotkin Tornek in New York City, he was an urban renewal representative with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in New York City from 1968 to 1969. On November 23, 1945, Tornek was born in New York. Tornek graduated from Princeton University with a degree in international affairs and from Columbia University with a degree in urban planning. In the late 1970s, Tornek's career started in politics serving in the city council of Springfield, Massachusetts. Tornek served on the City of Pasadena planning department from 1982 to 1985, where he was involved in the revitalization of Old Pasadena, which included remodeling of the historic buildings and transformed into a tourist destination with eateries and shops and it became a National Landmark today.
He worked in the private sector as a developer and planning director. Elected to the City Council as a council member to the 7th District in 2009 and re-elected in 2013. Tornek serves on the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, the group that operates Hollywood Burbank Airport, representing Pasadena, as well as on the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. In 1967, Tornek married Maria, they have three children. In 1970s, Tornek resided in Massachusetts. In 1982, Tornek and his family moved to California. Tornek has seven grandchildren. "City of Pasadena - April 21, 2015 - General Municipal Election". City of Pasadena, California. 21 Apr 2015. Retrieved 22 Apr 2015
Charles Frederick Whittlesey
Charles Frederick Whittlesey was an American architect best known for his work in the American southwest, for pioneering work in reinforced concrete in California. Born in Alton, Whittlesey was a draftsman for Louis Sullivan before opening his own Chicago practice. Many of Whittlesey's major commissions show Sullivan's influence. In 1900, at the age of 33, Whittlesey was appointed Chief Architect for the Atchison and Santa Fe Railway. Among many other stations and hotels for the railroad, he designed the El Tovar Hotel, the former Harvey House situated just 20 ft from the south rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States, it stands at the northern terminus of the Grand Canyon Railway a branch of the Santa Fe. The hotel is one of only a handful of Harvey House facilities still in operation, is an example of National Park Service Rustic architecture; the razed Alvarado Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico was his design, with interior work done by Mary Colter. Whittlesey moved to San Francisco in 1907 and worked there and in Los Angeles, becoming known for his early work in reinforced concrete.
Whittlesey's son Austin C. Whittlesey was an architect, apprenticed in the office of Bertram Goodhue for seven years, was active in Southern California in the 1930s. While working as staff designer for Allison & Allison he designed the 1930 Southern California Edison Building, across the street from Goodhue's L. A. Public Library. Central School, 1897, Illinois the Alvarado Hotel, New Mexico, 1902, with the interior by Mary Colter Whittlesey House, New Mexico, 1903 Sante Fe Railroad Depot, California, 1903 the Riordan family homes, now the Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, in Flagstaff, Arizona, 1904 the George Babbitt home, 1904 Flagstaff, Arizona First Methodist Episcopal Church, New Mexico, 1904 Santa Fe railroad depot Shawnee, Oklahoma. Built in 1904, the building is made of limestone blocks two to three feet thick, assembled in the Romanesque revival style; the depot's floor plan is based on the style of early European churches. A tower resembling a Scottish lighthouse rises up from the east side of a multi-arched portico.
The beautiful ceilings of the depot are made of stained boxcar siding. The structure was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. In 1977, it was traded to the City of Shawnee and is now open to the public as the Historical Society of Pottawatomie County. Hotel Hayward, Los Angeles, 1905 El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon, Arizona, 1905. "The most expensively constructed pointed log house in America." Clune's Auditorium, Los Angeles, 1905–06, billed as the largest reinforced concrete structure in California redubbed the Philharmonic Auditorium. The auditorium "exhibited some of the most enthusiastic Sullivanesque ornament to be found in Southern California." This Moorish Revival building, described as "one of the most beautiful buildings in Los Angeles" was demolished in 1985. The site is now a parking lot. Hotel Wentworth, California, 1907 purchased by Henry E. Huntington, reworked by Myron Hunt, reopened as the Huntington Hotel in 1914. In 1954 the hotel complex was sold to the Sheraton Hotel chain.
Pacific Building, San Francisco, 1907, "remarkable for its Sullivanesque terra cotta ornament", now the Palomar Hotel Lycurgus Lindsay House, Los Angeles, 1908 Hueter Building, 816 Mission Street, San Francisco, 1908 Apartment building, 1230-38 Taylor Street, San Francisco, 1909, seven historic houses in the Russian Hill District, San Francisco, 1910-1913 Old Student Union, Stanford, California, 1915 El Rey Hotel, Los Angeles, 1923 the Moorish-influenced Mayflower Hotel, Los Angeles, 1927 The Leiman House on Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, CA. The home is developed by Mason-Mcduffie. Set back 100 feet from the street, local old folks believed another home was planned for the "front" of the parcel. But, after the 1923 Berkeley Fire, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1923_Berkeley,_California_fire, local zoning restricted such dense development, so the home remains the only living space on the lot. Built as a side-by-side duplex home in 1921, it was converted to a single family in the 1980s by E. Lofting.
Converted back to a duplex in 2011
Greene and Greene
Greene and Greene was an architectural firm established by brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, influential early 20th Century American architects. Active in California, their houses and larger-scale ultimate bungalows are prime exemplars of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Charles and Henry Greene were born in Ohio, in 1868 and 1870, respectively, they grew up in St. Louis, on their mother's family farm in West Virginia while their father attended medical school; as teenagers, the brothers studied at the Manual Training School of Washington University in St. Louis, where they studied metal- and woodworking and graduated in 1887-1888, their father, a practicing homeopathic physician by this time, was concerned with the need for sunlight and circulating fresh air. Charles and Henry each received a "certificate for completion of partial course," a special two-year program at MIT's School of Architecture, in 1891, they studied classical building styles, intending at that time only to gain certification for apprenticeships with architecture and construction firms upon graduation.
After MIT in spring 1890, Charles apprenticed first with the firm of Andrews and Rantoul. By March 1891, he had moved again to work with Herbert Langford Warren, he would stay there until the two brothers departed to join their parents in California. Henry apprenticed first with the firm of Chamberlin & Austin and briefly went to work with Shepley and Coolidge. All the firms the brothers worked for were located in Mass.. In 1893 their parents requested; the brothers agreed and, while traveling by train from Boston, they stopped at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and saw a few examples of Japanese architecture. This experience made a lasting impression on both of them, according to a late-in-life interview with Henry. There was very little Japanese influence upon their work until after Charles visited the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. In 1901 Charles Greene married Alice Gordon White, they honeymooned in Europe and her native England; the architectural firm of Greene and Greene was established in Pasadena in January 1894 culminating with the designs of their "ultimate bungalows", such as the 1908 Gamble House in Pasadena considered one of the finest examples of residential architecture in the United States.
Two other landmark ultimate bungalows were the Robert R. Blacker House in Pasadena and the Thorsen House; such ultimate bungalows were custom affairs, where the vast majority of elements—light fixtures, furniture woven textiles—were created for specific spaces in the home. After 1901 the firm began developing the distinctive stylistic elements that came together as a cohesive whole in their grand works of 1907-09; the Greenes developed a personal idiom within the Arts and crafts aesthetic, receiving commissions to design furnishings for their houses. Charles' sketches for the 1903 Mary Darling house were published in England in Academy Architecture the same year, representing the first foreign publication of the firm's work. In 1905 the Greenes began an association with Peter Hall as the primary contractor for their major commissions, from 1907 with his brother John Hall, who ran a millwork shop producing their decorative arts and furniture designs; the structure of the Greene & Greene house is essential not only to the immense feeling of security that such an overly-supported structure brings, but accentuates the importance of the Arts & Crafts fundamentals in the Greene & Greene style.
The visual importance of the aesthetic nature of the joints and complex wood-work symbolizes the structure of the house, coincides with the principles taught in the Manual Training School of their youth. The structure of the house is exploded, rather than hidden in decoration; each element of the structure asserts itself. This extravagance of support takes its origins from the elaborate joinery and framing of traditional Japanese architecture; the Greenes took on few commercial projects. Their attention to detail would not have been possible in a larger firm, or one that focused on commercial buildings as well as residential; the Greenes turned down offers to construct buildings in downtown Los Angeles. The Greene brothers were masters in their area of domestic concentration for which, until the year of 1948, they received little acclaim. In 1948 they received citations from the Pasadena Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and from the national body in 1952 for creating a “new and native architecture.”
In 1960, they were among the modern architects included in the book Five California Architects by Esther McCoy, where the chapter on the Greenes was written by Randall Makinson. The firm of Greene & Greene was dissolved in 1922 after Charles moved his family north to Carmel, California. Henry remained in Pasadena; the brothers remained lifelong friends until their deaths in the 1950s. Robert R. Blacker House Gamble House Thomas Gould, Jr. House Thorsen House Spinks House Bosley, Edward. Greene and Greene. ISBN 0-7148-3950-7 Images of The Gamble House - Masterwork of Greene & Greene, Jeanette Thomas, Univ. of So. Calif. 1989, ISBN 0-9622296-1-X Makinson, Randell. "Greene & Greene: Architecture as a Fine Art" Gibbs Smith, Salt Lake City, Utah, 284 pages, 1977
Myron Hubbard Hunt was an American architect whose numerous projects include many noted landmarks in Southern California and Evanston, Illinois. Hunt was elected a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 1908. Hunt was born in Sunderland, Massachusetts but his family moved to Chicago where he graduated from Lake View High School in the city's Lakeview district. From 1888 to 1890 he attended Northwestern University, returned to Massachusetts to study at MIT between 1890 and 1893, he graduated with a B. S. in Architecture from MIT in 1893. After spending three years in Europe, he returned to Evanston where he obtained a position as draftsman in the local office of the Boston firm of Shepley and Coolidge, he married his son was poet Robert Hunt, long-time partner of Witter Bynner. Hunt is mentioned in the writings of Frank Lloyd Wright and other Chicago architects of the era as an early member of the group which came to be known as the Prairie School, but in 1903 he moved to Los Angeles, where he entered into a partnership with architect Elmer Grey.
Opening an office in Pasadena, the firm of Hunt and Grey soon became popular with the well-to-do denizens of that city, who were building many costly houses during that period. Some of the firm's Pasadena work was featured in the national magazine Architectural Record as early as the issue of October, 1906, they were soon designing large houses in communities throughout Southern California including the summer ranch home for cereal magnate Will Keith Kellogg at the present day campus of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. They began receiving commissions to design larger projects, including hospitals, schools and hotels; this included work for Throop Institute in Pasadena, the school which would soon become California Institute of Technology. In 1911, they began plans for the new campus of Occidental College in the Eagle Rock district of Los Angeles. Another school with which the firm had an association was Pomona College, for which Hunt and Grey designed a master plan of expansion in 1908, where Hunt designed an auditorium, Bridges Hall of Music, in 1915.
In 1913, Hunt and Grey designed a new wing for the Mission Inn in California. They provided designs for the remodeling, expansion, or construction of a number of hotels during the next decade, culminating with the plans for their largest such project, the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, which opened in 1921. Hunt redesigned Pasadena's Wentworth Hotel, a failed resort hotel in the city's Oak Knoll residential district purchased by Henry E. Huntington in 1911. Rebuilt to Hunt's design, the hotel reopened as the Huntington Hotel in 1914 and was Pasadena's leading hotel for decades thereafter. In 1921, he transformed the Vista Hotel into one of the premier resorts in Pasadena, designing several of the hotel's original bungalows. Hunt and Grey's association with Henry Huntington had been established a few years earlier when, in 1909, they designed his house in San Marino. With a large addition built in 1934, the house was to become the main art gallery of the cultural center built around the Huntington Library.
In his career, Hunt would design a new main building for the hospital that bore Huntington's name. Another Pasadena landmark designed by Hunt is the Rose Bowl. In 1927 Hunt designed a hotel for Senator Frank P. Flint, sold to the Biltmore chain of hotels. Due to the Great Depression, the hotel was sold in 1931 to the Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose, who founded Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, an all-girls' day and boarding high school. By 1912, Hunt was no longer in partnership with Elmer Grey, but had established a new firm with Los Angeles architect Harold C. Chambers. In this partnership Hunt designed a number of California libraries, including those in Redlands, Palos Verdes Estates, Santa Barbara, most notably the Pasadena Central Library, one of the three major civic buildings making up the Pasadena Civic Center District. In 1913, he designed a building for the Standard Oil Company in Los Angeles which they occupied until 1928 and it became a storage facility. From 1975-1991, the building was occupied by a feminist art center called the Woman's Building and was recommended for Historic-Cultural Monument status in 2018.
The report states that the building "embodies the distinguishing characteristics of an architectural-type specimen, inherently valuable for study of a period,style,or method of construction as an excellent and intact example of Beaux Arts architecture applied to an industrial building. Hunt retired to Port Hueneme, California near Berylwood that he designed for the home of Senator Thomas R. Bard, he died there in 1952. 1895, 1731 Wesley Avenue, Illinois, for Charles A. Wightman 1896, 1627 Wesley Avenue, Illinois, his own house 1896, 1600-02 Ashland Avenue, Illinois, for Harvey B. Hurd 1897, 1307-13 Ridge Avenue, Illinois, for Catherine White 1897, apartment buildings Hereford, Cambridge 1897, 1580 Ashland Avenue, Illinois, for Harvey B. Hurd 1897, 1414 Church Street, Illinois, for George R. Jenkins 1897, 1621 Wesley Avenue, Illinois, for Arthur S. Van Duesen 1898, 1570-74 Ashland Avenue, Illinois, for Harvey B. Hurd 1898, 1827 Asbury Avenue, Illinois, for John R. Woodridge 1898, 1330 Church Street, Illinois, for John Taylor Pirie, Jr. 1898, 930 Michigan Avenue, Illinois, for John E. Nolan 1898, 1228 Oak Avenue, Illinois, for William G. Sherer 1898, 1217 Ridge Avenue, Illinois, for Chancellor Livingston Jenks, Jr. 1898-99