Home of the Week: Rare chance to restore an architectural gem in prime San Marino
Moments from the Langham Huntington Hotel and Lacy Park, a 1928 Monterey Colonial estate by noted architect Garrett van Pelt, Jr., and master builder Peter Hall is ready to reclaim its full beauty. 

Designed and built for the soon-to-be youngest president of the Los Angeles Stock Exchange, Harbison House stands atop a gentle knoll on beautiful Old Mill Road. It sits over 100 feet from the street, whose park-like center island extends the green front view far beyond the property. The serene and private two-story, 5,400+ square foot estate on over two-thirds of an acre is surrounded by generous entertainment and recreation space, including a lighted tennis court, swimming pool and spa, poolside dining gazebo, cabaña and guest house.

The home has been in the same family for forty years. Now, a new owner will have the rare experience of bringing van Pelt’s vision and Hall’s uncompromising quality to their fullest expression again. 

Garrett Van Pelt was one of Southern California’s leading artistic interpreters of traditional Period Revival styles. He first came to the fore as a partner in the influential Pasadena architecture firm Marston Van Pelt & Maybury, where a colleague recalled that he was “the artist of the firm” for his mastery of scale and lightness. His works include the Grace Nicholson Building, now the Pacific Asia Museum, the astonishing Gothic style Westminster Presbyterian Church, and an array of residential estates in Pasadena and surrounding communities.

Highlights of Harbison House include a classic Monterey-style upper front loggia with remarkable circular and miniature square windows; a hardwood-railed wrought iron staircase that pauses on a landing with light-streaming Palladian window seat; seashell carved shelves flanking French doors that open to a luminous sunroom; and a window-wrapped second floor sleeping porch overlooking the pool.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to own land and restore an historic home in one of San Marino’s loveliest and most exclusive neighborhoods – showcasing the vision of its renowned architect and builder to the utmost. 

1480 Old Mill Road is offered at $4,388,000 by Sarah Rogers.
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