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Tour of the Fenyes Mansion & Finnish Folk Art Museum

  • Jun 7, 2014 · 12:15 PM
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Please Note: Read the directions carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) The tour starts at exactly 12:15 PM, so make sure you arrive early or on time.

3) The cost for the tour is $15 per person and is expected to last for an hour and a half.

4) When you arrive at the museum, call me at:[masked]-4099. Do not text me.

The Fenyes Mansion is one of those places I have known about for several years now but never had the time to visit. It didn't help that it was closed for restoration for a couple of years, but recently reopened its doors again for tours. We tried visiting a couple of months ago, but they were hit with a storm the night before, and the grounds were in disrepair, so they cancelled the scheduled tour that day. Hopefully, we will have better luck the second time around.

From their website:

"More than two years after the landmark 1906 Fenyes Mansion at Pasadena Museum of History was closed for extensive repairs, PMH docents once again stand in the elegant foyer and bid visitors a warm welcome.

The Fenyes Mansion is a unique historic property, having housed four generations of the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo family.  Today the legacy of this philanthropic family is carried on by the Paloheimo Foundation, which funded the $1.7 million renovation project.  The exterior of the Mansion has been repainted white with dark brown trim - a match to the original 1906 color scheme.  The roof was redone, and the balustrade around the central roofline was recreated.  A new HVAC system was also installed.  Many of the interior rooms were repainted, and the floors and wood trim throughout were refinished.  In addition, the Mansion closure made it possible to repair and/or restore select items in the house including a number of the Oriental carpets, which were restored by Pashgian Brothers with funding provided by the El Molino Questers."

Finnish Folk Art Museum

"Furnished in the style of a 19th century Finnish farmhouse, this unique exhibition provides a fascinating glimpse into Finland's tradition and culture and reminds visitors that the Fenyes Mansion once served as the Finnish Consulate.

History of the Structure

In 1949, Consul Paloheimo noticed a redwood structure on Orange Grove Avenue cut in two and offered for sale. He purchased half of what had originally been a Swiss-chalet style garage, designed in 1910 by Frederick Roehrig for the Wigmore Estate. After moving it to the Fenyes property, Paloheimo set about turning it into a sauna and guesthouse. The Consul did much of the stonework and gardening around the sauna himself.

Today authentic Finnish artifacts representative of a "tupa," or farmhouse, are on display. Presented in partnership with the Finlandia Foundation, the Finnish Folk Art Museum is the only one of its kind in the United States."

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  • Daisy

    I didn't know until I took the tour that the Mansion served as the Finnish consulate for awhile. I really enjoyed the visit.

    June 7, 2014

  • Rita

    It was a great day that started with delicious food in a very nice restaurant surrounded by interesting stores. Thank you Robert.

    June 7, 2014

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