Arden Villa is one of those grand estates that is all at once infamous and private. In fact, the feeling of deliberate magnificence and elegant permanence of the residence can be traced to the 16th-century architect Andrea Palladio, who reinterpreted ancient roman architecture for his own time. He believed that his designs could be applied and retain their relevance indefinitely.
“Palladianism breathes permanence, deliberation and an Olympian calm,” – Charles Hind, chief curator of collections at the Royal Institute of British Architects, told the BBC News in September 2015.
In 1913, with Palladianism in mind, Arden Villa was built for famed railroad heir and mining tycoon, William Kennon Jewett, and his second wife by the prestigious firm of Marston and Van Pelt. Away from prying eyes, this estate has been designed to promote the privacy required for exclusive grand living.
Arden Villa rests on two separate parcels totaling approximately three acres cloistered behind the massive gates, which open to 100-yard tree-lined driveway that convenes into a motor court at the entrance of the main residence.
The main residence offers approximately 13,000 square feet of living space including gracious and grand entertainment rooms, with exquisite architectural details; seven indoor fireplaces, an elevator, nine bathrooms and five main bedrooms, including a lavish master suite with dual spa style lavatories and a large private drawing room. Two additional levels offer game rooms, wine cellar, office spaces, and the possibility of several more sleeping quarters or entertainment spaces.
Beyond the side loggia areas of the exterior, the extensive grounds expand the possibilities for entertaining among vast manicured gardens, many lovely lily ponds, enveloped tennis court, swimming pool, and tranquil spaces.
Within the last decade, a secondary residence was acquired by this historic estate: 1193 Arden, features its own private entrance, swimming pool, and 2,430 interior square feet. The opportunities for creating a truly private compound are endless.
Proving Palladio’s prediction that his style would endure and adding to its unique history, Arden Villa has been home to many prominent and infamous characters, both fictional and real. The estate has been featured in countless television and film productions, from Marx Brothers films to Academy Award winning films.
As one of the great architectural jewels of Pasadena, Arden Villa is affectionately known as the “Dynasty Mansion,” due the fact that it is home to the infamous lily pond where Krystle Carrington (Linda Evans) and Alexis Carrington (Joan Collins) played out one of their signature Dynasty catfights.
Enduring design, charming upgrades, and permanent pedigree make this private Palladian Masterpiece the perfect backdrop for a Royal Lifestyle with Olympian Calm in Pasadena.
A world without Andrea Palladio’s legacy would be a “very depressing one.” – Charles Hind, chief curator of collections at the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Photography courtesy of Darwin Nercesian.