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Prindle House, George Washington Smith 1926 | by Michael Locke
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Prindle House, George Washington Smith 1926

Architect George Washington Smith designed the Spanish Colonial Revival style house for William M. Prindle and his wife Mina in 1926. Prindle was a wealthy mid-westerner who made his fortune in a variety of pursuits, including a major real estate developer in Duluth, Minnesota specializing in luxury properties. The Prindles used their Pasadena home exclusively as their winter retreat, between Thanksgiving and Easter each year.


The 7-bedroom, 9-bath home in 7970 sq. ft. is currently (January 2017) on the market listed for sale for $5,800,000 and described in the listing as "The Prindle house, a masterpiece designed by renowned architect, George Washington Smith, is available for the first time in 90 years. Lovingly built & cherished by one family since 1926, this iconic estate is located a block from the prestigious Langham Hotel. Resplendent in detail & character, Smith created an Andalusian home reminiscent of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, with exquisite Moorish & Spanish architectural elements elaborately displayed within the estate's monumental walls. A baronial foyer with 25' tall carved wood ceilings & sweeping staircase, a grand LR, cozy library & an elegant DR, offer a first glimpse of the intricate interior. French doors open to a romantic central courtyard with star fountain & arched loggia, perfect for entertaining & relaxation. 7 spacious BRs, 3 fireplaces, CA, copper plumbing, newer roof, updated electrical, an elevator & a newly-remodeled chauffeur's quarters are some of amenities. Tall carved wood doors from Fez, Morocco, lead to an enchanting walled garden with grassy lawn, mature trees & a reflecting pool with water jets. This magical setting complements the mystique and grandeur of Smith's overall design. The Prindle House embodies the splendor of a bygone era & is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity".


The Prindle House is located at 1311 Hillcrest Avenue in the Oak Knoll neighborhood of Pasadena, California. Please do not use this image in any media without my permission. © All rights reserved.


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Taken on January 26, 2017