Andrew McNally Estate, 1888
McNally (1838-1904) of Rand McNally fame, moved to Altadena in the late 1890s and in 1888 commissioned this Queen Anne style home to be built by architect Frederick Roehrig (1857-1948). Roehrig also built the Castle Green in Pasadena in 1898 for Col. George Green and the Joseph Medill House for Joseph Medill of the Chicago Tribune in 1897. McNally entertained many well-known individuals, including Scripps, Kellogg, Crane, and Green (Castle Green). This home, part of Millionaire's Row, represents a monumental period in Altadena's rich cultural history.
Backstory and Context
The McNally Home, designed and built by architect Frederick Roehrig2 (1857-1948), represents the Queen Anne style and is just under 7,000 square feet and rests on twelve acres of land. Much of the home's interior remains period-specific, with only the kitchen having been modified.
It rests in an area of Altadena known as "Millionaire's Row," as many other recognizable figures built homes on or near Mariposa Street, including the Scripps-Kellogg Mansion3 (Now the Waldorf School Altadena) and the Joseph Medill House.4 Medill (1823-1899), served as the publisher and editor of the Chicago Tribune.
The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.5 In 2018, the McNally Estate went on the market.6
2Mark Arax, "The House Scripps Built: A Family and a Community Struggle to Preserve their Heritage," Los Angeles Times, March 2, 1986.
3For a list of all homes built by Frederick Roehrig in the Los Angeles Area, see the Pacific Coast Architecture Database, http://pcad.lib.washington.edu/firm/2181/.
4"Cameron, Daniel House," http://pcad.lib.washington.edu/building/14842/. The Medill House was built in 1897 by Frederick Roehrig.
5 Registration form for the McNally House. https://npgallery.nps.gov/NRHP/AssetDetail?assetID=deed5fdf-016e-4ce7-8734-7a62de5693e4
6Lauren Beale, "Vintage SoCal Aladena mansion built by Andrew McNally charts a course to the late 1800s", Los Angeles Times April 28, 2018. http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-vintage-altadena-20180428-story.html.