Home of American Author Zane Grey (1872-1939) from 1920 to 1939. Located on Millionaire's Row, The Grey Estate was commissioned in 1906 and built in 1908 by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey for Arthur Woodward, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.


  • Photograph of the Zane Grey Estate. Photograph included with the National Register of Historic Places Application.
    Photograph of the Zane Grey Estate. Photograph included with the National Register of Historic Places Application.

The Zane Grey Estate (or the Woodward House), was originally commissioned in 1906 for Chicago Inventor Arthur Woodward. It was built in 1908 by architects Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey (no relation) and is a Spanish Revival/Mission style home on "Millionaire's Row" in Altadena. Purchased by American Author Zane Grey (1872-1939) from Woodward in 1920, where he lived until his death on October 23, 1939. 

Grey, whose tales of the west created a new genre of literature, is known best for his novels The Riders of the Purple Sage (1912; his most popular novel), The Heritage of the Desert (1910), Call of the Canyon (1924), and The Lone Star Ranger (1915). Many of his works were adapted for film. Although trained as a dentist, Grey is known best for his literary recounting of "heroic cowboys, deadly gunmen...and noble Indians."1

Myron Hunt, Architect (1868-1952)  and Elmer Grey (1871-1963) designed notable local structures such as the Rose Bowl, Mt. Wilson Observatory, and the Pasadena Hall at Throop Polytechnic Institute (CalTech).  They operated a highly successful architectural firm in Los Angeles between 1904 and 1910.  


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Kyle, Douglas E., Mildred Brook Hoover, Hero Eugene Rensch, Ethel Grace Rensch, and William N. Abeloe. Historic Spots in California. Edition 5th. Palo Alto, CA. Stanford University Press, 2002. pg. 164.