AKA: Hotel Huntington, Pasadena, CA; The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel and Spa, Pasadena, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: De Bretteville and Polyzoides, Architects (firm); Hunt, Myron, Architect (firm); McClellan, Cruz, Gaylord and Associates, Architects (firm); Peridian Group, Landscape Architects (firm); Whittlesey, Charles F., Architect (firm); Cruz ; Peter De Bretteville (architect); Gaylord (architect); Myron Hubbard Hunt (architect); McClellan (architect); Frank M. Moore (muralist/painter); Courtland P. Paul (landscape architect); Stefanos Polyzoides (architect); Charles Frederick Whittlesey (architect)

Dates: constructed 1905-1907

1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue
Oak Knoll, Pasadena, CA 91106-4508

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Wentworth Hotel, later the Huntington Hotel

Charles F. Whittlesey (1867-1941) was the company architect of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, c. 1900, designing stations and hotels at stops all along their routes.

Also known as the Huntington Sheraton Hotel, Pasadena; this well-known luxury hotel opened as the Wentworth Hotel in 02/1907; Charles Whittlesey, a California architect experienced building grand hotels for the railroads, designed it; unfortunately, the Wentworth was only partly finished when it opened, and seasonal rains that winter kept guests away; it closed soon after its opening; it lay dormant until 1911, when ownership transferred to Henry E. Huntington (1850-1927), the transportation and real estate magnate; Huntington engaged the Pasadena architect, Myron H.M. Hunt (1868-1952) to remodel and refresh the building, which opened as the Hotel Huntington on January 8, 1914; Hunt had already designed Huntington's residence in San Marino, CA, (1907). The Wentworth's heyday was during the 1920s, when the wealthy from across the U.S. ventured to the hotel and spa for relaxation; Stephen W. Royce (1892-1977), who managed the hotel for a long period, became the owner in the 1920s; he relinquished control in 1954;

When Henry Huntington purchased the Wentworth, he commissioned Myron Hunt to oversee a renovation in 1913; Hunt added upper floors to the hotel's central section; owner Stephen Royce sold the Hotel Huntington to the Sheraton Hotel chain in 1954, and this company undertook several remodeling efforts, the last around 1980; unable to raise capital to meet new seismic codes, the Huntington Sheraton Hotel closed in 1985; the Sheraton Hotel chain owned the Huntington until 1987; the Ritz-Carlton Hotel chain purchased the property in 1987, and engaged architects McClellan, Cruz, Gaylord and Associates, De Bretteville and Polyzoides, historic preservation consultants, and the Peridian Group Landscape Architects, to perform a two-and-one-half year renovation; the new Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa opened in 1991; another overhaul, advertised to have cost $19 million, occurred in 2005-2006; at this time, all 392 guest rooms, the Viennese and Georgian Ballrooms, the Terrace Restaurant, and the Lobby Lounge all received new interior treatments;

PCAD id: 123