Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Hunt and Grey, Architects (firm); Elmer Grey (architect); Myron Hubbard Hunt (architect)

Dates: constructed 1908-1910

2 stories

1000 Foothill Road
Ojai, CA 93023

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The locality in which Libbey's house was built was known as "Nordhoff" in the early years of the twentieth century until its name was changed to "Ojai" in 1917.


The Pasadena architectural firm of Hunt and Grey designed this large, U-shaped bungalow for Edward Drummond Libbey (1854-1925), a glass magnate from Toledo, OH. Libbey was a business leader, philanthropist and art collector in the city of Toledo. His Ojai house had the informality and rusticity of a hunting lodge, a decided change of pace from his habitations in Ohio. Its character was consistent with the work of Greene and Greene in Pasadena.

Building Notes

In 2017, the house was offered for sale for $4.5 million. The real estate listing described the property's history and its condition in 2017: "Hunt’s first craftsman bungalow, the original house has been maintained and improved over the years and is currently in better than original condition. The property boasts some of the most spectacular views in the Ojai Valley. Hammered copper and mica lights, old-growth redwood, elaborate ironwork and tile and massive stonework decorate the historical home. Libbey generously supported the Chumash Indians and out of gratitude a tribal elder painted the living room walls and ceiling with Chumash designs. This home is an... Indian/Craftsman design, furnished much as Libbey envisioned it in 1910. Located on Foothill Road near downtown Ojai, the estate features three separate houses, an office, a recently built 60 foot tile pool and extensive cactus and succulent gardens. The property totals 3.7 acres, including an additional one acre legal parcel." (See Patty Waltcher, Coldwell Banker, "The Libbey Estate," accessed 03/16/2017.)

PCAD id: 20982