Vintage SoCal | This grand Victorian was home to an early Monrovia mayor
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Vintage SoCal | This grand Victorian was home to an early Monrovia mayor

The Idlewild House in Monrovia is an example of Queen Anne Victorian architecture from the late 1800s. (Susan Pickering)

 Among the striking original details are a windowed cupola with a conical turret, the fish-scale shingle exterior and a piece of stained-glass above the wide front door containing more than 50 semi-precious gemstones.

 

 (Susan Pickering)

A grand staircase in the home’s reception hall leads to the second story and a gallery with a Juliet balcony. Theodore Roosevelt reportedly once addressed constituents from the perch.

 

 (Susan Pickering)

The mantel on the front room fireplace is made of more than a dozen shades of onyx. 

 

 (Susan Pickering)

Ornamental spindle-work helps define the 3,384 square feet of living space, which can be further separated by using the tall pocketing doors.

 

 

 (Susan Pickering)

Other features include an elevated veranda, coffered door frames, 12-foot ceilings, octagonal windows and detailed fireplace mantels.

 

 

 (Susan Pickering)

Updated spaces include the eat-in kitchen and laundry room. A wrap-around deck takes in foothill views. There are four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a wine cellar, an art studio and a six-car garage.

 

 (Susan Pickering)

The updated kitchen.

 (Susan Pickering)

One of the four bedrooms.

 (Susan Pickering)

One of the two bathrooms.

 (Susan Pickering)

The art studio.

 (Susan Pickering)

The art studio.

 (Susan Pickering)
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