The Langham Huntington, Pasadena

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The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
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The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
General information
Location Pasadena, California
Address 1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue
Opening 1907 (original building),
1991 (current building)
Owner Great Eagle Holdings, Hong Kong
Management Langham Hotels International
Design and construction
Architect Charles Frederick Whittlesey (1906)
Myron Hunt (1914 remodeling)
McClellan, Cruz, Gaylord and Associates (1991 reconstruction)
Other information
Number of rooms 380

The Langham Huntington, Pasadena (formerly known as Hotel Wentworth, The Huntington Hotel, The Huntington Sheraton, Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa ) is a luxury resort hotel located in Pasadena, California that dates back to the Gilded Age.

Original building (1907-1988)[edit]

The original hotel on the site was built in 1907 by General Marshall C. Wentworth, a Civil War veteran,[1][2] and designed by Charles Frederick Whittlesey in Spanish Mission Revival-style.[3] It opened in February 1907 as the Hotel Wentworth, but closed its doors after its first season.[4] It was purchased by Henry E. Huntington in 1911 and reopened in 1914 as The Huntington Hotel after redesign by the architect Myron Hunt.[4] It remained under Huntington's management until 1918.[1] The hotel eventually comprised over 20 acres; between 1920 and 1926, 27 bungalow cottages were built to accommodate long-term guests.[5] California's first outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool[6] was also added to the hotel in 1926, when the hotel, formerly a winter resort, began opening year-round.[4][7]

The hotel was later owned by Stephen W. Royce, who sold it to the Sheraton Corporation in 1954.[4] It was subsequently renamed The Huntington Sheraton. As a Sheraton hotel, much of the hotel's interior period detailing was covered over, and the Lanai Building was constructed next to the swimming pool in 1967.

The hotel closed in 1985 after the main building ceased to meet new earthquake codes, which had been changed due to the disastrous 1985 Mexico City earthquake. This six-story main building sat vacant until it was demolished in 1988, though the 27 bungalows remained in operation as a hotel.

Reconstructed building (1989-Present)[edit]

During the demolition and remodeling, the two historic ballrooms, the Viennese Ballroom and the Georgian Ballroom (originally the hotel's theater) were retained and incorporated into the new hotel, in addition to the other outbuildings such as the pool, lanai and bungalows, which were not required to be demolished. The $100-million reconstruction project revealed 10 stained-glass windows made of opalescent glass in the Georgian Ballroom, which had been covered over by the Sheraton Corporation in 1954 when the space was converted into a dining room.[5]

A new building, almost exactly replicating the original, opened in March 1991 as the 383-room Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel.[8] It was renamed The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa in April 1998.[4]

At the end of 2007, the hotel changed hands and re-opened in January 8, 2008 as the The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, managed by Langham Hotels International.

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ a b MacDonald Harris, "Vintage California Hotels", The New York Times, April 13, 1986
  2. ^ Historic Spots in California, Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1990, p. 156 [1]
  3. ^ David Ferrell, "Huntington Sheraton May Get a New Lease on Life", Los Angeles Times, April 14, 1986
  4. ^ a b c d e Description of a Huntington Hotel Company specimen certificate
  5. ^ a b The Los Angeles Times "Panes of the Past: Huntington Hotel Renovators Find Plastered-Over Stained Glasswork" By Vicki Torres, October 7, 1989.
  6. ^ Los Angeles Magazine "Finest Hotels in the West", April 2004, p. 60
  7. ^ Hometown Pasadena: The Insider's Guide, 2006, p. 240
  8. ^ The New York Times: "For Beverly Hills, a New Peninsula Hotel With Villas", March 24, 1991

External links[edit]

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