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 is a luxury resort hotel located in Pasadena, California.

Original building (1907-1988)[edit]

The original hotel on the site was built in 1907 by General Wentworth, a Civil War veteran,[1] and designed by Charles Frederick Whittlesey in Spanish Mission Revival-style.[2] It opened in February 1907 as the Hotel Wentworth, but closed its doors after its first season.[3] It was purchased by Henry E. Huntington in 1911 and reopened in 1914 as The Huntington Hotel after redesign by the architect Myron Hunt.[3] It remained under Huntington's management until 1918.[1] California's first outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool[4] was added to the hotel in 1926, when the hotel, formerly a winter resort, began opening year-round.[3][5] The hotel was later owned by Stephen W. Royce, who sold it to the Sheraton Corporation in 1954.[3] It was subsequently renamed The Huntington Sheraton.

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. It sat vacant until it was demolished in 1988, though the bungalows remained in operation as a hotel.

New building (1991-Present)[edit]

During the demolition, the two historic ballrooms, the Viennese Ballroom and the Georgian Ballroom were retained and incorporated into the new hotel. In addition, the outbuildings such as the pool, lanai and bungalows did not need to be demolished. A new building, almost exactly replicating the original, opened in March 1991 as the 383-room Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel.[6] It was renamed The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa in April 1998.[3] The end of 2007 the hotel changed hands and re-opened in January 8, 2008 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. ^ David Ferrell, "Huntington Sheraton May Get a New Lease on Life", Los Angeles Times, April 14, 1986
  3. ^ a b c d e Description of a Huntington Hotel Company specimen certificate
  4. ^ Los Angeles Magazine "Finest Hotels in the West", April 2004, p. 60
  5. ^ Hometown Pasadena: The Insider's Guide, 2006, p. 240
  6. ^ The New York Times: "For Beverly Hills, a New Peninsula Hotel With Villas", March 24, 1991

External links[edit]

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