Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn

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Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn
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Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn
Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn is located in California
Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn
Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn is located in the US
Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn
Location 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, California
Coordinates 34°8′27″N 118°3′9″W / 34.14083°N 118.05250°W / 34.14083; -118.05250Coordinates: 34°8′27″N 118°3′9″W / 34.14083°N 118.05250°W / 34.14083; -118.05250
Area 9.3 acres (3.8 ha)
Built 1879 (coach barn),
1885−1886 (cottage)
Architect Albert A. Bennett
Architectural style Stick/Eastlake,
Queen Anne,
Storybook Cottage
NRHP Reference # 80000804 [1]
CHISL # 367[2]
Added to NRHP October 31, 1980

Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn is a Victorian style pair of buildings at Baldwin Lake, on the grounds of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, located in Arcadia and the San Gabriel Valley of southern California.

Baldwin built the elaborate Coach Barn near the pond in 1879, and 'Baldwin’s Belvedere' or the Santa Anita Ranch Guest Cottage on a peninsula in the pond in 1885−1886. They are a California Historical Landmark, and were placed on the National Register of Historic Places for their significance as examples of Queen Anne Style architecture and for the associated, largely intact Victorian landscape design gardens.[3]

Cottage[edit]

The Cottage was constructed in 1885-1886 for Elias Jackson "Lucky" Baldwin and his fourth wife, Lillie Bennett, the daughter of the Cottage's architect Albert A. Bennett. Upon E.J.'s death in 1909, his daughter Anita closed the Cottage and disposed of all furnishings. Some of the architectural elements of the Cottage, such as the stained glass windows, black walnut doors, and marble fireplace mantels were stored in the coach barn. The stored items were reinstalled in the Cottage during the 1951-1953 restoration.[4]

The Cottage has been used for numerous films and television shows, most famously for the opening of Fantasy Island where the character of Tattoo can be seen ringing the bell in the cottage's tower and Mr. Roarke is seen exiting from it.[5]

In 1993 the "X"-pattern fencing around the Queen Anne Cottage was refurbished and repaired as part of an Eagle Scout project by Erik Wanson, a member of Boy Scout Troop 351 in San Marino, California.

Historic house museums[edit]

In 2015, public tours commenced, opening the Cottage and Coach Barn to visitors on a regular basis. The tour consists of a walk through the Arboretum and a tour inside both the Cottage and the Coach Barn, detailing the history of the gardens, Lucky Baldwin's story and the architecture of the house.

The 1840 Hugo Reid Adobe of Mexican era Rancho Santa Anita, later Baldwin's main ranch house, is also on Baldwin Lake within the Arboretum.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "E.J. Baldwin's Queen Anne Cottage". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  3. ^ "California - Los Angeles County". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  4. ^ "Tour the Queen Anne Cottage". Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Retrieved 2008-01-07. [dead link]
  5. ^ "TV Locations". Seeing Stars. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 

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