Elmer Grey, F.A.I.A.
The Clifford Barnes Estate, 1912
Oak Ridge, also known as the Clifford Barnes Estate, was designed in 1912 by Elmer Grey, F.A.I.A. This park-like private 1.6 acre estate property showcases Grey’s talent as an exceptional architect of the first quarter of the twentieth century. Oak Ridge is located in Pasadena’s edenic San Rafael Hills, and is sited at the end of a gated long private drive. Here, Grey brings an open breezy modernity to the plan, masterfully combining Eastern Shingle Style and Craftsman elements suitable for a grand two story family residence set within a California garden. As Pasadena’s Victorian-era landscape transitioned into a new, modern world, Grey’s application of low-pitched, gabled roof and dormers, heavy use of wood rafters, wood-shake siding, and pebble dash stucco exteriors provide a perfect counterpoint against the architectural formality of the late-nineteenth century. Generous common rooms open to multiple outdoor loggias which meld seamlessly with the garden. The residence displays fine fixtures, Grueby tile fireplaces, and fine woodworking throughout, and includes: 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, eat-in kitchen, detached artist’s studio, 3 car garage, finished basement/entertainment room, wine room, and a long lap pool. Recently approved Mills Act Contract affords significant tax savings.