2014 Pasadena Showcase home recalls an English estate

April 17, 2014|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Delores Kroop of D.K. Designs let the wonders of nature to be the stars in her design of The Botanical Retreat.
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The 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design opened last Sunday with much fanfare. Celebrating its 50th Showcase House of Design, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts members and designers invites guests to tour the English Arts & Crafts style house and grounds in Pasadena through May 11. Seventeen interior and eight exterior designers are displaying their exceptional and innovative imaginings for this historic home and its spacious grounds.

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In 1915, Robert Philip Flint and his wife Margaret, who were frequent British Isles and Continental travelers, chose Los Angeles architect Stiles O. Clements to design their home in the fashion of many homes they had seen on their adventures in England.

Robert, the brother of Sen. Frank Flint, who developed Flintridge, was by education a mining engineer. He studied at Yale University and at the Colorado School of Mines.

On April 7, 1909, the Los Angeles Harold-Examiner Newspaper reported, "A dispatch from Evansville, Ind., last night told of the marriage there yesterday of Miss Margaret Gray, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Gray of that city, and Robert P. Flint of Los Angeles.


"Mr. Flint is a popular member, or rather was, of the Bachelors' Club and also belongs to the California and Country Club. Mrs. Flint made a wide circle of friends and admirers during a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gray of Pasadena this winter, and was perhaps the most feted young woman who has visited Los Angeles this season.

"Mr. Flint, who is a brother to Frank P. Flint, will make a home for his bride in Los Angeles."

The architect was a prominent Southern California architect for 50 years. He was born in Maryland, studied architecture at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, and took further studies at L'eole des Beaux Arts in Paris.

He came to Los Angeles in 1911, working with several architecture firms. In 1955, he formed Clements & Clements, a partnership with his son Robert. He lived in Beverly Hills and was active in the stock Exchange Club, the Bel Air Bay Club, and the Guild Opera Company. He was an avid equestrian and his favorite horse was named Sage Brush.

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