There’s something about old architecture that I find fascinating, especially when it is surrounded by gardens and a live oak grove. I visited the Arden, otherwise known as the Helena Modjeska House, out in Modjeska Canyon in Orange County, California. It’s a historical landmark dating back to the nineteenth century, and the drive through the canyon to get there was pretty. There are a lot of really cool, symmetrical windows on the house, so I am sharing it for Ludwig’s Monday Window.
Helena Modjeska was a world-renowned actress in her time and built this now-historic home and gardens where she entertained a lot of famous people. There’s a museum at one end of the house where you can learn more about Modjeska and her property, or you can book a tour to go through the home, which is maintained by Orange County Parks. It is sort of hit or miss as to whether the tours are available, but I was able to wander the grounds, exploring the paths and taking photos.