The American Red Cross Los Angeles announced it has
sold the John S. Cravens Estate, its headquarters for the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys
Chapter and one of the largest and most significant architectural treasures in the prestigious
community of Pasadena, Calif., to Terrence Flannery and Michael Feinstein, entertainer, and
Principal Pops Conductor for the Pasadena Symphony. Mr. Feinstein and Mr. Flannery were
represented by Dorothy Carter and Michael Orland of Keller Williams, Los Feliz.
Following an extensive evaluation of its operational goals and plans for its future humanitarian
needs of the entire Los Angeles region, the Red Cross has determined it necessary to sell the
Cravens Estate to align its real estate holdings with its mission requirements to better serve the
people and communities within the county.
“This was a bittersweet decision to sell the mansion that was so graciously donated by the
Zervos family to the Red Cross in 1962,” said Veronica Garcia-Davalos, executive director of
the Red Cross’ San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys Chapter. “The Cravens Estate will always
remain a large part of Red Cross’ history and we are extremely grateful for the generosity and
support of donors, volunteers and the local community. While we are leaving this beautiful
property, we are not leaving Pasadena and remain committed to our work in this community.”
Since 1914, the Red Cross has provided disaster preparedness and relief and other
humanitarian services in Pasadena and throughout the San Gabriel Valley. As part of its
initiative to better align its real estate with mission needs, the Red Cross is enhancing its other
existing building in Pasadena and its Arcadia facility, which will become the new San Gabriel
and Pomona Valleys Chapter headquarters.
The Red Cross will be officially vacating the 20,000-square foot mansion and moving its
resources to other nearby locations by Jan. 16. The mansion has been a filming location for TV
shows and movies for decades and will remain a staple of the architectural community. The
Red Cross looks forward to continued service to the City of Pasadena and expresses deep
gratitude to the Zervos family for its generous donation of the Cravens Estate and to the City for
its long and lasting relationship.
“We are thrilled that we have met the needs of the community by finding a buyer whose intent
is to honor the heritage and beauty of the mansion,” said Josie Tong, who, along with Gretchen
Seager, both of Sothby’s International Realty, are the listing agents on the property. “The
buyers appreciate the historic nature of the estate and intend to add their own chapter to the
The money made from the sale of the Cravens Estate will strengthen Red Cross facilities,
operations, and services throughout the region. Tong and Seager are generously donating 100
percent of their commissions to the Red Cross. Tong is the Chair of the American Red Cross
Tiffany Circle for the Los Angeles Region and a former board member of the Red Cross Santa
Monica Bay Chapter.