Modjeska House

Also known as: Forest of Arden
Modjeska Canyon Rd., Modjeska, California



Madame Helena Modjeska (1840-1909), the internationally renowned shakesperean actress and Polish patriot, was one of the first "stars" to settle in Southern Calfornia. The Modjeska House, located on the ranch she dubbed "The Forest of Arden" (from Shakespere's As You Like It), was her most important home (1888-1906) during her long years of exile. Design of the house is attributed to her friend, architect Stanford White (1853-1906). -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 14, 1990

California Historic Landmark No.205

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 11, 1972
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Queen Anne
Areas of significance
Performing Arts; Ethnic Heritage - European; Entertainment/Recreation; Architecture
Levels of significance
National; State
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person; A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1875-1899
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 4
Contributing structures: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 3
Non-contributing structures: 3
Non-contributing objects: 1

Update Log 

  • March 27, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Add historical information

Related landmarks 

  • Modjeska Theater (Same project) - California residence of Helena Modjeska, prominent Shakespearian actress and namesake of two theaters in Milwaukee, WI and Augusta, GA.