Castle Knoll Road is named for a castle built almost a century ago in La Canada-Flintridge. Lieutenant Governor Albert Wallace built it, but quickly sold it to multimillionaire real estate developer Frank Strong. Documentary filmmaker John Newcombe says Strong had a wandering eye.
"He was a real philanderer and his wife got really mad at him when he went off to a convention in Chicago with some other women, and she painted the castle bright pink as revenge."
The Chicago convention Strong attended was the 1920 Republican National Convention. Strong's good friend, Ohio newspaperman-turned-politician Warren Harding, was nominated for president, and won the election.
It was a convention trip Strong would never forget. That bright pink castle was a daily reminder for the rest of his life – and beyond. It stayed that color for 70 years.