Pasadena Showcase House of Design

If you’re California dreaming or already making your way out there this weekend, you must take a trip to the Pasadena Showcase House of Design where more than 30 designers have decked-out a historic Cravens Estate on former “Millinaire’s Row” in Pasadena, California. The event runs through this Sunday, May 16 and is sure to shock and awe!

Those who have long been members of the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) – as well as those who have faithfully attended PSHA’s annual benefit, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, one of the largest and most successful garden tours in the nation – are well aware that each design house is unique. But this year’s event will break new ground in a variety of ways.

“Our 46th Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be a collaborative effort with the American Red Cross,” says Delise Menik, PSHA President. “We’ll be bringing the historic Cravens Estate, currently the home of the San Gabriel Pomona Valley chapter of the Red Cross, back to vivid life.”

The 26 interior designers and seven exterior designers taking part in the Pasadena Showcase House of Design will face a unique challenge this year. Once one of the gracious estates on Pasadena’s “Millionaire’s Row,” the nearly 20,000 sq. ft. French Chateau mansion is a historical landmark, designed for John and Mildred Cravens by renowned San Francisco architect, Lewis P. Hobart. It took two years to build – work began in 1929 and was completed in 1930 – and was inspired by the grand Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte in France.

The grounds around the estate will be transformed as well, thanks to help from the following exterior designers: Verne Arnold Landscape Designs, LLC (Exterior Advisor); Form LA Landscaping, Inc. (Strolling Garden); Canterbury Landscaping, Inc. (Formal Terrace Area with Urns); Carson-Magness Landscape (Morning Garden); and Pacific Outdoor Living (Entrance Garden and Terrace).

The 46th Pasadena Showcase House of Design may seem familiar to many who visit it…especially to those who watch films or television. The property has served as a set for such motion pictures as Rush Hour 3, Traffic, Being There, and Public Enemy and television shows including Desperate Housewives, Murder She Wrote and Madmen.

To date, the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts has contributed over $17 million to musical arts organizations throughout Southern California. These range from larger institutions like the Los Angeles Philharmonic and LA Opera to local high school music departments, libraries and music therapy programs at hospitals, senior centers and foster care facilities.

In addition, PSHA funds three annual music programs – the Pasadena Showcase House Music Mobile TM, an award-winning program introducing 3rd graders throughout the San Gabriel Valley to the instruments of the orchestra; The Pasadena Showcase House Youth Concert, a free performance by the LA Philharmonic for 4th grade students at Walt Disney Concert Hall; and the Instrumental Competition, where exceptionally talented musicians, aged 16 to 24, compete for over $30,000 in monetary prizes to further their music education.

Tickets for the Pasadena Showcase House of Design will include not only a house and garden tour, but the Shops at Showcase, featuring over 25 vendors, plus a restaurant and bar. Prime Time tickets (Saturday and Sunday, all day; and Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.) are available for $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Weekday Matinee tickets (Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m. to closing) are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Service fees are additional, and shipping and handling fees may apply. No infants or children under 12 are allowed on Showcase property. For more information, visit or call 626.578.8500.

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