* sorry for tech difficulties with pic on some screens: working on that:
When I mentioned the other day that the aesthetic of the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts that I got a preview of was Sophia Coppola meets Marie Antoinette, this is what I meant — like those parts in the young director’s fashion-crazy bio-pic about the queen that showed the 19th-century ladies in colorful Converse high-tops.
This painting and chandelier are in a short hallway in the Cravens House on Madeleine Drive, the longtime headquarters of the Red Cross. The house was designed by San Francisco architect Lewis Hobart and completed in 1930 for the John Cravens family; Mrs. Cravens was born Mildred Myers in St. Louis, heiress to one part of the Liggett & Myers tobacco fortune and thus blessed with stacks of cash.
It’s a beautiful house and will be an even cooler Red Cross HQ when the Showcase folks have departed late next month.