Last week, the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts held its empty-house party in the historic Cravens Estate, which was selected as the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design. The event gives media-types and Showcase supporters a chance to see the property before it undergoes a dramatic transformation at the hands of 26 interior designers and seven exterior designers.
Photographer Sarah Reingewirtz captured these images during the empty-house party, where visitors enjoyed a rainy-night fare of seafood, garlic mashed potatoes, broccolini with roasted cherry tomatoes and boeuf Bourguignon. (The latter was perhaps an homage to another historically dominant Pasadena figure? “Julie & Julia,” anyone?)
Oh, and then there was dessert.
The Cravens Estate has been the home of the San Gabriel Pomona Valley chapter of the American Red Cross ever since the property’s last owner, the industrialist Simon Zervos, donated it to the Red Cross in 1962.
Each year, about 40,000 visitors step through the front door of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design.
“We expect attendance to be very high this year because (the) House is such a unique project,” says benefit chair Beverly Marksbury.
The estate is a designated Pasadena Cultural Landmark and a Landmark of Historical Significance.
“While each space will reflect the latest design trends and innovations,” Marksbury says, “you’ll also see how we worked diligently with architectural historians and experts to respect the property’s past.” (“No psychedelic lighting or discotheque in the basement this year,” quips society columnist Patt Diroll.)
Tickets for the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design — which will take place April 18 through May 16 — go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 16. Order online, pasadenashowcase.org, or by phone, 714-442-3872, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)