Rose Magazine design issue arrives Sunday, introduces the 2011 Jewels of Pasadena finalists

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Our May-June issue arrives Sunday on Star-News subscribers’ driveways and doorsteps. Non-subscribers can pick up a copy of the paper at stands and look for the magazine inside.
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Some highlights:
  • Meet the finalists for our Jewels of Pasadena: Women of Distinction Awards gala.
  • Tour the guest house of the Showcase House of Design. You’d never guess from the post-design photos that this space was recently a dilapidated stable.
  • Take inspiration from our four, featured “Great Spaces,” including a modern, eclectic English Tudor in Altadena; a spacious South Pasadena creative hub; a Pasadena artist’s converted industrial loft; and a classically breathtaking Greene & Greene home overlooking the Arroyo.
  • Get to know a student and graduate of Art Center’s environmental design program who are improving the human experience.
  • Dive into the history of Southern California architecture at Heritage Square Museum.

Cocktail culture comes east: 1886 bar opens at The Raymond in Pasadena




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Calling all cocktailians: Contemporary bar culture made a late but entirely fashionable entrance this week in Pasadena with the opening of 1886, the new watering hole at The Raymond Restaurant.

The Raymond’s management and owners partnered with mixology masters Marcos Tello and Aidan Demarest of Tello Demarest Liquid Assets to curate the much-anticipated, artisan cocktail bar. Tello’s lengthy CV includes crafting the cocktail selection at The Varnish and The Edison in downtown Los Angeles. Demarest, too, is an Edison alum and also noted for his libations at First & Hope.

Appealing to Pasadenans’ sense of tradition, the drink menu at 1886 incorporates sly nods to local history and lore.

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The Royce restaurant at The Langham debuts tonight




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After an extensive renovation, The Langham Huntington’s former Dining Room opens tonight as The Royce, with celebrated chef David Fau heading up the kitchen.


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True to his roots, Fau’s inaugural menu (click to view, at left) is full of classically inspired dishes prepared in refined French technique and built using fresh, locally grown produce and sustainable products. He even includes on the printed menu a thoughtful dedication to the farmers and fishermen who cultivate his ingredients.

Fau’s rise to culinary prominence began after he worked under the guidance of famed chef Guy Savoy in Paris. He served as executive chef at several Parisian restaurants, before making his way to Manhattan to run the kitchen at Lutce. Fau joined the Patina Group in 2006, stepping first into the role of executive chef for Caf Pinot in downtown L.A. and then moving up as head of Patina Restaurant Group’s West Coast culinary operation.

The new look of the Langham restaurant space is the work of Atlanta-based architecture and design firm, The Johnson Studio. The firm’s principal Bill Johnson told Rose Magazine in June that he wanted to bring the design of the restaurant forward, while respecting the tradition of the historic building.

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Could iconic Frank Lloyd Wright home in Pasadena be transported to Japan?

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From the Associated Press:
A real estate agent who has been trying to sell a Frank Lloyd Wright home for two years is considering an inquiry from clients who would move it from Southern California to Japan.
La Miniatura in Pasadena is among two of Wright’s experimental textile-block homes that have languished on the market.
In 2008 agent Crosby Doe listed the partially restored home at $7.7 million, but recently dropped it to under $5 million.
He says it is a long shot but he has been talking to an international art dealer with Japanese art-collector clients who might be interested in buying the house. He says the London Bridge was moved to the Colorado River, so it’s possible Wright’s house can be moved to Japan.
Wright built four of the masonry homes in the early 1920s, all in Southern California.
See more photos of La Miniatura in our previous post.

Read the full story in the L.A. Times.

(File photos)

Alhambra’s archway: A gateway to architectural discussion

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A weekend Star-News story by Brian Charles includes some clarifying details from Alhambra city officials on the architectural inspiration behind a new 26-foot tall, 20-foot wide archway at Fremont Avenue and Valley Boulevard.

“Our original concept was to do something like the Arc de Triomphe,” (Deputy City Manager Mary) Swink said.
The stucco archway has been mistaken for the French iconic structure, but Alhambra is no French city.
So the designers deferred to the Alhambra, the castle built by the Moors during their occupation of Spain. The archway is a replica of one of the gates of the castle, Swink added.
The archway, which cost around $300,000 to build, has been taking a virtual beating over in the comments section at Curbed LA.
(Photo by Keith Birmingham / Staff)

UPDATED: The house that cake built

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ANSWER: Pasadena City Hall. More photos here.
Students at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena are building a very special confection that, when finished, will be a cake-and-icing replica of a local structure.
Can you guess which it will be?
(Hint: It’s not actually a house. The headline is just a clever diversion.)
(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Lecture and tour: Lloyd Wright, architect of sunshine and shadow

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Architectural historian and writer Dana Hutt reconstructs in a May 1 lecture the story of Lloyd Wright, eldest son of Frank Lloyd, who moved to Los Angeles before his father had even built his first structure in the city.
The younger Wright designed buildings and landscapes in the vein of his father’s pioneering modern style, but the stamp of Southern California and its brash vitality was all his own.
Photo, at top: Lloyd Wright’s Journey’s End/Gainsburg House in La Caada Flintridge. (Credit: Michael J. Murray)

More photos plus lecture and tour details after the jump.

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Photos: Scenes from the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

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Staff photographer Walt Mancini captured these images from the now-open-to-the-public Showcase House in a series of visits, just before and just after the design overhaul was completed.

The Showcase House runs through May 16. Advance tickets strongly recommended. Purchase tickets online, or by phone, (714) 442-3872. On April 24 and May 15, park at the Parsons Corporation, 100 W. Walnut. All other days, parking and shuttle from Pasadena Rose Bowl, Lot I, 360 North Arroyo Blvd. pasadenashowcase.org
More photos after the jump.

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