Photos: Scenes from the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

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.
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Empty-house party at the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design


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.

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Historic Cravens Estate will be the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design



The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts organization announces today that its 2010 design transformation will take place at the historic Cravens Estate on what was once Pasadena’s Millionaire’s Row. [Slide show below]

The nearly 20,000-square-foot estate, built in 1929 and 1930, is headquarters to the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, which is collaborating with the PSHA on the effort.

From April 18 to May 16, 26 interior designers and seven exterior designers will work with a team of experts in historic architecture
and preservation to revitalize the property, benefit chair Beverly Marksbury said in a statement.

“… While
we’re taking the greatest care to respect the estate’s past, our designers will
also make use of cutting edge design technology, trends and creativity,” she said.

Designed for John and Mildred Cravens by renowned San Francisco architect Lewis P. Hobart, the French chateau
mansion took two years to build and was inspired by the grand Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte
in France.

“What’s interesting is that Mildred Cravens was a Board
member of the American Red Cross,” Marksbury said. “She held many meetings at
the estate and, then, as it turned out, the house was sold by its current
owner, Simon Zervos, to the Red Cross in 1964. But here’s what we didn’t know
until very recently: The Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte (in France) served as a Red Cross
headquarters during World War I and II.”

The estate is now a popular filming location for movies/television and a rental site for weddings and events.

On Friday, Jan. 22, you can preview the Showcase House before its dramatic transformation takes place. The Empty House Party gives designers a chance to present and explain their design concepts.

And tickets for the Pasadena Showcase House of Design — which
includes not only the house and garden tour, but also the Shops at Showcase, with more than 25 vendors, a restaurant and bar — will go on sale Feb. 15.

(Photo courtesy Pasadena Showcase House of Design; Slideshow from San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the Red Cross Flickr photostream)


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