As spring approaches, those who appreciate fine architecture and exquisite interior and exterior design eagerly anticipate the unveiling of the annual Showcase House of Design.
Each year, about 80 members of the non-profit Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) go to work, renovating, preserving and updating an estate in the Pasadena or La Cañada Flintridge area – with astonishing results.
This year, the kick off event – the Empty House Party – was held at the property where guests were given an opportunity to see the home in its current state. Designers for each of the rooms were on hand, ready to offer their concepts for the space.
This is a special year for PSHA as it celebrates 50 years of raising funds for the study and appreciation of music.
Over the next few weeks, CV Weekly will give our readers a peek into some of these rooms and share the visions of the designers, artists, landscapers and more who will transform a beautiful home into the Showcase House of Design.
Fittingly, guests of the PSHA kick off party were treated to fine food, drink and music. Not to be overlooked was the 50th anniversary of the organization’s adoption of the fundraiser, now known as one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the nation.
Even shrouded in darkness, the austereness of the home was evident. The tents in front were temporarily installed to greet guests to the Empty House Party.
By Robin GOLDSWORTHY