Wednesday, March 17, 2010

2010 Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

This year's Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts will take place at the historic Cravens Estate on what was once Pasadena's Millionaire's Row. Designed for John and Mildred Cravens by renowned San Francisco architect Lewis P. Hobart, the French chateau mansion took 2 years to build and was inspired by the grand Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte in France. Currently, the nearly 20,000 square foot estate serves as the home for the San Gabriel Pomona Valley American Red Cross. The Cravens estate has been used as a backdrop in many television shows including Mad Men, Ghost Whisperer, Desperate Housewives, as well as feature films, including Being There, Public Enemy, and Traffic.

The magnificent Cravens Estate
is a refined 3 story, 50-room residence with a wealth of architectural features that were imported from Europe. The estate has been reduced in size over the decades, but originally encompassed 16 acres. The total building cost of over $310,000 made this home one of the most expensive homes built in Pasadena at that time. Large French doors span across the front and back of the mansion opening to a rustic garden retreat.

You may purchase tickets online, over the telephone, or mail in this form.
Showcase House & Garden dates are April 18 - May 16
Tickets range from $30.00 - $40.00

For more information about this year's Pasadena Showcase House click here.

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