The 55th Annual Holiday Look In Home Tour features the heritage and timelessness of Pasadena’s architecture, complemented by some of the most talented and innovative florists and musicians in the area. Join us for this time-honored Pasadena holiday tradition, as you step into each of our four festively decorated homes and gardens.
Colonial Revival Estate
Known as the Harris House, the construction of the home was announced in the Pasadena News and Pasadena Star newspapers in October 1915. It was described as a fine two-story frame and plaster residence with ten rooms. This very special classical revival estate represents the work of A. Douglas Hill, who also designed a second home on the same street. Eight owners since 1915 have lovingly cared for this historic property, carefully updating it to meet the needs of each family, but preserving the important elements that define its character.
The gardens are notable and have been exhibited on garden tours in the past. Boxwood hedges define the gardens surrounding the home with a variety of roses, that line both sides of the front porch, leading to the entry to this spectacular residence.
Wisteria Arts and Crafts Bungalow
Welcome to The Wisteria. This 6,342 square-foot “Arts and Crafts” estate, located in the prestigious Langham Hotel district of Pasadena, was initially built by the Milwaukee Building Company in 1911. Named for its most famous “resident,” the magnificent wisteria vine encircles the entire house and dates back to the 1911 origins of the home.
In 1917 the well-known firm of Marston and Van Pelt was commissioned to make modifications to the home. Then again in 2003 a major remodel added approximately 2,000 square feet to the back of the house. But whether viewed in the historic original spaces or the newer ones, this home honors the century-old traditions of California Craftsman design in every beautiful detail.
Secluded Stimson Colonial
This home on a tree-lined street in Pasadena was designed in 1919 in the Colonial Revival style by prominent Pasadena architect George L. Stimson. It is the essence of gracious living in Southern California. Set back from the street beyond a front garden with sparkling fountain and mature liquid amber and Chinese elm trees is an imposing front facade. The home features furnishings and art that step back in time. Original Asian-themed tapestry covers the dining room walls, and the entry hall has antique wall sconces that unhook to be carried.
The guest house was originally designed by Elmer Grey in 1930 as a studio for music performances and dramatic entertainment. A stage is included. Grey also designed the Pasadena Playhouse and the home of the Tournament of Roses Association.
Charming Historic Craftsman
This Charming Historic Craftsman Estate on beautiful Grand Avenue is an original Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey design dating back to 1905. Mary Givens, the successful proprietor of La Solana Inn (one of Pasadena’s early hotels catering to wealthy Easterners seeking Southern California warmth and sunshine) commissioned the craftsman-style design of her home after she purchased a plot of land in the Locke Haven Tract just across the street from the Inn. Standing three stories high with split shakes, a steeply sloped roof, two balconies, a large covered front porch, and a cobblestone river rock foundation, this home exemplifies and celebrates many beautiful elements of a classic California Craftsman gem.