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Pasadena Hosts Craftsman Showcase

November 08, 1998

Pasadena Heritage's seventh annual Craftsman Weekend--the largest celebration of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the West--begins Friday.

The Craftsman Weekend's activities will include a tour of six Craftsman-era houses, exhibits by antique dealers specializing in the Arts and Crafts Movement, the works of modern craftsmen specializing in the period style, restoration workshops, 18 lectures by nationally prominent Craftsman Movement experts and an exhibit of plein-air painting.

The Craftsman Movement (also known as the American Arts and Crafts Movement) emerged in the early 20th century in the United States. Although the movement flowered throughout the country, Pasadena became a particularly strong focal point for Craftsman-style architecture, art and ceramics.

The tour of Craftsman-era homes will feature five fully restored houses that represent "the full range of Craftsman-style architecture, from grand to modest," said Sheree Sampson, Pasadena Heritage's program director. The tour will also include a "hard hat house" about to undergo restoration.

Experts from the restoration workshops will share their recommendations for the house and offer general restoration advice related to Craftsman homes.

The homes on this year's tour include examples of work by Alfred and Arthur Heineman, J.J. Blick, D.M. Renton and other regionally and nationally prominent architects and master builders of the period.

The weekend will include a silent auction of Craftsman-era items and items for purchase at a small book and gift store operated by Pasadena Heritage.

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Pasadena Heritage is a 21-year-old, nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation in and around Pasadena. It has 2,000 members from throughout Southern California.

The Craftsman Weekend was begun in 1992 to provide a West Coast focus for interest in the Craftsman Movement and to highlight the unique Craftsman architecture and other resources available in Pasadena. For more information, schedules, ticket prices or reservations, call (626) 441-6333.

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