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April 16, 1996 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She'll admit it, she had wanted to make a splash the year she took over that annual benefit. For ages, it had been just this humdrum casino night, socialites dabbling at blackjack at the old Hotel Green. She was Mrs. David (Joan) Stewart in those days, the days when Goldwater was running for president and the Beatles were debuting on the "Ed Sullivan Show"--the days when a young Pasadena matron with energy to burn either redid the living room or turned to volunteer work.
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HOME & GARDEN
April 11, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Architect Stiles O. Clements had a knack for designing lavish buildings - the Spanish Colonial Revival El Capitan Theater, the Adamson House and the Art Deco Wiltern Theatre among them. Beginning Sunday, architecture buffs can go inside one of Clements' more low-key residential designs as the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts stages its latest design house in Pasadena. As always, design trends are on display. Twenty-five designers have transformed the 1915 English Arts and Crafts estate while retaining the home's warm spirit.
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MAGAZINE
January 1, 1989 | Virginia Gray
Interior Visions: Great American Designers and the Showcase House BY CHRIS CASSON MADDEN (Stewart, Tabori & Chang; 1988) A PICTORIAL TOUR OF 30 of the country's most celebrated showcase houses from metropolitan New York to Texas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and even Hawaii. Featured is the work of such celebrated interior designers as Mark Hampton, Mario Buatta, Albert Hadley and Sister Parrish and Los Angeles' Kalef Alaton, Craig Wright and Janet Polizzi.
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Show houses are meant to provide inspiration and to reflect the latest trends, and the Pasadena Showcase House of Design opens Sunday with plenty of both. This year 28 designers transformed a 1941 Arcadia estate originally designed by Roland E. Coate Sr., adding color and texture that exude warmth while staying true to the home's Monterey Colonial style. In a long second-floor hallway, purple damask fabric applied to the wall in lieu of wallpaper adds an unexpected softness. Grass cloth and burlap appear on other walls, often used as backing for bookshelves.
NEWS
April 10, 1985 | JACK SMITH
Snobbish critics of Los Angeles architecture have always complained that its largest ornaments are the dream houses of the suddenly rich who have come here from somewhere else to realize their fantasies. There is no doubt that this year the Pasadena Junior Philharmonic Committee has chosen, as its Pasadena Showcase House of Design, a "castle on the hill" that was brought here in the dreams of an ambitious boy from Scarborough, England--Jack Pease Atkin.
NEWS
April 22, 1999 | CONNIE KOENENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Pasadena Showcase House of Design opened its 35th House & Garden Tour this week and expects throngs before it closes May 16. Anne Rothenberg is 1999 benefit chairman for the showcase, which is sponsored by the Pasadena Junior Philharmonic Committee. Born in San Diego and raised in Short Hills, N.J., she earned a bachelor's degree in classical studies from Boston University and has been a reporter for Life magazine and an editor for Fortune magazine and Architectural Digest.
REAL ESTATE
October 16, 2005 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Remember when Krystle and Alexis fell fully clothed into the fish pond during a catfight? Yup, this is the place. TV's infamously feuding Carringtons "lived" here in the 1980s, scheming and conniving their way through weekly episodes of the then-popular TV series "Dynasty." Linda Evans and Joan Collins were the present and ex-wives of oil tycoon Blake Carrington, portrayed by John Forsythe against the backdrop of what has been forever after dubbed "The Dynasty House."
NEWS
April 5, 1988 | Jack Smith
This year's Pasadena Showcase House of Design was built in 1928 by Stanton W. Forsman, a handsome young Harvard graduate mining engineer who met and married Alice Pillsbury, of the Pillsbury flour family. According to family legend, Forsman was managing a mine near Colorado Springs when Miss Pillsbury was lodging there at the Broadmoor Hotel. One day she saw Forsman ride into town and hitch up his horse. It was love at first sight.
NEWS
April 9, 1987 | JACK SMITH
I don't remember what Jay Gatsby's house looked like, but I thought of Gatsby when I first saw this year's Pasadena Showcase House of Design. It is a white Mission Revival mansion in La Canada Flintridge, not Pasadena, and I am told that one of its early owners was a young bachelor who, like Gatsby, never obtained the woman of his dreams. The house was built on speculation in 1916 by developer Frank Putnam Flint, a former U.S. senator who gave his name to Flintridge.
REAL ESTATE
February 12, 2006 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Corona di Collini (Crown of the Hill), a hilltop mansion in Los Feliz Oaks, can be likened to a fine older lady who has seen her share of ups and downs. "We loved it," said actress Jane Withers, recalling how she and her mother felt when they first saw the house in 1969, the year Withers purchased it. Her husband, Ken Errair, once a singer with the Four Freshmen, had been killed in a plane crash in 1968. "It was a wonderful old house," Withers remembered, "but it was desperately in need of care.
OPINION
August 4, 2010
Republicans are gleeful over the possibility that two prominent Democratic members of Congress, Reps. Charles B. Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of Los Angeles, could face high-profile ethics "trials" this fall, just in time for the November elections. The party line was summed up on "Fox News Sunday" by House Minority Leader John A. Boehner: "[House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi said four years ago that it was time to drain the swamp…. But the fact is, she has not kept her promise.
IMAGE
April 25, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For most charities, finding fashion designers to present runway shows is a challenge. Not so for the Colleagues (www.thecolleagues.com). During a spring luncheon April 20 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Oscar de la Renta said he had already staged seven or eight shows for the group. "I hope I will be invited many more times," he told the audience of 600, adding, "please do not invite any other designers." The Colleagues support Children's Institute Inc., which provides care for abused and neglected children.
HOME & GARDEN
November 8, 2007 | Audrey Davidow, Special to The Times
BEFORE the Wired LivingHome show house opened last week, with its 007-inspired techie gear and a 6-foot-long remote-controlled toy airplane tethered to the ceiling, there was the rotating living room at Hollywood Life magazine's Young Hollywood Home. And the suspended swing in the master suite of the Beverly Hills Garden & Design Showcase at Greystone Mansion.
REAL ESTATE
February 12, 2006 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Corona di Collini (Crown of the Hill), a hilltop mansion in Los Feliz Oaks, can be likened to a fine older lady who has seen her share of ups and downs. "We loved it," said actress Jane Withers, recalling how she and her mother felt when they first saw the house in 1969, the year Withers purchased it. Her husband, Ken Errair, once a singer with the Four Freshmen, had been killed in a plane crash in 1968. "It was a wonderful old house," Withers remembered, "but it was desperately in need of care.
REAL ESTATE
December 25, 2005 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
Light and clean lines draw visitors into this modern home, and the landscaping draws them outdoors. Nearly every room opens to the grounds, which include a Zen sculpture garden and an area with a bronzed Buddha and water fountain filled with lily pads. High ceilings and skylights help saturate the rooms with natural light. The open-format kitchen and living room flow onto a heated concrete patio and garden.
REAL ESTATE
December 18, 2005 | Gayle Pollard-Terry, Times Staff Writer
From the street, this San Marino house looks much like it did when it was built in 1917 for Tristan and Elsie Coffin. Known as the Coffin House, the Italian Revival-style home allows a stroll down memory lane to more genteel times when a butler actually used the original butler's pantry, with its mahogany counters, and the maids' quarters needed two bedrooms for servants. Grand in scale, this well-preserved home sits back from the street.
REAL ESTATE
October 23, 2005 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
This house, built in the hills of Calabasas in 1971 for an heiress turned philanthropist, has been the frequent site of fundraisers. Roberta Pawlak was an advocate of cancer research and worked ardently to support the cause before she died of the disease herself in March. She sat on numerous charity boards and was a board member of her family's Stranahan Foundation, created in 1944 by the founders of the Champion Spark Plug Corp. The foundation grants $3.
REAL ESTATE
December 25, 2005 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
Light and clean lines draw visitors into this modern home, and the landscaping draws them outdoors. Nearly every room opens to the grounds, which include a Zen sculpture garden and an area with a bronzed Buddha and water fountain filled with lily pads. High ceilings and skylights help saturate the rooms with natural light. The open-format kitchen and living room flow onto a heated concrete patio and garden.
REAL ESTATE
November 27, 2005 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
European actress Anna Sten and her husband, Eugene Frenke, had a whim in 1934 to hire Richard Neutra, once a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, to design a home for them in Santa Monica Canyon. Neutra, who was on his way to becoming one of the most influential modern architects, was designing houses at the time in what is known as the International Style. The Sten-Frenke residence, with its hallmark flat roof and glass walls, exemplifies the style.
REAL ESTATE
November 13, 2005 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Feng shui, the ancient Chinese practice of arranging space to achieve harmony and balance, figured prominently in the design of this Montecito mansion when it was built in 1975. The house was placed in what is known in feng shui as the chair position, said to engender good health and well-being. It is situated on a hilltop with the lot sloping down to the ocean in the front and rising at the rear -- a shape roughly resembling a chair.
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