Showcase 2015

Feb 23, 2015

Showcase_House_2015_Painting_Dana_MarevichFor 2015, Pasadena Showcase House of Design revisits a design by Fernand Parmentier who was born in Paris, educated in Chicago, then received a certificate for the practice of architecture in California in 1901. The showcase house was built in 1910 and is described as “an eclectic English Tudor combined with Craftsman elements.”

The artistic innovations and philosophy of the burgeoning Arts and Crafts movement are evident in this striking structure. It features many historical and unique architectural elements including Honduras mahogany beams and moldings, cast plaster ceilings, and distinctive Greuby tile*. (Official text)



Example of Greuby tile.


The main house is over 9,400 square feet and the property includes a pool, a Koi pond, an outdoor kitchen, a wisteria arbor, and a 2,600 square foot carriage house that has an upstairs apartment.

Fifteen designers will showcase their talents, an onsite restaurant will offer lunch, dinner, and snacks, and The Shops at Showcase will include twenty merchants offering their various wares.

Showcase opens to the public on Sunday April 19th and runs for a month. When purchasing tickets, people may choose entry times of fifteen minute intervals beginning at 9 a.m. The last entry of the day is 6:15-6:30 p.m.

Eighty-five volunteers contribute to every year’s Showcase, which, for them, is a labor of love. For us, every Showcase house is an experience of wonder, inspiration, beauty, spectacle, oddities, charm, and joy.


2015 Pasadena Showcase House of Design
Open Sunday, April 19th-Sunday, May 17th
Park at the Rose Bowl – Lot 1 and a shuttle service is provided
Tickets: $35-$45 per person, peruse dates & times here

Image, top right: Painting of 2015 Showcase House by Dana Marevich.




*Greuby tile made by Grueby Faience Company, South Boston, Massachusetts (1894-1919). Greuby is known for “wonderful curdled glazing.” The company was founded by William Henry Grueby “who was inspired by the matte glazes on French pottery and the refined simplicity of Japanese ceramics,…and the architect designer William Graves.”¹




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