For 45 years, the Women’s Committee of The Pasadena Symphony Association (TPSA) has financially supported programs like the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra, and Pasadena All-City Orchestra with their “Holiday Look In” home tour. Over the decades, this event has raised over $3 million for TPSA.
For this year’s event, four homes present diverse architectural styles. Four floral designers decorate with their unique style. The Pasadena Symphony plays while guests stroll, instilling the air with a magical note. And then, of course, all day long, people are invited to continue their holiday shopping at the “Look In” boutique.
The Cordova Residence is a 1926 French Gothic Revival once featured in Architectural Digest. Cotswold stone construction, Gothic columns and pointed window frames lend a medieval touch to this home that has been remodeled and renovated. “Fine paintings and elegant furnishings enhance the home’s dramatic interior character.” A salt-water swimming pool, spa and fountain jets are surrounded by a stone-walled garden. Florist: Ixora Floral Studio.
The Montoya Residence (below) is a 1928 estate with Spanish Colonial influences. Recently restored to 1920 grandeur, the home’s original features are enhanced by an blend of traditional and Asian style in décor. The lush garden with swimming pool and spa. Florist: Drew Domenghini of Patterson’s Topiaries, Pots & Teas.
Saeta Home (below) is a 1915 Colonial Revival-style home designed as a wedding gift. It is presently being considered for listing in the California Register of Historical Resources. Restoration efforts have retained the turn of the century design. An outdoor expansion adds year-round living space adjoining a tree-shaded garden with swimming pool and spa. A carriage house has been transformed into an art studio for the homeowner whose canvas paintings are displayed throughout the home. Florist: Mary Falkingham.
“Statuesque trees frame the Sauer Residence (below), a stately Modified Colonial style home built in 1914 for lumberyard owners who finished it with beautiful woods.” Purchased in 1922 by Charles H. Barker of the Barker Brothers furniture company, the property later became the parsonage for the Oneonta Congregational Church. In 1977 current owners began remodeling the property “to reflect its original glory.” Furnished with antiques and art, the home is surrounded by a garden. Florist: Jacob Maarse (participant since event’s inception in 1968).
Ticketholders may start the tour at any of the four homes; tickets are marked as you enter.
Look In Boutique:
San Marino Club, 1800 Huntington Dr., San Marino. Right next to the public library at West Drive. No ticket is required to attend (and buy!). Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 7th & 8th. Vendors include Design Imports, ” returning favorite vendor,” with Taxco Mexican silver jewelry; Limelight Boutique with women’s apparel by local designers Paco Soler, Kiyo, and Chalet; Lynn Russell Designes with vintage silver, linens, and dishes; and a handful of gourmet food companies. Twenty vendors in all.
Pasadena Holiday Look In Home Tour
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7th-8th
Tickets: pre-sale, $35; during event, $40
Tickets may be mailed or Will Call will be at the San Marino Club, open at 9:15 a.m.
Purchase tickets here