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Romance & Grandeur on Home Tour

Mar 16, 2014
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Beach house frontLansing and Katherine Beach met in France during World War One. When they returned in 1927 to Pasadena, they built a Norman-style house “as a reminder of their courtship.” Beach House has recently become a designated landmark and will be one of four homes on Pasadena Heritage‘s “Remarkable Historic Homes” tour on March 30th.

Included in this self-paced tour is the 1902 Silver Queen House that was “completely redesigned as an elegant Tudor mansion in 1922 by the silver mining Holmes family.”

Another stop is Bissell House, an 1887 Shingle Style Victorian Era home, which is a South Pasadena Cultural Landmark and was regaled as the “‘center of hospitality for friends and family,’ including such famous guests as Albert Einstein.”

Anna Bissell McCay, daughter of vacuum magnate Melville Bissell, was one of Pasadena’s most beloved philanthropists. Having moved from Michigan, she resided in the Victorian estate that is known today as Bissell House from 1902 until the mid 1950s, at which time her granddaughters inherited the estate. (BissellHouse. B&B)

Photo from BissellHouse.com

Photo from BissellHouse.com

Photo from BissellHouse.com

Photo from BissellHouse.com

 

Another grande dame of local residences on the tour is 1914 Italian Revival Wrigley family home that, since 1958, has been designated for the exclusive use of the Tournament of Roses Association.

Wrigley family home

Wrigley family home

Photo from Pasadena Star-News/Michelle Mills

Photo from Pasadena Star-News/Michelle Mills

Photo from Pasadena Star-News/Michelle Mills

Photo from Pasadena Star-News/Michelle Mills

 

Docents will be on hand at each location, “pointing out the unique architectural details and telling you its story.”

Remarkable – Historic Homes of Pasadena
Sunday, March 30th, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tickets:  $35 for members, $40 for non-members for advance tickets; $40 & $45, day of event
Purchase tickets here; space is limited
Become a member of Pasadena Heritage here
For complete info, visit PasadenaHeritage.org

Bissell House; image courtesy of Pasadena Heritage

Bissell House; image courtesy of Pasadena Heritage

Beach House (back)

Beach House (back)

Front of Silver Queen House

Front of Silver Queen House

Back view of Silver Queen House

Silver Queen House (back)

 

 

 

 




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