If there’s a place in America more obsessed with its homes than Pasadena, we don’t know it. That’s why a few generations of women who want to support music education have been able to make millions by running an annual event called the Showcase House, which returns on April 17th for the 63rd time. A team of elite interior, architectural and landscape designers and contractors spend an entire year transforming a mansion in the Pasadena area into a design showcase that attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over Southern California.
This year’s Showcase House is a grand and proper 1927 English brick pad designed by pioneering LA architect Paul Williams. It’s in La Canada, in the area originally known as Flintridge, and its 7,200 square feet cost $36,525 to build—including the stables, bridle trails, tennis court, pool and picnic grounds. Although it’s had a few owners, the current ones have been in residence since 1949, so the designers had a relatively untouched masterpiece to work with.
Tickets for the prime times usually sell out in advance, so consider locking yours in now. And you can make a full day of it, with time for lunch at the on-site café and shopping in the tented boutique. As always, all proceeds go to support music education for young people.