Dennis Rosas and Didi Levinsoln Guest Suite at the 2009 Pasadena ShowcaseHouse of Design

Young Adult's Room Bedroom by David Dalton for 2009 Pasadena Showcase

Sun Room by Mark Cutler for the 2009 Pasadena Showcase House

General Information
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House History
The Designers



General Information
2009 Pasadena Showcase House of Design
Dates and Times of Showcase

Sunday, April 19, 2009 through Sunday, May 17, 2009
Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am - 3:45 pm
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00 am - 7:45 pm
Showcase is closed on Mondays

Tickets to the Pasadena Showcase House of Design
on sale on Monday, February 2, 2009.

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or by mail order.

By phone: Admit One Tickets 714 442-3872

Mail order: from the order form on the ticket flyer

Prime Time: $35 online, phone or mail, $40 at the Showcase House (Service charges not included)
Weekdays, 9:00 am - 1:45 pm
Weekends, 9:00 am - 3:45 pm
Weekday Matinee: $30 online, phone or mail, $35 at the Showcase House (Service charges not included)
Tuesdays, 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Wednesday - Friday, 2:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Complimentary parking and shuttle service at the Pasadena Rose Bowl - Lot I, 360 N Arroyo Blvd
April 19, April 25 —– alternate parking at Pasadena City College
Lots 10 and 11 on the corner of Green Street and Holliston Avenue

The Shops at Showcase

25 boutique shops offering jewelry, gifts, clothing, children’s items, housewares, food items
25% of all purchases from The Shops at Showcase is tax deductible
A ticket to the Showcase House is not necessary to visit The Shops at Showcase

Outdoor dining for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages.
A ticket to the Showcase House is not necessary to visit the Restaurant at Showcase

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Creativity is priceless! As I walked through the 2009 Pasadena Showcase House of Design and observed the complete transformation of a 1917 Italian Renaissance Revival 10,000 square foot estate by 22 interior and 9 exterior design teams, I experienced a unique "mini" portrait of America's strength - built in part by the imagination and the passion of the artistically gifted. Current day-to-day living is challenging for many, but as I ventured from room to room, I felt as if I had been given a precious gift of renewal and hope inspired by the extraordinary talents of professional interior designers.

The restraint and respect for Estate's architectural revival style coupled with the vision of the crème de la crème who were also influenced by Los Angeles' multicultural landscape, provides the visitor an inside look at what makes good design great as well as elegant, comfortable, and interesting.

Celebrating it's 45th Pasadena Showcase, a collective of volunteers have worked tirelessly all year to assemble an extraordinary group of gifted designers to create an extraordinarily successful month long charitable event. By your attendance, not only will you feel inspired and hopeful about our future, but your admission supports children’s' musical education programs. Enjoy!

Carolyn E. Oliver,

Photo Gallery

House History
The house was completed in 1917 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style.
Architect G. Lawrence Stimson designed and built the house for his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Woodbury Stimson. They chose to move to this house from another Stimson designed home on South Orange Grove. That house, deemed too large for the family, was later purchased by the Wrigley family and is now the headquarters of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.

The G. Lawrence Stimson Company built over 1,000 houses in Los Angeles.

The original square footage of the house was 7,500. Today the house encompasses approximately 10,000 square feet.

In 1943, after 26 years of Stimson family ownership, the property was sold to the family of Dr. Charles H. Strub. As executive vice-president of the Los Angeles Turf Club, Dr. Strub was known as the “guiding spirit” for the development of Santa Anita Park racetrack.

The home was occupied by the Strub family until Mrs. Strub’s death in 1968.

Exquisite woodcarving was done by German craftsmen. There are paneled ceilings in several rooms as well as Greek influenced garlands of leaves, vines and flowers in the dining room.

This year there are 22 interior and 9 exterior design teams participating in the project.

This home was the 8th annual Pasadena Showcase House in 1972. At that time it was for sale for $284,500.

Celebrating it’s 60th anniversary, the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, is an all volunteer organization, whose members donate their time and talents to produce the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design. The success of this project has enabled the organization to donate over $16 million to support the arts in our community. 2009 marks the 45th annual Showcase House.

Completed in 1917 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, is one of San Marino’s most distinguished historic homes, designed and built by George Lawrence Stimson for his father and mother George Woodbury and Jennie Stimson. Serving as the site of the 1972 Pasadena Junior Philharmonic Showcase of Interior Design, this beautiful mansion comprising of over 10,000 square feet of living space and resting on over 2 acres in the Estate area of San Marino, is now being revisited 37 years later for the 2009 Pasadena Showcase House of Design.

The Architect
George Lawrence Stimson attended Throop Polytechnic Institute, Pasadena High School, and the Thatcher School in Ojai. As a young man he took an extended tour of Europe where he studied at the Lycee in Grenoble, France and the Real Schule in Leipzig, Germany. Upon his return, he joined his father in the family home-building enterprise. The successful architect was renowned for moving easily through all the popular architectural styles. He and his father are credited with conceiving the idea of electrically-controlled unit furnaces for home heating. His houses are known for their big halls on the second floor which were meant to provide temporary space for trunks because residents dividing their time between East and West coast were constantly packing and unpacking. He was a Mason, a Republican, a member of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Valley Hunt Club, the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, and the California Club. G. Lawrence Stimson died in 1939 at the age of 57.

A History of Owners
The first occupant of this magnificent estate was the father of the home’s architect and builder. George Woodbury Stimson was engaged in the wholesale grocery business in Ohio before moving his wife and five children to Southern California in 1885. He then began a new career in real estate development, becoming a pioneer in the home building business. He and his son, G. Lawrence Stimson, are credited with designing and building over 1000 homes in the Los Angeles area. G. Lawrence Stimson designed all the residences the elder Stimson constructed in Pasadena. As well as building custom homes, George Woodbury Stimson also did his share of speculative building. He would buy land, have his son provide the plans, execute the contracting, and then sell the fully-improved properties to new residents who were flooding into Pasadena during the late “teens” and the early “twenties.” He maintained an office in the still-existing Braley Building in Pasadena. George Woodbury Stimson was active in the Twilight Club, the California Club, and the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Prior to moving to this San Marino estate, the Stimson family lived in a South Orange Grove mansion also designed by their son, which later was sold to William Wrigley and is now the headquarters of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.

After his wife’s death, Mr. Stimson transferred title of the San Marino estate to his daughter Jane Stimson Dulin and her husband Garretson Dulin. Mrs. Dulin was one of the original members of the Junior League of Pasadena and served as president of the Pasadena Garden Club. She died in 1968 at the age of 91.

In October 1943, after 26 years of Stimson/Dulin family ownership, the property was sold to Virginia and Mary Strub. Living in the house was their father Dr. Charles H. Strub and his wife Vera. Dr. Strub was educated as a dentist but preferred a career in sports promotion. He was the executive vice-president of the Los Angeles Turf Club and the “guiding spirit” of the Santa Anita Park racetrack. The Strubs were well-known for their frequent entertaining at their San Marino home, sometimes for hundreds of guests at a time. The wedding reception of their daughter Virginia, occurring in 1951, was a lavish event that was held at their San Marino estate.

The property had various owners from 1968 until the present. It was advertised for sale in the Los Angeles Times in1972 for the asking price of $284,500. In this advertisement the home is referred to as an “incomparable mansion: with “European Elegance.” The home was again advertised for sale four years later and the asking price had increased to $350,000.

The Estate
As one enters this impressive estate through the gate post topped with cast-stone urns, notice the sweeping lawn and the circular driveway running through a grand central porte-cochere with heavily decorated arched openings and a balustrade terrace on its roof. The grand entry door of ornate grillwork leads to the formal entry hall with a black and white marble floor, graceful Corinthian columns, and a sweeping circular staircase that leads to the second floor. Throughout the house the fine workmanship by German craftsmen is seen in the hand carved pilasters, paneled ceilings, and the Greek influenced garlands of leaves, vines and flowers-the latter so beautifully executed in the dining room. Some features of this extraordinary home that are typical of the Italian Renaissance Revival Style include a central mass with two recessed wings which are symmetrical in form. The tile roof has prominent ridge-lines while the coffered eaves have continuous dentil detailing below. The home has two prominent plaster chimneys rising from the roof’s summit. Aside from the home’s striking architecture, the grandeur is carried through to the terraced gardens of this magnificent estate.

Research by Tim Gregory, The Building Biographer

2009 Showcase House of Design
Interior Designers Contact Information

Ann Fletcher
Ann Fletcher Interior Design
1000 East Walnut Street, Suite 210
Pasadena, CA 91106
Phone: (626) 449-4288
Cell: (626) 233-5329
Fax: (626) 449-0451

Cynthia Bennett
Cynthia Bennett & Associates, Inc.
501 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Phone: (626) 799-9701
Cell: (626) 695-6060
Fax: (626) 799-9716

Judy Taylor
Judy Taylor Interior Design, Inc.
1000 East Walnut Street, Suite 112
Pasadena, CA 91106
Phone: (626) 577-4457
Cell: (818) 395-2630
Fax: (626) 577-2124

Kassy Dieujuste
After Night Design
11125 Sarah St.
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Phone: (818) 482-5909
Cell: (818) 842-5909
Fax: (818) 762-6683

Amy Devault
Abby Albreight

Amy Devault Interior Design, Inc.
509 Santa Clara Ave
Venice, CA 90291
Phone: (310) 450-6626
Cell: (310) 383-8099
Fax: (310) 450-6667

Irma Clark-Johnson
CTR Builders, Inc.
3518 Ocean View Blvd
Glendale, CA 91208
Phone: (818) 249-3281 ext.22
Fax: (818) 248-7935

David Dalton, Designer
Meg Rottman, Marketing Director

David Dalton Inc.
5447 Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Phone: (323) 525-3155
Cell: (562) 440-9055 - Meg
Fax: (323) 525-3156

Cory Pernicano

Cory Pernicano Design
2041 North Vermont Avenue, Suite 20
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 667-1390
Cell: (323) 578-3994

David Reaume
Dawnette Whitcomb
Jim O’Halloran
Lily Hoang
Marc McGuan

David Reaume Construction & Design, Inc.
161 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone: (626) 795-7810
Cell: (626) 215-7810 - David
Fax: (626) 793-1687

Preston Lee
Jennifer Dyer

Design & Style
1630 Hasiam Terrace
W. Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: (310) 358-0953
Fax: (310) 358-0953

Back Stairway, Landing & Hallway
Genaro Lagdameo, Designer
Karen Schoener, Owner
Wendy Huffman
Cynthia Cady

Designs of the Interior
21723 Vanowen St.
Canoga Park, CA  91303
Phone: (818) 346-3684
Cell: (818) 400-5342 - Genaro
Cell: (661) 253-4243 - Karen
F: (818) 346-3609

Dining Room
Paul Devine
Interior Devine
30 South Oakland
Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone: (626) 795-5025
Cell: (626) 644-5444
Fax: (626) 795-1978

Tea House: Sitting Room/Bath/Koi Pond
Laurent Pingault
Jerome Thiebault

Interior Spaces, LLC
2444 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 503
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: (310) 399-4033
Cell: (310) 435-7906 - Laurent
Cell: (310) 968-8212 - Jerome
Fax: (310) 435-7906

Jean Horn

Jean Horn Interiors
532 West First Street, #215
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: (909) 621-1444
Cell: (626) 390-1055
Fax: (909) 621-1446

John Cole

John Cole Interior Design
8866 Collingwood Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Phone: (310) 659-9034
Cell: (310) 560-9034
Fax: (310) 659-9267

Karina Oldemans, ASIA, CID
Kelsey Mitchell
Christine Kristoffersen

Karina Oldemans Interior Design
12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1170
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 820-0320
Cell: (310) 245-5789 - Karina
Fax: (310) 442-9390

Grand Entrance Terrace
Lawrence Rizkowsky
Lawrence J. Rizkowsky Interior Design
8619 Fennell Place
Los Angeles, CA  90069
Phone: (310) 358-0771
Cell: (310) 776-0771
Fax: (310) 358-0779

Mark Cutler
Karen McKenzie
Jack Browne

Mark Cutler Design
8656 Holloway Plaza Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Phone: (310) 360-6212
Fax: (310) 360-6213

Mireille Parseghian
James Blakeley

NDA Interiors
1107 Crowne Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone: (818) 429-5200
Cell: (818) 429-5200
Fax: (626) 798-8370

Roberta Martin

Roberta Martin Interiors
1479 Locust St., #2
Pasadena, CA 91106
Phone: (626) 449-9968
Cell: (626) 298-1100
Fax: (626) 449-9968

Joshua Cain
Sue Potter
Jeff Gudbold

Saxony Street, Inc.
11659 Riverside Dr.
Valley Village, CA 91602
Phone: (818) 623-8001
Cell: (818) 388-8311
Fax: (818) 623-8006

Dennis Rosas
Didi Levinsohn

Sensi Design
3373 Rowena Ave. #6
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 660-9741
Fax: (323) 660-4348

Suzi Reader
Scot Barr
Suziscot Design
639 South Reese Place
Burbank, CA  91506
Phone: (818) 953-9534
Cell: (818) 516-2881 - Suzi
Cell: (818) 399-6824 - Scot
Fax: (818) 953-9197


Wendy Weiner
Wendy Weiner Interior Design
1014 South Wilshire Blvd., Suite 14-146
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Phone: (805) 494-0820
Cell: (805) 338-7492 - Wendy
Fax: (805) 494-0642


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