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Craftsman Weekend Events


 Saturday, October 18th, 2014




- 9:00 am - 5:00 pm



City of Monrovia Bus Tour

Saturday, October 18th
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

The City of Monrovia is located just eight miles east of Pasadena. Like Pasadena, the Arts & Crafts movement became an important architectural design in their development as a community. Monrovia is nestled between the picturesque foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, which takes advantage of all the warmth and gorgeous natural environment of Southern California. Monrovia reflects its heritage and history in its landmarks, buildings, parks, and neighborhoods and distinguishes itself from other communities with its dynamic small-town charm and collection of high-tech industry. Since 1996, the City of Monrovia listed 129 designated local landmarks, and commits itself to the revitalization and development that ensures the attractiveness of the city. Together with the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group, this tour will explore many of these local landmarks that contribute to the charm of the city.

The tour will feature two interior stops.

Price: $45 nonmember $40 member 

Historic Rose Bowl Walking Tour

Saturday, October 18th
10:00 am - Noon

Take a tour of the National Historic Landmark Rose Bowl Stadium, designed by prominent architect Myron Hunt and built in 1922. The Rose Bowl was designated a National Landmark in 1987 for its importance to the history of collegiate sports, as the long-term home of the oldest post-season college game. The Rose Bowl was also a venue in both the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. Myron Hunt envisioned the Arroyo as a great urban park, and also studied the theaters of the ancient Greeks and Romans for inspiration on his design. Despite alterations and additions over the years, the stadium retains many of its original features, which you will see during this tour. Tickets purchased through Pasadena Heritage are at a discounted rate and the proceeds support both the Rose Bowl and Pasadena Heritage.

Tickets must be purchased by October 8th. Last minute ticket sales will NOT be available.
$25 nonmember $20 member


Historic Woods Seminar

Saturday, October 18th

10:00 am - Noon

Many different wood species can be found in Craftsman homes including, Oak, redwood, Douglas fir, teak, cedar and other species that were formed into timber beams, rafters, shingles and shakes and interior elements. Historic Architect William W. Ellinger III will explain the differences in these woods and their uses in historic homes and how to achieve the look of old wood when it is no longer available.

Price: $25 nonmember $20 member


Museum Viewing at the Huntington Library

Saturday, October 18th
10:30 am - 12:30 pm 

Pasadena Heritage guests are invited to attend the Huntington Library's new exhibition "Your Country Calls! Posters of the First World War." This show spotlights graphic arts as propaganda during World War I (1914-1918), and includes illustration art from before the war that overlaps the Craftsman Movement. Craftsman Weekend exhibitor Elizabeth Norris, member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers Association and owner of Vintage European Posters, was the consultant on object selection and helped sort through over 700 wartime posters in the Huntington’s collection to select the 40 on view. These colorful designs were meant to influence national identity, mobilize citizens into action to win the war, and build unity across international borders. Guests are welcome to come anytime between 10:30 am and 12:30 p.m. Tickets purchased through Pasadena Heritage are at a discounted rate and the proceeds support both the Huntington Museum and Pasadena Heritage.


You/Buy a Liberty Bond Lest I Perish

United States, 1917, Charles Raymond Macauley (1871–1934), color lithograph, 40 ¼  × 29 ¾ in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, gift of Charles Heartwell.


Tickets must be used from 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. on Saturday

Price: $20 Member; $25 Non Member


Greene & Greene Inspired Presentation

(Purchase separately or combinewith the Greene & Greene Inspired Bus Tour)


Saturday, October 18th
Presentation 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Prior to the Greene & Greene inspired bus tour there will be a visual presentation by local Craftsman historian, John Ripley and Juan Dela Cruz. The presentation will give a broader and more in-depth understanding of the multiple architects and designs of some of the homes that may not be on the tour. Guests may purchase a ticket separately to the presentation or a combined ticket for the lecture and tour.

Price: $10 Member; $15 Non Member


Greene & Greene Inspired Bus Tour 

(includes the Greene & Greene Inspired Presentation prior to the tour)

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Charles and Henry Greene are iconic figures in the Pasadena Craftsman Movement. Their designs for the Gamble House, the Blacker House, the Bolton House, and the Robinson House (to name just a few) were admired not only by their clients, but also professional architects, designers, contractors, and builders who looked to the Greenes for inspiration. This tour will explore some lesser-known architects who worked in the style of the Greene brothers and contributed their own brand of quality and luxury to many other homes in Pasadena.

The tour will feature one interior stop.

Price: $55 nonmember $50 member

South Grand Neighborhood Walking Tour 


1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Walking tour times have SOLD OUT, tickets are still available in the Craftsman Weekend Discount Package



The gracious homes above the Arroyo Seco east bank are among the most beautiful and historic locations in Pasadena. The South Grand Walking Tour will include an overview of extraordinary homes and buildings like the Vista del Arroyo Hotel. In 1882 Emma C. Bangs opened the original La Vista del Arroyo Hotel, a two-story, wood-frame building, and series of small cottages that over years grew into one of Pasadena’s most luxurious hotels until1943 when the U.S. War Department acquired the complex and converted it into the McCormack Army Hospital and offices for the U. S. Army. In 1981 the Vista del Arroyo was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the buildings were restored as the southern seat of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Other locations along the tour route include the Robinson House, and Freeman A. Ford house built in 1907 by Charles and Henry Greene who were among the foremost architects of the American Arts & Crafts Movement and developed the distinctive California bungalow. There are also several Seymore Locke homes, originally owned by the Locke family who were early pioneers of Pasadena. An interior stop will be made at a beautiful Italian Villa, now home to the Shakespeare Club of Pasadena. The Villa, designed by the well-known architectural firm of Marston & Maybury, was originally the home of Mrs. Henry Everett, co-founder of the Hollywood Bowl and contributor to the Pasadena Playhouse and the California Institute of Technology.

The tour will feature an interior stop at the Shakespeare Club


Price: $20 Member; $25 Non Member



Saturday Evening Reception

Saturday, October 18th  
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm  
The Saturday reception is our most exclusive and elegant event of the weekend and will be held at the extraordinary home of Myron Hunt. Designed by Myron Hunt, a renowned architect throughout Southern California in 1905, this striking 5,300 square foot Craftsman home was occupied by the Hunt family until 1957. Located in the picturesque Arroyo area, the residence is surrounded by other grand homes designed by some of the leading architects in the country and features a brick foundation, hand charred and brushed redwood beamed ceilings and molding throughout, wood shingle roof, simplified Doric columns on the portico, west façade, and south side pergola. Arched windows dominate the entryway while lead glass windows provide ornament to the west façade, and a small but sophisticated formal garden is oriented to outdoors living, which is typical and so important of the craftsman period. The reception will include tours of the historic home and a catered wine and hors d’oeuvres gathering in the beautiful gardens.  
Price: $125 nonmember $115 member  
 Purchase of any Craftsman Weekend event ticket includes a 2-day pass to the Exhibition at the Pasadena Convention Center.  

 Photos courtesy of Dennis Hill, Pasadena Heritage, the Huntington Library, and the Rose Bowl.