651 South Saint John Avenue
Pasadena, California 91105-2913
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The 2014 Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Weekend will include an exceptional variety of architectural tours including walking, bus, self-guided and an all-day drive-yourself tour of unique examples of Pasadena's extraordinary Craftsman-era homes. The Craftsman Exposition features exhibitors of period furnishings and decorative arts, and special receptions will be hosted at historic sites on Friday and Saturday evenings. Craftsman Weekend attracts approximately 3,000 guests, visiting Pasadena from all global points. Attendees arrive from across the country to immerse themselves in the American Arts and Crafts Movement that is so wonderfully demonstrated throughout Pasadena, the West Coast center for the Movement during the early twentieth century.


Details and further information for this year's Craftsman Weekend, October 17-19, 2014 will be available in early August. Below is an overview of our 2013 Craftsman Weekend lineup of events. 

 Sponsored by   
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2013  

Excursion to the California Club 

8:30 am - 1:30 pm 

Price: $80 nonmember; $75 member 

Guests will travel by coach to the California Club for a continental breakfast and an exclusive tour of the private collection of Plein Air paintings. The landmarked structure is located at the heart of downtown Los Angeles and was designed in 1929 by architect Robert Farquhar. The club is meticulously maintained and features fine antiques, handcrafted furniture, and rich imported fabrics. In order to preserve the customs and traditions at The California Club, appropriate Business Casual Attire is expected of guests. Gentlemen: Collared shirt (tucked in) with slacks (or khakis). Ladies: A range of casual clothing consistent with customary good taste. Important to note: Denim and athletic shoes are NOT appropriate. Following the tour of the California Club, guests will take a short walk to see an amazing installation of Batchelder tiles. Earnest Batchelder was a prominent tile designer and craftsman in the early 20th century who made his home in Pasadena and many of his exquisite tile fireplaces, fountains and other installations can be found in homes and businesses throughout Pasadena and Los Angeles. 
Arts & Crafts Embroidery Workshop  

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Price: $100 nonmember; $90 member

Ann Chaves is well known in the Arts & Crafts community as a textile curator, collector and teacher. She will once again lead a class on Arts & Crafts embroidery for both beginners and experienced embroiderers. The class will work on a project with Ann who will provide each participant with a kit, which includes all the necessary materials to produce your own keep-sake of Craftsman Weekend. 


Wood Restoration Workshop

1:00 - 4:00 pm 

Price: $90 nonmember; $80 member 

For those who want to do-it-yourself but don't know how to start, one of Pasadena's respected wood restorers will demonstrate and teach participants various techniques for stripping and staining wood. Each participant will receive hands-on practice and an unfinished, Craftsman-style, quarter sawn oak clock built by Mike Devlin Furniture Maker, to stain for their keep-sake project.


Historic Churches Walking Tour 

Sponsored by The Judson Studios


1:00 - 3:00 pm

2:00 - 4:00 pm  

Price: $25 nonmember; $20 member

Guests will tour Pasadena's local churches and learn their history and architecture. These churches were constructed with and feature abundant use of stained glass, stone, and other natural resources in their Gothic Mission Revival and Contemporary designs and styles. Included on the tour are the First Baptist Church of Pasadena, the First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, the Presbyterian Church of Pasadena and the First Church of Christ Scientist of Pasadena. 





Opening Reception Honoring American Bungalow

6:00 - 8:30 pm 

Price: $50 nonmember; $45 member

This evening, we honor John Brinkmann and the American Bungalow staff for their contribution to the ongoing revival of the Craftsman Movement. American Bungalow is focused on preserving and restoring the modest American 20th century home, the bungalow, and the rich lifestyle that it affords. The grand opening of Craftsman Weekend will take place at the Historic Blinn House, home to the Women's City Club of Pasadena and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Constructed during 1906, this Prairie-style structure was designed by noted architect George Washington Maher. Guided tours of the facility are available. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be offered. 






Arts & Crafts Antiques Lecture and Exclusive Preview Shopping

9:00 - 11:00 am 

Price: $15 nonmember; $10 member

Pasadena Heritage hosts over 60 of the finest exhibitors from around the country who specialize in furnishings and decorative arts from the turn of the last century. This lecture and exclusive shopping opportunity will focus on the antiques from this period and will feature some of the finest dealers of Arts & Crafts antiques in the country. Learn about quality and value for antique items and how to spot the "real thing!" Then spend time shopping at the antique booths before the exhibit opens to the general public and pick up that one-of-a-kind piece that fits perfectly in your home!

Altadena's Craftsman Heritage Bus Tour

Sponsored by Steve & Lisa Haussler, Coldwell Banker

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Price: $45 nonmember; $40 member

The Altadena's Craftsman Heritage Bus Tour will feature homes throughout the Altadena area. Because Altadena is located north of Pasadena and is situated at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, much of the urban design and development embraces a natural and unique wilderness lifestyle. The area comprises an eclectic collection of historic properties, including many Craftsman bungalows, which cohere to the community's vast and scenic natural environment. This tour will make a stop at the Keyes Bungalow, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been published in numerous magazines as the quintessential bungalow! 

"Move it or Lose it" Drive-Yourself Tour

Sponsored by Podley Properties

9:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Price: $35 nonmember; $30 member

To save and protect the cultural and historic resources of Pasadena, many historic buildings and structures were relocated to different parts of the city. This drive-yourself tour explores several unique and historically significant structures that were relocated to avoid adverse changes to their historic character or plans for demolition. Interior visits include Gartz Court, Fair Oaks Court, the Waverly School, and the Greene and Greene-designed Sanborn House. An exterior visit may be made at the Greene and Greene designed Herkimer Arms, saved from demolition by Pasadena Heritage.  

Rose Villa Neighborhood Walking Tour

Sponsored by The Judson Studios

9:00 am - 11:00 am 

10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Price: $25 nonmember; $20 member 

Featured for the first time during Craftsman Weekend, the Rose Villa neighborhood is filled with charming, late Craftsman-style  homes by lesser-known but significant architects. Due to the neighborhood's large number of beautiful and historically significant homes, the area is eligible for designation as a historic landmark district to protect its historic character. The tour is docent led and includes interior visits of exceptional modest craftsman-era homes. 


Washington Square Neighborhood Walking Tour

Sponsored by The Judson Studios

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Price: $25 nonmember; $25 member

Filled with beautifully kept Craftsman homes by well-known architects, Washington Square district was designated as a historic landmark in 2003 to protect the historic and architectural integrity of the neighborhood. One of Pasadena's best-kept secrets, Washington Square encompasses approximately 250 homes that were built between 1910 and 1940 with architectural styles that range from California Craftsman, Spanish Colonial, Tudor, English Cottage, and Traditional designs. The tour is docent led and includes interior visits of exceptional modest craftsman-era homes. 
House Detective Workshop  

Sponsored by Magistrale Construction

9:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Price: $45 nonmember; $40 member 

Historic architect William W. Ellinger III will lead this hands-on practical workshop. The workshop invites guests to explore the details of the exterior and interior of a  historic property, and teaches participants how to uncover the past by tracing the evolution of a historic  home by researching the property's permit  history and identifying the  historic physical clues. The session also offers affordable techniques that improve the livability of historic properties without damaging the historic character. 




Great Architects Lecture and Bus Tour

Sponsored by Steve & Lisa Haussler, Coldwell Banker

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Lecture) & 2:30 - 5:30 pm (Tour)

Price: $55 nonmember; $50 member

The lecture and bus tour will feature the work of distinguished architect Sylvanus Marston (1883-1946). Marston was the  master of disparate architectural styles and design that have helped shape and define Pasadena's architecture today. He belonged to the original coterie of architects that represented the Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and together with his partners is responsible for nearly 1000 projects in and around Pasadena. Prior to the tour, Kathleen Tuttle, author of the book "Sylvanus Marston Pasadena's Quintessential Architect," will give a presentation on the life and works of the renowned architect. The book, originally published in 2001, will be available for purchase and signing by the author. 




Saturday Evening Reception

Exclusive Tour & Reception at the William T. Bolton House


6:00 - 8:30 pm 

Price: $110 nonmember; $100 member

The Saturday Evening Reception will be held at the beautiful Bolton House designed in 1906 by Charles and Henry Greene. In the style of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, the 6,000 square foot house features the glowing patina of rare woods such as Port Orford cedar, Honduras mahogany, tiger oak, maple, teak, and birds-eye redwood. The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 after sensitively restoring and enhancing its architectural features. It is located off of Pasadena's historic "Millionaire's Row" and is set in a greensward with spectacular mountain views. The reception will include interior tours of the magnificent home, and a catered wine and hors d'oeuvres gathering in the beautiful landscaped gardens. 






Homes featured on tour from top left: The Frank Edgar Day House by Sylvanus Marston, The Clarence A. Blood House by the Sweet Bungalow Company; attributed to Alfred and Arthur Heineman, The John Bentz House by Charles & Henry Greene. Bottom left: The Billett House by David M. Renton and The Howell House by Harold Doolittle. 

Photography by Dennis Hill.


Sunday Craftsman House Tour


Sponsored by 


9:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Price: $45 nonmember; $40 member

The signature event of the weekend is the Craftsman House Tour. The in-depth drive-yourself Craftsman House Tour features five privately owned Craftsman-era homes and are led by experienced docents who will provide detailed histories of the homes. The homes showcase a variety of interpretations of the Craftsman style in Pasadena, and the hallmark design features exquisite craftsmanship that characterize the period. Guests will have the opportunity to examine the natural materials, fine craftsmanship, and exquisite detailing that exemplify each home. (Please allow  yourself at least 4 hours to view all the houses.)





Craftsman Exposition Sale & Show and Silent Auction

11:00 am - 6:00 pm 

Registration: $10 OR complimentary with other event ticket purchase

The Craftsman Exposition Sale & Show features antique and contemporary furnishing and decorative arts at the Pasadena Convention Center. The two-day event will feature over 60 exhibitors from around the nation and offer a broad spectrum of Craftsman-inspired furniture, textiles, pottery and tiles, metal work, wallpapers and stencils, and books for sale. All exhibitors are juried to provide the Craftsman Weekend the highest quality sources for antique and contemporary work in the style of the period. Entrance to the Craftsman Exposition is complimentary with the purchase of any Craftsman Weekend event ticket or can be purchased separately. For a list of returning exhibitors in the 2013 Craftsman Weekend please click here


Silent Auction

Saturday (11:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Sunday (11:00 am - 4:00 pm)

The Silent Auction offers an array of Craftsman related decorative arts, restaurant certificates, performance tickets, exclusive wines, and other unique items from local shops, businesses, and individual donors. Bidding for the Silent Auction begins on Saturday at 11:00 am and closes on Sunday at 4:00 pm. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the preservation efforts of Pasadena Heritage. To view the items donated in the 2013 Craftsman Weekend Silent Auction please click here