Showcase House Premier Night Draws a Crowd

Photo courtesy Melissa Castro Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts President Lynn Mehl (from left), Premiere Night chair Karen Butcher and Premiere Night chair Annette Sellon, and benefit chair Dana Marevich celebrated last Friday.
Photo courtesy Melissa Castro
Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts President Lynn Mehl (from left), Premiere Night chair Karen Butcher and Premiere Night chair Annette Sellon, and benefit chair Dana Marevich celebrated last Friday.

Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts celebrated its Premiere Night presentation of the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design last Friday.
More than 220 guests dressed in evening wear were treated to a grand tour of the 53rd Showcase House — a magnificent English Tudor designed by the prominent architectural firm of Marston & Van Pelt in 1916.
During the lovely spring evening, the designers, PSHA members and patrons of the arts mingled about the newly designed spaces and bucolic grounds. Afterwards, the crowd gathered at Caltech’s Athenaeum for dinner and dancing where they were welcomed with champagne and hors d’oeuvres.
“Premiere Night is a time for us to celebrate our members and honor our designers. Since January, they have been working nonstop to transform this estate into the Pasadena Showcase House of Design,” said Premiere Night co-chairs Annette Sellon and Karen Butcher.
Guests dined on a special menu of garden fresh heirloom tomato and pea salad and a duo of savory roasted tenderloin and seared scallop. Flowers from Patterson Topiaries adorned the tables and the band, Film at Eleven, played popular tunes that kept guests dancing the night away.
The 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design is now open to the public through May 21. Tickets cost between $35-$45. All visitors to Showcase House must be 12 years of age and older. Flat shoes only. To purchase tickets or for more information about PSHA, visit pasadenashowcase.org.
Pasadena Showcase House of Design is one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the country. This year’s Showcase House has been reimagined by 17 interior designers and six exterior designers from the region. The 7,479 square foot main residence features six bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half baths. The majestic two-acre compound includes a pool and tea cottage on park-like grounds with several water features, faux bois bridge, leafy trees and sitting areas. Guests can also enjoy the Shops at Showcase, the Wisteria Terrace Restaurant and the Ivy Court.

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