2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design Celebrates it Opening Premiere Night Draws a Crowd

Front Row: Designer Liaison Marti Farley, 2017 Benefit Chair Dana Marevich, PSHA President Lynn Mehl, Interior-Chair Marybeth Rehman-Dittu, Exterior-Chair Susan Bermingham. Top Row: Assistant to the Benefit Chair Jill Fosselman, Interior-Chair Diane Hatfield, Exterior-Chair Allison MaginnLandscape and exterior designers Designer Aaron DukeMr and Mrs. Jeanne K. ChungDesigners Paul L\'Esperance & Daelen Cory with artist Shari TipichDesigners Maria Videla-Juniel and Cheryl HardyPSHA President Lynn Mehl with Pasadena Mayor Terry Torneck and his wife Maria Elizabeth Mascoli Designer Phil Vonk and his wifePremiere Night Co-Chair Karen Butcher, PR Committee Member Erin Dundee and Premiere Night Co-Chair Annette Sellon2017 Benefit Chair Dana Marevich and PSHA President Lynn Mehl

From STAFF REPORTS

1:50 pm | May 3, 2017


Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) celebrated their Premiere Night presentation of the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design on Friday, April 21. Dressed in evening wear, more than 220 guests 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 a 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 the The Athenaeum at the California Institute of Technology for dinner and dancing where they were welcomed with champagne and passed 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 sumptuous 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, 2016. 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, please visit www.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 its several water features, faux bois bridge, leafy trees and sitting areas, the gardens feel a world away from the city.

Guests can also enjoy The Shops at Showcase, The Wisteria Terrace Restaurant and The Ivy Court.

About Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

An all-volunteer organization, PSHA is a non-profit California Corporation whose members donate their time and talents to produce the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design, one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the nation. PSHA celebrated the milestone of its fiftieth Showcase House in 2014. Founded in 1948, the organization has donated over $20 million to provide music programs in the community. Examples include the underwriting of concerts, choral productions, musical theater, opera, jazz quartets, marching bands, and orchestras at local schools, senior centers, and many other non-profit organizations. Additionally, a staple part of PSHA’s program is music therapy for at-risk children, scholarships for young musicians, and music education at a variety of levels. This is in addition to their longstanding support of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. They also produce three highly regarded annual music programs: Music Mobile™, Instrumental Competition and Youth Concert. An essential part of PSHA’s mission is to nurture the study and appreciation of music and to ensure that music is available to a broad range of audiences. For over 65 years, PSHA has funded and produced programs that have enriched the lives of countless people and brought a lasting legacy to the community.