First published in the April 7 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
After a two-year pandemic-imposed hiatus, the Altadena Guild of Huntington Memorial Hospital’s Home & Garden Tour will return Sunday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to celebrate its 69th anniversary of supporting Huntington Medical Research Institutes, along with Huntington Hospital.
Tickets are available at altadenaguild.org for $45, or may be purchased onsite May 1 for $50.
The guild’s home tour, called, this year, Festival de Mendocino Lane, includes tours of four homes and their grounds on palm-lined Altadena Street.
One of the residences, a 1931 Spanish-style home built by noted architect Richard Bates, is located on a 1-acre subtropical botanic garden featuring 140 palm species.
Another tour home, newly constructed in mid-2020 and never before viewed by the public, is an Italianate villa designed by architect John Vandevelde.
“We encourage our guests to make a day of it, starting with morning coffee and churros, part of our nod to the Mendoza region of Argentina, and later lunch and refreshments at the café and cantina,” said Patricia Ostiller, Altadena Guild member and home tour co-chair.
“While meandering from one tour home to another, guests can enjoy live music being played throughout the day in the homes, a café and cantina, shop for jewelry, clothing and other beautifully crafted wares from various vendors, and watch a 1 p.m. street performance by professional tango dancers,” she added.
“The vendors will donate 20% of their event sales to the guild,” Ostiller said.
In addition to the tango dancers, the guild’s home tour this year marks several other firsts.
“Adding to our ever-popular classic cars display, this year’s event also will showcase a Porsche collection,” said Elaine Bauer, Altadena Guild member and home tour co-chair.
Another new feature will be booths, with local organizations offering information about various programs available to the community.
“This also is the first time we’ve had a presenting sponsor,” Ostiller said. “We are deeply grateful to presenting sponsor MonteCedro, along with all of our sponsors and vendors, for their generous contributions that are enabling us to bring back our 2022 home tour stronger than ever.”
“We are honored and humbled to be the first presenting sponsor of this wonderful event, raising funds for the vital work of Huntington Medical Research Institutes and Huntington Hospital,” said Ruben Alvarado, MonteCedro’s director of sales and marketing. “We are grateful to the guild for inviting us to join them in enriching the quality of life within this beautiful community that we call home. Like the guild, we value firsthand the impact we create when we come together to give where we live.”
Between 1952, when its first home tour raised $428 to help furnish the HMRI research facility founded that same year, and 2019, the guild has held 68 consecutive annual home tours on the first Sunday in May, resulting in several million dollars donated to HMRI and the hospital.
“HMRI is grateful for the Altadena Guild’s seven-decade partnership with us, which has been vital to our progressive growth and impact. Over the years, the guild has contributed generously to our capital-building campaign, funded critical laboratory equipment and fellowships, and faithfully provided volunteer support to us,” said Julia E. Bradsher, HMRI president and CEO.
“It cannot be overstated how fortunate we are to have the highly esteemed and internationally prominent HMRI right here in our backyard doing such amazing work researching diseases and improving the lives of our residents,” Bauer said.
“It’s a real honor and privilege to support them and to provide a way for individuals in our community to help further HMRI’s mission in such a fun and meaningful way,” she added.
“We’re so excited to be back,” Ostiller said. “We hope everyone will come out, have a great day and do so much good.”
For the safety of guests, volunteers, homeowners and their families, all Home & Garden Tour 2022 guests will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and wear face masks while inside the tour homes. Additional safety protocols may be required if circumstances warrant.