First published in the Dec. 1 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
Following a triumphant return earlier this year, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts recently announced the dates and location of the 2023 Pasadena Showcase House of Design, one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most successful home and garden tours.
The 58th Showcase House will reimagine Stewart House, a 1933 grand colonial estate with spectacular acreage in a storied neighborhood of Pasadena. Public tours of the Showcase House will take place April 23 – May 21. Golden Tickets are now on sale.
“We feel incredibly lucky to present the Stewart House as our 58th Pasadena Showcase House of Design,” said Vikki Sung, 2022-23 president of Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. “Featured in 1983 as the 19th Showcase House, we are revisiting this majestic estate, stewarded by the same family for nearly 40 years, to reintroduce it to a new generation.”
Designed by Marston & Maybury, one of Pasadena’s most celebrated architectural partnerships, Stewart House harkens back to the days of gracious architecture and quintessential showcase with more than 11,000 square feet of living space sited on two acres of carefully landscaped and exquisitely manicured grounds.
Following just four short months of renovation, more than 20,000 guests will tour through the 30-plus interior and landscape design spaces highlighting cutting-edge trends in high-style living.
Guests can expect the famous Shops at Showcase, offering a variety of boutique and craft merchants, as well as several on-site restaurants offering hot meals, grab-and-go snacks, as well as beer, wine and cocktails. Entertainment and programming are planned throughout the event showcasing local musicians, docent-led garden tours, special brunches and more.
The Pasadena Showcase House of Design is the primary fundraising benefit for Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. During the 2021-22 program year, the organization contributed $500,000 to local nonprofits supporting music and arts programs, and since 1948, has contributed more than $24 million. Throughout its history, Pasadena Showcase, particularly through its Gifts & Grants program, has supported music education, scholarships, concerts, and music therapy, while continuing to support the L.A. Phil.
Pasadena Showcase nurtures the study and appreciation of music among young people with its three annual music programs: the Music MobileTM, which has introduced orchestral instruments to more than 125,000 3rd grade students; the Instrumental Competition, which has awarded more than $650,000 in monetary prizes for exceptionally talented young musicians; and the Youth Concert, which has brought nearly 250,000 4th-graders to Walt Disney Concert Hall for exuberant performances presented by the L.A. Phil.
Golden Tickets (valid any day or time) are now on sale and can be purchased at pasadenashowcase.org/tickets. Insider Packages offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the transformation of Stewart House with access to the Empty House Party in January and Premiere Night Gala in April. Timed entry tickets will go on sale in early February.