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Pasadena Showcase Celebrates 51 Years

Design Trends

This year marks the 51st anniversary of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. As one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the nation, the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts committee is ready to open this year's tour on April 19, 2015. On view through May 17, the selected English Arts and Crafts home is a historical jewel in the Arroyo area of Pasadena.

History of the Home

The English Tudor estate with Craftsman elements was built by architect Fernand Parmentier. Known as the "Eliot House" after the original owners and completed in 1910, the 9,400-square-foot estate also features a separate 2,600-square-foot carriage house with an upstairs apartment that once housed the chauffeur and coachman. The home was also the site of the 1993 showcase tour so many returning guests may remember the home.

John Eliot commissioned the home as a honeymoon house for his new bride. As his new bride loved the outdoors, the home was designed for entertaining and outdoor living.

The main estate features Honduras mahogany beams and moldings as well as intricately designed plaster cast ceilings. As the Arts and Crafts movement was burgeoning in the Pasadena area, details such as the horizontal bands of windows, broad front porch, grand entry fireplace with Greuby tile, built-in cabinetry and stained-glass windows all provided a grand showcase of this architectural influence.

Dunn-Edwards and Pasadena Showcase

Dunn-Edwards has been the proud, exclusive paint sponsor for the Pasadena Showcase House of Design for 50 years and is thrilled to be a part of this annual celebration. The color palette will again be featured on the website. To view these colors as well as past Showcase event colors, visit

To learn more about Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and the yearly Pasadena Showcase House of Design, visit

Image courtesy artist Lynn Van Dam Cooper and Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts