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Pasadena Showcase Celebrates 52 Years of Excellence in Design

Design Trends

Pasadena Showcase House of Design celebrates 52 years this year by providing another look at design excellence and historical renovation. 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 17, 2015 at the late Mission Revival style 1918 estate attributed to Myron Hunt, and formerly known as Dryborough Hall.

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The Color

As the exclusive paint sponsor for more than 50 years, Dunn-Edwards is pleased to present this year’s color palette, including a special selection of our new color collection Then, Now & Forever®.

The color selections provide a range of historical and trending hues, selected to reflect the latest design
trends and accentuate the home’s classic architecture and surrounding landscape. For the fifty-second Pasadena Showcase House of Design, visitors will experience a color scheme that is evident of the late Mission Revival style – soft, muted tones of dusty greens, classic blues and rosy pinks, highlighted with gold, fawn and marine grey.

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Through a partnership with Dunn-Edwards Paints and Interior Advisor, Joshua Cain of Saxony Design Build, 16 colors were chosen as part of this year’s palette, twelve of which were sourced from the new Then, Now & Forever collection, reflecting the historically accurate coloring for the Mission Revival period. Further building off the color selection, Cain infused the palette into fabrics and textiles. “We took great care to develop a fresh color scheme that not only pays homage to the house’s elegantly refined architecture, but also reflects today’s California lifestyle.”

The Estate

Situated on 2 acres, the 1918 Mission Revival estate was originally owned by the wealthy New York City
restaurateur Leon C. Riggs who purchased the vacant parcels, totaling 8.56 acres, in late 1917 from the Oak Lodge Land & Water Company. He built the home as a winter retreat for his wife Julia Edith Percy and their adopted daughter Helen; however, soon after its completion, he sold it to the family of Alexander Dryburgh, who named the estate Dryborough Hall.

Features include six bedrooms and five bathrooms, as well as a two-bed, two-bath guest house. The two-story, 16,000-square foot main residence includes spacious living quarters, historical fireplaces, intricate millwork and plenty of storage space.

On view through May 15, 2016, tickets for Showcase can be purchased at To view this year's color palette as well as colors from past years' Showcase events, click here.

Illustration by Lynn Van Dam Cooper