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Tour This Year's Pasadena Showcase House, By John Byers

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Photos by Elizabeth Daniels

Every year for 48 years now, the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts has designers from around SoCal make over a significant and grand old house--last year, we saw an overhaul of a 1927 Paul Williams design in La Canada Flintridge. The organization sells tours and uses the proceeds to support arts education and classical music programs. This year's house, open to the public right now, is in La Canda Flintridge and was designed by John W. Byers, who's known for his Spanish Colonial Revivals. The Robbins House was built in 1927 as the winter home "for Hunter Savidge Robbins, his wife Margaret K. Robbins, their four children and one male French-born servant," according to press materials (apparently Mr. Robbins had a Michigan-based lumber fortune and also owned a theater or theaters). After the Robbins separated in the forties, the missus moved in here with her new husband, and there have been two other owners since. The latest owners bought the house in 1996 (they'll get first dibs on buying the furnishings when the fundraiser is over, then the sale will open to the public). The estate has eight bedrooms and bathrooms in 6,429 square feet. The house will be open through May 13. Tickets are $30-40 and you can buy them here. You'll find a full list of the designers involved down below.

David Reaume, David Reaume Construction & Design for Hallway/Executive Bathroom/Card Room
Debra Rabb, Debra Rabb Landscape Architecture, Exterior Advisor
Laramee Haynes, Haynes Landscape Design for Greenhouse
Albert Janz and Sherry Stein, Henry Johnstone & Co. for Living Room
Paul Devine, Interior Devine for Traveler’s Room/Hallway and Staircase
Mario Saverino and Kenn Myers, MK & Company, Interior Advisors
Walter Hubert, Silver Birches for Restaurant
Cynthia Bennett, Cynthia Bennett & Associates, Inc., for Writer’s / Artist’s Retreat
Gregory Parker, Parker West Interiors for Kitchen/Butler’s Pantry/Pantry/Breakfast Room
Phillip W. Cohen, Studio of Phillip W. Cohen, for Telephone Room
Traci Larsen, Traci Larsen Interiors for Reading Room
Joshua Cain, Saxony Design Build for Guest Suite/Laundry Room/Bath/Library/ Family Office
Melissa Carson and Barry Magness, Carson-Magness Landscapes, Inc., for Pool and BBQ / Pool Dressing Area and Shower
Terry Morrill, California Waterscapes Inc. for Waterfall
Jaime Dietenhofer, Garage Envy, Inc. for Casita Garage
Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi, FORM LA Landscaping Inc., for Andalusian Courtyard
Kristi Nelson, KMNelson Design, LLC for Lady’s Office
Stephanie Leese and Jason Lai, L2 Interiors for Breezeway
Mark Cutler, Mark Cutler Design for Casita
Christina Lauren, for Entrada/Main Staircase/Upstairs Gallery/Powder Room
Steve Sandalis, Mystic Water Gardens for Guesthouse Pond
Kathryne Dahlman, Kathryne Designs, Inc., for Master Suite/Sitting Room/Balcony/His and Her Closet/ Master Bath
John Lauterbach, Lauterbach, Inc., for Guesthouse Pond
Anne Phillips, Go Green Gardeners for Front Walkway/ Rose Garden & Fountain
Maya Williams Maya Williams Design for Girl’s Bedroom
Copper Gyer, Copper Gyer Design, for Guest Bedroom
Karina Oldemans, Karina Oldemans Interior Design for Dining Room
Kristin Pipal and Ann Kneedler, Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc., for Vestibule/Balcony
Jon Jahr, Jon Jahr and Associates for Gentleman’s Study
Debra Lynn Henno, DLH Design for Boy’s Bedroom
Genaro Lagdemeo, Designs of the Interior for Family Room/Bath
· Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts
· Pasadena Showcase House of Design Archives [Curbed LA]