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2020 Pasadena Showcase House Selected in Arcadia

A photo of the 2020 Showcase House from The Architectural Digest in the late 1940s. – Courtesy photo

The first time Arcadia has hosted since 2013 and third time ever

By Galen Patterson

The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) selected in Arcadia to be the showing site in 2020.

The house was designed by Gerard Colcord, who designed and remodeled 400 residential estates in Southern California from 1924-1984. The selected house was built in 1937 and features 6,700 square feet on 1.75 acres of land. The home was built in the Federal Country Style, which Colcord is known for.

Federal Style can be identified by centrally-located entrances, cornices, and square, symmetrical, often brick construction commonly found in the New England area. Colcord’s Federal Country Style features unique detailing in different areas of the home. “The rooms just seem to radiate warmth and family, which is where the ‘country’ comes in,” said Jill Fosselman, 2020 Benefit Chair for PSHA.

The 22 interior and possibly eight exterior design spaces will feature newly designed fabrics and Dunn Edwards 2020 Color of the Year paint.

Beginning on April 26, the house in Arcadia will be available for self-guided tours and boutique-style shopping from specially-selected merchants accompanied by live music, and complete with a restaurant and pub.

This year, PSHA says they will be having an eco-friendly theme throughout the event, including using eco-friendly materials in the design spaces. “We are excited to show these high-end, luxury materials that are also kind to the environment,” said Fosselman

PSHA was founded in 1948, and is one of the nation’s oldest most successful home and garden tours. Proceeds from PSHA’s Showcase go to funding different projects involving schoolchildren and symphonies.

Third graders in the San Gabriel Valley may get a visit from the PSHA Music Mobile, a van loaded with symphonic instruments designed to give kids exposure to them. Fourth graders will be given the chance to attend a symphony at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Young musicians, ages 16-24, will have a chance to compete for grants and funding to further their musical career. PSHA also donates profits from the Showcase to underwrite concerts regionally.

The event is expected to draw 800-1,200 people per day during its 19 day operation, according to the city staff report.

City Council voted unanimously to allow the home to be used on Oct. 15.

October 16, 2019

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