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DESIGN PASADENA 2010 OUTDOOR ROOMS

A FRESH-AIR GUIDE TO RELAXING, COOKING AND ENTERTAINING YOUR GUESTS IN STYLE


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n impressive Roland Coate designed estate in the prestigious San Rafael area of Pasadena becomes available for the first time in 25 years and truly is a one-of-a-kind estate that takes your breath away both inside and out. Set back from the street behind a majestic gate, this estate chooses not to flaunt its magnificence, but quietly reflects its dramatic presence behind the veil of privacy, simplicity and serenity. The home’s design springs from the Colonial Revival style which has been one of the most long-loved and popular domestic architecture styles over the course of time.

14,000 SQUARE FOOT HOME ON JUST UNDER 4 ACRES • CARRIAGE HOUSE: 1,336 sq. ft. • 2nd HOME: 1,022 sq. ft. MAIN FLOOR Formal living room & dining room, original wood-paneled parlor, bright, enclosed garden room with views of the stunning grounds and San Gabriel Mountains. Magnificent kitchen with large center island and butlers’ pantry, large family room w/fireplace & two built-in desks, grand 2-story wood paneled library housing over 4,000 books. LOWER FLOOR 2nd Family room w/fireplace, billiard room, exercise/weight room, arcade/game room and a 12-seat fully automated home theater, complete with its own ticket booth! 2ND FLOOR Master bedroom suite complete with walk in closets, master bath, fireplace and grand views of the stately grounds and San Gabriel Mountains. Four additional bedrooms each with their own bathroom, direct access to the carriage house, laundry room, wrapping/mail room, and the “silver room” where all of the estate’s silver was once housed!

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CARRIAGE HOUSE Situated over the 4-car garage and accessible from the 2nd floor and private entrance, the Carriage House boasts a gracious bedroom w/full bath, 2 walk-in closets, romantic living room and kitchen. 2ND HOME Located on the Northern tip of the grounds and sporting its’ own address, garage & entrance off of San Rafael, the 2nd home reflects the Spanish Colonial Revival style and features 2 bedrooms, a living room w/fireplace, kitchen and full bath. GROUNDS There are numerous architecturally designed areas all masterfully woven together to create a sense of unity, seclusion & inspiration. Seamlessly branching off the main grass area which itself rambles under stately oak trees are the tennis court, swimming pool and spa with large pool house, world-class Camilla and Azaela garden, stunning, terraced rose gardens featuring 800 or so rose bushes, and a small orchard showcasing lemon, orange, grapefruit and tangerine trees all meticulously manicured and maintained! The grounds were featured in several garden tours of the 1940s and 1950s. What a game of “hide ‘n seek” could be had!!


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19 DESIGN PASADENA 2010 12 AN OUTDOOR ROOM WITH A VIEW All the world’s a stage for Pasadena homeowners who built the ultimate outdoor room. –By B.J. Lorenzo

17 OUTDOORS AT THE 2010 PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE An eco-friendly outdoor kitchen, designers’ tips for outdoor rooms and a cool monthlong restaurant that’s for the birds –By Vanessa Kogevinas and Irene Lacher

19 A COOL SPACE FOR OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING An arbor in Glendale softens the California sun’s harsh heat. –By Vanessa Kogevinas

22 SLEEK NEW SCHOOLS RISE ON THE AMBASSADOR HOTEL SITE Two generations of Pasadena architects “collaborate” on a new L.A. school complex. –By Morris Newman

DEPARTMENTS 11 FESTIVITIES Armory Center for the Arts, Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services and Hillsides Home for Children

42 OBJECTS OF DESIRE Colorful and sustainable accessories for your outdoor room

46 THE LIST Western women at the Autry, Caltech Jazz Festival, the L.A. Garden Show and more

48 KITCHEN CONFESSIONS On April Fool’s Day, don’t judge a cake by its cover. ABOUT THE COVER: Pavilion photo by Steve Nuetzel

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EDITOR’S NOTE

WITH A DEEP BOW TO CLASSIC DÉCOR, WE STILL delight in the fact that many aspects of home design just keep getting better and better. The rise of such retail temples as Pottery Barn and Target during the late 20th century brought a vast increase in good design that’s accessible and affordable. At the dawn of this millennium, you’re seeing more and more fabulous spaces for outdoor living. That trend that couldn’t be more at home anywhere than it is in mild Southern California, the notch on the Sun Belt least reliant on air-conditioning for comfort. Since we can spend the entire year outdoors, why not do it in luxury as well? After all, who wouldn’t want to entertain guests in a sculptural poolside pavilion with disappearing walls and a stunning panoramic view? In this issue, Pasadena architect Stephen Hans Nuetzel takes B.J. Lorenzo on a tour of just such a fabulous space, commissioned by fortunate homeowners Linda and Rick McKnight. Vanessa Kogevinas speaks to Studio City designer and outdoor room enthusiast Karen Tandy, who recently unveiled an elegant Glendale arbor that provides protection against an overabundance of sun for her clients and their guests. For the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design, which opens to the public on April 18, five design firms reimagined the outdoor spaces at the Cravens Estate, which gets this year’s extreme makeover. Kogevinas speaks to all of them about their tips for creating great outdoor rooms and discovers how Jan Ledgard designed an outdoor kitchen that is as kind to Mother Nature as it is beholden to her for ambience. And Karen Apostolina scours stores and websites for ideas about colorful and sustainable accessories for your outdoor space. On the public space front, Morris Newman examines a high-profile project designed by Pasadena’s Gonzalez Goodale Architects — the new Robert F. Kennedy public school complex built on the site of L.A.’s storied old Ambassador Hotel. — Irene Lacher

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FESTIVITIES

The grim economy was no match for the pluck of 350 Hillsides Home for Children supporters, who broke attendance records at the foster-care charity’s annual gala on Feb. 27, raising $375,000. Demonstrating a clear talent for prescience, event chairwoman Courtney Saavedra and other organizers dubbed the black-tie event at downtown L.A.’s California Club “The Midas Touch.” Assisting Glendale resident Saavedra was Pasadena florist

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Jacob Maarse, who donated décor inspired by Midas’ rose garden. The event honored Executive Director John Hitchcock, who is retiring after nearly 40 years. 1. Jacob and Clara Maarse and Ana and Hank Maarse 2. Former Hillsides resident Gary and Corey Drake 3. Hillsides CEO Joseph Costa with Executive Director John Hitchcock and Director Jay Bechtol

PHOTOS: Fermin Escobedo (Hillsides); Ann Gordon and Susan Caldwell (Armory Center); Orly Olivier (“Dinners from the Heart”)

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approaching majority with a 20th Birthday Bash on March 13. Guests included Bernie and Debbie Babcock, Peggy Phelps and Clare and Chris

Linda and Paul Yaussi and Kelly and Tom Williams dine out at Smitty’s.

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1. Leonard Gumport (left), Wendy Munger and U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff

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raising $41,000 for the county’s largest provider of children’s mental health services. Honorary chairs were Bob and Gregg

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Parkway Grill, Smitty’s Grill and Vibrato. Renée LaBran, Mimi

4. Armory board chair Pete Kutzer and gallery director Jay Belloli

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A Pleasure Palace ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE FOR THE PASADENA HOMEOWNERS WHO BUILT THE ULTIMATE OUTDOOR ROOM BESIDE A POOL HIGH UP IN THE SAN RAFAEL HILLS. BY B.J. LORENZO | PHOTOS BY STEVE NUETZEL

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A Pleasure Palace ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE FOR THE PASADENA HOMEOWNERS WHO BUILT THE ULTIMATE OUTDOOR ROOM BESIDE A POOL HIGH UP IN THE SAN RAFAEL HILLS. BY B.J. LORENZO | PHOTOS BY STEVE NUETZEL

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Views of and from the pavilion

IS IT A POOL HOUSE? A PARTY HOUSE? A GUEST HOUSE? IT MIGHT BE ANY OF THE ABOVE, ALTHOUGH IT HAPPENS TO BE NONE OF THEM. IT’S CALLED A PAVILION—A SUPERBLY SCULPTURAL SPACE THAT RESTS ON THE CREST OF A RIDGE IN PASADENA. IT’S ALSO THE NEWEST INTERPRETATION OF THAT LIVING SPACE DU JOUR, THE OUTDOOR ROOM. BUT INSTEAD OF BEING DESIGNATED FOR A SINGLE PURPOSE, AS SO MANY ARE—WE’VE SEEN OUR SHARE OF OUTDOOR KITCHENS, LIVING ROOMS AND THEATERS—IT HAS A VERSATILITY THAT MAKES IT SUITABLE FOR ANY PLEASURABLE PURPOSE ONE MIGHT CONTEMPLATE. 14 ~ APRIL 2010 ~ ARROYO

You play cello? This would be the perfect venue for a string quartet to entertain a few dozen guests. You do 200 laps each day? The infinity pool and spa are just off to the left, and this is where you’d head post-swim for a shower, coffee and a change of dress. Your toddlers like to camp out? You could easily pitch little tents inside to avoid coyotes and creepy crawlers. You host fundraisers and big family shindigs? This is ideal for such a group sport. One dictionary describes this structure succinctly: “Pavilion refers to a freestanding structure sited a short distance from a main residence, whose architecture makes it an object of pleasure.” The dictionary goes on to say that a pavilion is usually intended for nothing but relaxation and pleasure. And that’s what owners Linda and Rick McKnight envisioned when they asked Pasadena architect Stephen Hans Nuetzel to design a little something for a particular spot near the home they’d just purchased on a crest in the San Rafael Hills. “We never planned on living in this area,” says Linda, a Pasadena native and former Rose Bowl Queen. “We’d sold our Hancock Park home and were looking for another one in that same area. Then we saw this property, and we couldn’t resist.” It was the view that drew them in, she says. “We fell in love with it.” —CONTINUED ON PAGE 16


“HE DESIGNED A PAVILION AS DRAMATIC AS THE VIEW—SO CLEVERLY DONE, AND IN SUCH GREAT DETAIL, WITH SO MANY DIFFERENT ANGLES IN PLAY. THE OPEN-AIR FEELING WITH ALL THE GLASS DRAWN AWAY IS REALLY EXOTIC, LIKE SOMETHING YOU’D FIND IN BALI.” ARROYO ~ APRIL 2010 ~ 15


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It’s easy to see why. Their home, on four acres, is what Realtors would breathlessly call “a spectacular view house,” and for once they’d be understating the case. Of course, Pasadena (and much of SoCal) is loaded with view homes perched on mountaintops, slung out over canyons, hinged onto cliffs above the Pacific and so on. But the vista from this place is unlike most others because it is almost dauntingly panoramic. It’s 360 degrees of unobstructed landscape, taking in the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Catalina, Mt. Baldy, Mt. San Gorgonio, the downtown tower cluster and all the smaller, closer landmarks like JPL, the Rose Bowl and much more. It’s the sort of site a medieval overlord might have chosen to keep a close eye on his serfs and turf, yet is just aloft enough to safeguard his superiority. That said, the existing single-story house didn’t live up to the view when the McKnights bought it. And the property had no pool or spa, both of which the couple wanted. The former owner’s old greenhouse sat on a space they felt could be put to much better use. So they called on Nuetzel to update, upgrade and reconfigure the main house, tear down the greenhouse and instead install a pool, spa and outdoor room they could use for après-swim, entertaining or just hanging out with friends and family—in other words, a pavilion. Nuetzel, obviously inspired by the site and the opportunity to create a mini–pleasure palace, says he didn’t have to wonder about where to build the pool and pavilion complex. “Most of the McKnight acreage is hillside and very steep,” he says. “The only buildable part is the flat land at the top,” which is aligned with the main house. And the inspiration for the pavilion, which looks so contemporary, actually sprang from the design of that original house, he adds. The existing house was a post-and-beam structure built in 1959. This type of building, prevalent in Southern California construction after World War II, utilized vertical wood posts to support large horizontal wood beams, which in turn supported the roof. These homes usually had open-space interiors rather than a series of small rooms and featured glass walls to bring the outdoors in; roof beams were left exposed as an ornamental feature. Nuetzel happens to know a thing or two about upgrading mid-century post-and-beam homes, not least because he lives in one just a few minutes down the road from the McKnights. His was designed by Buff, Straub and Hensman, Pasadena’s masters of the post-and-beam genre. 16 ~ APRIL 2010 ~ ARROYO

Nuetzel, who tends to talk in archi-speak, says he and the McKnights decided “to inform the new pavilion with an updated, upgraded interpretation of the post-and-beam aesthetic. I developed a vocabulary of structural members: L-shaped concrete block pilasters, laminated wood beams and 12-inchdiameter concrete ‘posts’ that we used to carry out the design. The pavilion is, therefore, a modern interpretation of a mid-century post-and-beam structure.” Now that he mentions it, that seems obvious. But visiting pleasure-seekers probably won’t care. What they’ll love is the soaring butterfly roof, with its upraised wings (which carry solar panels that heat the pool). And the handsome beamed 12-foot-high ceiling that shelters the simple open space of about 700 square feet, with a concrete floor and view that doesn’t stop. Rick McKnight, an attorney and partner-in-charge at Jones Day in Los Angeles, says Nuetzel accomplished the near impossible: “He designed a pavilion as dramatic as the view—so cleverly done, and in such great detail, with so many different angles in play. The open-air feeling with all the glass drawn away is really exotic, like something you’d find in Bali.” When the glass walls are closed, Nuetzel’s design can also be an indoor space. There’s a kitchen area along one wall that includes a dishwasher and refrigerator, which are hidden behind cabinetry, as well as a stainless-steel sink embedded in the colorful polished-concrete countertop. The spacious storage room and luxurious bath area—also with concrete floors, walls and polishedconcrete countertops—includes enough space for towels, robes and toiletries to satisfy a boatload of party-goers and swimmers. Cooking facilities are just a few steps away: A hand-carved 18th-century Rajasthani counter from India forms the framework for a large outdoor food preparation area with a barbecue. It stands between the pavilion and the house, accessed by a path of Indian mahogany pavers designed and built by Nuetzel. The pavilion has no built-in heating or cooling, and the McKnights keep what Nuetzel calls “an armada of portable heaters on site” for warmth when necessary. So far, the McKnights have used the pavilion for all manner of daily doings and larger gatherings. “It’s a great place for Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners,” says Rick, who with his wife hosted a wedding reception there for their daughter, as well as a big birthday bash for himself. “We actually have plenty of space in our house to entertain,” says Linda, “but somehow we always use the pavilion because it’s just so perfect.” AM


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Outdoors at the Pasadena Showcase House This month, some 30 design firms come together to transform the 1930 Cravens Estate for the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design, the 46th edition of the noted fundraiser for music performing groups and education. Their mission: to update and reimagine the 20,000-square-foot French château–style residence designed by San Francisco architect Lewis P. Hobart. The home, which sits on 16 acres off Orange Grove Boulevard, drew five design firms to create new outdoor spaces, including a luxurious kitchen. The event runs from April 18 through May 16. Tickets range from $30 to $40 and are available at pasadenashowcase.org.

AN OUTDOOR KITCHEN PRESERVES NATURE BY MIMICKING IT Jan Ledgard of Yorkshire Kitchens, a master at designing with Mother Nature in mind, chose her materials carefully in planning an outdoor kitchen for this year’s Pasadena Showcase House of Design. “Everything I’m doing is either recycled, sustained or recyclable,” says the Pasadena designer. A Wolf grill with a Vent-a-Hood made of steel—the world’s most recycled material—is flanked by Atlantis’ cabinetry crafted from high-density polyethylene, another recyclable material, with teak-front panels. The outdoor kitchen area is tucked inside a reclaimed timber pergola and set on a TimberTech deck made of recycled plastic and woods, which resembles natural cedar. Ledgard located the food prep area between the home’s side entrance, which leads to the indoor kitchen, and the main terrace. “I like to be as close to the indoor kitchen as possible for ease of moving things between the spaces,” she says. An existing liquid amber tree provides plenty of shade, while the designer’s bountiful vegetable and herb garden offers pleasures for the table and heady aromas for the space. While edibles are shuttled back and forth, guests can relax at the bar, which Ledgard topped with architectural glass from UltraGlas—a company that uses renewable resources. “Sitting at the bar while waiting for dinner to come off the grill is half the fun,” she says. The same glass tops the black wrought-iron tables set on stone pavers near the deck and adorns a nearby stunning water feature with a corrugated texture that creates the illusion of water rippling down it. The architectural glass unifies the two spaces visually. “Water features are almost essential for me,” says Ledgard, “as they at once add an architectural element, are wonderful to listen to and are enchanting.”—Vanessa Kogevinas

Yorkshire Kitchens is located at 1285 N. Wilson Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 345-1750 or visit yorkshirekitchens.net.

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TIPS FOR DESIGNING A GREAT OUTDOOR SPACE Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi of Form LA Landscaping created a strolling garden, Ken Bilheimer and Michelle Seymoure of Canterbury Landscaping worked on the formal terrace, Melissa Carson, Barry Magness and Jacey Garrison of Carson-Magness Landscapes tackled the morning garden and Terry Morrill and John Montgomery of Pacific Outdoor Living designed the terrace garden. They all provide invaluable tips for your outdoor designs. —V.K.

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THE SHOWCASE HOUSE UNVEILS A LUSH DINING PAVILION THAT’S FOR THE BIRDS Guests of the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be able to get a taste of a big Hollywood event at a sumptuous ad hoc restaurant on the grounds of the Cravens Estate. Billy Butchkavitz, who designs HBO’s lavish Emmy and Golden Globe award fêtes, is on board this year to create a 3,200-square-foot dining pavilion catered by Wolfgang Puck that will operate during the Showcase House’s run from April 18 through May 16.

birdcages at tables adorned with painted parrots carved from wood. Says Butchkavitz, who donated his services: “My goal was to design a space where guests of the Showcase House could relax, enjoy a great meal and for a brief moment in their day be entertained by the décor, but please don't feed the birds!”—Irene Lacher

The 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design is located at the Cravens Estate on Orange Grove Boulevard. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday; and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Showcase House is closed on Monday. No ticket is required for admission to the restaurant. For offsite parking information, visit pasadenashowcase.org. 18 ~ APRIL 2010 ~ ARROYO

PHOTO: © Gabor Ekecs (Dining Pavilion)

Butchkavitz and his brother Brian repurposed black-and-gold fabrics and carpeting from an Emmy bash past to design an aviary-themed space, inspired by the French château-style residence’s hand-painted wallpaper and esprit. Guests will be able to dine beneath chandeliers and


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A Cool Space for Outdoor Entertaining A GLENDALE COUPLE BUILT AN ARBOR TO SOFTEN THE HARSH HEAT OF CALIFORNIA SUN AND KEEP THEIR GUESTS COMFORTABLE ALL DAY LONG. BY VANESSA KOGEVINAS JIM AND TONI TRUCKS WANTED AN OUTDOOR SPACE FOR ENTERTAINING AT THEIR GLENDALE HOME, BUT THEIR PATIO WAS BLANKETED BY THE SUN THROUGHOUT THE DAY, MAKING IT UNBEARABLY HOT. SO THEY BROUGHT IN DESIGNER KAREN TANDY, WHO OFFERED THE PERFECT SOLUTION: AN AIRY ARBOR, WHICH BLENDED NICELY WITH THE TRADITIONAL LINES OF THEIR WILLIAMSBURG COLONIAL–STYLE HOUSE. THE LIGHT-COLORED STRUCTURE WAS COVERED WITH A PROTECTIVE CANOPY, WHICH WAS RETRACTABLE AND STILL ADMITTED ABUNDANT LIGHT.

The Studio City designer champions such lush living spaces in the great outdoors. “Outdoor rooms should be an extension of your house; they virtually increase your livable square footage,” Tandy says. “While they are a luxury, they are much less expensive than doing an enclosed room, and in California, where the weather is so desirable, they add significant value to the house.”

PHOTO: Karen Tandy

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The spaces Tandy designs with her partner, Julie Putman, all contain a living room area and spaces for dining and cooking or a bar. And they find cozy living room fireplaces with ample seating irresistible. So for the Trucks’ outdoor living room, Tandy and Putman created a seating area using the clients’ existing ornate wrought-iron furniture, set in front of a brick, concrete and plaster fireplace they designed. Outdoor and indoor décor were tied together with complementary Sunbrella and Perennial outdoor fabrics and trims the color of sand. “I’m a firm believer that you carry the color palette of the inside of the house to the outside so it just flows,” notes Tandy. Since guests are like cushions—the more the merrier—Tandy designed abundant custom cushions for the concrete benches abutting the fireplace. A memorable gathering also requires food and libations, so in went a BBQ and small prep sink to serve as a working kitchen space. For more formal events, there’s also a dining table and chairs. “To get one of these spaces right, you have to have a balance and mix of different materials,” Tandy says. Brick, stone, wood, concrete and plaster, all present in this space, beg for a softening touch. The designers turned to draperies, which also serve to make the room a discrete space when closed. To offset Mother Nature’s thermostat, a fireplace, space heater and fan are all at the ready to make guests more comfortable. “A mister can even be added for that extra comfort,” Tandy adds. In the evening, lighting takes center stage. “Ambiance is a key element for outdoor rooms,” says Tandy, who selected a combination of hanging lanterns, recessed lighting, spotlights and uplights. Bubble glass hurricanes provide candlelight that echoes the fire’s flames. For a final touch, Tandy incorporates the clients’ accessories—in this case, shells, which decorate the mantel. The designer’s last bit of advice for outdoor room enthusiasts: Make things easy on yourself. “From the materials to the accessories, strive for something that is entirely weatherproof, so you don’t find yourself lugging things in and out,” she says. AM

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The spaces Tandy designs with her partner, Julie Putman, all contain a living room area and spaces for dining and cooking or a bar. And they find cozy living room fireplaces with ample seating irresistible. So for the Trucks’ outdoor living room, Tandy and Putman created a seating area using the clients’ existing ornate wrought-iron furniture, set in front of a brick, concrete and plaster fireplace they designed. Outdoor and indoor décor were tied together with complementary Sunbrella and Perennial outdoor fabrics and trims the color of sand. “I’m a firm believer that you carry the color palette of the inside of the house to the outside so it just flows,” notes Tandy. Since guests are like cushions—the more the merrier—Tandy designed abundant custom cushions for the concrete benches abutting the fireplace. A memorable gathering also requires food and libations, so in went a BBQ and small prep sink to serve as a working kitchen space. For more formal events, there’s also a dining table and chairs. “To get one of these spaces right, you have to have a balance and mix of different materials,” Tandy says. Brick, stone, wood, concrete and plaster, all present in this space, beg for a softening touch. The designers turned to draperies, which also serve to make the room a discrete space when closed. To offset Mother Nature’s thermostat, a fireplace, space heater and fan are all at the ready to make guests more comfortable. “A mister can even be added for that extra comfort,” Tandy adds. In the evening, lighting takes center stage. “Ambiance is a key element for outdoor rooms,” says Tandy, who selected a combination of hanging lanterns, recessed lighting, spotlights and uplights. Bubble glass hurricanes provide candlelight that echoes the fire’s flames. For a final touch, Tandy incorporates the clients’ accessories—in this case, shells, which decorate the mantel. The designer’s last bit of advice for outdoor room enthusiasts: Make things easy on yourself. “From the materials to the accessories, strive for something that is entirely weatherproof, so you don’t find yourself lugging things in and out,” she says. AM

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DESIGN PASADENA 2010

Sleek New Schools Rise on a Storied Hotel Site TWO GENERATIONS OF PASADENA ARCHITECTS “COLLABORATE” ON THE NEW KENNEDY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, ON THE SITE OF THE FAMED AMBASSADOR HOTEL. BY MORRIS NEWMAN

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FOR A NEW LAUSD COMPLEX—PRIMARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS DESIGNED BY PASADENA’S GONZALEZ GOODALE ARCHITECTS TO SERVE MORE THAN 4,000 STUDENTS; THE 44-CLASSROOM PRIMARY SCHOOL HAS BEEN OPEN SINCE LAST FALL, AND THE TWO UPPER-GRADE SCHOOLS, WITH 130 MORE CLASSROOMS, ARE STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION, SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED THIS SUMMER.

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The Ambassador Hotel TWO GENERATIONS OF PASADENA ARCHITECTS “COLLABORATE” ON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS AS “THE AMBASSADOR SITE,” EVEN ROBERT F. KENNEDY THE NEW CENTRAL LOS ANGELES LEARNING CENTER THOUGH NO. 1 ON THE THE AMBASSADOR HOTEL AND ITS MANY OUTBUILDINGS WERE DEMOLISHED FOUR YEARS AGO OVER PRESERVATIONISTS’ PROTESTS. THE GOAL WAS TO MAKE WAY SITE OF THE FORMER AMBASSADOR HOTEL.

Nothing remains of the hotel designed by Caltech and Occidental College architect Myron Hunt, with the exception of the Morocco-themed interior of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, which has become the high school auditorium. But if the Ambassador is technically gone, the old building continues to “haunt” the campus, or at least inform it. Motorists on Wilshire Boulevard may not even realize the hotel no longer exists. The original front lawn, stretching back from Wilshire 400 feet, remains intact. And the hotel’s façade—at least its shape—has also survived: The new design of the four-story high school replicates the long horizontal lines of the hotel’s original profile.

FROM TOP: Northwest corner; skylit passageway; east courtyard

“The way the original hotel stood in relation to the boulevard was very powerful and romantic,” says David Goodale, design principal of Gonzalez Goodale Architects. Adding to the effect was the site’s slope, which lifted the hotel’s ground floor 30 feet above street level. “We did everything we could to retain some of the same sense of mass and scale that had been there,” he adds. The Ambassador Hotel’s transformation into multiple school campuses can be seen as a dialog between two generations of Pasadena architects: Hunt, a classicist and one of the most respected designers of his era, designed the Pasadena —CONTINUED ON PAGE 40 ARROYO ~ APRIL 2010 ~ 23


DESIGN PASADENA 2010

Sleek New Schools Rise on a Storied Hotel Site TWO GENERATIONS OF PASADENA ARCHITECTS “COLLABORATE” ON THE NEW KENNEDY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, ON THE SITE OF THE FAMED AMBASSADOR HOTEL. BY MORRIS NEWMAN

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FOR A NEW LAUSD COMPLEX—PRIMARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS DESIGNED BY PASADENA’S GONZALEZ GOODALE ARCHITECTS TO SERVE MORE THAN 4,000 STUDENTS; THE 44-CLASSROOM PRIMARY SCHOOL HAS BEEN OPEN SINCE LAST FALL, AND THE TWO UPPER-GRADE SCHOOLS, WITH 130 MORE CLASSROOMS, ARE STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION, SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED THIS SUMMER.

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The Ambassador Hotel TWO GENERATIONS OF PASADENA ARCHITECTS “COLLABORATE” ON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS AS “THE AMBASSADOR SITE,” EVEN ROBERT F. KENNEDY THE NEW CENTRAL LOS ANGELES LEARNING CENTER THOUGH NO. 1 ON THE THE AMBASSADOR HOTEL AND ITS MANY OUTBUILDINGS WERE DEMOLISHED FOUR YEARS AGO OVER PRESERVATIONISTS’ PROTESTS. THE GOAL WAS TO MAKE WAY SITE OF THE FORMER AMBASSADOR HOTEL.

Nothing remains of the hotel designed by Caltech and Occidental College architect Myron Hunt, with the exception of the Morocco-themed interior of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, which has become the high school auditorium. But if the Ambassador is technically gone, the old building continues to “haunt” the campus, or at least inform it. Motorists on Wilshire Boulevard may not even realize the hotel no longer exists. The original front lawn, stretching back from Wilshire 400 feet, remains intact. And the hotel’s façade—at least its shape—has also survived: The new design of the four-story high school replicates the long horizontal lines of the hotel’s original profile.

FROM TOP: Northwest corner; skylit passageway; east courtyard

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EUROPEAN SPLENDOR MEETS MODERNIST MOTIFS This year’s event takes place at the Cravens Estate, a 1929 dream home designed by San Francisco architect Lewis Hobart. He drew upon the influence of the grand Chateau Vaux le Vicomte, located just outside Paris, a structure that also inspired construction on the Palace of Versailles in the same pastoral countryside. The original Cravens property sprawled across 16 acres between Orange Grove and Grand Avenue, in the neighborhood known as Millionaire Row. The house itself encompasses over 19,000 square feet of living space and was commissioned by John Cravens and his wife, Mildred Myers Cravens of Missouri. Though the couple was childless, their 50-room residence included more than 11 bedrooms for guests, seven dining rooms and a natatorium – an indoor swimming pool for fitness and recreation. Commissioned European artisans created the original, lavish interiors. A mansard-style slate roof crowns the house, overhanging steel-reinforced concrete walls with brick veneer. In traditional European fashion, but presaging Southern California’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle, the

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vide some extraordinary lessons in the rejuvenation and restoration of historic buildings. As a living bridge from past to present, from old-world Euro-visions to contemporary visions of a sleek, ecofriendly, tech-savvy environment, the Pasadena Showcase home represents a treasure trove of inspiration.

AN AUSPICIOUS ENTRY Consider the Grande Galerie. Beyond an elaborate, hand-forged ironwork portico, embossed in lead (and recently restored for the occasion) lies the entrée, the galerie d’art that welcomes visitors to the home. A

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Teixotto’s murals. She’s furnished the room with sculptural pieces, reminiscent of modernist Lalanne. Chairs look like flowers and the stools resemble sheep, as if they had just wandered in from the French hillsides. Among the several chandeliers that light the room, two designed by Ms. Kroop appear as Matisse-like clouds, floating above visitors and objects in the Galerie.

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Or, in most cases, home is in the kitchen. The Cravens estate originally boasted two kitchens. Cynthia Bennett & Associates has created an Eco Kitchen in the mainstay of the home, meeting the challenge of maintaining the original tile floor, wood countertops and some of the cabinetry — in part because these elements have sustained themselves over nearly 100 years since installation, but also to demonstrate the potential for reuse in any home. “The Eco Kitchen is an invitation to be ‘green’ at any budget,” says Ms. Bennett. According to Bennett, the green movement “is starting to take off,” in the sense that reuse, reclamation and smart

technologies continue to evolve into affordable, desirable options for any homeowner. While the original structure of the Cravens Estate kitchen has been preserved, innovative materials and usage have upgraded the room considerably. The Eco-kitchen’s countertops have been transformed with the use of IceStone and Sonoma Cast Stone. Use of recycled glass and concrete guarantees a minimum of waste, and also maximized the creation of striking surfaces in the room. The concrete Ms. Bennett chose to infill the center island, for example, resembles a copper finish and glows with warmth.

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Inspired by the same notions of regimented splendor, the Cravens estate initially presented a similar, if less opulent, outdoor wonderland. In recent years the landscape has grown a bit wild and unruly; landscape designers for this year’s Showcase landscape strove to explore the beauty of that formal sensibility in the context of environmental and artistic innovation. In the Morning Garden, called “Waterwise à la Francaise,” designers Melissa Carson, Barry Magness and Lacey Garrison of Carson-Magness Landscapes, Inc. merge Versailles’ classical parterres with 21st-century moderne motifs. Their

goal is to demonstrate that sustainable drought-tolerant landscapes can be affordable and chic. Vibrantly colored, primarily Mediterranean plants suited to Southern California’s hot, dry climate are woven together with the richness of a Persian rug or a lush, living jewel box. At the center of this delicate, durable landscape a unique Carson-Magness fountain “beckons the past and highlights the present…” The Strolling Garden was a mass of ivy and dirt under a canopy of trees before transformation. Now visitors can amble along the mansion’s existing concrete

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WELLS FARGO The Patsy Grant Team at Wells Fargo Home Financing meets your needs. Because your home is one of your biggest investments, it’s important to ensure that your mortgage fits you. This is our specialty — helping you find mortgage solutions that meet your current situation while complementing your long-term financial goals. We will help you determine what mortgage options work for you, guide you through the loan process and answer your questions. Patsy: (626) 577-3721; Jim: (626) 577-3703

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to name a few. Free consultations; designers welcome. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat.; or by appointment. 676 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (626) 795-8085.

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Floorgate offers premium hardwood flooring designed to keep up with your family’s lifestyle. We offer the largest selection of colors and styles in wood flooring, hardwoods, laminate, carpet and tile, with virtually care-free finishes and our assurance of quality. Hardwood floors are incredibly beautiful, highly durable and extremely affordable. And they’re always natural and safe for the environment. We install over 50,000 square feet of flooring every week! 3350 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles; call (323) 478-2000.

Carson-Magness Landscapes, Inc. has specialized in California Friendly exterior design services and their construction since 1995: Exterior services include anything that can be found on the exterior of a home, primarily gardens, fire pits & fireplaces, fountains, pools & spa design and such structural work as pool houses and loggias complete with wet bar, outdoor kitchen &/or bath, green roofs & walls, pergolas & arbors, garden walls, retaining walls, koi ponds, waterfalls, wet & dry streams, all patio decks & walkway structures, driveways, etc. By applying our artistic skills and knowledge of the building process a unique creation is born. Call (818) 241-2128 or visit carsonmagnesslandscape.com

KITCHEN TUNE-UP Kitchen Tune-Up is one-stop shopping if you’re looking to change your kitchen. A Tune-Up is a process in which existing wood cabinets are made to look as close to new as possible. We offer refacing, custom cabinets, bathroom vanities as well as home entertainment centers and closets. We can add pullout drawers, spice cabinets, even that island you’ve been dreaming about. We are Steve and Megan Morelock. Please call for a complimentary consultation at (626) 533-4402.

GARDEN VIEW LANDSCAPE Specializing in landscaping, nurseries and pools, Garden View Inc. can take you from a design idea to a finished, detail-oriented garden. Garden View & their clientele are recipients of 60 awards from the California Landscape Contractors Association. The intent of the company is to provide high-quality interrelated outdoor services. The synergy between having their own designer/project managers, in-house crews, their own large nursery, and being a licensed pool builder provides for efficiency, competitive pricing, quality and schedule control. Call (626) 303-4043.

MARBLE AND STONELIFE Our skilled staff is ready to evaluate and address all of your stone and concrete related needs — floor leveling, scratch and stain removal, crack repair, grout restoration, polishing, sealing, and color enhancing. We offer concrete polishing, acid stain and polishing, acid stain and sealing, and have extensive experience with all types of natural and man-made stone: marble, granite, terrazzo, travertine, limestone, onyx, sandstone, concrete, Mexican tiles, agglomerate, slate, terra cotta, flagstone, brownstone, brick, ceramic and more. Call (877) 773-5820.

GAROCCO POOLS Plan for your new pool or pool remodel. The time is now to start the process of building your new pool. Your family and friends will thank you at the beginning of the summer as you start to enjoy the beautiful new addition to your home and yard. Garocco, Inc. is well known for their outstanding pool design and construction. 656 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call now to set up an appointment for a design consultation: (626) 359-5050 or visit garocco.com

MAUDE WOODS MOTHER MAGNOLIA

Stepping into Maude Woods: Artful Living, shoppers may feel they’ve entered someone’s beautiful home. Owner Carrie Davich mixes new upscale furnishings with vintage and renovated secondhand treasures. Within this “home” shoppers can find a unique hostess gift for $25, a $5,000 table and a variety of beautiful items in between. 55 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Call (626) 577-3400 or visit maudewoods.com

A private residential landscape design and construction firm operating here since 1999, Mother Magnolia’s passion is creating an outdoor space for you to enjoy. Your outdoor space should be your refuge, a place with power to rejuvenate. Our reliable and dedicated in-house designers, experienced masons, irrigation specialists, and landscape technicians will make your landscape vision a reality. Or, if you have a design prepared, we will provide construction bids. Fully bonded and insured, 3-time winner of HGTV’s “Landscaper’s Challenge,” and a member of the California Landscape Contractors’ Association, Angie’s List, and the Better Business Bureau. Call (626) 296-2617, or visit mothermagnolia.com.

MODERN LIGHTING Modern Lighting has been serving Southern California’s lighting needs since 1946. With all types of fixtures in every price range, you’ll find what you want. If not, we do custom design. We have stocks of light bulbs to compliment your fixture and we continually watch the marketplace for the best buys. Our staff has decades of lighting experience.. Feel free to contact us if our service is what you are looking for: call (626) 286-3262.

TEAK WAREHOUSE Today’s hottest outdoor trend is the outdoor living room ... a favorite for hotels & resorts for years and now available for residential settings. Why go to an expensive resort for the weekend when you can turn your back yard into one? Invest in something that will bring comfort and style for the long run! Teak Warehouse boasts over 16 varied collections of deep seating, offering teak and wicker at the best prices in California. 133 E. Maple Ave., Monrovia. Call (626) 305-8325 or visit teakwarehouse.com

PADUA DESIGN Dolores Kroop has worked as a designer for over 20 years. She brings to her work a background in art and design, with experiences and exposures garnered through years of growing up abroad in South America, Europe and the Middle East. Ms. Kroop’s work has appeared on HGTV, in Elle, Pasadena showcases, the Assistance League Design House and Schiffer Books’ “Designer Showcase: Interior Design at its Best.” 2650 Mission St., San Marino. Call (626) 441-5061.

REAL ESTATE

THE SOFA COMPANY Since 1998, The Sofa Company has been making the process of purchasing a sofa fun, fast, and simple. Along with the motto “you design it, we build it” comes the promise to make the process of buying a sofa enjoyable. With a new showroom at 100 W. Green St., The Sofa Company now delivers the largest selection of custom styles, sizes, fabrics, legs, sofa beds and more to Old Town Pasadena. Call (888) 778-7632 x412.

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Public Library and was Occidental’s principal architect until 1940. Gonzalez Goodale, for its part, is a prolific designer of schools, housing and public buildings, all in a Modernist mode. If the high school echoes the shape of the original hotel, the resemblance stops there. Instead of the Ambassador’s pinkish stucco and red roof tiles, the new buildings display industrial materials like curtain glass walls and zinc applied in horizontal bands. Another change was terracing the sloping site, giving each school its own level and providing a “natural” separation between adjoining schools. This multi-level strategy allowed the architects to add visually exciting elements throughout the campus in the form of outdoor stairs, ramps and bridges. And departing from standard school design, where windows are flush with the surrounding walls, the windows at the Kennedy Community Schools are often deeply recessed into the external walls, to keep direct sunlight from heating up classrooms. From an aesthetic standpoint, the deep window frames also make the walls appear thick and massive while cutting stark, dramatic shadows in the façades. It is not difficult to understand preservationists’ sentiments about the Ambassador, both as an architectural and cultural landmark. With the exception of the former Bullocks Wilshire Department Store, the Ambassador was arguably the most distinctive structure on Wilshire during much of its reign 40 ~ APRIL 2010 ~ ARROYO

from 1921 to the century’s end, especially during its early years, when the boulevard was a magnet for Hollywood and high society. Talent agents “discovered” Carole Lombard and Joan Crawford at the Cocoanut Grove, and Bing Crosby made his singing debut there. One of L.A.’s most prominent African-American architects, Paul Williams, created a coffee shop with arching ceilings and lunette windows for the Ambassador, which the current architects have rebirthed as a cafeteria. The Ambassador later became the notorious site of the 1968 assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, on the night of his victory in the California Democratic presidential primary. If the site has lost the patina of old Hollywood, new school buildings, plus a park that will be open to the public after school hours, are vital new uses for the old hotel site. Beyond their architecture, the school campuses are most impressive for their abundant outdoor spaces. The 24-acre size of the three-school campus, almost unheard of in L.A.’s densely built-up core, allows for vast, sunfilled playgrounds. And wherever possible, the architects have emphasized views, as a way of integrating the school into “the fabric of the city,” Goodale says. One of the best vantage points is the uppermost story of the high school, looking north toward Hollywood. At a distance, the neighborhood looks almost like a Mediterranean village of stucco-and-tile buildings. Says Goodale: “The view gives you an almost dizzying panoramic connection with the whole city.” AM

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TRENDS IN OUTDOOR ROOMS: COLOR AND SUSTAINABLITY AN OUTDOOR ROOM IS YOUR OWN PRIVATE PIAZZA, EXPANDING YOUR ENTERTAINING OPTIONS AND ADDING VALUE TO YOUR PROPERTY. PUSH YOUR PATIO TO THE LIMIT BY OUTFITTING IT IN VIVID SHADES AND SUMPTUOUS TEXTURES—BONUS POINTS AWARDED FOR USING ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIALS. BY KAREN APOSTOLINA YES TO COLOR Leave boring beige and brown behind. HGTV designer Linda Applewhite says Marrakesh armchairs from JANUS et Cie make her garden “sparkle.” They’re the only wicker chairs she has found that come in four vibrant colors, are tough enough to withstand all kinds of weather and can be washed down with a garden hose. $1,675. Available at the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. Call (310) 652-7090 or visit janusetcie.com.

GLOWING GOOD TASTE Finally, a heat lamp with style. The Kindle Glow by Kindle Living has a translucent shell molded from composite and recycled materials and a curved shape that complements any décor. Its base emits soft colored light from within (think candlelight) and can be used independently of the heating element. Its shade protects the heat from wind and directs warmth down toward you and your guests more efficiently than old-school models. $2,500 including heater. Kindle Living is located at 2048 Armacost Ave., West Los Angeles. Call (424) 208-3884 or visit kindleliving.com.

ROOM WITH A GARDEN VIEW Designed for minimal upkeep—wouldn’t you rather be sitting with your feet up?—and maximum viewing pleasure, drought-tolerant plants are key to integrating indoor and outdoor spaces. Lawrence Ziese, senior designer at Ashcrow Landscape Design, says, “When I design a space, I consider where I want to direct the human eye.” A focal point here is the strong color of the dwarf red-magenta kangaroo paw against the yellow-green agave, aloe and sedum. Coolcolored river stones play off the yellows of the plants. Estimates available on request. Ashcrow Landscape Design is located at 109 Marmion Way, Unit C, South Pasadena. Call (323) 474-6848 or visit ashcrowdesign.com.

IT’S NOT JUST FOR TIKI HUTS ANYMORE When you’re enhancing your home, don’t cut down trees, which can take decades to regrow. Opt instead for bamboo, which takes just six months to regenerate, making it the perfect material for building a ceiling, floor or shade wall for your outdoor room. Bamboo is strong and durable, and its natural beauty blends perfectly with many designs and colors. Who knew? Free estimates on request. Available at Cali Bamboo, 9365 Waples St., Suite D, San Diego. Call (888) 788-2254 or visit calibamboo.com. —CONTINUED ON PAGE 45

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EDUCATION&ENRICHMENT Cooking Camp from Summer Art Academy The Cooking Academy invites your child to take an exciting hand’s-on culinary journey during one of our 10 one-week COOKING CAMPS this summer for ages 7 to 16! Our professionally trained chefs teach campers how to read a recipe, prepare and cook healthy delicious dishes, from blueberry muffins to cheese raviolis. Camps run June 28th to September 3rd in Pasadena and Duarte and are wonderful opportunities to experience the creativity of preparing your own meals! Call (866) 507-COOK. Enroll online at summerartacademy.com Delphi Academy Delphi Academy is a K-12 school on a beautiful 10-acre campus surrounded by equestrian trails that offers an exciting summer program of fun and enrichment. Activities include adventurous camping & day trips to the beach, aquarium, Imax, Greyhound Rescue, Castaic Lake, a wild animal show, hiking, sports, cultural theme weeks, movie making, urban outdoor survival week, music cafe and more. A wide range of challenging courses include study skills, science, math, literature, and SAT & college prep. Call (818) 583-1070 Drucker School of Management The Drucker School of Management in Claremont offers a world-class graduate management education through our MBA, Executive MBA, Financial Engineering, and Arts Management degree programs. Our programs

infuse Peter Drucker’s principle of management as a liberal art along with our core strengths in strategy and leadership. We offer individualized, flexible course scheduling, an innovative curriculum focusing on values-based management, and the opportunity to learn from world-renowned faculty. To learn more, visit us at drucker.cgu.edu. High Point Academy Summer is particularly exciting because of the wide range of classes this year. We will be offering a number of enrichment classes including mock trial, woodworking, water games, computer games, movie making, and cinematography. Sports include golf, bowling, basketball and volleyball. Arts and crafts will include painting, jewelry making, and mini-soldier painting. We have expanded the options for incoming kindergarteners this summer as well. Call (626) 798-8989 or visit highpointacademy.org Huntington Learning Center The Huntington Learning Center is a nationally recognized leader in the field of improving a child’s basic study skills through remediation and enrichment programs. Students are given individual attention by certified teachers using personalized programs tailored to improve skills in a child’s trouble areas. Huntington offers individual testing and tutoring in reading, math, study skills, writing and SAT/ACT preparation to students of all ages. Parents who would like additional information, or who are concerned —CONTINUED ON PAGE 44

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Mathnasium Mathnasium is a highly specialized learning center where kids go year-round to improve their math skills. Students as often as they like for as long as they like. The goal is to enhance your child’s math skills, understanding of math concepts and overall school performance. At the same time, Mathnasium builds your child’s confidence and forges a positive attitude toward the subject, yielding overwhelming results. Independent studies by EyeCues

Upstage Upstage is a part-time theatre arts school in South Pasadena that runs an afterschool program during the school year and a summer camp in July and August. Today, more than ever, theatre skills are vital for a young person’s development. At Upstage students learn how to speak more clearly, move more easily, act more naturally and become self-aware. Call (626) 310-0447, visit upstageschools.com or email adrian@upstageschools.com. ■

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TABLE FOR TWO As an eye-catching centerpiece or just a spare seat, quality mosaic tables add a kaleidoscope of color. We love the designs of KNF Garden founder Neille Olson, available at Fishbecks Patio Center in Pasadena: The Hummingbird Table, 42 inches in diameter, features hand-cut opaque stained-glass fragments pressed into a thick natural-stone blend—no jagged edges here! There’s also the 30-inch KNF Bistro Table with a Tuscan lemons motif. Both rest on handforged wrought-iron bases. Custom orders available; prices available on request. Available at Fishbecks Patio Center, 150 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 796-9255 or visit statsfloral.com.

TREAD LIGHTLY After gazing at the stars, you might want to expand your global consciousness by checking out Ten Thousand Villages in Pasadena. Look for earth-friendly floor mats made by the Bangladeshi artisans of Heed Handicrafts. Woven from recyclable plastic, this 71-inch-by-48-inch mat opens to reveal a brightly bordered Bengali flower pattern. When the mat gets dusty or dirty, simply hose it off and dry it in the sun. $38. Available at Ten Thousand Villages, 567 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 229-9892 or visit pasadenavillages.com.

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS The bubbling sound of a garden fountain offers a relaxing escape from the humdrum of daily life, so it makes sense to enhance your outdoor room with one of many beautiful pieces manufactured by The Classic Garden in Monrovia. This cement fountain (model #3800) features a pair of intertwining fish and is available in a natural or sand-colored finish. $1,100. Available at Rosemead Gardens, 600 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel. Call (626) 575-8000 or visit theclassicgarden.net.

CURTAINS UP Drapes are among the easiest devices for creating romance and drama while marking the boundaries of your outdoor room. These Outdoor Grommet Drapes from Pottery Barn are weather-resistant and made from natural-colored or jade-green polyester canvas, so they’re washable. $25.99 to $69. Available from the catalog or Internet only at potterybarn.com.

MOOD LIGHTING Nothing beats the ambiance of flickering firelight, but smoke from wood-burning fire pits creates an environmental and health hazard. That’s why the 2009 Pasadena Showcase House of Design used The Elite Series Outdoor Gas Fireplace from Lennox. This stainless-steel beauty is ventless and sturdy enough for all kinds of weather. Its charred-oak campfire-style “logs” are lit by natural gas and, thanks to a battery backup, it will light during a power outage. $2,952 (add $590 for glass doors). Available at Access Heating & Air Conditioning, 213 Agostino Rd., San Gabriel. Call (626) 405-1047 or visit lennox.com.

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Through April—Pasadena’s Artworks Gallery hosts “The Rose Collection,” a show of Michael Kalish’s sculpture celebrating Pasadena’s symbol, the rose. The artist characterizes his approach to flowery metal sculpture, which he creates from the remains of old automobiles, as a “Rust Renaissance.” Artworks Gallery is located at 59 W. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 229-0700 or visit artworksgallery.com.

April 15 and 16—The Pasadena Convention Center hosts the 60th annual Los Angeles County Science Fair. More than 1,000 middle and high school students from private and public schools compete for medals, scholarships and special awards honoring their prowess in projects ranging from astrophysics to zoology. Top winners compete in the California State Science Fair. Exhibit halls are open to the public from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday; on Friday, interactive sessions run from 1:30 to 5 p.m., and the awards ceremony follows at 7 p.m. The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-2122 or visit lacoe.edu/sciencefair.

FROM CHILD’S PLAY TO WAR AT THE HUNTINGTON April 3—“Child’s Play? Children’s Book Illustration of 19th Century Britain” opens and runs through July 26. This selection of rare drawings by celebrated illustrators of the era, including Walter Crane, Arthur Rackham and Kate Greenway, enlivened works by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll and others. The show is on display in the Huntington Art Gallery’s Works on Paper Room. April 17 and 18—The Pasadena Garden Club’s 2010 Flower Show comes to the Huntington with the theme “Beautiful Science! Observation & Perception.” The show, free with Huntington admission, is on view from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. April 24—“A Clash of Empires: The Seven Years’ War and British America,” a new exhibition of newspapers, brochures and other printed materials, illustrates the conflict also known as the French and Indian War (1754–63). The show includes a long report by the young Lt. Col. George Washington to his commander, John Campbell, the 4th Earl of Loudon, whose archive is at the Huntington. “A Clash of Empires” continues through July 26. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org.

HUNTING DOWN L.A. HISTORY April 11—The third annual L.A. Heritage Day celebration, hosted by the L.A. Heritage Alliance, comes to Heritage Square Museum in northeast Los Angeles from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local history will be explored through tours of historic structures, a scavenger hunt, presentations, performances and cooking lessons. Heritage Square Museum is located at 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. Call (323) 2252700 or visit heritagesquare.org.

SWEET SOUNDS AT CALTECH April 17—The 10th annual Caltech Jazz Festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. at Gates Patio, featuring Caltech jazz bands and special guests the Night Blooming Jazzmen—Dixieland jazz favorites at festivals across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Admission is free, and no tickets are needed. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic on the lawn. Some lawn seating is also available, and snacks are available for purchase. Caltech is located at 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 395-3295 or visit bands.caltech.edu.

CELEBRATING MOTHER EARTH AND BOTANICAL BLING April 17—Descanso Gardens honors Mother Earth in an Earth Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the Butterfly Appreciation Corner on the Main Lawn from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for demonstrations and hands-on activities illustrating the pollination powers of the fragile creatures. A “Jack Rabbit and the Beanstalk” puppet show starts at 9:30 a.m. in Van de Kamp Hall. At the Under the Oaks Theater, “A Faery Hunt,” an interactive show, takes the stage at 10:30 a.m., followed by “Martina’s Undersea Adventure” puppet show at noon. At 1 p.m., rock to the sounds of the Mobile

HOW THE WEST WAS WON BY WOMEN April 16—The Autry National Center celebrates the spirit and contributions of diverse Western women in “Home Lands: How Women Made the West,” a major exhibition of nearly 200 objects spanning more than 1,200 years. The show, which opens today and continues through Aug. 22, examines the lives of women like Dr. Justina Ford, Colorado’s first African-American woman doctor; educator, home economist and author Fabiola Cabeza de Baca of New Mexico; and Bertha Knight Landes, Seattle’s mayor from 1926 to 1928, the first female mayor of a major American city. In conjunction with the “Home Lands” exhibition, a new, small gallery at the Autry Store presents colorful glass art by Laila Asgari through June 27. The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Call (323) 667-2000 or visit theautry.org.

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PHOTOS: Gloria Lopéz Cordova’s untitled work courtesy of the Autry National Center; Caltech courtesy the Night Blooming Jazzmen; Butterfly Appreciation Corner photo by Mike and Alice Zrodlo for Descanso Gardens

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Homeboys on the Main Lawn stage. Eco-friendly barbecue and a selection of local organic foods are available from Patina Catering from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seating is limited, but guests can bring blankets and folding chairs for dining under the trees. All events are free with Descanso admission. April 18—A jewelry and accessories trunk show takes place at the Rose Pavilion from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free with Descanso admission. Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.

BIG BAND ERA REVISITED April 18—The San Marino Celebrity Series brings back the big band era with “Dreaming and Dancing to Big Band Sounds,” a 3 p.m. performance by the Esquires Big Band. Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association founders Tammy and Erin Stevens will be on hand to teach ballroom and swing dancing. The series benefits the pediatric section of Huntington Hospital’s new Trauma and Emergency Center. Tickets cost $30. The event takes place at Santa Anita Church, 226 Colorado Pl., Arcadia. For tickets, call (626) 405-0497 or (626) 441-1465 or email smcelebrityseries@gmail.com.

THE GARDEN AS ART April 18—The Foothill Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre celebrates its 50th anniversary with this year’s annual “Art of the Garden” tour and fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The tour visits notable gardens in Pasadena, South Pasadena and San Marino, including those surrounding a 1929 Monterey Colonial home designed by Roland Coate, a 1913 Japanese farmhouse recently the subject of a seven-year restoration, a classic Colonial manor with gardens designed for entertaining and a California traditional home inspired by Coate’s work, with elements of English Soanean Regency design and a newly created English garden. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at the Foothill Creative Arts Group, 108 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre. Call (626) 355-8350 or visit creativeartsgroup.org.

PHOTOS: The Garden as Art courtesy Creative Arts Group; Garden Show courtesy the Huntington Library, Arts Collections, and Botanical Gardens

TOURING HISTORIC CALTECH April 22—The Caltech Women’s Club presents the Caltech Architectural Tour Service, offering free tours at 10:30 a.m. the fourth Thursday of each month. Tours of the historic campus run from one-and-a-half to two hours. Groups can also be accommodated. Tours meet at the Athenaeum, 551 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena. For reservations, call (626) 395-6328.

FLORA BY ELLSWORTH KELLY April 23—“Plants, Flowers and Fruits: Ellsworth Kelly Lithographs” opens, featuring 20 images of botanical subjects by the artist, better known for his large-scale color field paintings. The exhibition continues through Aug. 23. The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.

THEY’RE JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY AT THE AMBASSADOR April 24—The Ambassador Foundation and Theaters of Vision Productions present Harry Who?, a musical celebrating prolific songwriting legend Harry Warren, at the Ambassador Auditorium. Warren’s hits include 42nd Street, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, I Only Have Eyes for You and numerous others. Tickets range from $15 to $40; a portion of the proceeds benefits school and college music departments in the San Gabriel Valley. Discounts are available for children, seniors and groups. Performances are at 2 and 8 p.m. The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. For tickets, call (800) 595-4849 or visit harrywho.org.

SANTA CECILIA ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES MEXICO April 25—The Santa Cecilia Orchestra presents “Mexico!,” a concert celebrating the bicentennial of Mexico’s independence and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution through the music of prominent Mexican composers. The 4 p.m. concert at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall, conducted by Sonia Marie De Léon de Vega, includes Chavez’s Sinfonia India and Chapultepec, Galindo’s Sones de Mariachi,

Marquez’s Danzon no. 4 and Danzon no. 2 and Moncayo’s Huapango. Tickets cost from $20 to $26, $7 for youth ages 17 and under. Occidental College is located at 1600 Campus Rd., Eagle Rock. Call (323) 259-3011 or visit scorchestra.org.

TUFTS POETRY AWARDS April 28—Claremont Graduate University’s 18th annual Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards ceremony comes to the Pasadena Museum of California Art at 6:30 p.m. The event includes poetry readings by the winners and a book signing. The university awards two poetry prizes annually: the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award (the nation’s largest prize for a mid-career poet) and the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Past Kingsley Tufts award winners include Robert Wrigley, Tom Sleigh, Linda Gregerson, Matthea Harvey and Yusef Komunyakaa. Matthew Dickman won the 2009 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. The Pasadena Museum of California Art is located at 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. To RSVP, call (909) 621-8974 or visit cgu.edu/tufts.

THE L.A. GARDEN SHOW FLOWERS AGAIN April 30 through May 2—The L.A. Garden Show comes to the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The West Coast’s largest outdoor gardening event showcases innovative and environmentally responsible garden design in workshops, lectures and displays. Also featured is a marketplace for rare and exotic plants, specialty books and other items of interest. Admission costs $3 to $8 (free for Arboretum members). The L.A. County Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Call (626) 821-3222 or visit arboretum.org. AM

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Feast of Fools A WORD TO THE WISE: IF IT’S APRIL 1, DON’T JUDGE A CAKE BY ITS COVER. BY LESLIE BILDERBACK | PHOTOS BY TERI LYN FISHER

April Fool’s Day was a brilliant idea. Let’s have one day every year when we can act like jerks and suffer no real consequences. As I understand it, this day of goofing has its origin at the end of the French

the oven (which is not possible—I know because I also minored in grain physics).

Renaissance. In the early 1600s, Louis XIII, who had learned to cook his own food

But we told them we had, and for months they kept asking us what they were

for fear of being poisoned, decided to pull a prank on his 14-year-old bride, Anne

doing wrong, because their popcorn wouldn’t oven-pop at home.

of Austria, by filling her sugar bowl with salt. Anne, who is credited with populariz-

Good-natured jokes, that’s my thing. I don’t want to be mean, like the chef I

ing chocolate throughout Europe, thought it hilarious and suggested they both

knew who served the consommé raft topped with marinara sauce to his waitstaff

pull a prank on Cardinal Richelieu, Prime Minister of France. They commissioned

for dinner. (The raft is a mixture of ground meat and egg whites that floats on a

the original set of dribble cups from royal dishmakers Limoges, which created a

consommé, soaking up the broth’s cloudy impurities, and is then discarded.)

special set of porcelain hot chocolate cups with tiny pinholes near the rim. Tim

My jokes are friendly and fairly predictable. They are usually food-related but

Curry, the actor who portrayed Richelieu in the 1993 movie The Three Musketeers

do not result in a big mess. For instance, once in a while I will create the Meat

and a student of historical pranks himself, insisted that the front of his robes be

Cake, which looks like a cake but is actually layers of meatloaf frosted with mashed

spotted with chocolate stains. (I learned this minoring in food history.)

potatoes. It’s deliciously disappointing. I have also enjoyed nestling a piece of per-

April Fool’s Day is the perfect event for smart alecks, a group that, as you

fectly cut fabric between the bologna and lettuce, so that my unsuspecting victim is

can probably tell, I proudly identify with. I can appreciate a well-devised prank,

unable to get a clean bite of sandwich. One may also achieve similar results with an

but I prefer that it be pulled on someone else. Just because I am a smart aleck

unwrapped single piece of American cheese, if one is so gauche as to have such a

doesn’t mean I am a good sport.

thing in one’s fridge. This results in fumbling about in front of friends, and a guaran-

When I was a waitress in college, the cooks pulled an April Fool’s trick on me

teed hilarious time for all. Unless, of course, you eat lunch alone on a bench sur-

by repeatedly moving my tickets to the back of the line, which is just plain mean,

rounded by mean girls, which is why I stopped pulling this prank when my kids

made me cry and obviously caused my customers to walk out. I have since

started middle school. (I minored in pre-pubescent humiliation diversion too.)

toughened up, and I know now that pranks are a part of restaurant life. They usu-

Speaking of mean girls, my college roommates had the audacity to pull the

ally occur between the front of the house and the back of the house (or to put it in

dreaded Saran-Wrapped toilet trick on me (in which an invisible shield of plastic

layman’s terms, it’s waiters vs. cooks). Such good–natured rivalry is a natural

wrap is placed over the bowl, just below the seat). But ha ha, the joke was on

response to mutual envy on both sides. Waiters make more money, and cooks

them, because after the prank, I skipped out on the rent. (It was all perfectly legal.

hate that. But the cooks are the talent, and the actors, um, waiters get jealous of

I know this because I minored in collegiate rental contracts as well.)

our rock star status. (I know this because I minored in kitchen psychology.) Come to think of it, waiters really do get the brunt of the pranks. Don’t most

My kids discovered short-sheeting at summer camp one year and delighted in pranking us several nights in a row, a feat easily accomplished, as their parents

late-night dining escapades end with either the unscrewing of salt and pepper shak-

are old and feeble-minded and cannot remember something that happened a

ers, or suspending the tip in an upside-down glass of water? Those poor waiters.

mere 24 hours earlier.

Of course, when I was cooking, my cohorts and I enjoyed hours of fun at the

If you are unaccustomed to pranking, I suggest you start off easy, with a

expense of waiters. Like the time we plated a pile of used espresso grounds

standard crowd-pleaser, like Super-Gluing coins to the sidewalk, or adding a few

(which come out of the machine packed tightly in a tart-like shape), garnished it

drops of green food color to milk. Then when you feel ready, you can graduate to

with a few sauces, whipped cream and nuts and asked the waitstaff to try our

grand public pranks, like an Australian news channel did when it reported its

special dessert. And then there was the time we were warming popped popcorn

country would be converting to metric time, and each day would now be 20

in an oven in preparation for caramelization. (It must be hot when it’s added, or

hours, each hour would have 100 minutes and each minute 100 seconds, sending

the caramel will crystallize.) The waiters saw it and thought we had popped it in

people all over the country out for new clocks. Or you could try to out-prank the

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ART, ANTIQUES & JEWELRY —CONTINUED FROM PAGE 57

Fancy That! Whether you’re a renter, first-time home buyer or a longtime homeowner, Fancy That! has everything you need to give your home a fresh new look for spring. Choose from florals, picture frames, table top or wall décor — you’re sure to discover just the right “treat yourself” find to brighten your home. American-made and locally crafted products are proudly featured at Fancy That! 2575 Mission St., San Marino. Call (626) 403-2577 or visit fancythat.us.com. John Moran Auctioneers A full-service auction house for over 40 years, John Moran Auctioneers is internationally recognized as a leader in sales of exceptional antiques, fine art, jewelry and eclectic estate items. In addition to monthly Estate Auctions, Moran’s conducts tri-annual California and American Art auctions featuring top 19th and 20th century Impressionist and Western artists. Clients value Moran’s for expertise and dedication to top-quality personalized service. For information about consigning, purchasing at auction, estate services, appraisals, and free walk-in Valuation Days, please call (626) 793-1833 or visit johnmoran.com. G.H. Wilke Our story began when Gilbert H. Wilke purchased a jewelry store in Arlington Heights, Illinois at the onset of the Great Depression, October 1929. But we’re not finished yet! Now celebrating our 80th year, we’ve been here for you in great times and greater times, customizing beauty for your every occasion. Many, many thanks to all our loyal friends. We look forward to more years of providing you the perfect jewelry complement. For personalized designs as well as a fantastic collection of estate, antique and contemporary styles, come see us for a fun experience in a jewelry store! Contact Tracy R. Wilke, Dario Pirozko or Mila Banez. Call (626) 284-9444 ■

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