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Pictured on the front cover: The rear facade of the Robert R. Blacker House

Beam detail, the Robert R. Blacker House, designed by Greene & Greene

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Pasadena Heritage Saving our Past for the Future 651 South Saint John Avenue Pasadena, California 91105-2913 626 441 6333

Immerse yourself in the American Arts & Crafts Movement




OCTOBER 15-17 15 -17 2010 Sponsored in part by

Non profit org. U.S. Postage PA I D Pasadena California Permit No. 337

pasadena heritage pasadena heritage’s nineteenth annual craftsman weekend A tribute to Pasadena’s unique contributions to the American Arts & Crafts Movement, Craftsman Weekend is the largest and most comprehensive celebration of the Craftsman Movement in the Western United States. The Craftsman Weekend’s offerings will include a tour of significant Craftsman-era houses, a variety of bus and walking tours, and exclusive evening receptions at historic sites. New this year is the expanded Craftsman Exposition, a major exhibition and sale of furniture and decorative arts which has moved to the Pasadena Convention Center.

evening events opening reception and exposition preview Friday, October 15 5:30 - 8:00 pm

exclusive tour and reception at the robert r. blacker house Saturday, October 16 5:30 - 8:30 pm

The Historic Civic Auditorium and New Convention Center

The Robert R. Blacker House

pasadena heritage A nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Pasadena’s architectural and cultural resources, Pasadena Heritage has been striving to preserve the architecture and history of Pasadena for over 33 years. Without Pasadena Heritage there would be no Old Pasadena, no Colorado Street Bridge, and countless historic sites, homes and neighborhoods would no longer exist. In addition to advocating to save endangered buildings, Pasadena Heritage offers a variety of educational programs including architectural tours, lectures, and restoration workshops. It also runs a successful Oral History Program to collect and preserve the individual stories and personal histories of Pasadena’s citizens. Pasadena Heritage is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit preservation organizations in California, with a membership of over 2,000 households. Membership in Pasadena Heritage helps to support projects and programs that further the cause of historic preservation. To join, please call the office at 626-441-6333, or visit the website at Membership Benefits Include: Advanced notice and discounts for tours and special events. Printed newsletter and monthly email updates via PH News to keep you informed about issues, programs, and projects. Access to the Craftsman Referral File for contractors and other professionals with expertise in working with historic homes. Free consultation on restoration or other questions where the organization can offer experience or assistance. Join Pasadena Heritage now and take full advantage of member rates for Craftsman Weekend Events! Student/Senior (55 & over) $25 Sustaining $125 Individual $35 Small Business $150 Dual/Family $45 (10 employees or less) Supporting $75 Heritage Associates $500/1000/2500/5000

Pasadena Heritage will begin its 2010 Craftsman Weekend with an elegant Opening Reception at the Pasadena Convention Center. The evening will feature a special behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Civic Auditorium and an exclusive preview of the newly expanded exhibit hall. Built in 1931 and opened in 1932, the historic Pasadena Civic Auditorium is one of the most revered performance halls in the nation and one of the best examples of Beaux Art architecture in the city of Pasadena. Listed on the National Register, the Auditorium, as part of the Convention Center, is the perfect blend of the old and the new. It stands as a lasting symbol of the quality and beauty of this great city. Guests will have the first opportunity to visit the Craftsman Exposition and even purchase one-of-a-kind items. There will be over 50 returning exhibitors and more than 30 new exhibitors from across the U.S. participating in this year’s show and sale. The Silent Auction will be open for bids as well. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served between the tour and the grand opening of the Exposition. Price: $50 nonmember; $45 member

On Saturday evening, Pasadena Heritage is delighted to host an exclusive tour and reception at the Robert R. Blacker House in Pasadena. The Blacker House was built in 1907 for Robert R. Blacker and his wife Nellie. The home was furnished with custom Greene and Greene-designed furniture and light fixtures. A prominent landmark in Pasadena during the first decades of the twentieth century, the structure again made headlines in 1985, when a previous owner removed nearly all of the original leaded art glass light fixtures, doors, and panels from the house. A public outcry, with Pasadena Heritage at the forefront, led to a city ordinance that now helps to prevent the removal of original fixtures from Greene and Greene houses. The dedicated current owners have spent years restoring the Blacker House to its original splendor, commissioning the finest craftsmen. The reception will include tours of this National Register landmark with wine and hors d’oeuvres served on the elegant patio. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a limited silent auction with exclusive items only available during this Saturday night event. Tickets are limited, so please reserve early. Price: $145 nonmember; $110 member Craftsman Weekend 2010

west adams bus excursion

bus tours

west adams historical district tour Bus Tour i/Drive -Yourself Option Friday, October 15 10:00 am - 3:00 pm This year’s special excursion will visit the West Adams Historical District in Los Angeles. In 2010, This Old House magazine selected West Adams as the best neighborhood in California for old house lovers “where the historic homes (and lifeaffirming diy challenges they bring) are rivaled only by the community spirit that surrounds them.” Keith Pandolfi, associate editor of This Old House, called West Adams the kind of place where you can find a solid old house that looks and feels like an authentic, old-fashioned American neighborhood and features some of the most whimsical takes on Craftsman architecture he’s ever seen. Pasadena Heritage teams up with the West Adams Heritage Association to bring you this tour of four outstanding Craftsman homes. Featured on this tour will be Charles and Henry Greene’s Lucy Wheeler House which is thought to be the only remaining house in Los Angeles designed by the Greene brothers. The former owner, Martin Eli Weil, a restoration architect and founding member of the Los Angeles Conservancy, did meticulous research and restoration, and guests will be surprised to discover many Greene & Greene notable features in this modest, urban home. Also featured on the tour will be a Train & Williams home recently featured on the cover of Style 1900 magazine, and listed on the National Register as well as a Sumner and Hunt home and two side-by-side Arthur and Alfred Heineman homes including the Craftsman featured in the CBS television drama, “numb3rs.”

lanterman house tour Bus Tour ii Friday, October 15 1:30 - 4:30 pm

An illustrated lecture and tour of Craftsman style Women’s Clubs will explore several local clubs that were designed during the Craftsman era. An introductory illustrated lecture will present an overview of the Woman’s Club movement in California with examples of Craftsman club houses state-wide.

The Greene & Greene Lucy Wheeler House Guests can choose to take this tour by motor coach or drive-themselves. The motor coach tour will include lunch at the beautifully restored Guasti Villa, a 1912 Hudson & Munsell-designed Beaux Arts Mansion and home of the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens. Guests may walk the labyrinth or tour the meditation gardens in this hidden, urban retreat center. Price for Bus Tour: $95 nonmember; $90 member Price for Drive-Yourself Tour: $55 nonmember; $50 member

The 1915 historic Lanterman House Tour the historic Lanterman House in neighboring LaCanada-Flintridge with expert guides. In 1915, Dr. Roy Lanterman commissioned architect A. L Haley to design a fireproof bungalow of reinforced concrete. The result was a unique architectural treasure. Pasadena Heritage is privileged to have a special showing of this house museum for Craftsman Weekend. The building Biographer, Tim Gregory, serves as the Lanterman House archivist and will present its history. the significant but less celebrated architects tour Bus Tour iii Saturday, October 16 1:30 - 4:30 pm

The Heineman and Heineman house featured on the popular TV show “NUMB3RS”

craftsman style women’s club tour Bus Tour iv Saturday, October 16 1:30 - 4:30 pm

The work of architect George J. Webster and the Foss Designing & Building Company will be highlighted. Webster was a prolific Craftsman architect during a span of less than ten years. His rustic bungalows ranging from cottages to two-story chalets are sometimes mistaken for the early work of Greene & Greene. Founded in 1911, the Foss Company had its own architectural department which employed a number of designers who would later become wellknown in their own right. The firm, a fixture in Pasadena for over seventy years, produced hundreds of attractive and quality-built Craftsman bungalows.

Price Per Bus Tour: $45 nonmember; $40 member bungalow courts tour and gartz court celebration Bus Tour v Saturday, October 16 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Celebration 11:00 am - 12:30 pm The bungalow court originated in Pasadena in the early 1900s. Constructed between 1909 and 1930, Pasadena has more than one hundred courts remaining, more than twenty of which are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Bungalow Courts Bus Tour will explore some of these unique residences and culminate in a celebration at Gartz Court. The owners of Gartz Court are celebrating the court’s centenary by opening all six bungalows for this Craftsman Weekend tour. Tickets for the Bungalow Courts Bus Tour include the celebration at Gartz Court. Tickets may be purchased separately for the Gartz Court celebration only. Price for Tour and Celebration: $55 nonmember; $50 member Price for Celebration Only: $25 nonmember; $20 member All bus tours feature interior visits to historic properties along the route. Each tour is limited to 45 participants. Craftsman Weekend 2010

walking tours

craftsman exposition

oaklawn neighborhood tour Walking Tour i Friday, October 15 9:00 - 11:00 am / 9:30 - 11:30 am 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

hillcrest neighborhood tour Walking Tour iii Saturday, October 16 9:00 - 11:00 am / 9:30 - 11:30 am 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Oaklawn Neighborhood Tour, in neighboring South Pasadena, highlights an upscale enclave subdivided in 1904 near the now-demolished Raymond Hotel. The neighborhood infrastructure includes stone entry portals and an early reinforced concrete bridge, both designed by Greene & Greene. There are ten large Craftsman residences, including designs by Arthur Benton, Kavanaugh & Barnes, and G. Lawrence Stimson. The structural engineer in charge of the restoration of the 1906 bridge will discuss the restoration process.

The Hillcrest Neighborhood tour will explore this neighborhood of elegant homes on the grand scale. Three Greene & Greene homes, including the Blacker House, as well as examples of other significant architects of the Arts & Crafts Movement are on the tour route. Tour one of Pasadena’s most beautiful neighborhoods with expert guides.

Stone entry portals designed by Charles and Henry Greene the civic center tour Walking Tour ii Friday, October 15 1:30 - 3:30 pm / 2:00 - 4:00 pm 2:30 - 4:30 pm The Civic Center Tour will showcase some of Pasadena’s most distinctive civic and commercial buildings. Pasadena Heritage docents will share stories of the preservation efforts to save these historic landmarks, including the restoration of City Hall and the Central Library and the ongoing concerns about the YWCA building designed by Julia Morgan.

garfield heights restoration tour Walking Tour iv Saturday, October 16 1:30 - 3:30 pm / 2:00 - 4:00 pm 2:30 - 4:30 pm / 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Removing stucco revealed this wonderful brick chimney in Garfield Heights The Garfield Heights Restoration tour will feature Craftsman homes in progress and recently restored. Artisans and restoration specialists will give demonstrations and speak about their projects. Garfield Heights, one of Pasadena’s Landmark Districts, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Pasadena with a majority of the houses built between 1890 and 1918. All walking tours include an interior visit along the route. Each tour is limited to 4 groups of 20 people each. Groups will depart in 30-minute increments; please check your ticket for your exact departure time. Price per Walking Tour: $30 nonmember; $25 member

craftsman exposition Saturday, October 16 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

silent auction Saturday, October 16 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 17 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Sunday, October 17 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The beautiful new Convention Center

Over 80 exhibitors of Arts & Crafts items at the Exposition

The Craftsman Exposition is the newly expanded furnishings and decorative arts show and sale, now at the Pasadena Convention Center. Pasadena Heritage will host more than 80 exhibitors offering extraordinary antique and contemporary Arts & Crafts furnishings and decorative arts as well as restoration experts. Exhibitors are coming to Pasadena from across the U.S. to participate in the two-day show and sale, bringing a broad spectrum of Craftsman-era and period-inspired works: furniture, textiles, pottery and tiles, metal work, wallpapers and stencils, and books which will entice both the novice and collector. All exhibitors are juried to provide the Craftsman Weekend the highest quality sources for antique and contemporary work in the style of the period. Demonstrations, highlighting our exhibitors’ talent and craft, will be on-going throughout the weekend.

Bidding for the Silent Auction will begin at the Opening Reception and continue through 5:00 p.m. Sunday evening. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the preservation efforts of Pasadena Heritage. Contributions come from exhibitors, local shops and businesses and individual donors, providing a broad array of unique items. Free parking for the Craftsman Exposition and weekend headquarters will be available on Saturday and Sunday at the Ampco Parking structure at the southeast corner of Euclid Avenue and Cordova Street. This location is a two-block walk from the entrance of the Convention Center. Parking will also be available at the Convention Center Parking Structure for $9.00 a day or $15.00 with in and out privileges.

Entrance to the Craftsman Exposition is included with all Craftsman Weekend ticket purchases. Registration for the Exposition and Silent Auction only is $10.

Craftsman Weekend 2010

craftsman house tour

building the blacker house tour

craftsman house tour Sunday, October 17 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Five exemplary Craftsman-era, privatelyowned homes will be open for the Craftsman House Tour, with an emphasis on homes with English Arts & Crafts influence. The Arts & Crafts movement began in England as a celebration of traditional individual craftsmanship in the face of an increasingly machine-made environment. American Craftsman architects were greatly attracted to this philosophy, reflecting it in their own English-influenced designs. Designed as a speculative house in 1914 by architect Sylvanus Marston, the Henry Newby House was the first to be built in the exclusive Arroyo Park Tract of Pasadena. Modeled after the English Tudor style it instills references to the Arts & Crafts Movement. A broad, wrap around façade, hand-adzed woodwork, smooth stucco and plethora of windows and porches over looking the Arroyo Seco and the San Gabriel Mountains embody the Craftsman style of architecture in Pasadena. This home recently underwent a major restoration after a burst pipe flooded several rooms. The owners were meticulous about returning the house to its original state. Using the natural beauty of the surrounding environment as inspiration for the house and landscape design, the owners have stayed true to Marston’s design. The Anderson House is an English Arts & Crafts-style home designed in 1910 by Sylvanus Marston for Mrs. Robert Anderson. Like many of Marston’s designs, the interior is light, in contrast to the perceived dark interiors of other homes of the period. The placement of windows allows light in, even though the home has wide overhanging eaves. This home includes original built-ins, wainscoting and woodwork in a typical English style. The exterior is virtually unchanged in 100 years. Located in the Madison Heights neighborhood, it is part of the Marston Tract, an area purchased by Sylvanus’ father.

Sylvanus Marston was born in Oakland, California, in 1883; soon after, his family moved to Pasadena. Marston graduated from the newly established College of Architecture at Cornell University in 1907, and one year later, established an architectural practice in Pasadena. Marston unquestionably helped solidify Pasadena’s Craftsman legacy through his honesty in design and sensitive use of natural materials and hand-crafted ornamentation. The Charles Newby House, designed by Sylvanus Marston, 1914

The Mrs. Charles Anderson House, designed by Sylvanus Marston, 1910

Also included on the tour is Frederick C. Grable’s House. Built soon after newlyweds Frederick and Birdsall Grable came to Pasadena from Denver in 1906, this home was the first built by the partnership Grable & Austin. Frederick Grable and Clarence Austin, with almost no real estate experience, embarked on a contracting venture in 1906 that blossomed in Pasadena’s favorable real estate climate during the early twentieth century. Together they built many fine bungalows in Pasadena during the Craftsman era. Grable’s in-laws lived just down the street, and helped to finance many of Grable & Austin’s early projects, including the Frederick C. Grable House in 1909. Built low to the ground with a dominant front chimney and entryway, this home shows a dramatic contrast to the intensely private entryway of the neighboring Greene & Greene. Two other charming Craftsman homes featuring Pasadena’s finest architects in historic neighborhoods will be open for tour. Docents will be at each of the houses with additional information about the homes. This is a drive-yourself tour so please allow yourself four hours to get to all five houses.

The Frederick C. Grable House, designed by Grable & Austin, 1909

building the blacker house tour Sunday, October 17 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Jim Ipekjian, Master Woodworker Contemporary master woodworker Jim Ipekjian has studied the art and craft of Charles and Henry Greene for more than 25 years. His intimate relationship with the Robert R. Blacker House began in 1995 when he was commissioned to re-create the light fixtures for the house. He helped oversee the entire restoration, a full-time job lasting almost 2.5 years. Then he turned his attention to the Greene & Greene furniture designs and their recreation. Mr. Ipekjian’s tour reveals, from a craftsman’s point of view, how the Robert R. Blacker House was crafted. Guests will learn about the restoration, furnishings, decorative arts and architecture of the Blacker House revealing the intricacies of woodwork, metal craft, and art glass created especially for the house. This exclusive tour will include areas of the house never viewed by the public. Price: $250 nonmember; $220 member Tickets are limited to 15 people so please reserve early.

Children under age 10 may attend the House Tour free with one paying adult, though the House Tour may not be appropriate for those under age 6. Strollers are not allowed in any of the houses. Price: $45 nonmember; $40 member The Robert R. Blacker House, front facade detail

Craftsman Weekend 2010

information and pre-event tour pasadena’s architectural history Bus Tour and Luncheon Thursday, October 14 12:30 - 5:00 pm This tour will highlight preservation success stories throughout the city. The tour will begin with lunch at the exclusive, membersonly Athenaeum on the campus of the California Institute of Technology, a tour of this elegant landmark and other campus highlights. Guests will then board the bus to explore a variety of other Pasadena landmarks and neighborhoods that have been preserved through the efforts of Pasadena Heritage. Price: $75 nonmember; $70 member information Ticket Deadlines In order to receive your tickets by mail prior to the Weekend, ticket orders must be received by Friday, October 8. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped standard size envelope with your order. All ticket orders received after October 8 will be held at Will Call; located at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green Street, 8:45 am - 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. If you are attending an event on Thursday or Friday, please go directly to the event location. Parking Information Free parking for the Craftsman Exposition and weekend headquarters will be available on Saturday and Sunday at the Ampco Parking structure at the southeast corner of Euclid Avenue and Cordova Street. This location is a two-block walk from the entrance of the Convention Center. Parking will also be available at the Convention Center Parking Structure for $9.00 a day or $15.00 with in and out privileges. Information regarding parking for bus and walking tours will be included with your ticket order.

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The Athenaeum, designed in 1930 by Gordon B. Kaufmann

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Sheraton Pasadena 303 Cordova Street, $135 800-457-7940 or 626-449-4000

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Westin Hotel 191 North Los Robles, $129 800-837-4181

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Handicapped Accessibility All events are accessible except tours of private residences and bus tours. Hotel Reservations (reference Craftsman Weekend for the special rate good through September 24, 2010) Courtyard by Marriott, Old Pasadena 180 North Fair Oaks Avenue, $119 866-637-3335

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all sales are final. there are no ticket refunds or cancellations. the cost of unused tickets may be considered a tax-deductible contribution to pasadena heritage.Craftsman Weekend 2010

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