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It’s Pasadena Showcase season!

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Southern California doesn’t have seasons like other parts of the country. Sure, this winter has been particularly wet and there were some blink-and-you’d-miss-them snow flurries in a few pockets around Los Angeles. But when the sun comes out, so do the flip-flops and tank tops. March or May—it doesn’t matter.

The way we know spring is on its way is when tickets go on sale for the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts’ annual fundraiser, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. It’s the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the country. Funds raised support a diverse group of recipients from the Los Angeles Opera Company to the Frostig Center to the Alhambra Educational Foundation.

Now in its 55th year, the Showcase is visited by 25,000+ guests annually. This is an enormous enterprise for an all-volunteer organization! Sagest (formerly Charles Allen Imaging Experts) worked with the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts on producing the elegant 50 Years of Pasadena Showcase Design Houses, a 264-page coffee table book commemorating this extraordinary ongoing endeavor. We are proud of the design, graphics, and photo reproductions in this book—it’s beautiful!

If you have not “done” Showcase, get tickets here. This year’s property is a 12,000-square-foot Hollywood Regency style mansion designed by James E. Dolena and built in 1937. The tour runs from April 21 through May 19, 2019.