Visiting the Showcase House of Design 2017 can be a complete event filled day.  Not only will you have the experience of touring the exquisite house and experiencing the talent of the creative designers who have hand crafted each room with their expertise, but you can dine and shop on the grounds in beautiful surroundings.  Planning you visit to Showcase must include enough time to really take in the entire experience that this fabulous day offers.

For you dining or lunching pleasure, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) has again selected TasteBuds Culinary, Inc. as the caterer for this year’s restaurant at Showcase. The Wisteria Terrace Restaurant surrounded by the beautiful gardens will offer guests fresh, nade-t0-order selections as well as gourmet take-away foods.  In addition, The Ivy Court, situated nearby, offers guests a place to relax with handcrafted drinks, snacks and treats.  These restaurants were inspired by English secret gardens and offer a countryside vibe .  They are ideal places to sit and enjoy the grand Showcase gardens while enjoying a delicious meal.

TasteBuds co –owners, Natalie Ramirez and Melissa Corkern Davis, have created affordably priced menus that offer fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.  At the Wisteria Terrace Restaurant, breakfast will include fruits and an assortment of fresh baked pastries.  For lunch guests can choose garden salads, gourmet sandwiches, and quiche du jour.  New this year, any salad can be made into a wrap and any sandwich into a panini as no extra charge. TasteBud’s celebrated hamburger will be available for both lunch and dinner.  Other delicious evening entrees offered include New York steak frites and gourmet salads with grill salmon or chicken breast.  Small plates include grilled cheese and tomato soup shots, pork sliders, and mini pizzas.

The restaurants wll be open from 10:00a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays and Tuesdays and from 10:00 a.m. to  9:00 a.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. They are closed on Mondays.Guests are invited to visit the restaurants and shops at Showcase without a ticket any time that Showcase is open to the public.  The 2017 Showcase House will be open to guests from April  23-May 21, 2017.  Tickets cast between $35-$45.  To purchase tickets, or for more information, please visit All visitors to Showcase House must e 12 years of age or older.  Flat shoes are required.   


Black Bean Soup and Clam Chowder Station


You Can Shop Until You Drop for Treasures at Showcase House of Design 2017!


The English Tudor Revival house chosen to be the Showcase House of Design was built in 1916 at a cost of $25,000.  It was designed by Marston & Van Pelt and built  for actor-turned-lawyer Samuel S. Hinds and his wife.  Hinds was an attorney in Pasadena until he lost his money in the stock market crash of 1029.  As a prominent attorney in Pasadena, he was one of the founders of the Pasadena Playhouse and also performed in its plays as a hobby.   His acting ability caught the attention of several movie producers who offered him parts in films.  He later quit quit and became a full time actor.  Hinds appeared in more than 200 films and is best known for playing Peter Baily, the father of the James Stewart character in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

This grand house is a 7,470 Sq. ft main residence and features six bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two half-baths.  The majestic two-acre compound includes a pool and a badminton court on a park like grounds. The English Tudor exterior is distinguished by half-timbering, red brick and a slate roof with original lead glass windows inserted with some stained glass accents.

The entry features the main stair hall, a grand stair space with an intricately carved balustrade and halfway up the stairs an impressive window.  The first floor includes the living room, library, dining room, conservatory, half bath, kitchen and laundry room.  The second floor contains th servants’ quarters—two bedrooms and a bath-plus three children’s bedrooms, two baths, and a sleeping porch, now enclosed.   The master bedroom has a sitting room, which was also a sleeping porch, along with closets and a bath.

The grounds of the estate have numerous rose bushes, an arbor and more than 100 trees of various species.  A pool is tucked among the trees in a peaceful setting.  A waterfall feeds into a small stream that passes beneath a faux bois bridge creating a another world away from the city.

Most recently the house has served as a set for several movies including the acclaimed La La Land ( in a scene set on the loggia ,in which Ryan Gosling’s character plays the piano at a garden party). Beaches (It was the home of Barbara Hershey’s character) and the 1985 version of Alice in Wonderland, along with television episodes of Columbo, Parks and Recreation and Mad Men.


Empty House party guests were treated to a wonderful array of culinary creations from Sierra Fusion Restaurant, 120 W. Sierra Madre  Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA  (626) 355-3030. Owner, Chef Joseph Ungrue Born in Maui, Hawaii to a Filipino mother and a Greek-Indian father, follows in the  creative footsteps of his father, the Executive Chef at a private southern California country club. Jos attended the Sushi Institute of America led by Katsuya Uechi, a world renowned sushi chef to learn traditional Japanese cuisine with a modern flare. Jos and his fiancé, Christina Duarte moved to Las Vegas where he worked at the Bellagio Hotel at Yellowtail, the Japanese-Korean Fusion restaurant and bar.  Now he has returned to Southern California to bring his talent and creativity to his own restaurant, Sierra Fusion.             

Christina Duarte is found her inspiration by watching her mother cook authentic Mexican dishes. so she attended the Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena in 2011.  She gained experience working at San Gabriel Country Club under Chef Edward where she met her fiancé, Joseph Ungrue. She also worked at Katsuya in Las Vegas and later at La Cave Wine and Tapas Bar at the Wynn hotel before returning to Sierra Madre to open Sierra Fusion in May of 2016 with Ungrue. Sierra Fusion’s menu is a study in creativity from the combined talents of these two extraordinary chefs who provided an incredible menu for the empty house party food stations. 


Gourmet Petite Salad Cup Station

Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts 2017

About the Pasadena Showcase House of Design…Their Music Goals and Objectives!


Pasadena Showcase House of Design (PSHA) is a non-profit all volunteer organization whose members donate their time and talents to produce the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design.  About 80 women and men with a myriad of backgrounds accomplish the Herculean feat of producing the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. This group is strongly supported by 200 Intermediate and Associate members who provide financial support and volunteer their time as well.

Founded in 1948 and formerly known as The Pasadena Junior Philharmonic committee, PSHA  adopted the Pasadena Showcase House of Design as their annual benefit in 1965. This is the 53rd year of Pasadena Showcase House of Design as one of the oldest, largest, and most successful house and garden tours in the USA.

PSHA’s goals are to fund music programs that nurture the study and appreciation of music, provide music education—knowning that the study of music enhances other academic subjects as well as cultural enrichment; ensures that music is available to a broad range of audiences and further the work of the Los Angele Philharmonic Association.   Proceeds from the Pasadena Showcase House of Design and donations from PSHA support the following programs:

Gifts and Grants. Cumulative donations of over $20 million have been made in support of outstanding music and arts programs throughout the community.  Gifts and Grants are awarded to non-profit organizations for music education; music therapy; underwriting of concerts; etc. as well as continuance of their longstanding support of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

Pasadena Showcase House Youth Concert.  Begun in 1953, over 250,000 fourth grade students have attended this annual free concert designed to weave musical concepts into an appealing program that is presented at the Walt Disney Concert Hall by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pasadena Showcase House Music Mobile. Created by PSHA in 1971 and now produced in partnership with the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, the Music Mobile is a “hand’s-on” award winning program that is presented to third grade students.  It provides an introduction to classical music and the opportunity to play a selection of instruments and be part of a simulated orchestra.  Over 100,000 students have participated since its inception.

Pasadena Showcase House Instrunmental Competition Since 1984, promising yung musicians between the ages of 16-24 have been competing annually for monetary awards in the categories of woodwinds, brass and strings.  Over $500,000 in prize money has been awarded to assist them in furthering their musical education. 

The learn more about PSHA, membership and the programs it funds or the Designer Showcase House for the Arts, visit

Sierra Fusion Sushi Display


The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts 2017 kicked off their season with the traditional “empty house” party.  500 Designers, patrons and dedicated design enthusiasts donned warm apparel on Friday, January 20th to attend a sneak preview of what will become the 53rd Pasadena Showcase House of Design.  The  magnificent estate will be transformed by nineteen  interior designers and six exterior designers into the popular annual attraction, Pasadena Showcase House of Design that will open to the public April23 through May 21.  Tickets to Showcase go on sale February 1 and cost between $35-$45.  To purchase tickets please visit www.pasadenashowcase.ore.

The “empty house party” was a dazzling affair chaired by Marilyn Anderson and Gretchen McNally, treated guests and media to a sneak peak of the property two days before it began its miraculous, three-month transformation.  Renowned architects Marston & Van Pelt designed the opulent home that was constructed in 1916.  It has 7,479 square feet and is comprised of six bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half-baths. The majestic two-acre compound includes a pool, badminton court, stream and brick cottage on park-like grounds.
The legacy of this estate is infused with Hollywood glamour.  The house was built for lawyer-turned-actor Samuel S. Hinds and his wife. A founding member of the Pasadena Playhouse, Hinds went on to appear in more than 200 films and is best-known for playing Peter Bailey, the father of the James Stewart character and the founder of the Bailey Building and Loan, in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). A scene from the currently acclaimed La La Land was filmed at the home, among other movies and television episode

The Empty House Party is the official announcement for PSHA’s annual benefit, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design for 2017. The Pasadena Showcase House of Design is one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the United States. Each year, Southern California’s most prominent interior and exterior designers renovate an estate of architectural significance using the latest design products, concepts and technology. Approximately 30,000 guests will visit the House, its restaurant, and the Shops at Showcase this Spring to view the results of the time and dedication invested by the designers and the PSHA volunteers.  We are grateful to the city, our members and our community,” said PSHA President Lynn Mehl. “Showcase is truly a community-oriented event and because of their support, we have been able to help endless students further their music education.”

Imported and domestic cheese display

One of the highlights of visiting the Showcase House of Design each year, is checking out The Shops at Showcase.  This year there will be 22 curated merchants from throughout California showing their wares.  They appeal to the visitors’ various tastes with a wide variety of items including jewelry, luxury items, gourmet foods, clothing, and an assortment if gifts.   A portion of sales is donated to the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) to support its music programs Twenty five percent of the total purchase is tax deductible as aa charitable contribution.  Shops on display this year include: Alpaca by Karin; BedHead Pajamas; Bird Dog Bay; Designer Sterling; D.J, Giles; Gourmet Blends: Herban Inc.; Janna Conner Los Angeles; Jean Waters Fine Accessories; J.P. Designs; Lavender Blue; Louise’s Hats; Mark & Stephens: Model Metalworks; Paco Soler; Plantation House; Susie O’s; The Bee Cottage; The Treasured Accessory; Tuck;  Veronica’s Garden; and Westlove.  Guests can visit the shops anytime Showcase is open to the public.

Pasadena Showcase House of Design Empty House Party Is A Culinary Adventure With Sierra Fusion Restaurant

The 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design has Quite a Colorful History!