1905 English Tudor mansion in spotlight as annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design heads South – Daily News


Harry Hapgood may not recognize his 1905 English Tudor mansion after modern-day designers reimagined its indoor and outdoor spaces.

But after four months of renovations, Oaklawn Manor gets a floor-to-ceiling uplift in the 57th annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design, opening this Sunday, April 24

More than 25,000 people are expected to tour the South Pasadena home in the creative showcase. More than 20 interior and landscape design spaces will be on display, and boutique vendors in the Shops at Showcase will be on hand. An on-site restaurant and daily programming featuring local musicians and speakers will focus on South Pasadena.

After a three-year pandemic pause, the showcase returns with everything you know and love about the House of Design, according to Marti Farley, president.

“After four decades, it’s time we return to the charming ‘City of Trees’ with a Showcase Chouse that will highlight all that South Pasadena has to offer,” she added.

In its latest look, Oaklawn Manor retains the elements its original owner knew and loved: Hapgood, an English civil engineer who designed waterways and railways, used a lot of wood in the home’s details, commissioned stained glass windows from Judson Studios, and enjoyed floor to ceiling travertine fireplaces in many rooms.

Designers and landscapers from Glendora to San Pedro were given free rein to redesign rooms and even the home’s sunken garden and scenic paths.

Gwen Sukeena of Sukeena Homes in Pasadena got to redo the manor’s powder room. She handpainted an embellishment around the original lighting fixture, drawing on the historical nature and character of the Tudor home.

Glendale’s Rachel Duarte Design Studio took on the guest suite, installing bold patterned wallpaper on closet walls, and shimmering silver accent wallpaper ornaments on the ceiling. With a bow to its history, the home’s original light fixture has been restored and the original dressing table mirror remains.

“We hope people will enjoy the full spectrum of design, and see how accessible interior decorating can be,” said Garrett Collins, public relations and marketing chairman for the showcase. “From intricately painted beamed ceilings to simplistically composed shelves and accessories, any space can be elevated from the ordinary to extraordinary.”

The 2022 Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be open through May 22. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit pasadenashowcase.org.

If you go…

WHAT: 57th annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design trains its eye on South Pasadena

WHEN: Opening Sunday, April 24 and running through May 22. House tours are closed on Mondays.

ADMISSION: $40 to $50 and includes access to shops, on-site restaurant and entertainment

MORE INFO: Visit pasadenashowcase.org 

Anissa V. Rivera, columnist, “Mom’s the Word,” Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News, Azusa Herald, Glendora Press and West Covina Highlander, San Dimas/La Verne Highlander. Southern California News Group, 605 E. Huntington Drive, Suite 100, Monrovia, CA 91016. 626-497-4869.