Pasadena Showcase Brings Up the House

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It’s a fact, everyone needs a home to put up their feet—especially if you’re the American Red Cross. This year, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts partnered with the emergency response organization to rejuvenate Cravens Estate, a 20,000-sq.-ft. Pasadena landmark that serves as home to the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. Over 30 designers participated in the project, as well as various architects and advisors, to restore the Estate while preserving its original design.

Located on 16 acres of land, the residence has 50 rooms and is three stories high. The original design involves a French mansard roof, imported golden mahogany and walnut paneling, gold plated fixtures, large French doors, and marble floors.

One room within the Cravens Estate is the Family Media Room, which is made from approximately 80 percent green elements. Designed by Designs of the Interior (DI), it utilized cork flooring, hand painted and hand cut wallpaper, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative-certified upholstery frames. Additionally, all the metal parts that were used were 95 percent recycled steel, while natural flax, which requires little chemicals and no irrigation in its production, was used as the sectional fabric.

Recessed can lighting was added to the room, but DI remained true to the original design by refinishing the doors, keeping the built-in cabinets along the wall at the entry of the room, and enhancing the primary plaster ceiling with a hand-applied relief pattern.

–Gillian Wong

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