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Tournament House

Sunday, June 16, 2013

the same day we went to the gardens, we also went to a tea house in Pasadena for lunch, they served just enough to fill us up each two people shared a tiered platter of sandwiches, scones and desserts

they even decorated the dessert plate with chocolate sauce in swirls

and they served 6 different flavors of teas in these cute teapots

as you can see we didn't leave much behind

although I didn't eat all of my cookie (I decided it didn't taste good enough for the empty calories).

Next we went to the Wrigley Mansion in Pasadena (of wrigley chewing gum fame), this is one of 6 mansions they owned, but this is where Ada Wrigley decided to spend the last of her days, and she had a beautiful view of the parade route for the Rose Parade from her bedroom window. It was deeded over to the Tournament of Roses to be used for their meetings and events with the Queen and her court, all the rooms we toured (we didn't get to see all 22 rooms) have names on the doors. Here is the front of the home and note the front door (I'll get closer in a moment)

it's very ornate, large and heavy, but...it is so perfectly balanced, you can open the door with barely pushing with one finger

this is the front porch

the right side had a rose garden with new experimental roses and my favorite flowers impatiens

and the left side of the house has a fountain and a group of just one type of rose

and the back of the house is now parking areas, so let's go inside. I love all the crown moldings and curved ceilings in some of the rooms. It has been updated to electric from gas lighting

on the stair landing is a portrait of the current Rose Queen

they have a lot of memorabilia so it also serves as a museum as well as offices they have photos of when the Rose Bowl was originally built (which was a horseshoe shape, it later became an enclosed oval)

archive of all the rose bowl games

the directors room used to be Ada's bedroom now it's a conference room with this memorabilia

all the past parade Grand Marshals (Shirley Temple did it 3 times)

back in the day it looked like this

and check out the bathroom

we had to head across here to get to my favorite room

the queens don't get to keep those crowns they wear, they are each worth thousands of $$$

I loved the bathroom and the green colors of the room's design

a big difference between the current queen and her court

and those of yore

and this one was married and in her 40's

this bathroom was hidden with furniture and a false wall when the redecorated they noticed the dimensions seemed off a bit, they took down the thin wall and there it was originally joining two rooms

now the dining room

it hasn't changed a lot

however you can see this room changed a lot

looking the other way you can see the massive fireplace

and would you like to clean this chandelier ?

wood, marble, wrought iron etc has it all

even has it's own...

and the final room

this is the room with the view to the fountain and pink roses

and one last thing, this huge tree had so much character

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    1774 days ago
    thank you for that tour! I live in Illinois and would probably never get to see this ... so THANKS!
    1774 days ago
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