LOS ANGELES BASED INTERIOR DESIGNER, AARON B DUKE IS ECSTATIC TO BE SELECTED AS ONE OF THE DESIGNERS OF THE 2017 PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE OF DESIGN.
EACH YEAR, THE COMMITTEE SELECTS A NOTABLE HOME, AND AFTER BEING COMPLETELY RENOVATED BY PROMINENT DESIGNERS USING THE LATES COLOR TRENDS, DESIGN CONCEPTS, ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS, INTERIOR DECOR AND THE LATEST IN HOUSEHOLD TECHNOLOGY.
IT IS OPEN FOR PUBLIC TOURS APRIL 23 - MAY 21, 2017.
MUSIC EDUCATION AND FUNDING
All proceeds from the Pasadena Showcase House of Design provide funding for music programs, plus award gifts and grants to other 501c3 organizations who specialize in musical programming, including therapy, early music education, arts scholarships and the underwriting of philharmonic concerts.
Research has found that learning the skills to play music facilitates skills that children use in many ways throughout their lives. Among many skills it is proven to improve math and language development; problem solving; increased IQ; special-temporal skills; and improved test scores.
DESIGNED BY MARSTON & VAN PELT OF PASADENA
The Tudor-style mansion selected for renovation by the committee this year was built in 1916.
Designed by Marston & Van Pelt of Pasadena, CA.
The rare 2 acre estate was named for Hollywood actor Samuel S. Hinds, who is best known for playing Peter Bailey, James Stewart’s famed George Bailey’s father, in the Christmastime classic, It’s A Wonderful Life.
Sadly like so many at the time, Hinds lost the majority of his wealth, attained as an attorney, during the stock market crash of 1929.
He was only able to keep his home by taking on boarders.
In need of a mid-life financial boosting, Hinds triumphed in a second career in Hollywood as an Actor, where he went on to be featured in well over 150 films before his death.
I couldn’t think of a better pairing actually.
Hinds was known as an actor, but, like many who live in the well-to-do early Pasadena neighborhoods being renovated today, he was born into a respected and wealthy family.
As such, he studied Law at Phillips-Exeter Academy, Harvard University to please his father.
While at school he also studied music and theater; upon graduation though he took the BAR in New York State where he practiced for a few years before moving across the country and settling in Pasadena, CA.
It was here in Pasadena, in the mid-twentieth century teens that Hinds helped found The Pasadena Playhouse.
Then in the 20’s he sat on it’s Board of Directors.
The Playhouse is credited with being one of the first philanthropical organizations to recognize the correlation between music and drama.
This Tudor Estate is probably best known for its prominent feature in the Bette Midler / Barbra Hershey - Hollywood smash hit “Beaches”.
Hinds’ 7500 sf, 8 bedroom Pasadena Estate was used as the home of Hillary Whitney Essex (Barbra Hershey’s character) in the 1988 feature film.
LEGENDARY HOLLYWOOD HOME
It was reported by the LA Times that his home was to appear in his first film for MGM “The Amateur Gentleman”.
The picturesque is still used as a backdrop for filming.
The sprawling estate was used in Season 7 of Columbo, the 1985 two part special made for TV adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, The interior scenes from Who’s That Girl, it was featured in the hit series Madmen as the country club and Parks and Recreation Turnbill Mansion.
Music education is a cause near and dear to me.
Through lessons and participation in musical programming, I gained valuable skills, discipline, dedication, perseverance, and excellence.
All have become essential parts of my character I uses as an entrepreneur and business owner.
Music is the soundtrack of our lives.
The Pasadena Showcase House of Design is one of the oldest, biggest and most successful home and garden tours in the country.