CRAFTSMAN WEEKEND – FRIDAY
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019
“The Health Seekers” lecture and tour by The Gamble House Speakers Bureau provides exclusive insights into the creation of The Gamble House and all of its aesthetic intricacies. With the advent of the railroad in the later 1800s, beautiful and healthful Southern California became more easily accessible from all parts of the United States. Attracted by its warm climate, clean air and proximity to urban Los Angeles, many people, including those who suffered from respiratory problems, flocked to Pasadena. Many winter-season visitors, including David and Mary Gamble of Procter & Gamble, decided to make Pasadena their permanent home. The Gambles employed the world-renowned Greene & Greene firm to design their house, and they created one of the most stunning works of residential architecture in America.
Prospect Park is Pasadena’s first National Landmark District, listed in 1982. The first home in the district was built in 1906 and to ensure a residential development of the highest quality, building restrictions included a $5,000 minimum cost per home, a substantial amount of the time. The district includes home by Pasadena’s elite architects and master builders: Myron Hunt, Peter Hall, Alfred and Arthur Heineman, Everett Phipps Babcock, Joseph Blick, Sylvanus Marston, Garrett VanPelt, Edgar Maybury, Wallace Neff, and Charles and Henry Greene. The buildings, trees and other plantings along these pleasant streets have changed little over the years, and the neighborhood has continued to be one of the city’s most handsome and desirable districts.
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This tour is back by popular demand! Primarily developed in the “teens” and 1920s, this neighborhood was filled with mostly single-family residences, but in 1956 when the Federal Aid High-way Act was enacted, the process of constructing a freeway started. It is estimated that the 210 Freeway caused the demolition of over 3,000 homes in Pasadena, devalued neighborhoods and led to the mass exodus of owner occupied properties. The Freeway cut a wide path through the middle of the city and was operational by 1974, before the existence of Pasadena Heritage. This tour looks at what remains of the historic fabric of the neighborhood and takes a close look at the importance of protecting what resources we have left.
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Learn the fine art of hand embroidery with Roycroft Master Artisan, Natalie Richards. Class participants will stitch the new Black Eyed Susan’s Pillow or can select an embroidery kit of their choice. The class will provide the beginner and the most experienced of embroiderers, classic techniques to master and use to create heirloom textiles. Basic embroidery stitches presented in antique Arts & Crafts textiles will be taught in this three-hour session. Students will learn proper anchoring techniques; stem stitch, satin stitch, padded saten stitch, French knots, and blocking, and finishing techniques. Techniques will be demonstrated in class and participants will be assisted in class. A kit is included with the class. Participants can select another project if they choose. All kits include linen with printed design, ample threads, needle and photo illustrated and written instructions.
In this memoir writing workshop, you will use a variety of writing prompts to write the stories of your home, childhood, family and friends, school, love, and so much more. All experience levels are welcome to join this supportive and enjoyable workshop led by Ann Hamer, author of Writing Your Life: The Ultimate Guide to Telling Your Story.”
Pasadena Heritage’s preservation efforts include helping to identify and create landmark districts throughout the city. With more than forty National and local Landmark Districts it is more than likely that you have been through a few without recognizing them as significant. This tour will take you to some of the not so well-known districts that highlight exceptional architecture and are worthy of recognition.
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With 550 eateries, Pasadena has more restaurants per capita than New York City! Not only are our restaurants in abundance, but many have their roots right here. This tour will take you by several Pasadena food-related houses and businesses that are still in existence – Trader Joe’s, Panda Inn, In-N-Out Burger, Pie and Burger, The Raymond 1886, and virtually all of Old Pasadena have their historic beginnings right here. The Craftsman homes of Julia Child’s and Mrs. See of See’s Candy will be pointed out along the route. The tour will include a few tasty treats for the price of the tour.
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Tours, Reception, Book Talk: “Judson Studios – Past, Present, and Future” Historic Studio Tours
Starting times: 3:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 4:30 pm, 5:00 pm approximately 30 min.
Taco Truck and Reception 5:00 – 6:30 pm
David Judson Book Lecture 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Contemporary Studio Tours 7:30 – 8:30 pm
$60 nonmembers / $50 members
Few glass studios can claim to have the same level of dedication and creativity as Judson Studios in South Pasadena. With over a century of experience, Judson Studios’ awe-inspiring glass works have been commissioned throughout the country. Yet, it remains very much a family business. The current owner, David Judson, is the fifth generation in the Judson line to own and operate the studio, and he has helped modernize the studio while maintaining its turn of the century roots. One way in which he did this was by opening a new studio in South Pasadena in addition to the original studio in Highland Park about a mile away. The two functioning studios serve as counterparts to each other, the original producing more traditional works, and the newer studio producing as well as displaying more modernized glasswork. Our Friday Night events for Craftsman Weekend will include a tour of both the old and new studios, as well a lecture by David Judson. There will be a taco truck and drinks during the reception at the new studio included in the price of the event.