If you remember back to our post about the Rosebowl Parade we briefly mentioned Millionaires Row. Recently the American Red Cross listed their current office building on the market, the Craven's Estate, which is placed right in the center of all the action.
John and Mildred Craven moved to Pasadena in the 1900's and built the most expensive home in the area on a 16 acre estate. As of today it has been reduced to a mere 1.5 acres as many condos have been added to the street throughout the years. Thankfully, unlike most of the early estates, the Craven's home was not demolished for smaller homes and condos.
In 2010 the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts renovated over half of the 20,000 square foot home. Click here to watch the transformation video. Paul had the opportunity to work as in intern with Parker West Interiors to redesign the solarium.
The main feature of the room is the cream and silver lattice work that was repainted from it's original dark forest green. This was a must in order to lighten the room. In addition, adding antiqued mirrors brought a sophisticated elegance to the space. The design team also brought in all of the furniture, accessories and art; creating a space to read a book, have a cup of tea or take in the flowering orchids. Although the furniture, accessories and art were taken away after the Showcase was complete, the original marble floors and updated lattice work remain today.
Throughout the room there were niches which the design team decided to paint with a marble finish to match the purple marble inlayed floor. It was a great way to set them off and create a dramatic backdrop for orange and yellow Cymbidium Orchids. (Side note: we learned a lot this weekend about orchids after visiting the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate.)
The Craven's Estate has been featured in various TV shows and movies, such as Glee, The Mick, Desperate Housewives, Public Enemy and Traffic. It has also been the chosen location for numerous weddings and events. Can you just imagine for a second how wonderful it would be to entertain your guests and have your first dance in this room! To die for!
We're hopeful that the new owner of the Craven's Estate will cherish the rich history while enjoying all fifty of the rooms! If you have a mere $10.5 million lying around, it could be yours!
**All the photos are by Alex Vertikoff Photography