Yesterday we got a sneak peak at the Paul Williams Showcase House in La Canada Flintridge, which 25 (yes 25) designers are working to completely restore and open for tours from April 17 to May 15.
The project is part of the Pasadena Showcase of Design, a fundraiser that since its inception in 1965 has seen renovations of significant homes throughout the Pasadena area. The 1927 English Revival manor, with its amazing attention to detail, is an excellent example of Williams’ ability to design in a traditional style despite his reputation for contemporary work.
The once-musty and fading 7,200 square foot house is being fixed up from top to bottom. Basically, each designer gets a room or two. For example, LA-based David Dalton will be renovating the “Great Room”, with its vaulted wood ceiling, leaded windows, and hand carved fireplace, and the “Gentleman’s Lounge,” inpsired by the Paris apartment of Yves Saint Laurent.
“We’ve had our eye on this house for quite a long time,” said Benefit Chair Kathryn Hofgaarden. “It’s super important that we preserve its integrity.” Stay tuned to see it featured in our House of The Issue when it’s all done.