Thursday, November 29, 2007

Tour the historic Castle Green Sunday

Holiday Tour at the Castle Green: From Parlor toPenthouse!

Join us on Sunday, December 2nd for a special Holiday Tour at the Castle Green. One of Pasadena’s last historic hotels is now the private residence of designers, musicians, collectors, artists, and others. Those interested in history, creative interior design and cultural heritage will see the original old world charm of this city treasure.
Built in 1898, the Castle Green is normally closed to the public. While trained docents will be available, you may also walk at your own pace, through the corridors and visit 15 individual apartments, all differently interpreted, and many decorated for the holidays.
On the ground floor, you’ll see the Grand Salon, Palm Ballroom, Moorish and Turkish Rooms. Farther along, you’ll visit the Bridge, 7th floor Penthouse, and various painters’ studios. A 12’ Christmas tree in the Main Salon, decorated with thousands of lights and topped with peacock feathers,will provide entree for visitors entering the old hotel lobby. Enjoy seasonal music, holiday tastings, sweets, tea and coffee, which will be served throughout the day.
Some of the famous individuals associated with the Castle are Charles White, noted African-American artist who had his studio in the Bridge, and Marcel Duchamp, French artist closely associated with the Dada and Surrealism movements.
Among the many films shot here are The Sting, The Last Samurai, The Little Rascals, Wild At Heart, We Were Soldiers, and television shows including CSI Miami, Cold Case, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias, the X-Files and a recent episode from Brothers and Sisters.
The Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the Castle Green, a nonprofit support group committed to the preservation of this landmark building. An exhibit of the recently completed roof re-tiling project funded by the Friends, and other projects, will be on display. All of the Tour proceeds go to the Friends of the Castle Green for the ongoing restoration of the building. All contributions are tax deductible.

What: Castle Green - Holiday Tour
When: Sunday, December 2nd, 1:00pm to 5:00pm (rain orshine). No reservations needed.
Where: 99 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105
Cost: $20 per person.

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