The splendor of Pasadena’s golden era awaits you, as the Castle celebrates the holidays. Ghosts of Christmas Past, in period dress, will literally be your guides through hallways and interior spaces, while sharing information and charming stories of the castle’s past. Take a step back in time at the historic Castle Green, a blend of Moroccan and Victorian architecture, built in 1898 as part of the resort Hotel Green. Now privately owned apartments, and generally closed to public, the building will open its gates and welcome visitors, for the annual Holiday Tour on Sunday, December 4th.
Converted to private residences in the 1920’s, Castle Green attracts many designers, musicians, artists and collectors to live here. Those like minded, will share in the history, creativity of décor, and the interior and exterior design and architecture. This landmark is the last original survivor remaining from the booming hotel period in Pasadena.
While trained docents will be available (and some will be haunting!), you may walk at your own pace through the original public rooms and over 20 individual apartments, all differently interpreted for the holidays. See the Grand Salon, the Moorish and Turkish Rooms, the Palm Room, Sunroom and Veranda, the open cage elevator, fireplaces, hand-carved woodwork, and marble staircases, the bridge and penthouse, with a 360 view overlooking Pasadena, as well as artist studios.
A 14-foot Scotch pine and holiday music will welcome visitors entering the Grand Salon. Exhibits and signage will describe particular rooms and features, some with movie stills in the building with Rudolph Valentino and Lilian Gish from as far back as 1918. Exhibition ballroom dancing demonstrated by more than 50 costumed Victorian-Era habitués. Guests will enjoy gingerbread and eggnog and other holiday treats.
The semi-annual tours of the Castle Green are organized by volunteer members of the nonprofit support arm, Friends of the Castle Green, whose mission is to provide and implement restoration to the building. All funds raised through the tours and merchandise sales are dedicated to the preservation of this landmark building.
What: Castle Green - Holiday Tour
When: Sunday, December 4, 2011
Where: 99 South Raymond Ave. Pasadena 91105
Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm (rain or shine)
Cost: $20.00* adults, children under 12 are free.
(all tickets purchased at gate on the day of the tour)
www.castlegreen.com and see the Friends of the Castle Green/Tour Page
Some of the famous individuals associated with the Castle are Tim Burton, film director and former resident; Charles White, noted African-American artist who had his studio there; 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 The Prestige, and television shows including CSI Miami, Cold Case, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias, theX-Files, Brothers and Sisters, Heroes and Numbers.