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FREE TOURS OF TOURNAMENT HOUSE TO CONCLUDE FOR 2013

8/13/2013 12:46:00 PM

PASADENA, Calif. (August 13, 2013) – Free tours of Tournament House, part of the operating headquarters of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Association, which oversees the annual Rose Parade® presented by Honda and Rose Bowl Game® presented by VIZIO, will conclude for the year at the end of this month. The last tours of 2013 will be offered, at no cost, on August 15, 22 and 29, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are not required except for groups of 15 or more.

Located at 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., the house was once the home of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. and his wife, Ada. After Ada’s death in 1958, the Wrigley family presented the property to the city of Pasadena, with the request that it become the base of operations for the Tournament of Roses Association; the Wrigley family had long enjoyed the Rose Parade as it unfolded just beyond their front yard.

Guided tours allow visitors to see the 21-room Italian-Renaissance-style mansion designed and built by architect G. Lawrence Stimson and his father George W. Stimson. Tournament volunteers from its Heritage Committee, well-versed in the organization’s history as well as in the details of the house itself, conduct the tours.
 

The interior of the house features richly paneled rooms, inlaid marble floor and an ornate molded plaster ceiling – a design element that Stimson would later become famous for. Displays related to Rose Bowl Games, Rose Queens and Royal Courts, Grand Marshals and Tournament Presidents are part of the décor.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the house, which was completed and sold to Wrigley in 1914, as well as the upcoming 100th Rose Bowl Game and 125th Rose Parade, some unique historic artifacts are spotlighted, along with timelines calling out key dates in Tournament history and other important occurrences in the world at large. After the final house tour of 2013, these items will move to the Pasadena Convention Center, where they will be on view in the lobby of the Conference Building beginning Sept. 6. Viewing hours will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through Jan. 10, 2014. Featured objects include a large Sweepstakes Trophy cup presented to innovative float builder Isabella Coleman for earning highest honors in three consecutive Rose Parades (1914-1916), a trophy cup presented to the Pasadena Fire Department for the Best Decorated Vehicle of 1902, and a model of the American Honda float of 2005, which earned the record of being the longest multi-unit float in Rose Parade history (207 feet).

Groups of 15 or more may call (626) 449-4100 for reservations for one of the three remaining tour dates.

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