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FREE TOURS OF TOURNAMENT HOUSE TO CONCLUDE FOR 2014

8/15/2014 1:08:00 PM

PASADENA, Calif. (August 15, 2014) – Free tours of Tournament House, part of the operating headquarters of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Association, which oversees the annual Rose Parade® and the Rose Bowl Game®, will conclude for the year at the end of this month. The last tours of 2014 will be offered, at no cost, on August 21 and 28, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are not required except for groups of 10 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 of Roses 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 floors 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 also are part of the décor.

Groups of 10 or more may call (626) 449-4100 for reservations for one of the three remaining tour dates.

About the Tournament of Roses

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl Game and a variety of associated events. The Tournament’s 935 volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization within the community and serve on one of 31 committees that ensure the success of the parade and game.  Collectively, they contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year.  The 126th Rose Parade themed “Inspiring Stories,” will take place Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, followed by the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.  For additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at www.tournamentofroses.com.

 

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