This year’s Showcase House is a magnificent English Tudor designed by the prominent architectural firm of Marston & Van Pelt. It was constructed in 1916 at a cost of $25,000 for lawyer-turned-actor Samuel Hinds and his wife.
The 7,479 square foot main residence features six bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half-baths. The majestic two-acre compound includes a pool and badminton court on park-like grounds.
The grounds have numerous rose bushes, an arbor and more than 100 trees of various species. A pool is tucked among trees in a peaceful setting. With its several water features, faux bois bridge, leafy trees and sitting areas, the gardens feel a world away from the city.
The legacy of this estate is infused with Hollywood glamour. The original owner, Mr. Hinds, appeared in more than 200 films and is best known for playing Peter Bailey, the father of James Stewart’s character and the founder of the Bailey Building and Loan, in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). Most recently, the house served as a set for several movies and television shows including the multi-award winning La La Land (its loggia and garden were the setting for a garden party at which Ryan Gosling’s character played the piano), Beaches (it was the home of Barbara Hershey’s character) and the 1985 version of Alice in Wonderland, along with television episodes of Columbo, Parks and Recreation and Mad Men.
The success of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design has enabled PSHA to make cumulative donations of $20+ million to support community music and arts programs throughout the community.