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January 26th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
Among Pasadena’s many claims to fame is the beautiful, and to some, mysterious, Castle Green, built in 1898 as an annex to the resort Hotel Green. Now privately owned apartments, the building will be open for its annual Holiday Tour on Sunday afternoon, December 7th.
One of Pasadena’s last historic hotels is now the private residence of designers, musicians, artists, collectors, and other dwellers. Those interested in history, creative interior design and cultural heritage will see the original interior of this unique city landmark, normally closed to the public.
While trained docents will be available, 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, and artist studios.
A 12-foot Scotch pine and holiday music will welcome visitors entering the Grand Salon. Sweets and cider, coffee, food and sampling from local caterers, will also be provided.
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.
Castle Green – Holiday Tour. Sunday, December 7th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at 99 South Raymond Ave. Cost: $20.00 adults, children under 12 are free. For more info, call 626.577.6765 or visit www.castlegreen.com