Pasadena Showcase House of Design is back, and it’s at Descanso Gardens

At the end of a path that winds through gardens and oak groves sits the 12,000-square-foot Boddy House built in 1939 by James E. Dolena for Elias Boddy, a rags-to-riches publishing visionary.

It’s also the featured property for this year’s 55th Pasadena Showcase House of Design.

For the record:
2:45 PM, Apr. 17, 2019 This story has been updated to include parking information for ticketholders.

Beginning Sunday, the Hollywood Regency-style manse nestled on the lush 165-acre property of Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge will open its graceful gates to ticket-wielding visitors seeking inspiration, and possibly new furnishings, home decor and contractors, while browsing the work of 26 Los Angeles area designers who have re-imagined the home using current trends and technology from top to bottom.

The annual fundraising design event, one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country, will also feature a shopping area, an art gallery dedicated to California painters, and a schedule of design talks.


If you swoon at mountain vistas, architectural details and thoughtful modernization that maintains the glamour and integrity of the past while utilizing current trends, you may want to bring a suitcase.

The Pasadena Showcase House of Design

When: April 21 through May 19, closed Mondays

Where: Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge


Parking: Ticket holders are asked to bypass the general parking lot except for drop-off and pickup. If you are driving, park offsite at the Regal UA cinemas lot at 1919 Verdugo Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, for shuttle service.

Cost: Tickets start at $35 and benefits music and arts programs throughout the community


Bonnie McCarthy contributes to the Los Angeles Times as a home and lifestyle design writer. She enjoys scouting for directional trends and reporting on what’s new and next. Follow her on Twitter @ThsAmericanHome


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