PASADENA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2017) – Guided tours inside Tournament House, the iconic Southern California landmark, open to the public. Tours will be offered, at no cost, every Thursday at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. beginning February 2. Last year, over 5000 guests toured the house and gardens.
Visitors enjoy the rich history of the 21-room, Italian-Renaissance-style mansion designed and built in 1906 by architect G. Lawrence Stimson and his father George W. Stimson, a local builder. The interior of the house features richly paneled rooms, inlaid marble floor and an ornate molded plaster ceiling – a design element that made Stimson famous. Upstairs, areas originally used as bedrooms, have been transformed into historical displays of the Rose Bowl Game, Rose Queen and Royal Court, Grand Marshals and Tournament Presidents throughout the years.
Tournament of Roses volunteers from the Heritage Committee, knowledgeable of the organization’s history and details of the house, conduct the tours.
Wrigley Mansion, the Orange Grove Boulevard estate, serves as the official headquarters of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®, its staff and the 935 volunteer members who work year-round to organize the annual Rose Parade® presented by Honda and Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual.
Located in Pasadena, the mansion was once the home of chewing gum mogul 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. The Wrigley family enjoyed the Rose Parade as it unfolded just beyond their front yard.
Surrounding Tournament House are the Wrigley Gardens, which feature a floral display of roses, camellias and annuals. The gardens feature the All-America Rose Selections (AARS) award-winning Tournament of Roses rose developed especially for the Tournament of Roses Centennial in 1989.
Groups of 10 or more may call (626) 449-4100 for tour reservations.