Pasadena, CA – Tournament House, part of the operating headquarters of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association®, which oversees the annual Rose Parade® presented by Honda and Rose Bowl Game® presented by VIZIO, will re-open for weekly public tours on February 7. Tours will be offered, at no cost, each Thursday, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. through August 29. Reservations are not required except for groups of 15 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 in 1906 by architect G. Lawrence Stimson and his father George W. Stimson, a local builder. Tournament 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 floor 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 are part of the décor.
Surrounding Tournament house are the 4 1/2 acres Wrigley Gardens, which include more than 1,500 varieties of roses, camellias and annuals. The Centennial Rose Garden features the All-America Rose Selections (AARS) award-winning Tournament of Roses rose developed especially for the Tournament of Roses centennial.
Groups of 15 or more may call (626) 449-4100 for House tour reservations.
About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®: The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® presented by VIZIO 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 125th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed "Dreams Come True," will take place Wednesday, January 1, 2014, followed by the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO. On January 6, 2014 the Tournament also will host the 2014 VIZIO BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl Stadium. For additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at www.tournamentofroses.com.