Pasadena, CA (Feb. 3, 2014) – Tournament House, the operating headquarters of the Tournament of Roses Association®, which oversees the annual Rose Parade® and Rose Bowl Game®, will re-open for weekly public tours on Feb. 6. Tours will be offered, at no cost, each Thursday at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. through August 28. Reservations are not required except for groups of 15 or more people.
Located at 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., the 100 year-old mansion, completed and sold in 1914, 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. Volunteers from the Tournament's Heritage Committee, well-versed in the organization's 125-year 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 made Stimson famous. 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 tour reservations.
[About the Tournament of Roses: The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl Game 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, the volunteers contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. For additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at www.tournamentofroses.com.]