Saturday, June 7, 2014

Inside the Castle Green



If you're lucky enough to have a friend like Dianne Patrizzi -- and kids, it's best not to count on this, or think you'll win the lottery, or that your Twitter stock will rise, but still -- if a Dianne Patrizzi comes your way, well then, anything can happen. You may even get to tour Pasadena's legendary Castle Green while carrying a full glass of wine.



Without going into too much detail, Castle Green is from Pasadena's golden age; built in 1898, and to my knowledge, of all the grand hotels of the time, it's the last one standing.



















And now, allow me to introduce the Castle Green penthouse pet. He's a looker, right? We didn't exchange names, but he has my number. In fact, I'm pretty hopeful because he said, "Call you, babe," and we shook on it.

Thanks to The Friends of Castle Green and Castle Green residents for this Friday's event.

29 comments:

  1. Talk about character! That place really has it. I assume the well-lit room with chairs and sofas is a commons of some kind and not an individual room? Unless those seats are as uncomfortable as a lot of Victorian stuff, it looks like a great place for conversation or reading.

    Is the peacock alive? How does that work out? Reminds me of Raymond Carver's fantastic story, "Feathers," in Cathedral--one of his very best and saddest working class stories, narrators. Peacock, dental work, and true love.

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  2. You had me with the first photo. Oh, to live in such style. There is an old Filene's department store in Boston getting a makeover - old on the outside and new condos on the inside [a new trend in New England] and I will look to buy when I win the lottery. But nothing really compares to the original....

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  3. These are all private residences except for the library. As for the peacock, I'll just keep you guessing.

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  4. Was the Friday event private? Is there a public tour today? I took the tour maybe ten years ago. I imagine many of the residences have been redecorated or changed somewhat. Is the apartment that belongs to a pianist, with some great pianos, still there?

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  5. The beautiful Mariano Fortuny lighting fixture. It was a gift from resident James Marrin to the Green Hotel in honor of his daughter Erika's recent passing. I love it.

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  6. What a beautiful place!

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  7. I am soooo jealous!!!

    TheChief and I met my step daughter there when shopping for venues for her (first) wedding....we thought it was supremely elegant and could envision a stunning wedding on the lawn with dinner and dancing in the dining room/ball room...she saw old stuff and frowned...it ended up at the Oakmont Country Club which was nice for us because we could crawl the half block home if need be!!! (That wedding didn't last...her second wedding was in our back yard...and so much more her!!!)

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  8. And that light fixture...stunning!!!

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  9. I'm sorry you missed it, Earl -- one night only.

    Chieftess, stunning is right. Thanks, PA.

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  10. That place is beautiful! And that library! And your new friend! I hope Albert is not the jealous type.

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  11. Oh, the library! Worth living there, just for that. And so much else makes the Castle special.

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  12. Very beautiful place, Karin!
    The library looks so inviting. Love the old stove too.
    And the Castle Green penthouse pet looks adorable!

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  13. You had me at "a full glass of wine." I'm a bit envious myself. You get yourself into some neat places. I hope our posse gets to see some more together one day.
    V

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  14. I'm drooling over those bookshelves.

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  15. What a beautiful place! Great photos!

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  17. Even more than the penthouse and the turret apts, I always wanted to get inside the elevated runway above Raymond. Had no idea it was the Castle Green's private library, but how perfect.

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  18. I visited with Dianne early on, then couldn't find her again. It was great to visit with so many friends who came for the tour. Your shots are beautiful.

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  19. Your beautiful shots remind me how rich is the architectural heritage in the Denas. How often I've been surprised, driving down Green or Raymond, at the grand scale of this old hotel, at the bridge, and the turret high above the street. Character from A to Z.

    Another gem among gems -- the view out to City Hall and surrounding buildings. The old buildings speak of vision. The newer high-rises pale in comparison.

    Visiting the Green has been on my "Someday" list. Thanks for the tour.

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  20. And don't forget the library. That's where I am right now.

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  21. Thanks for sharing. I have been curious about the inside of this place. Never would have guessed about the library.

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  22. These photos make me hate "modern" even more than I already did. It is awesome that it still survives and apparently thrives. It looks awesome.

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  23. When I toured the Castle some years ago, I was told the turret and passageway that now house the library had been the studio of the painter, Kenton Nelson. He had recently moved out, as I recall, and there wasn't much there. A library is a brilliant way to use the space.

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  24. Talk about a neat place to visit manned with a camers and WINE!

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  25. My great aunt was a librarian at that library, and I can still see the fountain in my mind's eye.

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