Friday, January 21, 2011

Que?

It's been a couple of years since I took this photo of the Curtin House on the grounds of the Pasadena Museum of History. The Curtin House was designed in 1915 by Sylvanus Marston, one of those early architects Pasadena is grateful for.

Today's a good day to post this because I want to wet your whistle for June 11th. The Pasadena Museum of History will be hosting Pasadena's birthday party, like it did last year and like it has many other years except not exactly, because this year is Pasadena's Quasquicentennial. If you want to be precise, Pasadena was incorporated on June 10th, 1886. But we don't need to be precise. We need to have our party on the weekend.

So mark your calendar. There will be cake.

15 comments:

Mister Earl said...

Don't make me get out my calculator first thing in the morning. (Well I figured it out with my fingers.)

Bellis said...

Lucky you! I don' have that many fingers.

Wonder what hat Ann Erdman (Pasadena City's Public Information Officer) will wear?

Petrea said...

I think Ann has as many hats as Mister Earl has fingers.

Linda Dove said...

So, Marston's restaurant is named after him? Cool.

Petrea said...

I hadn't thought of that. Is it?

Kim said...

Poruque no? What I find odd about this wonderfully designed house is that the roof is not of clay tile, but some sort of shingle, weather shake (I doubt it with SoCal fire danger), composite (hummm. . .really wouldn't fit this fine place), or slate (still, wouldn't have chosen that over tile, but classy), I can't tell.
Tomorrow I will feature a photo in your and your fellow P-town blogger's honor to celebrate, something I found right here in Seattle.
-Kim

Steven said...

Nice lines and a great design. You captured the colors perfectly. I love cake. I'm there.

Petrea said...

I look forward to that, Kim!
I can't tell what the roof is made of, and there's scant information about this house on the web.

Thanks, Steven. Yeah, cake. I think they should make a point about that in the publicity.

J+P said...

To have anything like a quasquicentennial is positively sesquipedalian.

Katie said...

Such an inviting photo. I really like this sort of California architecture. Hmm, I might have to come down for cake!

Steve Scauzillo said...

Sounds great. We should party like its 1999, or maybe that should be 1899?>*^%!

Susan Campisi said...

Thanks for the heads up! I love birthday parties, especially Quasquicentennials - just like a QuinceaƱera, plus a hundred and ten years.

TheChieftess said...

What J + P said!!!

I put it on my calendar!!!

Petrea said...

Boy, when J's right, he's right.

You're invited, Katie!

Steve--I wonder if it's possible to do a combination.

Hee hee, Susan. And I never miss a quasquicentennial.

Oh good, Chieftess. See you there.

Petrea said...

I received this information from Jeannette Bovard, Media Consultant for the Pasadena Museum of History, on January 25th. Sorry to be so late in posting it:

"Ardis [Willwerth, the Museum's Director of Exhibitions and Programming] checked out the issue of Marston's and here's what they told her:
Marston’s says no relation. Name of a former owner.
...
One thing I can assure you is that the cake at the birthday party will be the focus of much advance publicity, including a grand unveiling/launch party of the chosen design this spring. Since everything the student chefs do at the culinary institute is graded, you know they are going to do their very best to make sure it is spectacular visually and delectable as well. Last year's City Hall cake was possibly the most delicious cake I have eaten anywhere, at any time. It was dual layers of Vanilla Bean Sponge Cake and Jamaican Black Sponge Cake layered amongst Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache and Crushed Oreo Swiss Meringue Buttercream with Marshmallow Fluff! As a member of the Birthday Party planning committee I and several of my colleagues had the difficult task of choosing from 15 different flavor combinations recommended by the chefs! I also got to do a bit of advance tasting..."