Sunday, December 13, 2015

Rubel Castle, the Old Parts

The oldest buildings on the Rubel Castle property are the packing buildings, used when this area was orange groves.

This one was kind of a bachelor pad for a friend. The gas pumps were working when our guide, Scott Rubel, was growing up at the Castle. They don't look like they're in use now, but you could fool me.

Michael Rubel and his mother Dorothy moved their family antiques into the large Packing House. There's a huge main room with a pool table and comfy seating, and along the sides are smaller, "refrigerator" rooms. The rooms are definitely cold.

There are a lot of things in the "thing room."

This was Michael Rubel's room. Cold and cozy at the same time. If I'd had a book with me I'd have sat down to read.

Next time, I'm going to show you the amazing collection of vintage vehicles at "the Pharm."


Pasadena Adjacent said...

The last photo is a reminder of interiors from years past. As a kid I was invited to cabins up in the San Bernadinos or beach houses on Newport Island. As far as the cabins went, they were picked up for a dime by the invitees grandparents. Still in the family, they were a treasure trove of Navahos and other rustic antiques - much like Rubel home.

Petrea Burchard said...

I dream of a cabin in the San Gabriels, perhaps in a canyon somewhere. A place of solitude and quiet.

Irina Rekhviashvili said...

How strong these internet wires, connecting us, amazing: I plan to post yesterday and think about you and your blog and then I see your comment about UrbanSketchers (thank you so much for the link!).
This house is a great place to sketch and to paint, so rich with stories and memories in deep antique entourage. Probably the clock on the wall still goes.

William Kendall said...

The chairs in that last shot really appeal to me.

Petrea Burchard said...

You would love sketching there, Irina! I don't think the clock was working, we were there in the late morning.

William, you often see this kind of furniture in our area, especially the chair on the left with the simple, craftsman lines.

altadenahiker said...

Like the others, I'm drawn to the last photo. But ... no heat?

Petrea Burchard said...

On a night like tonight, you'd want your space heater in there, that's for sure. But during the summer I imagine it must have been comfy.

I'm regretting that I didn't take a long shot of the main room of the Packing Building. It's huge. Thinking back, I don't remember a fireplace. I wonder if there was a stove.

LOLfromPasa said...

All of this looks so appealing. Wonderful images, Petrea.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, Lauren. I like the place. It's bucolic and artsy and welcoming.