Tournament of Roses House and Float Barn
Tournament House is the official headquarters of the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl. We are fortunate that one of members is a “White Suiter”, who works with the Parade throughout the year. Her work includes moving floats from remote locations, stating for the event and escorting floats in the parade.
We will tour Tournament House, built in 1906 as a private residence for the Wrigley family. There are 22 rooms, 18,500 sf and a plethora of architectural highlights. The Italian Renaissance style mansion was presented to the city of Pasadena in 1958 by the family for the exclusive use of the Tournament of Roses. There are historical exhibits including a one of a kind Waterford rose bowl.
Outside the house, the Centennial Rose Garden features All-American Rose selections. Surrounding the house are the Wrigley Gardens, which feature a 4 ½ acre floral display of more than 1500 varieties of roses, camellias and annual.
In the nearby Float Barn, we will see several of the Parade floats being built. This is a very rare opportunity afforded to us by our member.
This tour is offered on Friday. There is a limit of 60 participants and the cost is $15.00 per participant and you should be done in time to find a nice lunch location nearby.