Tournament House

 

 

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Tournament House, located at 391 S. Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena, California, is the transformed Wrigley Mansion, once owned by chewing gum magnate, William Wrigley, Jr., is the headquarters of the Tournament of Roses Association.

The Italian Renaissance-inspired villa was constructed in 1906 as a family residence for the property’s builders and architects,  G. Lawrence Stimson and his father, George W. Stimson. The 18,500 square foot structure is three stories and has 21 rooms.  

In 1914, the Stimsons sold the property to William Wrigley, Jr. for $170,000. Wrigley purchased the land adjacent to the property and on the expanded acreage, planted his breathtaking gardens.

In 1958, the Wrigley Family presented the mansion to the City of Pasadena for the exclusive use of the Tournament of Roses Association.

Today, the rooms are used for committee meetings, as well as the Queen and Court Room, the private quarters and dressing area for the Royal Court. Other rooms serve as display spaces for pieces of Tournament of Roses memorabilia, trophies of past Rose Bowl Games, and other awards recognizing Grand Marshals, Presidents and Queens and Courts.

Free public tours of Tournament House are offered every Thursday, from February through August, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are not required except for groups of 15 or more. For additional information, please call (626) 449-4100.

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