For fans of the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game, or Pasadena institutions in general, taking a tour of the Wrigley Mansion is a must-do. The house was home to the Wrigley family of chewing gum fame and has been know as Tournament House since the 1960s when it was bequeathed to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
Tours are led by docents from the Tournament of Roses and are held every Thursday afternoon from Feb. 7 through Aug. 29, 2013. Two times are available, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., and reservations are not necessary. Since on rare occasions the Wrigley Mansion is closed on a Thursday, a call ahead to (626) 449-4100 never hurts. The house is located at 391. S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. There is no charge for the tour.
The Wrigley Mansion has been expanded to include year-round offices for the Tournament of Roses, and the house itself is used for offices, Tournament events and a gathering place for the Queen and Her Court beginning in September.
For a photo gallery of Tournament House, a video of the organ and information about the Wrigley Mansion and its history, read “Tournament House opens for public tours on Thursday: photo gallery and “Tournament House opens for guided tours through August.”
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