A small bistro and gift shop is currently under renovation. The latest menu features Italian and French-inspired tapas and entrees as well as a champagne brunch. High ceilings, an enormous fireplace with coats of arms on the mantel and lavish furnishings make the place feel like it was created specifically to host high tea, which it does daily.
But the building actually dates back to the Jazz Age and it was designed with other purposes.
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Cheesewright was Southern California's premier interior designer. Born in London, England, he came to Pasadena and, in , set up shop with two employees.
The firm grew to people as Cheesewright designed yachts, hotels, country clubs and homes, including the famed Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. A plaque dates the building to , which might've been when construction began or when it was designed. The room, 35, square-foot Colonial-inspired structure was designed by architects Louis du Puget Millar and Edward A. It housed Cheesewright's showrooms, design studio, furniture-making shops, storage room and offices. The gift shop sold Mexican glassware, imported art objects and other decorative items.
Cheesewright wanted his business to look like a home — and not just any home. He stuffed the place with antiques and modeled the Italian fireplace in the main showroom now Madeline Garden's main dining room after one he had seen in Florence, Italy. He installed a year-old Georgian fireplace mantel from England in his office. Originally paneled with knotty pine, the room now has Tiffany blue walls that made a perfect backdrop for " Mad Men. Stairway To History Unless you're a tenant, you'll need permission to go upstairs, near the residences.
If you do make it up the spiral staircase, you'll see a circular foyer where Cheesewright installed a possibly antique Zuber block print mural of "The Views of North America" also called "Scenes of North America". Zuber still uses antique woodblocks imagine giant stamps carved in to produce new editions of "Views of North America. Virginia "Ginny" Hoge, a Madeline Garden server, tour guide and building tenant has dedicated herself to researching the building's history.
She thinks the Zuber mural in the old Cheesewright building may be one of only two full sets in the United States. It dates to at least , when Cheesewright installed it, but it could have been created in the s.
At one point, landlord Shine Qu attempted to restore the mural, which had suffered water damage, but halted the process when he realized it wasn't being done properly. Cheesewright's studios remained at the site until , when architect Louis du Puget Millar moved into the building. In , Cheesewright leased the space to CalTech and scientists used it to conduct research into nuclear fission.
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In The Navy A few years later, in , the plaza became the Navy Undersea Research and Development Center, which included a much larger property about three miles away , on Foothill Blvd. The Cheesewright building housed the department's administrative and managing staff while the Foothill Plant tested classified materials and torpedoes. Developers are eyeing the Foothill property but there are concerns over toxins left by the military. An old Pasadena Star-News blurb claims the military developed part of the atomic bomb at the former Cheesewright site. During that time, Laack worked out of Cheesewright's old office.
The main design showroom became a naval conference room. He supervised a staff of about 60 people tasked with managing research being done by universities in the western U.
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