Historic home and garden tours are popular community fund-raisers — and one of the oldest and most prestigious is the annual Pasadena Showcase House, which attracted more than 40,000 visitors over a four-week period.

The 2010 Showcase was held at the stately Old Pasadena Cravens Estate and featuring make-overs by 26 designers, included a major kitchen remodel that incorporated “green technology” with energy-saving Nora Lighting fixtures.

Working with Modern Lighting, a Temple City, Calif., showroom, Nora Executive Vice President Jilla Farzan coordinated the Nora contribution, which included energy-efficient CFL recessed down lights, adjustable elbow down lights and Nora's new linear LED TapeLight, which was installed in kitchen cabinets to create dramatic displays.

“The Pasadena Showcase House raises funds for a number of very worthwhile endeavors, including the American Red Cross, the L.A. Philharmonic and music education programs,” said Farzan. “We were delighted to be a part of this very high-profile community project.”

The French-style Cravens Estate was originally built in 1930 for John and Mildred Myers Cravens, heir to Liggette and Myers Tobacco (later the American Tobacco Company). Designed by architect Lewis Hobart, the mansion had more than 19,000 square feet and 50 rooms.