Unique Rubel Home Scene
Of Gala Summer Soiree

Soiree in Tin Palace hosted by Dorothy Rubel to honor Dorchen and John Forman and Christopher and Lavon Rubel.Conversation Group -- Soiree guests at the fascinating citrus warehouse home of Mrs. Dorothy Rubel, pictured at right, tell their hostess she has created a "conversation piece" in her 118 by 24 foot living room. From left are Chas. Gladwell of Glendora, Vaughan Gardenhire of Azusa, Mrs. John Mills of Glendora, Mrs. Gardenhire and Rev. John Mills. Affair honored Mrs. Dorchen Forman and Mr. and Mrs. Chris Rubel.

The Tammy Shanters Caledonian Bag Pipe Band, an exotic Thailand dancer, music by an accomplished trumpeteer and a gifted guitarist, plus nostalgic song by hostess Dorothy Rubel were only a few of the highlights of a recent summer soiree honoring her daughter Dorchen Forman, visiting from Alaska, and Mr. and Mrs. Chris Rubel, wedding anniversary celebrants.

Over 200 convivial guests were accommodated in what has become the area’s most duscussed and provocative living room, seated on draped and undraped orange crates or on several of the lady realtor's priceless antiques.

When Mrs. Rubel and son Michael elected to make a home of the long idle citrus warehouse on Palm Drive, many found it difficult to foresee the end result. And, indeed, the impact of a 118 by 24 foot living room is every bit as difficult to verbally portray.

“Lady with Lots”

An avid collector, Mrs. Rubel has furnished the landmark with a fascinating array of memorabilia along with rare pieces of furniture, bric-a-brac and mementos of a successful theatrical career. A 16 foot mirror, once the property of Sally Rand, lends enchantment to the south portion of the fabulous room standing with equal aplomb by the grandest of grand pianos and a packing shed elevator.

Soon to fill a vacant spot among the incongruous but effective furnishings will be Glendora’s sentimental 1915 fire engine, long in need of a permanent home. Michael Rubel plans, also, to someday enshrine other automotive gems of a bygone era.

Refrigerator rooms have been converted into richly hung boudoirs, are used as sound proof music rooms or commodious dressing rooms — altogether a masterpiece of ingenuity and imagination, combined with a polished dance floor laid on what once served as a loading platform.

Preceding a “Gibson Girl” number, sung by Mrs. Rubel, and selections by Bob Gurnee of Glenkirk Presbyterian Church, Father John G. Harrison of Grace Episcopal Church blessed the wedding vows of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Rubel, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hubbard and Mr. and Mrs. John Franks.

Mrs. Forman, a professional entertainer in her own right, sang accompanying herself on the guiatar and Marshall McNutt displayed the trumpet technique which has earned first chair recognition in nationally known dance and concert bands.

Glendora sub-debs served refreshments throughout the affair and general dancing concluded the pleasant and interesting evening.

Soiree in Tin Palace, Rubel Castle. Dorchen Forman in center.
Honoree. Mrs. Dorchen Forman, center, chats with Mr. and Mrs. Les Brockett, left, and Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Booth, right, during lull in entertainment. Guests autographed architect's floor plan drawing of citrus warehouse home as they were received—one of many novel innovations highlighting Dorothy Rubel’s August soiree.

Dorothy Deuel Rubel and Sally Rand at the Tin Palace
Dorothy Rubel & Sally Rand

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