Architecture / Gardens, Pasadena
There are a few more that I found, but not sure what they are because they are so faded. It is still neat to find them.
6) 16 N Fair Oaks Ave alleyway on the Bellas Gourmet Pizza building.
7) At the very top of the Basket Robins Building at 60 E Colorado Blvd.
8) Located on the back of the Classic Kickboxing Building 91 East Union Street
Located on the exposed brick buildings you will see faint historical signs of the past. Look up and you may see one or even two;)
1)110 E. Holly Street on the current Southern California Funding Building that was once the old livery stable.
2) 35 S. Raymond Avenue Curtis Gallery & Library Sign on the Church of Scientology Building.
3) 40 Mills Place – Crown City Mattress World sign; current occupants Bellacures & Bar Method
4) Fraser Alley – Campbell Feed Store sign; current occupant Madewell.
5) One Colorado Courtyard – Clune’s Pasadena Theatre; current occupant Crate & Barrel
Built in 1897 and designed by Architects: Charles & Henry Greene. It started out as Metcalf's Pharmacy and Charles Gardner's Dry Goods and now it is called the Crown City Loan & Jewelry for the last 50 years.
Built in 1914 and designed by John Parkinson and G. Edwin Bergstrom in Neo-Classical design. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places Center Financial District. The lovely clock was not part of original design and it was added in 1926 and restored in 1980.
Built in 1923, designed by Curlett and Beelman in the Renaissance Revival structure in the Beaux-Arts form. The Pacific Southwest Savings Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places Civic Center Financial District.
This building was built in 1906 for $200,00 and designed by architects Parkinson & Bergstrom in the Beaux-Arts design. It was only used as the Chambers of Commerce for a little more than a decade and moved down the road to the lavish City Hall. It has gone thru a complete renovation and now serves as shops and offices in the upper floors.
Located in Pacific Alley north of Holly Street behind the Raymond Theater. What little info I have found is that it was a Church from the 1880-1909. Now its a private residence. I found it interesting to see it tucked away in an alley.
Painted by Margaret Nielsen as postcards portray historic sites of Pasadena such as orange groves, architecture, City Hall, Colorado St. Bridge, Gamble House, Rose Bowl, and parade floats to space exploration and technology of the future at Cal Tech. This is such a lovely mural.
The plaque reads: Built in 1906 for Edgar R. Braley, an influential figure in early Pasadena. Braley was a well respected buinessman who also served as a park, fire, and police commissioner. The Braley Building at 35 South Raymond Avenue was the former site of two earlier structures owned by Braley which housed his produce market and bicycle shop. The new building was home to Pasadena's first electric automobile dealership and was designed by C.W. Buchanan who interpreted the Chicago style detailing in the building's windows and decorative elements. The Braley Building was one of the first major rehabilitation projects in Old Pasadena and is individually listed in The National Register of Historic Places. This historical markers was donated by: Esther & Keith Sinclair.
This wonderful building was once was a livery stable that was built in 1904. The building is irregular since it had to fit between the street and railway tracks. John Breiner who ran the Pasadena City Market, used this stable so his horses & wagons could delivered the groceries. This site was used to make the floats and where they hitched the horses. Once the horseless carriages became the fashion the building was used as a Red Cross Store, auto repair, and furniture store. It was added to the National Registered of Historic Places in 1979.
I bet not too many folks are aware of this, but many of the stations have art located at each of the stations. Memorial Park has a piece of art by John Valadez in honor of the area's earliest indigenous artists. As you know, I enjoy and cherish rock art and the aluminum are cutouts of Native American figures is fantastic. The sculpture is 100 feet in length with beautiful colors of red, orange, white, black, and yellow.
“This work is about remembering artists and artwork from another time before us all. Few Southern Californians are aware of the wealth of imagery and symbolism handed down from the ancestors of people who live among us today. This work celebrates the beauty of their early paintings and recognizes the value and meaning of that imagery in our lives today.”~John Valadez
By Artist Gifford Myers, incorporating such images of Albert Einstein bicycling and smiling couldn't have been more interesting and fun. The photos image come from the Pasadena archives, but I don't know who they are. The little girl riding her tricycle is adorable and the service man photo on the window mantle is delightful. According to the web site, Albert was a visiting scholar at Cal Tech in the 1930s.
Dedicated in 1932 by the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War to American War Mothers. Inscribed: “Dedicated To Our Mothers By Daughters Of Union Veterans Of The Civil War 1861 – 1865”. The tile work adorning the sides of the fountains' base represents the creative talent of tile artist, Ernest A. Batchelder who lived in Pasadena.
Sadly these fountains were badly damaged in 1990 when Memorial Park was re-landscaped. Fountains were rebuilt from the salvaged pieces and as you can see, are in need of some serious TLC:(
Named for the Mortimer Levitt Foundation that granted funds to the City of Pasadena to restore the beauty back to Memorial Park. The Gold Shell it was called back then was built in 1930s for community gatherings, yet sadly it was abandon in the 1970s. Now the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena has free music concerts at the historic Gold Shell. They have numerous summer festivals that entertains all ages.
Dedicated Memorial Day, 1906 Inscribed: “Erected By The Citizens of Pasadena To Perpetuate The Memory Of The Defenders Of The Union ’61 to ‘65”.
Located at Memorial Park, N. Raymond Ave and Walnut, Pasadena CA 91105