Designed in 1908 by the architectural firm of Greene & Greene, the Japanese inspired Gamble House is the finest preserved example of the American Arts & Crafts movement. Impeccable design and craftsmanship make this house a "must see" in Pasadena. Exotic woods, unique carvings, and rare art glass throughout this house make it a memorable experience. The enitre home is a work of art. The house is filled with the original furnishings designed by the Greenes. The house is on the National Historic Register. The house offers a fantastic bookstore set up in the lovely garage. Fabulous books and gifts for anyone who loves art, style, or architecture.
Docent tours of the Gamble house are available from noon - 3pm
Wednesday through Sunday.
One of Pasadena's most unique buildings, the Castle Green was built in 1898 as the annex for the famous Hotel Green. The Castle Green is an imposing seven story Moorish Colonial and Spanish style building sitting next to Central Park in Old Pasadena at Raymond and Green Street. The apartments are now condominiums and for sale. The building is open ot the public once a year in December. Take a walk around the structure, it is truly an amazing building.
The Huntington is an oasis of art and culture set amidst 150 acres of breathtaking gardens. The Library features works from British and American history and literature, including an original Gutenberg Bible and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Three art galleries showcase 18th and 19th Century British and French masterpieces, including the "Blue Boy" and "Pinkie." Fifteen gardens feature 14,000 species of plants. Drive around the neighborhood of San Marino for a nice look at some lovely old mansions.
Tuesday - Friday, noon -
Saturday - Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-
Summer Hours: Tuesday -
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Founded in 1919 Henry and Arabella Huntington transferred their property and collections to a non-profit educational trust. This trust is The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens.
Arabella was responsible for a major portion of the art collection. Her collection can be seen in the west wing of the library. Her tastes ran to 18th century French sculpture, tapestries and porcelain.
The Huntington gallery (once the residence of the Huntingtons) houses the British and French art of the 18th and 19th centuries. I always enjoy seeing Lawrence's Pinky and Gainsborough's Blue Boy
Admission: Free to members, Non-members: $12.50 adults, $10.00 seniors, $8.50 children 12-18 or to those with a valid full time student ID, $5.00 ages 5-11, and under 5 Free
The Huntington is wheelchair accessible
The Huntington is a private, non-profit cultural and educational center. Founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington whose devotion to books, art and the cultivation of gardens left a legacy for countless numbers to enjoy.
The library is phenomenal. There are about four million rare books and manuscripts.
There is a Gutenberg Bible printed on vellum, early editions of William Shakespeare's works, the wonderfully illustrated over-sized edition of Audubon's Birds of America.
It is one of the largest research libraries in the United States.
Picture taking is allowed but no flash photography.
The Huntington Library is wheelchair accessible.
Admission: Free to members Non-members: $12.50 adults, $10.00 seniors, $8.50 children 12-18 or with a full time student ID, $5.00 children 5-11
The Huntington Botanical Gardens cover nearly 150 acres of prime San Marino acreage. With over 15,000 varieties of plants the gardens are separated into different themed landscapes.
These theme gardens are: The Chinese, The Children's, The Desert, The Herb, The Shakespeare, The Camellia, The Jungle, Palm, Lily Ponds, Australian, Rose and Japanese.
My favorites are the Rose and the Japanese Gardens.
Sprinkled throughout the grounds are statuary, benches, frescos, and tempiettos. Tempiettos are small, domed rotundas small in size which usually memorialize St Peter the Apostle.
Free tours of the gardens are given Tuesday through Friday between Noon and 2 PM. Tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.
If you are so inclined, there are many classes, lectures and seminars given on botanical and horticultural topics throughout the year.
The Huntington Library and Art Collections are housed on the same property. "Pinki and Blue Boy" are part of Huntinton's collection.
Built in 1927, this landmark exhibits strong Spanish & Italian Renaissance influences, with its red tile roof, lush gardens & the ornate fountain. It was built to inspire the community with boldness, beauty & vision. Architectual design for Pasadena City Hall was completed by Bakewell and Brown of San Francisco. The building is based on the designs of 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, who represented the serene, classical style of the Renaissance period.
Pasadena City Hall is a rectangular office outlining a spacious court. 235 rooms and passageways cover over 170,000 square feet of space. The massive circular tower is six stories high. The dome on top is 26 feet high and 54 feet across. On top of the dome is the lantern(column-supported cupola), which is 41 feet high. The stairways are made of Alaskian marble, the roof is red Cordova red-tile & the dome is covered in fish scale tiles.
The highlight within the Spanish Colonial style courtyard is a cast stone Baroque Fountain.
Pasadena City Hall is the dominant building in the Pasadena Civic Centre, with the Pasadena Public Library to the north of it and the Pasadena Civic Auditorium to the south. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A recent study showed that the building could not stand a 7.0 earthquake & that this quake is predicted by CalTECH scientists to happen within 30 years. So council has decided to renovate the building & retrofit it to stand seismic shocks. The building will close down from June 2004 to June 2007.
Though the building may be closed down, I think that it's still worth it to stand outside & admire the building from the courtyards.
The Gamble house is the premier example of California Craftsman Architecture,a style that flourished in Southern California in the early 1900's.It was built for the Gamble family,of the Proctor and Gamble co.and designed by Charles and Henry Greene.It was completed in 1908.
This is a great example of this type of architecture,it is full of handmade teak and mahogany woodwork.If you are a woodworker you will love inspecting all of the carefully made wood joints.Years ago the family decided not to sell it when the potential owners told of their desire to paint all of the woodwork white!! Colorful leaded art glass windows and fixtures made by the Tiffany studios abound in the house. There is also a bookstore and giftshop selling books on the mission style,craftsman etc.USC School of Architecture maintains the house as an educational tool for their students.the house is open Thursday-Sunday 12:00-3:00 PM
The tour is $8.00 per person and takes about an hour.
SAN DIMAS MANSION ( Walker house ). This building was constructed in 1887 by the San Jose Land Company as a railroad hotel. The hotel was never really used for that purpose and was later sold to James Walker.