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    Pasadena Public Library 1890-1927

    by Yaqui Updated Jan 12, 2014

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    The plaque reads: The stone memorial on this site represents the only remaining portion of the second Pasadena Public Library, an impressive castle-like structure built in the Romanesque architectural style. Designed by Pasadena architect, Harry Ridgeway, the library opened with fanfare on Sept 9, 1890 after three years of stalled construction. It was originally praised for its "splendid...opportunities for service". The need for an even larger library became evident as Pasadena's population boomed. Although this building was expanded in 1901 and Children's services had moved to a bungalow in Library Park, the existing space was insufficient to meet the needs of a growing city. In 1915, people called on their city officials via postcard ballot for a new library, which was built in 1927. The structure at this site was renamed "Patriotic Hall" and was home to local patriotic societies from 1927 to 1933. Sadly, the building suffered a blow in 1933, when the Long Beach earthquake damaged it enough to deem it unsafe. Although many were in favor of restoration for historical value, the cost to renovate proved too expensive. The building was finally razed in 1954, keeping the archway as a memorial, dedicated in 1955.

    Located in Pasadena Memorial Park on North Raymond Ave and Walnut Street, Pasadena CA 91109

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    Vietnam Veterans Memorial City of Pasadena

    by Yaqui Updated Jan 12, 2014

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    We remember those who gave their lives and those who remain missing. Vernon Brackins * Bruce Brogoitti * James Carter * David Cash * Dale Chamberlain * Michael D'Aiello * Walter Davis * Timothy Duncan * Mark Enari * James Fullerton * Charles Girard * Chester Goins * Jerry Guerra * Fred Hardy * John Hodge * Abbott Jones * Daniel Kirstein * Robert Kurilich * Holtin Lau * James Lavelle * William Levett * Floyd Long * Alfred Mahoney Jr. * William Phillips * Thomas Raschel * Jay Richter * Roger Rose * Thomas Sanchez * Edward Shelton Jr. * Richard Whiteman * David Zimmerman * We Honor the Courage, Sacrifice, and Devotion to Duty and Country of our Vietnam Veterans.

    Located in Memorial Park, N. Raymond Ave and Walnut, Pasadena CA 91105,

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    St. Andrew Church

    by Yaqui Written Jan 12, 2014

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    St. Andrew Church, an architectural masterpiece built in 1927, was the inspiration of Monsignor John McCarthy and architect Ross Montgomery. The Romanesque church tower and facade are replicated from Santa Maria in Cosmedin, a church dedicated in 1123 and situated in Rome on the left bank of the Tiber River.

    The interior of the church is a replica of the Basilica of Santa Sabina dating to the early days of Christianity in Rome. In that church, situated on the Aventine Hill, marbles from many lands enhanced the columns. At St. Andrew's, the Corinthian-capped scagliola columns are the work of Italian artisans of the 20th century.

    The altar and baldachin are structured of white Carrara marble, and the mural above, depicting the legend of St. Andrew, was painted by Carlo Wostry, a Venetian master descended of Italian mural painters of the Renaissance.

    St. Andrew Church is recognized as an extraordinary replica of Romanesque architecture a and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.http://saintandrewpasadena.org/history-of-st-andrew.html

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    Castle Green 1898

    by Yaqui Written Jan 12, 2014

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    Built by Col. George G. Green in 1898 and designed in Moorish, Spanish, Victorian styles by Architect Frederick I. Roehrig. Its purpose was to provide wealthy tycoons a place to escape long winter months of the east coast and was considered one of nicest during its heyday. In 1924 the west end became permanent residence on the east end was open for hotel guest. The bridge spanned the road on both sides and the tower was located in the middle. Sadly the east end has dissappeared, but the surviving part of Castle Green has been lovelingly restored and maintained. They rent it out for weddings and events and twice a year they open her up for tours requiring tickets.

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    Robison Monuments

    by Yaqui Updated Jan 12, 2014

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    These enormous bust are dedicated to the Robison Brothers, not just due to there accomplishments, but there dedication to the City of Pasadena their home. Located near the statues is a historical plaque and it reads:

    Artist Ralph Helmick, John Outterbridge, Stuart Schechter Landscape Architect Takata Associates Project Construction Management CBA & Associates, Inc. CD-ROM Beyond Glory Art Center College of Design PASADENA ROBINSON MEMORIAL BOARD of DIRECTORS AND CITY OF PASADENA PUBLIC ART PROGRAM CENTENNIAL SQUARE Pasadena, California MEMORIAL DEDICATED ON NOVEMBER 6, 1997

    The Pasadena Robison Memorial sculptures were created through a community effort spearheaded by the Board of Directors of Pasadena Robinson Memorial and the City of Pasadena. The monumental bronze portraitures of Mack and Jackie Robinson focus on the brothers’ lifelong accomplishments.

    Mack Robison won the silver medal for the 200-meter dash in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He attended John Muir High School, Pasadena Junior College and University of Oregon. Jackie Robinson lettered in all four major sports at John Muir High School, Pasadena Junior College and University of California, Los Angeles. He went on to break the color barrier in major league baseball in 1947 when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He also was among the founders of the first African-American owned bank in New York City.

    The Robinson brothers’ abilities, self-confidence and determination set the stage for others to overcome barriers. Both men led complex lives, contributing in different ways to their communities, serving as role models and working tirelessly for civil justice. The bronze sculptures tell these stories and more with descriptive text and images inscribed on the backs and sides of their heads, highlighting the brothers’ multifaceted lives.

    The Robinson sculptures were created with care to encourage empathy and mystery. Rather than life-sized “action figures,” monumental portraiture was chosen to honor the two brothers because their contributions reached beyond the athletic realm.

    Mack was raised and stayed in Pasadena, and his portrait eternally faces City Hall. Jackie, who left the city, faces east, towards Brooklyn and the location of this adult domiciles. The sculptures create a kind of “gentle spectacle” within the public space of Centennial Square. It is hoped that they will promote meditation and reflection.

    The 1997 dedication coincided with the 50th year anniversary of Jackie Robinson joining the Brooklyn Dodgers. The landscaping phase was completed on June 20, 2002, with a Commemorative Ring of Donors, lighting, inscribed benches, and flowering peach trees to honor their birthplace of Cairo, Georgia.

    Make sure to walk behind the sculptures, because inscriptions are located all along the back of their heads, quite cleaver.

    Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
    865 East Del Mar Boulevard
    Pasadena, Ca 91199

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    City Hall 1927

    by Yaqui Updated Jan 12, 2014

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    Completed in December 27 1927 at the cost of $1.3 million, this beautiful building is said to represent other historical structures from around the world; Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, the Hotel des Invalides in Paris and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. San Francisco architects Bakewell and Brown designed it in Mediterranean style. This beautiful building measures 361 feet by 242 feet , and is 6 stories with over 235 rooms and passageways that cover over 170,000 square feet itself. Pasadena City Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Listing # 80-000813). In the 1990’s this building went thru extensive earthquake retro fit. You can get to the second & third floor from inside the courtyard hall stairs. From here you can see the beautiful courtyard from above.

    Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
    865 East Del Mar Boulevard
    Pasadena, Ca 91199

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    Architectural Tour-Lombardy Road

    by Dabs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This was the first of the 10 architectural tours that the Pasadena Visitors and Convention Bureau put together that I drove, later in the afternoon I also drove through Oak Knoll. The tours have route maps through various areas of architectural significance in Pasadena and while they are meant for on foot or on bike you can also do by by car. This tour covers 1.2 miles, Lombardy Street is a quiet residential street with plenty of parking if you want to get out and walk.

    The estates built here in the 1920s replaced an orange grove, the southside of Lombardy Street was once part of Henry Huntington's ranch, that would be the same Huntington that founded the Huntington Library. Most of the homes along here are styled after homes found in Italy and Spain, built because of the similar climate, although you will find the occassional Craftsman home and other architectural styles.

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    Descanso Gardens

    by Dabs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In nearby La Canada Flintridge is where you will find Descanso Gardens. I would recommend that if you only had time for one garden that you make a visit to the Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena but if you find time for two or are looking for something new to do, these gardens are worth a visit.

    When we visited the Descanso Gardens in October 2006, the rose garden was still in full bloom, the camellias were budding but not ready to bloom just yet, some of the summer flowers were still lining the promenade and a few trees were showing fall colors. The blooming schedule is dependent on Mother Nature but from the tenative schedule it looks like the best month to visit is April when you should be able to see azaleas, camellias, roses, irises, lilacs, wildflowers, tulips, clivia, wisteria and native California plants with March and May also having a lot in bloom.

    I wouldn't have noticed the steepness of the pathways except that we were pushing a wheelchair, the gardens are accessible but it was still a little difficult. I hadn't noticed that there was a tram nor am I sure that we could have even gotten Grandma onto it but it's worth asking if you have someone in your group that finds long stretches of walking challenging. In fact, we passed on going into most of the California Garden because we were afraid that we wouldn't be able to handle the wheelchair going downhill.

    If you visit on the weekend, the Japanese tea house has tea service on Saturday and Sunday with Japanese snacks.

    Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors

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    Architectural Tour-Oak Knoll

    by Dabs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Pasadena Visitors and Convention Bureau has put together 10 architectural tours, complete with route maps, of the various architectural styles in Pasadena. The tours are meant for on foot or on bike but I did this one by car, it covers 1.3 miles and I just didn't have the time to walk it. Besides, the residents were looking at me funny when I was driving slowly through the area, I imagine they'd call the police if they actually saw someone walking in Southern California.

    There are some beautiful homes in Oak Knoll, the area was once a sheep ranch and then developed into large estates around 1906. I don't think I took a picture of the R.R. Blacker House designed in the Craftsman style by Greene and Greene but there are several other Craftsman homes in this area. Also designed by Greene and Greene is the Cordelia Culbertson House, a very different style than the Craftsman homes they are known for.

    You'll also pass by the Ritz Carlton Hotel, built in 1906 as the Wentworth Hotel. I imagine they will let you park there if you want to stop by and have a look.

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    All Saints Church 1923

    by Yaqui Written Nov 29, 2009

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    This lovely church is located right behind the Pasadena's City Hall. I loved the Gothic design. All Saints Church first church was established in 1883 and parishioners bought more land to build another church here. The property was bought in 1889 and designed by Reginald Johnson in Gothic Revival that can seat 900 and was completed in 24 months.

    Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
    865 East Del Mar Boulevard
    Pasadena, Ca 91199

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    Wrigley Mansion 1906

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 29, 2009

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    Home to the Tournament of Roses Association, it was also once owned by chewing gum pioneer William Wrigley Jr., and is open to the public on Thursdays most of the year.

    Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
    865 East Del Mar Boulevard
    Pasadena, Ca 91199
    (626) 795-3355

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    Huntington Library, Art Collection and Gardens

    by Dabs Updated May 5, 2007

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    Most recent visit April 2007

    If you only have time to make one stop in Pasadena, this should be the place if you have a warm sunny day. Henry Huntington, a wealthy businessman, set up this institution encompassing three of his passions-art, books and gardens.

    The reason for our visit was to see the gardens, 12 specialized sections spread out over 150 acres. The highlights for me were the lovely rose garden which was in full bloom in late April, the desert garden which must be the largest of it's kind and the Japanese Garden.

    We also enjoyed a stroll through the art gallery, the paintings that the Huntington is known for are Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy and Pinkie, it's companion piece by Thomas Lawrence. We didn't spend much time in the library, I understand it contains many treasures for visiting scholars.

    Admission is a little steep at $15 for adults, if you are on a budget, admission is currently free on the first Thursday of the month but be sure to check the website first.

    I was visiting with my grandma who requires a wheelchair for long distances, the map of the grounds is marked as to which sections have steep pathways or have stairs. Basically everything is accessible except the Japanese tea house but the paths leading to the desert garden are very steep as is the path to the Japanese garden.

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    See a Lovely Castle in So California! Yes, Really!

    by marinarena Updated Dec 16, 2006

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    Castle Green, Pasadena (California)
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    As a local, I find Castle Green spectacular. In some Euro country, this would probably be "just another castle". Still, this is an architectural delight to not miss while you stay in Pasadena.
    Some people actually call this place home. Imagine living here! I would feel like Cinderella. There are also a number of film shootings taking place around the Spanish castle inside-out.

    Update (Dec 2006):
    I went to the winter tour of the Castle Green. It's simply spectacular! Make this a must to see for your greater LA winter vacation. Plans for an official Castle Green summer tour are in early June. So, there are two chances each year to take a tour of the castle. The Holiday tour cost $20, which includes light refreshments (cookie, tea, appetizer).

    To come: many interior shots of the castle, possibly in a travelogue!

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    Tour the Architectural Heart-City Hall area

    by marinarena Updated Nov 1, 2006

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    Pasadena City hall, downtown area, Pasadena, Calif

    Here is a shot of the Pasadena City Hall. The downtown area is full of architecural interest. Walking around, one feels as if being in a fine European capital, perhaps Madrid or Prague stand out the most.

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  • Urban Oasis found at Descanso Gardens!

    by outdoorfun Written Aug 22, 2006

    Stopping in at Descanso Gardens anyday of the week is a treat for any age. I took my 2 year old and we hopped on the enchanted railroad ($2 per ride), we watched the beautiful koi, which you can find throughtout the garden, and ran around chasing butterflies. The duck, geese, and turtles were a great attraction for the entire family! This Garden is large, but if you stay in the bottom portion of the garden, which is where most of the fun is, you can visit, stroll, eat lunch, let your kid be a kid and leave -- all within 1-2 hours. If I could, I would visit everday. The day I came with my child, it was summer and the flower displays were amazing, the roses were bright and beautiful (5-acre rose garden!). Its located at 1418 Descanso Drive, just 10 minutes from Old Town Pasadena -- its off the 210 FWY off of Angeles Crest HWY. Call them at (818) 949-4290 for better directions. The best thing is that its open 7 days a week! OH... and the pictures we took are all going to be framed. There's a photo op in every corner of the place. (Its free parking, but $7 per adult to enter)

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