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    Huntington Library, Art Collection and Gardens

    by Dabs Updated May 5, 2007

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    Huntington Gardens
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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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    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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    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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    The Huntington Botanical Gardens

    by keida84 Written Feb 11, 2005

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    A Tempietto

    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.

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    The Castle Green

    by pigletsmom Written Mar 6, 2005

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    A turret from the Castle Green

    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.

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    The Ultimate Bungalow

    by pigletsmom Updated Mar 6, 2005

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    Tree of Life Teak Front Door

    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.

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    Gamble House

    by Dabs Updated Mar 13, 2005

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    Gamble House

    The Gamble House was built in 1908 for the Gamble family (the Gamble in Procter & Gamble). The Gambles were from Cincinnati Ohio, this was to be their retirement home in the warmer California climate.

    The architects of the Gamble House were Charles and Henry Greene, the style of the house is a Craftsman-style bungalow. I'm not overly wild about the exterior of this house but I couldn't help but be impressed by the thought of the hand placement of 37,000 wood shakes (according to the docent). I loved the interior of the house with it's arts and crafts influences, the hand made woodwork and the attention paid to detail-the clever furniture that had drawers that opened from both sides, the matching of design elements in the room to center on a particular vase or piece of furniture.

    There are docent led tours every 20 minutes or so which if you are going to visit the interior of the house you have to join.

    If you like the Craftsman (no relation to Sears, these are not houses that came in a box) style, I believe you can get a map of other similar houses in the area in the bookstore.

    I've put a few more exterior pictures in my travelogue, they do not let you photograph inside, at least partially to avoid having people copy the design styles for commercial resale.

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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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    Cool Buildings on Colorado Ave.

    by pigletsmom Updated Mar 7, 2005

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    Gorgeous ironwork & art deco frieze

    Pay attention to the details of the buildings on Colorado Ave. It's the old town of Pasadena, and some of the friezes, ironwork and tiles on these buildings are very beautiful. The buildings are done in art deco, beaux arts and manueline
    style.

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    The Huntington Library & Gardens

    by pigletsmom Written Mar 6, 2005

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    The Tea Room

    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.

    Open:
    Tuesday - Friday, noon -
    4:30 p.m.
    Saturday - Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-
    4:30 p.m.
    Summer Hours: Tuesday -
    Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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    Wrigley Mansion

    by Dabs Written Mar 9, 2005

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    Wrigley Mansion

    William Wrigley, the chewing gum guy, had this beautiful Italian Renaissance Mansion built between 1908 and 1914. It was one of his five homes in the US, his primary residence was in Chicago and he also had homes in Lake Geneva WI, Phoenix AZ, and Santa Catalina Island.

    I didn't go inside but I understand that it is sometimes open for tours and I didn't know to look for the gardens, but I've read that they are open year round and feature roses, camellias and annuals.

    Today, the mansion is the headquarters for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, you can identify the mansion by the sign out front.

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    The Huntington Library

    by keida84 Written Feb 28, 2005

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    Huntington Tempietto

    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

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    The Huntington -- Art Collections

    by keida84 Written Feb 28, 2005

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    Japanese gardens

    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

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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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