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
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
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,
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
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.
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
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
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.