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Old
Town Pasadena

 

An environment rich in history...

Old Pasadena is nationally recognized for its vibrant main street revitalization. Old Pasadena offers memorable architecture and reflects the traditions of early California, blending in a cultivated collection of shopping, delectable dining and endless entertainment.

The historic streets and alleyways, rustic brick façades and architectural accents of Pasadena's original business district are alive again with open-air eateries, specialty boutiques, galleries, theaters, antique shops-a skillful blend of old and new that has reclaimed the heritage of Pasadena's early downtown charm. Pasadena Heritage offers patrons a walking tour of Old Pasadena that illustrates the unique history of the City´s original business district. 

Exploring the rich history and memorable architecture of Old Pasadena as described here is one of the many ways that one can appreciate its current charm and unique appeal.

In the 19th century, the area know today as Old Pasadena was the commercial center of the city. More than 200 buildings dating back to the 1880s and 1890s line the streets of Old Pasadena and are now home to trendy boutiques and stylish restaurants.

The central corridor of Old Pasadena is Colorado Blvd., best know on New Year's Day for the Tournament of Roses parade it hosts. These city blocks are favorite among pedestrians, who fill the sidewalks at night to window shop. This 22-block neighborhood has more than 80 restaurants and clubs and 120 stores, shops and boutiques.

Entertainment in Old Pasadena runs the gamut from theaters to cinemas to art galleries. At night this district has an abundance of live music and dancing venues.


                                                                                          

City Hall


Located
at 100 North Garfield Avenue, City Hall was designed by John Bakewell & Arthur Brown who were influenced by the early Renaissance style of 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio. Construction was completed on December 27, 1927.  

City Hall is a rectangular edifice outlining a spacious court.  On the outside it measures 351 feet north and south, and 242 feet east and west.  The east side is a one-story arcade.  The other three sides are three stories high, with small towers at each corner and the main dome over the west entrance.  The 235 rooms and passageways cover 170,000 square feet.


The massive circular structure rises perpendicularly for six stories.  The fifth story is 41 feet high and pierced with four huge round arches and four smaller ones.  The next story, set back a little, is 30 feet high and is also pierced with arches.  Above it rises the dome 26 feet high and 54 feet across.  On top of the dome is the lantern, a column-supported cupola 41 feet high, surmounted by an urn and ball.  The highest point is 206 feet above the ground.


                                                                                          

Paseo Colorado

With a variety of shops and restaurants, lush open-air promenades and luxury apartment homes, Paseo Colorado is truly an urban village.  Spanning three city blocks, Paseo Colorado features a Macy's department store, a 14-screen movie theater, an outstanding gourmet supermarket, an upscale fitness club and 60 well-known retailers. Visitors can relax with friends at the local wine bar or cheer on their favorite team at the Yard House. Topping it off is a bevy of acclaimed restaurants: P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Delmonico's Seafood Grill, Island's, Tokyo Wako and more. 

                                                                             

South Lake Avenue


As one of Pasadena's premier shopping district, South Lake Avenue features 10 blocks of top retailers, unique shops and charming boutiques. More than 600 businesses are nestled along this tree-lined boulevard in the city's financial district.  When you need to refuel, open-air dining is available at several European-style restaurants along the avenue.

Adding to its distinction, The Shops on Lake- the districts new shopping area- features 27 nationally recognized shops and restaurants.

In the 1950s, South Lake Avenue gained fame as one of Southern California's most exclusive shopping areas.This district features working London-style phone booths that complement the area's predominately European style. 


                                                                                                          

Playhouse District

 
The Pasadena Playhouse District is one of Pasadena's most engaging centers for art, literature and entertainment. Anchored by the renowned Pasadena Playhouse, a National Historic Landmark that was declared the State Theatre of California in 1937, this district offers and eclectic mix of bookstores, antique and specialty shops, restaurants and historic architecture. The Pasadena Playhouse's College of Theatre Arts, known during the 1930s, '40s and '50s as "Hollywood's talent factory," launched the careers of countless playwrights and actors including Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman. The theater presents more than 300 performances annually.


The Pacific Asia Museum, on the National Register of Historic Places, is also located in this district and celebrates the arts and customs of Asian and Pacific culture.


Be sure to check out this area, one of Pasadena's most engaging centers for art, literature and entertainment. Walk our tree-lined streets and discover a treasury of art and culture.


                                                                                           

Rose Bowl Stadium

The stadium is the proud home of the Tournament of Roses Football Game, UCLA Bruin Football, Fourth of July celebrations, concerts, religious services, filmings and the World's Largest Flea Market (R.G. Canning). A National Historic Landmark built in 1922 and known mainly for the New Year's Tournament of Roses Football Game, the Rose Bowl Stadium has also earned its World-Class Reputation by hosting five NFL Super Bowl Games, the 1984 Olympic Soccer Matches, the 1994 Men's World Cup, the 1999 Women's World Cup, the 2002 and 2006 BCS National College Football Championship Games and numerous other memorable events over the past eighty plus years.


                                                                                       

Tournament of Roses

The first Tournament of Roses was staged in 1890 by members of Pasadena´s Valley Hunt Club. These club members were former residents of the East and Midwest eager to showcase Pasadena as the place where the "flowers were blooming" on New Year´s Day. They wanted to tell the world about "their new paradise." More than 2000 people came out on that day to view a parade of flower-covered carriages, foot races, polo matches and tugs-of-war. The abundance of flowers prompted the name "Tournament of Roses." During the next few years, the festival expanded to include marching bands and motorized floats, ostrich races and bronco busting. In 1895, the Tournament of Roses Association was formed to take charge of the festival, which had grown too large for the Hunt Club.

Today, most floats are built by professional float companies and take almost a year to design and construct. An estimated 350 million television viewers in more than 80 countries around the world join nearly one million curbside spectators for the Rose Parade. The Tournament is a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere in the world. It is "America´s New Year Celebration," a greeting to the world and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than a century.


                                                                                          

The Huntington


A private, nonprofit institution, The Huntington was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, an exceptional businessman who built a financial empire that included railroad companies, utilities, and real estate holdings in Southern California.

Huntington was also a man of vision with a special interest in books, art, and gardens. During his lifetime, he amassed the core of one of the finest research libraries in the world, established a splendid art collection, and created an array of botanical gardens with plants from a geographic range spanning the globe.

These three distinct facets of The Huntington are linked by a devotion to research, education, and beauty.


                                                                                                                                

Library


The Library´s collection of rare books and manuscripts in the fields of British and American history and literature is nothing short of extraordinary. For qualified scholars, The Huntington is one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States in its fields of specialization. For the general public, the Library has on display some of the finest rare books and manuscripts of Anglo-American civilization. Altogether, there are about 6 million items.

 

Art Collections


The Huntington Art Gallery, originally the Huntington residence, contains one of the most comprehensive collections in this country of 18th- and 19th-century British and French art. It serves as home to Gainsborough´s Blue Boy and Lawrence´s Pinkie

                                                                                                                                   

Botanical Gardens


The Botanical Gardens are an ever-changing exhibition of color and a constant delight. Covering 120 acres, more than a dozen specialized gardens are arranged within a park-like landscape of rolling lawns.  Among the most remarkable are the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese garden. The camellia collection is one of the largest in the country. Other important botanical attractions include the Subtropical, Herb, Jungle, and Palm gardens.



          La Canada-Flintridge
  


                                                                                          


With the San Gabriel Mountains providing a dramatic backdrop, La Cañada-Flintridge represents the very best of California living. Although this city is only twenty minutes from downtown Los Angeles, LCF maintains a small-town atmosphere with a sense of shared family values that touches every resident. Tree-lined streets and the rolling lawns of spacious estates and colorful flowers surrounding beautiful homes set a standard of gracious living in this "glen between the hills."

A low-key lifestyle centered around children and community is central to the city's 20,318 residents. The City's public school system consistently ranks in the top five percent of California schools. Houses of worship and a variety of service organizations are an integral part of the community. Volunteers contribute more than 250,000 hours to civic causes each year.


The Foothill Boulevard business district offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and services close to home. Residents also have access to parks; a community center; YMCA; a multiplex movie theater; a library; golf, tennis and riding clubs, and scenic hiking and equestrian trails.


The climate is perfect for the variety of beautiful camellias and the live-oak forest at Descanso Gardens, a 165-acre botanical garden known throughout the nation. Our city has about 300 sunny days per year and a mean, year-round temperature of 64 degrees, with an average rainfall of about 20 inches.


Bordered by Angeles National Forest on the north, and the cities of Pasadena and Glendale on the east and south, our 8.5 square-mile city is 13 miles northeast of the Los Angeles Civic Center, with easy access to Burbank Airport.


At the forefront of the nation's space program, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory maintains it's headquarters here. A more light-hearted community source of pride is the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association's annual float entry in Pasadena's New Year's Day Parade. It is designed and constructed by community volunteers. Funding comes from the Community and the City.

                                                                            

Descanso Gardens

 
Descanso Gardens in La Canada, California is not far from the Huntington Gardens. You can spend an hour or two and see most of the gardens.

Originally an estate, Descanso Gardens is famed for its large collection of camellias and roses. The camellias flower from December through April. Then, as the camellias fade, the roses in a sunny part of the gardens burst into bloom. It is heavenly to breathe in the fragrance of the roses, like those that surround the Mission Garden section of the rose garden, above.

       

At one end of the rose garden is a charming boxwood maze just the right size for children and at the other, a bird watching station.

Some sections of Descanso Gardens' 80 acres are devoted to drought-tolerant Mediterranean plants and native plants of California. Many plants from both these regions thrive in hot, dry climate conditions.

                                                                                                                    

At the far end of the gardens, you will discover the Boddy House where the original owners lived. Paintings and ceramics by local artists are exhibited and for sale here.  


After you have explored the gardens, you can enjoy refreshment under a wisteria-ladened arbor near the entrance. On weekends in the summer there is live entertainment and, quite often, special gardening events.
 
                                                                                          

JPL

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a Federally funded research and development center, and a NASA field center located in the Arroyo Seco, a dry wash at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains straddling the city boundaries of La Cañada Flintridge, and Pasadena. JPL is managed by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Laboratory's primary function is the construction and operation of robotic planetary spacecraft, though it also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions. It is also responsible for operating NASA's Deep Space Network.

 


La Canada Schools


La Cañada Flintridge families are served by a number of exceptional public, private and parochial schools. La Cañada Flintridge residents have maintained a long tradition of providing the highest quality schools for their children -- the La Cañada Unified School District was founded in 1885 when the city had only 15 children of school age. It is currently ranked as top 5% of high achieving schools in California. Over the years, the District has grown to encompass a high school, a middle school and three elementary schools:


Public

                                                                         

Memorial Park

Memorial Park, 1.5 acres located at the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and La Cañada Blvd. is the center for a variety of community outdoor events. It features a large open grassy space; a toddler and children´s play area; picnic tables, a gazebo with a bandstand; and a restroom. Memorials to the City´s military veterans are placed on the base of the gazebo.

Many community activities take place in Memorial Park including Fiesta Days events during Memorial Day weekend; and Music in the Park on Sunday evenings during the summer. The Festival in Lights celebration is held early in December and the gazebo is outlined in white lights for the holiday season.