Pasadena Heritage was incorporated in 1977 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit historic preservation organization. Since inception, we have grown from a grass-roots group of concerned citizens to the second largest preservation organization in the state. Our programs directly benefit the City of Pasadena and attract a broad regional audience. Pasadena Heritage holds more than 80 historic preservation easements (the largest easement program west of the Mississippi), and has a revolving Preservation Fund to assist with hands-on preservation projects. We are best known for the preservation of the Colorado Street Bridge and Old Pasadena, the commercially successful revitalization of the original downtown. Major focuses of the organization in the past two years have been working with the City to update Land-Use Element of the General Plan, mansionization and creating single-family residential design standards, and historic homes along the Caltrans 710 corridor.
Looking back, we chose one important issue or accomplishment from each year to illustrate the programs and projects undertaken through the years and provide a snapshot of the many and varied challenges Pasadena Heritage has faced.