Talks and Lectures
TALK + TOUR
The Story of Old Pasadena
Saturday, April 1 | talk 9:00am, tour 10:00 - 12:00pm
Armory Center, 145 North Raymond Avenue
Tickets: Member FREE | Non-Member $5
This free presentation covers the historic district’s long history. See images of the earliest days of this commercial district, evidence of its blighted state in the 1980s, learn how Pasadena Heritage and others saved it from the wrecking ball, and why many of Old Pasadena’s buildings have split personalities. The talk is free, but you must RSVP to reserve seats. The following guided walking tour requires a pre-purchased ticket — see Tours for details and tickets.
DIY Advocacy: How To Fight Mansionization In Your Neighborhood
Thursday, June 8 | 6:00 - 7:00pm
Like many other cities in the region, Pasadena is experiencing a dramatic increase in development, including in older residential neighborhoods. When the price and desirability of land exceeds the value of an existing home, tear downs and massive expansions become commonplace, which can threaten the existing neighborhood character. What can you do if you don’t live in a historic district? Or face out-of-place development in historic commercial corridors? This talk will introduce participants to tried-and-true grassroots activism, while also explaining existing regulations, such as compatibility development standards and overlay zones.
Pasadena’s Preservation Award Winners
Thursday, July 20 | 6:00 - 7:00pm
Every year the City of Pasadena’s Historic Preservation Commission recognizes successful preservation projects. This look back at award-winning work acknowledged by the annual Preservation Awards will showcase a variety of projects from significant rehabilitations to historic garden restorations to creative re-use ideas. Attendee will also learn how to nominate similar projects that attest to the community’s passion for its historic architecture.
Pasadena in the Movies Ice Cream Social & Film Screening
Friday, August 4 | 7:00 - 8:00pm
More than 100 years ago, Thomas Edison hired James White to produce short films called "actualities," including two pieces about the Rose Parade. This was the beginning of a long history of filming in Pasadena. Today, the city continues to be a frequent location for both film and TV productions of all kinds. Join us for excerpts of famous and not so famous film locations in Pasadena over the decades. Can you identify them? Mysteries made all the merrier with FREE ice cream! A family-friendly summer event; donation requested.
A ticketed bus tour follows the next day - see Tours for details and tickets
History of the 710 Freeway in Pasadena
Thursday, November 9 | 6:00 - 7:00pm
Recent proposals by Caltrans to construct two six-mile long freeway tunnels was yet another chapter in the 50-year story of the 710 Freeway issue and its impact on Pasadena’s oldest neighborhoods. Will the tunnels be built? Who will decide? And what about the sale of the 400+ properties, many of which are historic homes with long-term residents, owned by Caltrans along the route? Pasadena Heritage has been involved in this struggle for four decades. Join us for a presentation and short discussion. A tour of the neighborhood is offered the following Saturday — see Tours for details and tickets.
The Architecture of Pasadena’s Historic Public Schools
December date and time will be announced in early summer!
Donald Wright Auditorium, Pasadena Central Library
Pasadena’s remarkable collection of public school buildings date from the early 1900s and were designed by some of the most accomplished architects in the region. More than a decade ago, when the Pasadena Unified School District applied for state funds to repair and upgrade its schools, studies were completed of the multiple historic campuses. Drawing from these studies and additional research, this presentation will provide an overview of public school architecture and its value as part of our city’s architectural legacy.
TALK + TOUR
What Style Is It? / Markham Place Historic District
Saturday, February 4 | 9:00 - 10:00am
Tickets to the Talk: Member FREE | Non-Member $5
Architectural styles and vocabulary such as Queen Anne, Four Square, Regency Revival, and Ranch can be mind-boggling! This month’s Parlor Talk will guide you through the chronology of Pasadena’s architectural styles and illustrate their most common features. The talk is free for Members, but you must RSVP. It is followed by a ticketed walking tour of the surrounding neighborhood, Markham Place Historic District, listed on the National Register by Pasadena Heritage. See Tours for details and tickets.
SPRING HOME TOUR LECTURE
Modern & More
March 21st | 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Art Center College of Design Ahmanson Auditorium, 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, 91103
Tickets : Member $18 | Non-Member $22
Postwar architecture is finding new and growing appreciation, and many homes and buildings designed after 1945 now qualify as landmarks. Pasadena boasts many fine examples which, though lesser known, have much to teach us about dramatic changes in architectural design and taste. What were the influences that led to the creation of this new architecture? How did new materials, engineering advances, and public tastes contribute to the work of mid-century architects? As these buildings need restoration, what new skills and approaches are needed? And how is mid-century design affecting architecture today? These questions and more will be explored, as a preamble to our modern Works spring home tour on March 26. For more information see our Spring Home Tour and Lecture page.
Pasadena Heritage works to identify, preserve, and protect the historic, architectural, and cultural resources of the city of Pasadena through advocacy and education.
651 South Saint John Avenue
Pasadena, California 91105
Tel: (626) 441-6333
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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