TALK + TOUR
The Story of Old Pasadena
Saturday, April 1 | talk 9:00am, tour 10:00am - 12:00pm
Armory Center, 145 North Raymond Avenue
Tickets for the Tour: Member $15 | Non-Member $18
This docent-guided, ticketed walking tour of Old Pasadena Historic District follows a free 9:00 am presentation at the Armory Center for the Arts. Learn how the neighborhood was saved from the wrecking ball by Pasadena Heritage and others, and why many Old Pasadena buildings have split personalities. Please note - this tour requires a pre-purchased ticket. Preceded by a free talk held at the Armory Center for the Arts.
Churches of Pasadena
Saturday, April 22 | 9:00am - 12:00pm
Tickets: Member $20 | Non-Member $25
St. Andrew, First Baptist, All Saints, First Congregational, Fuller Theological, Pasadena Presbyterian, First United Methodist, and the First Church of Christ Scientist are all impressive examples of the many inspiring sacred spaces that can be found in downtown Pasadena. This guided walking tour will focus on the distinctive architecture and interior decorative devices that uplift the eyes and the spirit -- carved ceiling beams, hand-painted murals, and richly stained glass motifs. Our previous church tours have been sell-outs, and this one will offer the chance to enjoy work by leading, regional architects designing inspired ecclesiastical buildings.
Old Pasadena Historic Pubs & Trivia
Thursday, May 25 | 4:30 - 7:30pm & 6:00 - 9:00pm
Tickets: Member $80 | Non-Member $87
Experience the history of a few famous and infamous Old Pasadena watering holes and haunts. This guided tour of our original downtown includes stops at a handful of pubs, distinctive for their history, architecture, and spirits. Tour-goer’s can delight in beer tastings plus little-known facts and forgotten lore. Dinner and a set of flight glasses are included -- a great way to get to know historic Old Pasadena!
South Marengo Historic District
Saturday, June 3 | 9:00 - 11:00am
Tickets: Member $15 | Non-Member $18
South Marengo was once the address of Victorian mansions and modest hotels, praised by President Teddy Roosevelt as a beautiful example of city planning. Pasadena Heritage nominated the Historic District to the National Register in 1982, then purchased and rehabilitated its first hands-on Preservation Fund project here. We also helped form the special business overlay zone, which allows some commercial uses in the restored homes. This tour will explore the people and stories associated with this turn-of-the-century Craftsman neighborhood.
Old Pasadena Historic District
Saturday July 1 | 9:00 - 11:00am
Old Pasadena has gone from drab and dingy to a shopping and dining destination. Without Pasadena Heritage, this National Register Historic District would have been destroyed! Now it is one of the finest examples of downtown revitalizations in the country. Let one of our trained docents lead you through the historic neighborhood and reveal its many hidden and unusual architectural details, old alleyways, and historic signs.
Pasadena in the Movies
Saturday, August 5 | 9:00am - 12:00pm
Tickets: Member $30 | Non-Member $35
Pasadena buildings and cityscapes have been used in hundreds of films, TV shows, and commercials as varied as “Father of the Bride,” “Batman,” “Chinatown,” and even “Gone with the Wind.” Celebrate Pasadena’s starring role with us on this luxury bus tour of film locations. Discover gracious tree-lined streets featuring recognizable residences, iconic public buildings, and breathtaking vistas, all related to movies and shows you’ll recognize or be surprised to learn about!
Hike Up Historic Echo Mountain
Saturday, September 2 | depart 9:00am
This is a 6-mile round-trip moderately difficult hike in the San Gabriel Mountains up Mount Lowe. The well-established trail leads to the old Echo Mountain Resort, the former site of a grand alpine tavern and the aerial tramway that brought guests up the mountain side. Today, remnants of the old Mount Lowe Railway and the hotel can still be seen, along with stunning views of the San Gabriel Valley. Sturdy shoes and plenty of drinking water are highly recommended. Although well-traveled, portions of the trail are quite steep and/or narrow.
Caltrans Houses in the 710 Corridor
Saturday, November 11 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
In the late 1960s, Caltrans began purchasing properties along the proposed 710 Freeway surface route between Pasadena and the El Sereno neighborhood. Today the state agency owns more than 400 parcels in this corridor, including 175 in Pasadena alone, the majority of which are historic homes in our oldest residential neighborhood. Covering the area between California Boulevard and Columbia Street, this tour will stop at several little-known historic sites including Julia Child’s childhood home, a hidden Smith & Williams, and a historic fire station converted into a house.
Architectural Legacy Tours
Saturday, December 30 | 10:30am & 1:30pm
Ticket: Member $15 | Non-Member $20
Two tours are available this day: the Pasadena Hillcrest Neighborhood tour allows tour goers to discover one of Pasadena’s most beautiful neighborhoods. The tour explores various architectural styles such as Mediterranean, Victorian and the neighborhood’s ubiquitous Craftsman inspired homes. The South Orange Grove Boulevard Tour illustrates the neighborhood’s dramatic postwar transformation and shares stories of the stately residences that were there before. When the Rose Parade first began, South Orange Grove was a neighborhood of grand mansions, known as Millionaires’ Row. Today the Boulevard is distinctive for its concentration of luxury mid-century garden apartments designed by prominent Los Angeles-area architects.
TALK + TOUR
Markham Place Historic District (What Style Is It?)
Saturday, February 4 | tour 10:00 - 12:00am
Pasadena Heritage, 651 South St. John Avenue
Tickets for the Tour: Members $15| Non-Members $18
Architectural styles and vocabulary such as Queen Anne, Four Square, Regency Revival, and Neoclassical can be mind-boggling! Join us on a guided walking tour of one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, home to an impressive number of architect-designed homes in a wide range of styles. This ticketed tour follows a short presentation (free for Members!) on the chronology of Pasadena’s architectural styles and features, called "What Style Is It?" The presentation is part of the Parlor Talk series.
Old Pasadena Historic District
Saturday March 4 | 9:00 - 11:00am
Old Pasadena has gone from drab and dingy to a shopping and dining destination. Without Pasadena Heritage, this National Register Historic District would have been destroyed! Now it is one of the finest examples of downtown revitalizations in the country. Let one of our trained docents lead you through the historic neighborhood and reveal its many hidden and unusual architectural details, old alleyways, and historic signs. This tour is also available on Saturday, July 1st.
SPRING HOME TOUR
Sunday, March 26 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Multiple Locations / Drive-Yourself
Tickets: Member $40 | Non-Member $45
Pasadena's postwar years saw a plethora of hyper-contemporary and experimental home designs, many of which overlook the Arroyo. From Mid-Century post-and-beam to late modern glass-and-steel wonders, this year's home tour will visit multiple architect-designed private homes constructed after 1945. Guests will drive themselves to each location where docents will provide guided tours of interior and exterior features. For more information see our Spring Home Tour 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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