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Pasadena Heritage

Preserving Pasadena's past for Pasadena's future

Protecting Pasadena’s architectural legacy since 1977.

Blinn House image by Tavo Olmos and Dennis Hill

Our Mission

The mission of Pasadena Heritage is to identify, preserve and protect the historic, architectural and cultural resources of the City of Pasadena through advocacy and education.

About Us

Pasadena Heritage is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit founded in 1977 to combat the demolition of cherished cultural and historic landmarks in Pasadena.

Through advocacy, education, historic walking tours, the tri-annual weekend event Preservation Pasadena, the beloved Pasadena tradition the Colorado Street Bridge Party and so much more, we are dedicated to the protection and defense of Pasadena’s rich history and extraordinary architectural legacy.

Education

Educating the public about Pasadena’s cultural and historic resources and architectural heritage is a principal tenet of our mission.

Throughout the year our varied educational offerings include guided walking tours, narrated bus tours, presentations and illustrated lectures by preservation experts, and self-guided or drive-yourself tours.

Advocacy

Threats to Pasadena historic architecture remain ever present. We continually advocate for the protection and preservation of Pasadena’s storied historic buildings, places and spaces. 

Our efforts have contributed to saving and preserving some of Pasadena’s most iconic structures including the Colorado Street Bridge, Old Pasadena, the Rose Bowl, the Civic Center, City Hall, the Central Library and more.

The Historic Blinn House

Our headquarters and community meeting space. 

The Blinn House, built in 1906, was designed by noted Chicago architect George W. Maher and is his only known residential structure on the West Coast. The house features fine woodworking throughout, detailed stained glass windows, glass-tiled fireplaces, and a later conference room addition designed by famed Pasadena architect, Myron Hunt.

With two meeting spaces, it is available for receptions, meetings, gatherings and events of all kinds.

Events

Postcard for Preservation Pasadena Week 2
June 22, 2024

Preservation Pasadena Part II – Shaping Suburbia: The Modern Era – June

A weekend packed with programs examining the evolution of Pasadena’s suburbs from the 1920s to the 1960s!
July 6, 2024

The Art Deco Architecture of the Playhouse District – July

An expert lead walking tour highlighting the Art Deco buildings of Pasadena’s Playhouse District.
Street view of Don Lee Cadillac, located at 655 East Green Street. Automobiles on display are visible through the large picture windows in the storefront, 1927.
July 25, 2024

Speaker Series: Automobiles & the Art Deco Era in Pasadena – July

A special lecture on Pasadena’s rich automobile history and Art Deco-designed automobiles from the 1920s-1940s.
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Join us and make a historic impact!

Help preserve Pasadena’s history, save endangered buildings, structures and places, and defend Pasadena’s storied legacy.

Pasadena Heritage staff in celebration at the annual party on the staircase of the Blinn House.

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