2017 Event Program PDF
BEHIND THE SCENES at the Madison House
Thursday, January 12 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Pasadena Heritage, 651 South Saint John Ave.
Ticket: Member FREE
Long-time, as well as freshly-minted Pasadena Heritage members are invited to our offices in the 1893 Madison House to hear stories and view old photos from the early days of the organization. Get an inside look at today’s biggest preservation controversies. Meet the staff, learn about the history of Pasadena Heritage, and discover how your support enables us to preserve the best of Pasadena. Join Today!
40th Anniversary Annual Meeting
Tuesday, January 31st | 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Castle Green, 99 South Raymond Avenue
Ticket: Members FREE | Non-Members $10 donation
All current and potential Pasadena Heritage members are invited to join us at the magnificent Castle Green, a National Register-designated 19th century former resort hotel and local Historic Monument in the heart of Old Pasadena as we look back on the previous year's defining events and significant accomplishments, and consider anticipated trends of 2017. Current Board officers and staff will report on the organization's financial and administrative health as well as ongoing and upcoming activities. Members will elect new Board Members.
What Style Is It? / Markham Place District
Saturday, February 4 | 9:00 - 10:00am
Tickets: Members FREE | Non-Members $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.
Become A Landmark District and Apply for the Mills Act Incentive
Saturday, February 25 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Women's City Club of Pasadena, 160 North Oakland Avenue
This event is free: Please RSVP
In Pasadena, Landmark Districts are historic neighborhoods designated at the local (city) level and protected by zoning laws. Designated properties are typically eligible for grants or tax incentives for rehabilitation projects through programs like the Mills Act. How do you know if your property or neighborhood is eligible? What is the application process? These questions and more will be addressed by speakers from the City Planning Department and local citizens participating in each of the programs.
The event is free, but RSVP is required and a $10 donation will be requested at the door.
Old Pasadena Historic District
Saturday March 4 | 9:00 - 11:00am
Tickets : Member $15 | Non-Member $18
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 these dates: Saturday, April 1 and Saturday, July 1.
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
Professor Kenneth Breisch, Ph.D., noted architectural historian and former Director and founder of the USC Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, will be our special guest speaker for an insightful evening presentation before the Spring HomeTour. This lecture is a preamble to our Modern Works spring home tour on March 26. – see our Spring Home Tour and Lecture page
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 and Lecture page.
TALK + TOUR
The Story of Old Pasadena
Saturday, April 1 | talk 9:00am, tour 10:00 - 12:00pm
Armory Center, 145 North Raymond Avenue
Talk Tickets: Member FREE | Non-Member $5
Tour Tickets: Member $15 | Non-Member $18
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.
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.
BEHIND THE SCENES
at the Pasadena Playhouse
Saturday, May 13 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pasadena Playhouse, 65 South El Molino Ave.
Go behind the scenes of this 1925 Mission Revival performing arts venue, designed by Pasadena artist and architect Elmer Grey, featuring a fire curtain painted by Pasadena artist Alson S. Clark. For over half a century, the Pasadena Playhouse was a vital force in the American theatre scene. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, it remains one of the city’s finest examples of Mission Revival architecture. Open to members only, join today!
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-goers 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.
DIY Advocacy: How To Fight Mansionization In Your Neighborhood
Thursday, June 8 | 6:00 - 7:00pm
Tickets: Member FREE | Non-Member $5
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.
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 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
Pasadena in the Movies
Saturday, August 5 | 9:00am - 12:00pm
Ticket: 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!
TALK & BUS TOUR
Pasadena in the Movies
Saturday, September 9 | 9:00am - 12:30pm (SOLD OUT!)
Presence of the Past - A Woman’s Place
Thursday, September 14 | 6 p.m. (SOLD OUT) & 7 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
Location: Madison House, 651 S. St. John Ave.
Ticket: Member FREE | Non-Member $5
Created by Pasadena Heritage and the City’s Cultural Heritage Commission, this video was the second of three programs on Pasadena history and people. It highlights important early contributions to Pasadena by three strong, entrepreneurial women including Jesusita Mijares whose popular local restaurant continues to thrive. Join us for an evening of fascinating stories in a location rich with local history.
Participate Pasadena Community Meeting
Tuesday, September 19 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: 393 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena CA 91101
Ticket: Member FREE, please R.S.V.P.
The evening will include an overview of current and future land-use and design issues, city planning efforts, and major projects currently under review. The presentation will be followed by small group discussion sessions on specific topic areas. For more information.
Research Property History in Pasadena
Saturday, September 23 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ticket: Member $65 | Non-Member $80
Workshop participants will receive hands-on, one-on-one instruction with local historians on how to conduct property research in Pasadena with visits to local archives. Learn about lesser-known online tools and search tips from the pros. Participants are encouraged to select a property of interest to use as an example. Visited archives include Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena Central Library, and the Huntington Library’s Architectural Drawings collection. Meet at Pasadena Heritage office. There will be a break for lunch on your own.
Group size is very limited - register early!
Presence of the Past - Dayton Street
Thursday, October 12 | Tours: 6:00 p.m., Screening: 7:00 p.m.
Friendship Baptist Church
Created by Pasadena Heritage and the City's Cultural Heritage Commission in the early 1990s, "Presence of the Past - Dayton Street" is the first of three video programs on Pasadena history and people. Dayton Street, west of Fair Oaks Avenue, was once a center of the African American community in Pasadena, centered around Friendship Baptist Church. This video tells the story of a thriving neighborhood. For more than a decade, from the mid-1980s until our move to the Madison House, Pasadena Heritage's offices were located in the Church, and are part of our history too. Come for a tour of the church, enjoy the sounds of the choir, enjoy some popcorn, camaraderie, and the re-telling of this chapter of Pasadena history.
40th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, October 7 | evening reception and dinner
Pasadena Convention Center Exhibit Hall, 300 East Green Street
In honor of the organization’s 40th Anniversary, Pasadena Heritage will host an elegant fundraising celebration. The evening will include a cocktail reception and seated dinner, silent auction, and live entertainment in the newly restored Exhibit Hall, constructed in 1931. All proceeds from the gala will support Pasadena Heritage’s mission to identify, preserve, and protect the historic, architectural, and cultural resources of the City of Pasadena. Sponsorship packages and individual ticket are available. If you would like more information on our celebration please visit our 40 YEARS page.
Pasadena Convention Center / various Pasadena locations
Join us for the 26th annual Craftsman Weekend, Pasadena Heritage’s tribute to the city’s unique contributions to the American Arts & Crafts Movement of the early 1900s. This four-day event is the largest and most comprehensive celebration of this movement in the western United States. There will be bus and walking tours, presentations, receptions, and the Antiques and Contemporary Decorative Arts & Furnishings Sale. The highlight of the weekend is a drive-yourself tour of several excellent examples of Craftsman homes. Our guests include visitors from across the country who travel to Pasadena for a weekend full of events! For more information visit our Craftsman Weekend Page!
History of the 710 Freeway in Pasadena
Thursday, November 9 | 6:00 - 7:00pm
Tickets: Member FREE | Non-Member $5 (WAITING LIST ONLY)
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.
Caltrans Houses in the 710 Corridor
Saturday, November 11 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
Tickets: Member $15 | Non-Member $18 (SOLD OUT)
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.
BEHIND THE SCENES at the former Bullock’s Pasadena
Thursday, November 16th | 6pm
Macy’s, 401 South Lake Avenue
Ticket: Member FREE (FULL)
Take a behind the scenes look at the the former Bullock’s Pasadena on South Lake -- occupied today by Macy’s. The 1947 Streamline Moderne department store was designed by noted Los Angeles architects Wurdeman & Becket, with landscape design by Ruth Shellhorn. Winner of AIA Award of Merit in 1950 and recognized as one of the “outstanding examples of architecture constructed over the last half century.” In 1996, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and retains most of its original character and features both inside and out. Open to Pasadena Heritage members only, an excellent reason to join today!
Saturday December 2 | 9:00 - 11:00am
LECTURE & TOUR
The Architecture of Pasadena’s Historic Public Schools
December 10 | Lecture: 1:00 p.m., Tour: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: Members: FREE | Non-Members $5
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.
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 and the Pasadena Playhouse District Tour.
Pasadena Hillcrest Neighborhood Walking Tour
The Pasadena Hillcrest Neighborhood tour will allow tour goers to discover one of the most prestigious neighborhoods of Pasadena. With an extraordinary collection of architect designed homes, the tour explores various architectural styles such as Mediterranean, Victorian and Craftsman inspired homes. Showcased on the tour are numerous grand estates including Craftsman homes such as the Freeman House, designed by architects Arthur and Alfred Heineman, and the Blacker House, designed by Charles and Henry Greene. The southern terminus of the neighborhood is the Langham Huntington Hotel, an iconic landmark property since 1907.
Pasadena Playhouse District Walking Tour
The Pasadena Playhouse District tour includes buildings of diverse architectural styles along Green Street and Colorado Boulevard. The tour will also include the Pacific Asia Museum which was modeled after buildings in Beijing’s Forbidden City, the First Church of Christ Scientist, which was the first church in Pasadena to be constructed of reinforced concrete and the Pasadena Playhouse, a Spanish-Colonial Revival building with Mission elements designed by Elmer Grey.
Pasadena’s Preservation Award Winners
POSTPONED TILL 2018
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.
Hike Up Historic Echo Mountain
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.
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
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9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.