EVENTS

Join us for expertly curated history walking tours, home tours, lectures, presentations and more 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Old Pasadena Walking Tour 

TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

Saturday, February 4, 2023 | 10:00 AM

Tickets: $18 Members | $22 Nonmembers

We are happy to announce that we will once again be offering regular tours of Old Pasadena beginning February 4th, the first Saturday, and continuing every other month. February’s tour will include historic Dayton Street and some of our first Black-owned businesses, the first fire station, and Friendship Baptist Church. It also includes Mills Place, the location of what the L.A. Times would call “The Night of Terror.” Learn the story of how the burning of a Chinese laundry began the expulsion from Pasadena’s first commercial district of our Chinese population.

This tour features the ruins of Pasadena’s second library, a historic theatre that is now readapted as condominiums, and perhaps one of the most controversial preservation stories regarding an entire block that was saved.

Old Pasadena has had many transformations over its many years as our first commercial center. 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. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours with a walking distance of approximately 1 mile.

 

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Pasadena Heritage Annual Meeting  – IN-PERSON TICKETS SOLD OUT

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Open House and Refreshments (for those already reserved) 

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Annual Meeting

Tickets: Free but registration is required

Please join us for our Annual Meeting. While our in-person capacity has reached its limit, we welcome your virtual attendance via Zoom. We will review 2022, elect new members of the Board of Directors and preview what’s in store for 2023. For those who have already reserved their in-person tickets. We will start off night at the Blinn House with an open house over light refreshments. Free parking is available in the Pasadena Heritage parking lot. (Enter at 165. N. Madison).

To RSVP, use the link below. You may also email [email protected] or call the office at 626 441-6333 ext. 111

A Zoom link will be provided for those who prefer to attend virtually.

 

Click here to register.

 

PAST EVENTS

 

Preservation Pasadena: Craftsman to Modern 2022

Thursday, November 10, 2022 – Sunday, November 13, 2022

Various Times and Locations 

Tickets: Prices vary by event

Join us for our 3rd Annual Preservation Pasadena: Craftsman to Modern as we celebrate great architecture in and around Pasadena. We have created programming that is both entertaining and educational, highlighting various styles of architecture from Craftsman to Modern along with unique cultural and historical events that make Pasadena such an interesting city. There is something for everyone at this year’s Preservation Pasadena.

 

Walktober Old Pasadena Walking Tour – SOLD OUT

Saturday, October 8, 2022, 10:00 AM, 10:20 AM, 10:40 AM

Tickets complimentary, reservations required

The Pasadena Department of Transportation, Day One, and Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition presents its 5th annual Pasadena Walktober, an annual event to get people walking in Pasadena. Whether you walk for physical health, mental health, to meet people, to see new things, admire our historic architecture or simply to get things done (maybe all of the above!), we recognize and celebrate walking!

As part of this year’s Walktober, Pasadena Heritage will offer a free docent-guided tour of historic Old Pasadena. Throughout its long history, Old Pasadena has been the site of changes and trends that would later come to define Pasadena. Its development into a thriving commercial district during the late 19th century was a harbinger for the economic prominence that Pasadena would attain in the early 20th century. Far from being an old relic of the past, Old Pasadena is in fact the foundry of fate, a place where Pasadena’s past and present meld together to forge the future. Let one of our trained docents lead you through the historic district and reveal its many hidden and unusual architectural details. October’s tour will include historic Dayton Street and some of our first Black-owned businesses, the first fire station, and Friendship Baptist Church to name a few of the prominent sites.

Tours last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and cover nearly 1 mile. Reservations are required. Meet up location will be provided following your RSVP.

 

Ford Place and Blinn House Walking Tour

NEW DATE ADDED! Saturday, October 1, 2022 | 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Tickets: $18 Members | $22 Nonmembers

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Ford Place is a residential subdivision created in 1902. This small District of ten houses includes a fascinating mix of Craftsman, Shingle, Prairie, Tudor Revival, and Mission Revival styles. Currently Ford Place is part of the Fuller Seminary campus. There is a lot of new development surrounding this area, and several historic properties are being closely watched by Pasadena Heritage, including the Scottish Rite Temple, the former First Congregational Church of Pasadena, and the Fuller campus. The Blinn House is Pasadena Heritage’s new home, so we welcome you for an interior tour. Group size will be limited.

Tours last approximately 1 hour and cover less than 1 mile.

This tour is offered on the first Saturday of every other month.

 

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Los Angeles Breakfast Club.

Uniquely Pasadena: Summer Speaker Series Science and Technology

Sunday, August 28, 2022 | 5:00 to 6:30 PM in person or on Zoom

Tickets: $18 Members | $22 Nonmembers

From its founding to the present day, the city of Pasadena has drawn brilliant, talented and innovative thinkers and creators to live and work here. Pasadena is the birthplace of remarkable achievements and innovative ideas, in architecture and transportation, entertainment and food, and science and technology and more. Pasadena Heritage will highlight a sampling of amazing accomplishments and “firsts” in its Uniquely Pasadena summer lecture series, continuing with part three, on Sunday, August 28th.

One of the defining features of Pasadena is our great interest in science, technology and progress. Throop University opened in 1891, and by 1893 they were training students for work in the fast-paced industrial society. People such as astronomer George Ellery Hale, physicist Robert Millikan, and chemist Arthur Noyes transformed the school in 1920 into what we now know as the pioneering science and engineering university, California Institute of Technology.

Caltech is not alone in our pursuit of science, we are also home to the Planetary Society, Carnegie Observatory, and nearby JPL and Wilson Observatory, to name a few. Join us and our special guest speakers to learn more about Pasadena’s unique relationship to science and technology.

Guests may attend in person or virtually via Zoom.

 

Old Pasadena In Person Walking Tour

Saturday, June 4 | 10:00 and 10:40 AM

Tickets: $18 Members | $22 Nonmembers

We are once again offering regular walking tours of Old Pasadena the first Saturday of every other month. June’s tour will included historic Dayton Street and some of Pasadena’s first Black-owned businesses, the first fire station, and Friendship Baptist Church. 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. Tours last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and cover nearly 1 mile.

Summer Speaker Series: Architecture and Transportation

Sunday, June 12, 2022 | 5:00 to 6:30 PM

Tickets: $18 Members | $22 Nonmembers

From its founding to the present day, the city of Pasadena has drawn brilliant, talented and innovative thinkers and creators to live and work here. Pasadena is the birthplace of remarkable achievements and innovative ideas, in architecture and design, transportation and science, food and entertainment and more. Pasadena Heritage will highlight a sampling of amazing accomplishments and “firsts” in its Uniquely Pasadena summer lecture series, beginning Sunday, June 12.

An impressive group of guest speakers will be brought together for each of Uniquely Pasadena’s three panel presentations, and each talk will include ten stories of innovation and imagination. Guests may attend in person or virtually via Zoom.

 

Ford Place and Blinn House Walking Tour

Saturday, May 7, 2022 | 10:00 and 10:40 AM

Tickets: $18 Members | $22 Nonmembers

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Ford Place is a residential subdivision created in 1902. This small District of ten houses includes a fascinating mix of Craftsman, Shingle, Prairie, Tudor Revival, and Mission Revival styles. Currently Ford Place is part of the Fuller Seminary campus. There is a lot of new development surrounding this area, and several historic properties are being closely watched by Pasadena Heritage, including the Scottish Rite Temple, the former First Congregational Church of Pasadena, and the Fuller campus. The Blinn House is Pasadena Heritage’s new home, so we welcome you for an interior tour. Group size will be limited. Tours last approximately 1 hour and cover less than 1 mile.

This tour will be offered on the first Saturday of every other month.  

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Los Angeles Breakfast Club.

Old Pasadena In Person Walking Tour

Saturday, April 2, 2022 10:00, 10:40 and 11:20 a.m.

Tickets: $18 Members | $22 Nonmembers

We are once again offering regular tours of Old Pasadena on the first Saturday of April, and continuing every other month. Each tour will have a slightly different route and theme so each tour will be slightly different.

April’s tour will include the northern section of Old Pasadena, beginning at Memorial Park and walking south through several historic alleyways. This tour features the ruins of Pasadena’s second library, a historic theatre that is now readapted as condominiums, and perhaps one of the most controversial preservation stories regarding an entire block that was saved.

Old Pasadena is a shopping and dining destination, but 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 district and reveal its many hidden and unusual architectural details, old alleyways, and historic signs. Tours last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and cover nearly 1 mile.

Spring Tours – The Building of Community

Sunday, February 27, 2022 and Sunday, March 27, 2022

Tickets: $18 Members | $22 Nonmembers

Pasadena heritage’s Spring Tours, scheduled in February and March, feature extraordinary examples of why Pasadena became and remains one of the country’s most desirable and historic communities. Take a drive-yourself tour of three early neighborhoods or of famed architect Paul R. Williams’ Pasadena homes. In-person tours of our glorious Civic Center, featuring several fountains and courtyards, and Macy’s, formerly Bullock’s Pasadena, the nation’s first post-war suburban department store are also available.  

 


If you need to contact us in the meantime, we can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at 626-441-6333


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