Pasadena

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Pasadena is probably most famous for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game. Yet, the city is also home to many scientific and cultural institutions, including the world-renowned California Institute of Technology, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Art Center College of Design, the Pasadena Playhouse, California School of Culinary Arts Pasadena and the Norton Simon Museum of Art.

Located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, the city’s popular shops and restaurants blend comfortably with tree-lined streets, distinctive neighborhoods, historic buildings and a vibrant cultural scene.

Old Town Pasadena features a cosmopolitan mix of of trendy boutiques and stylish restaurants.  Most of the historic buildings dating back to the 1880s and 1890s have been restored and the street-front shops maintain their appeal to the hundreds who stroll the sidewalks each day. Old Pasadena abounds with night clubs, bars, over 50 restaurants and countless specialty shops. You can find all genres of live music plus dancing, comedy, and billiards.

Pasadena retains a high-profile image throughout southern California due to its broad economic base, noted cultural, scientific, and educational institutions, and shopping and dining establishments that attract customers from all over the region. This, along with Pasadena’s many fine examples of architecture and wealthy neighborhoods, provide Pasadena with a prominence enjoyed by few cities in the Los Angeles area, and is often considered the premiere city of the San Gabriel Valley.

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HISTORY

Pasadena was once occupied by the Hahamogna Tribe of Native Americans. Subsisting on local game and vegetation, the Hahamognas lived in villages scattered along the Arroyo Seco and the canyons from the mountains down to the South Pasadena area. With the arrival of the Spaniards and the establishment of the San Gabriel Mission on September 8, 1771, most of the Native Americans were converted and provided labor for the mission.

The San Gabriel Mission, the fourth in California, grew to be prosperous, with abundant orchards, vineyards and herds. The vast lands which it administered for the Spanish Crown were divided into ranchos. After the rule of California passed from Spain to Mexico, the Mexican government in 1833 secularized the mission lands and awarded them to individuals. The northeast corner of San Gabriel Mission, consisting of the 14,000 acres known as Rancho el Rincon de San Pascual, changed ownership several times before being granted on November 28, 1843, by Governor Manuel Micheltorena to his good friend, Colonel Manuel Garfias, son of a distinguished Mexican family.

In 1852, two years after California was admitted as a state to the Union, Garfias built an adobe hacienda on the east bank of the Arroyo, where he and his family proceeded to live in grand style, until he could not meet the interest payment due on a loan. Title to the land was then transferred in 1859 to his lenders, Dr. John S. Griffin and Benjamin “Don Benito” Wilson.

A group of investors from Indiana called the San Gabriel Orange Grove Association purchased 4000 acres of the Rancho San Pasqual from Griffin and Wilson in December 1873.  In January 1874, the new settlement was divided among the settlers and mapped. Generously sized parcels which were intended for the planting of orange groves were arranged on either side of the north-south axis of the colony, a street soon known as Orange Grove Boulevard. The San Gabriel Orange Grove Association lands extended from north of what is today Mountain Avenue south to the Monterey Hills and from the Arroyo on the west to Fair Oaks Avenue on the east. Houses for the new residents began to be built on the parcels, the first of which was the A. O. Bristol home near the corner of Orange Grove and Lincoln Avenue, finished in March 1874. By the end of 1875, there were 40 houses set among orchards, groves and vineyards.  It was that year that the stockholders of the San Gabriel Orange Grove Association voted to name their town Pasadena.

Growth of Pasadena proceeded steadily, and the center of the town shifted from Orange Grove and California to the intersection of Colorado and Fair Oaks, where a post office was opened in J. D. Hollingsworth’s general store.  Homes, churches, schools, and commercial establishments were constructed, with extensive tracts planted with citrus and other fruit bearing trees and grapevines. By 1880, Pasadena had a population of nearly 400.

In 1886 Pasadena incorporated, largely as a measure to rid the city of its saloon. In the ensuing decade, amenities such as sewers, paved streets, and electric street lighting were installed. On January 1, 1890, the Valley Hunt Club initiated a mid-winter festival with a procession of flower-bedecked horses and carriages. This became a yearly tradition that in 1898 was formally sponsored by the Tournament of Roses Association. An added tourist attraction was the Echo Mountain incline railway which opened in 1893 and included a mountain chalet resort and the Alpine Tavern at Crystal Springs.

In the early 1900’s more grand hotels were built. The city government was reorganized and in 1901 Pasadena became a charter city with an elected mayor. The city population grew from 9,117 in 1900 to 30,291 by 1910. The population included Chinese and Mexicans, who were brought in to work on the railroads, and Blacks, who moved in and started small businesses or worked as servants in the big houses and hotels. The area of the city increased through annexations, first of sections to the north and east, then in 1914 San Rafael Heights and Linda Vista, which had been physically linked to the city by the Colorado Street Bridge in 1913. Some of the best architects settled in Pasadena, which became known for its fine architecture, particularly the Craftsman style, perfected by Greene and Greene.

By 1950 the population was 104,777.  In the mid-’40’s and early ’50’s, to relieve the housing shortage, new housing tracks were opened in the Linda Vista, San Rafael and Allendale areas and to the east in the Hastings Ranch and Coronet areas. Retail sales showed a steady increase and in 1947 the opening of Bullock’s heralded what was to become an exclusive shopping area on South Lake Avenue. A new shopping center opened in Hastings Ranch in 1956.

An awakened respect for the city’s architectural treasures led to the renovation of historic homes and buildings throughout the city. Nowhere was this more apparent than in Old Pasadena, where the city’s business district first started. Revitalization of this area occurred throughout the eighties, and culminated at the end of 1992 with the completion of the One Colorado historic block. Transformed into a restaurant and entertainment center, Old Pasadena has become a major attraction in Southern California.

Source:  City of Pasadena

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

PASADENA TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE
Held on New Year’s Day, main attractions include flowery floats, marching bands and equestrian units.  (626) 449-4100

ROSE BOWL GAME
Held in conjunction with the Tournament of Roses Parade, two championship teams battle it out in “The Granddaddy of All Bowl Games”.  (626) 449-4100

SPRING HERITAGE TOUR
Every March, tour some of Pasadena’s finest homes and architectural gems of the early 20th century.  (626) 441-6333

PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE FOR THE ARTS
In April, more than 50 designers transform the interior and grounds of an estate.
(626) 578-8500

CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION
Families enjoy games, rides, art exhibits, musical presentations and other activities.

CHALK STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL
A Lightbringer Project held in June, view hundreds of colorful chalk murals at your feet while experiencing live cultural music, good, a farmer’s market, outdoor art gallery and a Chalkland for kids.  (626) 205-4029

AMERICAFEST
A full day of family fun, food and entertainment, a spirited performance by the Pasadena Pops Orchestra and a spectacular fireworks show to celebrate the 4th of July.  (626) 577-3100

PASADENA SYMPHONY SEASON OPENER
In October, experience an orchestra of virtuoso musicians, led by a world-renowned conductor.  (626) 793-7172

DOO DAH PARADE
The Lightbringer Project brings Doo Dah Parade in November, spoofing the Tournament of Roses Parade with wacky and unusual entertainment.
(626) 205-4029

OLD PASADENA TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
The day after Thanksgiving, One Colorado Courtyard and Old Pasadena host a festive celebration culminating in a tree lighting ceremony and Mr. Claus visiting with the kids.  (626) 666-4156

PASADENA TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE
Held on New Year’s Day, main attractions include flowery floats, marching bands and equestrian units.  (626) 449-4100

 

EVENT LOCATIONS
Pasadena boasts a number of wonderful locations to hold your wedding or other special event.

 CASTLE GREEN
99 South Raymond Avenue

ROMANESQUE ROOM
Castle Catering – 50 E. Green Street 

 

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MUSEUMS & HISTORICAL LOCATIONS

BUNNY MUSEUM
1933 Jefferson Drive 91104  (626) 798-8848

CASTLE GREEN
99 South Raymond Avenue 91105  (626) 793-0359

GAMBLE HOUSE
4 Westmoreland Place 91103  (626) 793-3334

KIDSPACE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
480 N. Arroyo Boulevard 91103  (626) 449-8144

JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
4800 Oak Grove Drive 91109  (818) 354-4321

NORTON SIMON MUSEUM OF ART
411 West Colorado Blvd. (626) 449-6840

PACIFIC ASIA MUSEUM
46 North Los Robles Avenue 91101  (626) 449-2742

PASADENA MUSEUM OF HISTORY
470 West Walnut Street 91103  (626) 577-1660

THE PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART
490 East Union Street 91101  (626) 568-3665

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NEIGHBORHOODS

There are many specialized neighborhoods in Pasadena, each with its unique personality.  Here is some information on a few of them:

Bungalow Heaven
Pasadena’s first historic district is a rare and mostly intact collection of over 800 homes built from the 1900s through the 1930s.  You’ll find bungalows in many styles—Dutch Colonial, Tudor, and Spanish.  Bungalow Heaven experienced a surge of restoration activity beginning in the late 1970s, so a majority of the houses have now been refurbished in authentic historical style. Boundaries:  Washington Boulevard on the north, Orange Grove on the south, Mentor Avenue on the west, Holliston Avenue on the east.

Garfield Heights
Garfield Heights is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the City of Pasadena, with an intact collection of houses built mostly from the late nineteenth-century through the 1920’s.  It is also the second official Historic Landmark District in Pasadena, bounded generally by N. Garfield Avenue on the east, N. Marengo Avenue on the west, E. Washington Boulevard on the North, and E. Mountain Street on the south. Properties on both sides of Garfield and Marengo avenues are included in the district. It includes some properties on the south side of Washington. No properties with addresses on Mountain Street are included.  Although some homes were built by notable builders, it’s an eclectic area ranging from Craftsman bungalows to historic two and four unit apartments.  Each home reflects a sense of charm and grace, including distinctive architectural features like pillars, retaining walls, and foundations made of river rock.  It is a small fragment of the original acreage which was bound by Woodbury, Arroyo, Lake and Villa.

Hastings Heights
This elite neighborhood in Northeast Pasadena overlooks Hastings Ranch and the Eaton Canyon Nature Reserve. It offers new estate homes constructed on a grand scale with all modern amenities.

Hastings Ranch
Hastings Ranch features mostly 1950s ranch style homes with mountain views and tree lined streets. Upper Hastings Ranch has become one of the most popular areas for neighborhood outdoor Christmas displays.  The Hastings community has remained educated, affluent and mobile, with a large number of professionals.  Upper Hastings Ranch Boundaries: Ranch Top Road on the north, Sierra Madre Blvd. on the South, Eaton Canyon Golf Course on the west, Michellinda Ave. on the east.  Lower Hastings Ranch Boundaries: Michilinda on the East, Sierra Madre Boulevard on the North, Rosemead/Sierra Madre Villa on the west and Sears Way on the south.

Historic Highlands
The Historic Highlands Neighborhood, a designated Landmark District, is situated between New York Blvd. on the north, Washington Blvd. on the south, Lake Ave. on the west, and Hill Ave. on the east. The approximately 730 homes find architectural inspiration from all over the world, including Craftsman, Prairie, Japonaiserie, Mission and Colonial. Historic Highlands is a vibrant neighborhood, with many community activities reinforcing and encouraging a strong bond between neighbors.

Linda Vista / Annandale
The Linda Vista-Annandale Area consists of roughly 2.5 square miles, extending from the west bank of the Arroyo Seco to the ridge of the Linda Vista Hills, and from the Devil’s Gate Dam on the north to Colorado Boulevard on the south.  The quiet, lushly wooded residential community, was first annexed by Pasadena in 1914 and is now one of Pasadena’s most sought after communities.  The approximately 1,350 homes in the Linda Vista area are known for their eclectic architecture, ranging from sprawling ranch-style properties to Mediterranean villas.  Many homes in this neighborhood have outstanding views of the San Gabriel foothills or the Arroyo Seco.

Madison Heights
The Madison Heights neighborhood, next door to the South Lake Avenue District, was largely developed between 1910 and 1917, when it consisted of family homes of professional people.  The entire area is flowing with tree-lined streets. The homes here vary but there is a large presence of craftsmen homes and cottages. There are also various upscale condominium and town home complexes –  some as old as 50 years and others as young as 5 years old.  Madison Heights is known for its strong sense of community and hosts events such as a 4th of July Parade.

Oak Knoll
Oak Knoll is bordered by E. California Blvd. to the north,  S. Los Robles Ave. on the west and covers an area which is split by the winding South Oak Knoll Avenue.  The grand estates in this neighborhood were built to showcase the beautiful native oaks growing in the area before the turn of the 20th century.  The most famous estate in the area is the former Ritz Carlton, now Langham Hotel & Spa.  Oak Knoll boasts the architecture of the famous Greene & Greene brothers, Sylvanus Marston and Wallace Neff.

Orange Heights 
Orange Heights was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.   It is bounded to the West by Los Robles Avenue, to the East by El Molino Avenue, to the North by Jackson Street, and to the South by Mountain Boulevard. Orange Heights, which was once known as “Pill Hill” because of the large number of physicians and care givers who lived in the neighborhood, still appears today much as it did over eighty years ago. Homeowners are attracted by the beautiful architecture, terraced yards, tree lined streets, and mountain views.

Prospect Park
Prospect Park is a tiny neighborhood just north of the 134 Freeway and west of 210, off of Orange Grove and Prospect Boulevards.  The Prospect Park area was a tract built in 1906 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983,  Beautiful and mature camphor trees create a shady arch over the wide boulevard as you enter from Orange Grove.  This neighborhood showcases a collection of Greene & Greene houses, the Gamble House and Frank Lloyd Wright’s La Miniatura.

San Rafael
The San Rafael neighborhood, south of the 134 freeway and west of the Arroyo,  was developed in the 1940s as new residences that reflected the upper middle class and very wealthy families. This sought after community features many secluded, hillside properties, including some dramatic contemporaries, with sweeping vistas of the city, mountains and arroyo below.

Washington Square
This historic district encompasses approximately 250 homes built mainly between 1910 and 1940. Architectural styles range from California Craftsman, Spanish Colonial, Tudor, English Cottage to Traditional.  Boundaries:  Washington Boulevard on the north, Mountain Avenue on the south, El Molina Street on the west, Lake Avenue on the east.

 

RESTAURANTS

ARROYO CHOP HOUSE
536 S. Arroyo Parkway  (626) 577-7463

BISTRO 45
45 S. Mentor Ave.   (626) 795-2478

CAFE SANTORINI
70 W. Union St.  (626) 564-4204

CHADO TEA ROOM
79 N. Raymond Ave.  (626) 431-2831

HOUSTON’S
320 S. Arroyo Parkway  (626) 577-6001

LA GRANDE ORANGE CAFE
260 S. Raymond Ave. (626) 356-4444

LANGHAM HOTEL DINING ROOM
1401 S. Oak Knoll  (626) 585-6218

MADRE’S
898 Granite Drive  (626) 744-0900

MAISON AKIRA
713 E. Green St. (626) 796-9501

MOJITOS
69 N. Raymond  (626) 796-2520

OBA SUSHI AND SAKE
181 E Glenarm  (626) 799-8543

PARKWAY GRILL
510 S. Arroyo Parkway 91105  (626) 795-1001

PIE ‘N BURGER
913 E. California Blvd.  (626) 795-1123

PORTA VIA ITALIAN FOODS
1 W. California Blvd, Ste. 312  (626)  793-9000

RAYMOND RESTAURANT
1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave. 91105  (626) 441-3136

SALADANG SONG
383 S. Fair Oaks Ave. 91105  (626) 793-5200

TRATTORIA TRE VENEZIE
119 W. Green St.  (626) 795-4455

XIOMARA
69 N. Raymond Avenue,91101  (626) 796-2520

 

SCHOOLS
Home to a racially and economically mix population, Pasadena has some of the best educational institutions in the country, which includes: Fuller Theological Seminary, one of the largest multi-denominational seminaries in the world; The California School of Culinary Arts; the Art Center College of Design, which ranked as one of the top five art schools in the United States and one of the top 10 art schools worldwide; and California Institute of Technology, which maintains a strong emphasis on the natural sciences and engineering is ranked in the top 10 universities worldwide, among others.  Pasadena’s Unified School District schools have experienced phenomenal API score growth in the last six years.

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

California Institute of Technology
1200 East California Boulevard  Pasadena, CA 91125  (626) 395-6811

Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103
(Hillside Campus) (626) 396-2200
950 S. Raymond Avenue  Pasadena, CA 91105
(South Campus) 626 396 2319

Pasadena City College
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.  Pasadena, CA 91106   (626) 585-7123

Living Word Bible College
2495 E. Mountain Street  Pasadena, CA 91104  (626) 791-7295

Pacific Oaks College
5 Westmoreland Place  Pasadena, CA 91103-3592  (626) 397-1300

William Carey International University
1539 East Howard Street,   Pasadena, CA 91104

 PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Click here to locate the schools assigned to your home address.

High Schools
Click here for a map of High School boundaries.

Blair International Baccalaureate School
1201 S. Marengo Ave. 91106  (626) 441-2201

John Muir High School
1905 Lincoln Ave.  Pasadena, CA 91103  (626) 789-7881

Marshall Fundamental
990 N. Allen Ave. 91104  626-798-0713

Pasadena High School
2925 East Sierra Madre Blvd.  Pasadena, CA 91108  (626) 798-8901

Middle Schools
Click here for a map of Middle School boundaries:

Washington Middle School
1505 North Marengo Ave.  Pasadena, CA 91103    (626) 798-6708

Wilson International Baccalaureate Middle School
300 S. Madre St. 91107  626-449-7390

Elementary Schools
Click here for a map of Elementary School boundaries.

Allendale Elementary School
1135 S Euclid Ave.  91106  (626) 799-7131

Cleveland Elementary School
524 Palisade St., Pasadena 91103  (626) 794-7169

Don Benito Fundamental School
3700 Denair St., Pasadena 91107  (626) 351-8895

Edison Elementary School
3126 N Glenrose Ave., 91001  (626) 794-7153

Field Elementary School
3600 E Sierra Madre Blvd., 91107  (626) 351-8812

Hamilton Elementary School
2089 Rose Villa St., 91107  (626) 793-0678

Jefferson Elementary School
1500 E Villa St., 91106  (626) 793-0656

Linda Vista Elementary School
1259 Linda Vista Ave., Pasadena 91103
Temporary Location
725 W. Altadena Drive, Altadena 91001
(626) 793-2197

Longfellow Elementary School
1065 E Washington Blvd., 91104  (626) 794-1134

Madison Elementary School
515 Ashtabula St., 91104  (626) 793-1181

McKinley School (K – 8)
325 S. Oak Knoll Ave., 91101  (626) 844-7880

Norma Coombs Alternative School
2600 Paloma St., 91107
(626) 798-0759

Roosevelt Elementary School
314 N Pasadena Ave., 91103  (626) 795-9501

San Rafael Elementary School
1090 Nithsdale Rd., 91105  (626) 793-4189

Sierra Madre School
141 W. Highland Avenue and
160 N. Canon Avenue
Sierra Madre, CA 91024  (626) 355-1428

Webster Elementary School
2101 E Washington Blvd., 91104  (626) 798-7866

Willard International Baccalaureate Elementary School
301 S Madre St., 91107  (626) 793-6163

 

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Aria Montessori School

693 Euclid Avenue  Pasadena, CA 91106  (626) 793-3741

George Mueller Academy
1539 East Howard Street  Pasadena, CA 91104

High Point Academy
1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road  Pasadena, CA 91107  (626) 798-8989

La Salle High School
3880 East Sierra Madre Blvd.  Pasadena, CA 91107-1996  (626) 351-8951

Lake Avenue Church School
393 North Lake Avenue  Pasadena, CA 91101  (626) 844-4475

Lycee International of Los Angeles
30 North Marion Avenue  Pasadena, CA 91106  (626) 793-0943

Mayfield Junior
405 South Euclid Avenue  Pasadena, CA 91101  (626) 796-2774

Mayfield Senior School
500 Bellefontaine Street  Pasadena, CA 91105  (626) 799-9121

Pasadena Christian School
1515 North Los Robles  Pasadena, CA 91104   (626) 791-1214

Polytechnic School
1030 East California Blvd.  Pasadena, CA 91106  (626) 792-2147

Walden School of California
74 South San Gabriel Blvd.  Pasadena, CA 91107   (626) 792-6166

Waldorf School
209 E Mariposa St   Altadena, CA 91001   (626) 794-9564

PRESCHOOLS

Altadena Nursery School
789 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena 626-296-1231

Cottage Co-op
169 Arlington Dr. Pasadena 626-799-0387

Hastings Ranch
3740 Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena 626-351-9171

Pasadena Christina Preschool

1485 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena 626-791-1277

Sunrise Preschool
3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena 626-351-9899

THEATRES AND PLAYHOUSES

Boston Court Theatre
70 North Mentor Avenue, 91116  (626) 683-6883

Furious Theatre Company
39 South El Molino Ave, 91101  (626) 356-7529

Laemmle’s – One Colorado Cinemas
42 Miller Alley, Pasadena, CA 91101  (626) 744-1224

Laemmle’s Playhouse 7
673 E. Colorado Blvd., 91101  (626) 844-6500

Levitt Pavilion
87 N. Raymond Ave., Suite 250 91103  (626) 683-3230

Pacific Asia Museum
46 North Los Robles Avenue, 91101  (626) 449-2742

Pacific Paseo Stadium 14
336 East Colorado Blvd., 91101  (626) 568-8888

Pacific Theatres Hastings 8
336 E. Colorado Blvd., 91101  (626) 568-8888

Pasadena Playhouse
39 South Molino Avenue, 91101  (626) 356-7529

Regency Academy Cinemas
1003 E. Colorado Blvd., 91101  (626) 229-9400