Pasadena Heritage celebrates the city’s rich architectural heritage with a sprawling series of events – Pasadena Weekendr


Pasadena’s rich architectural heritage will take center stage at Pasadena Heritage’s four-day mega event Thursday-Sunday, November 10-13, which includes neighborhood tours and author talks.

This year, neighborhood tours will have access to a few historic homes that are not often visited due to their location.

The event starts on Thursday, November 10

This is the third annual ‘Preservation Pasadena: Craftsman to Modern,’ which begins Thursday evening at the historic Blinn House, Pasadena Heritage’s headquarters, where Dr. Ben Jenkins, academic archivist and associate professor at the University of La Verne, leads a conference based on his book “California’s Citrus Heritage”.

The book recounts how citrus farming has been an integral part of California’s heritage since oranges first appeared in Franciscan missions in the early 19th century. Books will be available for purchase, citrus label postcards will be on display, and citrus drinks and light refreshments will be available for those who attend in person.

Friday, November 11

Friday begins with breakfast at a historic home: the Ella Bartlett House, designed in 1906 by Walter J. Saunders and used to promote Prospect Park, Pasadena’s first National Register Historic District.

The day ends with a reception and discussion with filmmaker Herb Stratford and a screening of his documentary, “Gustav Stickley, American Craftsman”, co-sponsored by The Gamble House. The film traces the development and evolution of Stickley’s unique style as well as the founding of his various businesses, including furniture manufacturing, a groundbreaking store in Manhattan, and Craftsman Magazine and Craftsman Farms – a forerunner of the craft movement. farm to table. .

Author Discussions

“We have author talks by four different authors. We take walking tours of historic neighborhoods including our Civic Center, the Pasadena Playhouse, a tour of Caltech, and the work of Bertram Goodhue. Patty Judy, director of education at Pasadena Heritage, said.

“We’re going to visit what used to be Bullock’s Store, now Macy’s department store. This has always been a favorite! [Many people say] ‘oh my God, I had no idea.’ It’s funny. And it goes from Thursday to Sunday and it covers artisan architecture, renaissance architecture through to mid-century modern.

Among the authors who will appear in the four-day event are Constance Hood, a homeowner who wrote “Into Dark Corridors: A Tale of Hands, Heart and Home”; Frances Anderton and her guests John Ripley and Juan Dela Cruz who will talk about Anderton’s highly anticipated new book, “Common Ground: Multifamily Housing in Los Angeles,” in which she champions multifamily housing as a vital part of the history and identity of the city; and architectural historian Victoria Kastner who will talk about her new book, “Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect”, which provides the first in-depth look at Morgan’s fascinating private life, as well as her remarkable career.

Other tours on the schedule include a walk through the Hillcrest neighborhood and an ongoing tour of the 1917 Lydia C. Edmands House, a tour of the historic Pasadena Playhouse, a sunset walking tour through the Civic Center with the Civic Auditorium and Convention Center, a tour of the Hollis House designed by Buff and Hensman in 1978, and an exclusive tour and reception at the Moseley House designed by Don Hensman in 1999.

The author talks will be hybrid events that people can access on Zoom. But most other activities, such as walking tours, will be in person.

“It’s really the first time we’ve had this celebration where people are going to come together to do walking tours, without sitting at their computers,” Judy said.

This is the first time Pasadena Heritage has hosted Preservation Pasadena in person, Judy said.

“We’ve been doing Craftsman Weekend for 28 years, and we had talked about expanding it to include other architectural styles in addition to crafts,” she said. “So when the pandemic hit and we moved everything online, that’s when we made the switch and started calling it Preservation Pasadena and incorporating all these different styles of architecture And now that we’re almost on the other side, we’ve decided to continue with Preservation Pasadena.

Judy, however, advised potential visitors to register early, as attendance will be limited to most tours and other in-person events.

“One of the things that happened during the pandemic is that people really waited until the last minute to decide what they were going to do over the weekend, or what events they were going to go to because they could just jump on Zoom and there was almost unlimited access,” she said. “And now that we are back in person, we have limits on how many people can attend. So the sooner they buy their tickets the better because some events may sell out. »

For a complete Preservation Pasadena schedule and to purchase tickets, visit

For more information, call (626) 441-6333 or visit

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