Category: South Pasadena

Pasadena City College Flea Market

While waiting for the 626 Night Market near South Pasadena to start this summer, get out and enjoy the California sun while visiting the Pasadena City College Flea Market. You may have never heard of a nonprofit flea market before, but this one is the largest of its kind in the state of California. For the bargain hunters out there, you will not be able to resist more than 400 vendors offering deals and the food trucks serving lunch and treats.

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The Pasadena City College Flea Market is located on the college campus at 1570 E Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California. It spans both the West Side Parking Lot and the East Side Parking Lot (both of which are covered, so you won’t have to spend the entire day in the sun). The market is run by the Board of Directors, and the proceeds go to a scholarship for college students. Keep the first Sunday of the month free, and go shopping between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm.

You’ll find anything you could need and more from the various vendors at the market, including carpets, potted plants and succulents, artwork, sunglasses, handmade ceramics, Halloween decorations, clothing, jewelry, kitchenware, antiques, music, furniture, collectibles, and more. Redecorate your kitchen, find the perfect vase for a bouquet of flowers, and complete your music collection in one trip.

The Record Swap event at the flea market is extremely popular, where shoppers search for and trade records, CDs, and DVDs. You’ll find it on the ramp on the fourth floor in Lot 5.

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The Pasadena City College Flea Market was pioneered in 1977 by Tom and Tim Selinske in 1977. Pasadena City College was founded in 1924; it was originally named Pasadena Junior College until it was combined with John Muir College. Admission to the market is free, and parking is a small fee of two dollars per car. There are also shuttles that take shoppers between the two parking structures.

Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles, California in the San Gabriel Valley and the famous home of the Tournament of Roses Parade. While in Pasadena, visit the Rose Bowl Stadium, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena Playhouse, Norton Simon Museum, and Old Town Pasadena.

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Norton Simon Museum

Visiting the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena is a rite of passage for modern art lovers in Southern California. Located at 411 West Colorado Boulevard, the museum is built on ten acres of land in-between Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevard. The museum, formerly known as the Pasadena Art Institute, and the Pasadena Art Museum, showcases the art collection of the late Norton Simon. As you plan a trip to South Pasadena, be sure to include the museum on your list of stops.

Norton Simon was a successful sheet metal company owner who migrated from Oregon all the way to Los Angeles. He built the company Norton Simon, Inc., which became home to many well-known names. Today, the it encompasses Avis Car Rental, Saturday Review of Literature, Hunt-Wesson Foods, Canada Dry Corporation, and more.

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Simon started the museum when he ran out of space for his art collection of European pieces. He started circulating his collection as a “museum without walls.” In other words, he regularly lent out his pieces to international venues. The Norton Simon Art Foundation was born, and he was also involved in starting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Simon passed away in 1993, but his legacy lives on. Visitors continue to enjoy his collection of one-thousand European and Asian art pieces, as well as the sculpture garden and the pond at the museum. The museum is a space for lectures, masterpiece loans, tours, programming for the community, performances, and education courses. A museum store, cafe, and the Norton Simon Theater are also open to visitors.

Parking at the museum is free to the community, and it is inexpensive to visit the museum. Students, military personnel, and children 18-years-old and under enter free of charge. Don’t forget that the museum also offers free entry between 5 and 8 pm in the evening on the first Friday of every month.

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Simon said, “I am not essentially a religious person, but my feeling about a museum is that it can serve a substitute for a house of worship. It is a place to respect man’s creativity and to sense a continuity with the past. It is a place to give us a feeling of the dignity of man and to help us to strive towards our own creativity.” (Visit the museum’s website here, where you may read this quote and learn more about Simon and the museum.) His legacy inspires young artists and the future creators of our time. As you ponder ways to harness your own creativity, visit the pieces preserved at the museum. Preserving our past, our history, and our culture allows us to connect with these artefacts as we learn and grow.

About South Pasadena: South Pasadena is a city that spans three-and-a-half square miles within the West San Gabriel Valley of the Los Angeles area. While visiting South Pasadena, consider seeing the following locations, parks, and historic sites:

-Old Town Pasadena

-Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

-The Curio Emporium

-Garfield Park

-Arroyo Seco Park

-Historical Museum

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626 Night Market (near South Pasadena)

Make sure you don’t eat anything before visiting the 626 Night Market, because you’ll want to sample everything there! Originally started in Old Town Pasadena, the 626 Night Market is a huge festival that celebrates delicious and local Asian cuisine of Southern California. The OC Night Market in Orange County, California is also up-and-running this summer. The 626 Night Market was the first of its kind in Southern California, originating in the 626 area code; today, the night market trend is popular in Los Angeles.

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You can learn a lot about the night market by checking it out on Instagram.

The market is the largest Asian market to take place in the United States. The trend is common in Taiwan; the market’s founder Jonny Hwang brought the tradition over to California. To fully experience the night market, you’ll want to taste many of the different food items sold there. The possibilities are endless. Think of it as a tapas bar and sample some of everything. Small plates are usually about $2 and larger portions are $4.

You’ll find a myriad of Asian foods at the market. Chicken wings, duck tacos, fried potato spirals on sticks, ramen burgers, meat and veggies on skewers, tofu, sausages, pancakes, squid, pork belly, korean bbq burgers, sweet potato tots in a waffle cone, steak fries, pho…the possibilities are endless. If you have a sweet tooth, check out the jellies, shaved ice, boba tea, gourmet Belgian waffles on a stick, churros, macarons, etc. You never know what you’ll find.

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Last summer was the fifth consecutive year that the 626 Night Market has been celebrated. It started in 2012, and the streets of Old Town were overflowing. In 2013, the market advertised the creation of the biggest cup of boba tea seen in the U.S. More than 80,000 attendees flood the market where over two-hundred-and-fifty merchants sell food, art, and goods. At the night market you’ll also enjoy live music, dancing, and games. It’s an all-ages event, and there’s something for everyone. It goes on a for a full weekend and features local restaurants, musicians, and artists in the Los Angeles area.

What to Know Before Visiting the 626 Night Market:

-The 626 Night Market is held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California at 285 W. Huntington Drive.

-Parking at the event is free of charge.

-Note that the market is not dog friendly (other than service dogs).

-Tickets are sold at the entrance for three to five dollars (it depends on the location and the day of the week). Children six-years-old and younger are admitted for free.

-Bring cash, because some merchants at the event do not accept debit or credit cards.

Support local business, spread Asian culture, and try new foods this summer. The market is perfect for date night or an activity to do with friends and family. Try something different this summer and treat yourself by getting to know the Los Angeles area and dining options

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The 626 Night Market in Arcadia is open this year the weekends of June 30th, July 21st, August 11th, and September 1st. Tickets are three dollars on Fridays and Sundays, and they are five dollars on Saturdays. The market is open between 4pm and 1am on Fridays and Saturdays and between 4pm and 11pm on Sundays.

The OC Night Market will be held the weekends of May 19th, June 16th, and August 25th at the OC Fair & Event Center in Santa Ana. (Note that tickets to the OC Night Market are five dollars; parking is eight dollars; and it is open between 4 pm and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and between 2pm and 10pm on Sundays).

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Kidspace Children’s Museum

A trip to the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena is the perfect outing for parents and children. Spend quality time with your children at the museum while they enjoy learning about science, art, nature, and more. The museum spans three-and-a-half acres and offers activities and programming for children between one and ten-years-old.

Kidspace Children’s Museum facilitates Free Range Learning in over 40 interactive exhibits in a safe space. By creating a friendly and fun environment where safety and diversity are valued, children are given the opportunity to learn about the world and develop an affinity for learning of all types. Children under one-years-old are admitted for free, gift cards are available for purchase, and events and classes are offered.

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According to the Association of Children’s Museums, “children learn through exploration and play.” Both of these are offered in multiple forms at the Kidspace Children’s Museum. It opened in 1979 at the California  Institute of Technology. The museum relocated to Pasadena in 1981 and moved to the Brookside Park location in 2002. Since 2004, in Arroyo Seco, the museum runs out of the historic Fannie Morrison Horticultural Center. As of 2009, more than one million visitors have been admitted to the museum.

The Physics Forest Exhibit opened at the museum in Pasadena, featuring 12 interactive exhibits like the Bottle Rocket, the Wheel Roll, and the Giant Lever. There are 8 more exhibits in the Arroyo Adventure in the Kidspace Gardens, which opened in 2016. The Storyteller Studio recently opened in the Roberts Pavilion. The creative space — where children play dress up, practice with puppets, act out stories, and create art — is designed for three to six-year-olds, but it is open to other ages as well.

The Early Childhood Learning Center is a space for children ages three and under to explore and learn with their parents. These younger children will encounter different textures and spaces to learn about in the Shiny Stream, Twisty Tunnels, Tinker Tables, Shapes and Shadows mobile, and Nuzzle Nests. Private nursing areas for mothers are available in designated spaces in the museum.

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Children ages four and up can use tools to build and learn about technology in the Imagination Center. In Arroyo Adventure, The Hawk’s Nest involves a fun climb; the Flood & Erosion exhibit allows children to play with sand to learn about water flow; and the Infant & Toddler Area offers sand, quiet time, and a seating area. In the Harvest Corner, children learn about food, agriculture, health, and the plant life cycle. Tricycles are available for riding with helmets on the Trike Tracks, music events take place regularly, and children in The Dig practice early introductions to paleontology.

The Kidspace Children’s Museum is located at 480 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena, California near the Rose Bowl. Check their website for the hours and ticket prices. Free Family Nights are available on the first Tuesday of each month between 4 pm and 8 pm in the evening. (These free nights are first come, first serve for admission.) While there, check out the Kidspace Cafe and the Busy Bee Learning Store. The space is also available to rent for events and for birthday parties. Birthdays may be held in the Celebration Center, Galvin Physics Forest, Arroyo Adventure, Exhibit Pavilion, or the Stone Hollow Amphitheater with a reservation made ahead of time. Look out for annual events like the Caterpillar Adoption Days and the Pumpkin Festival.

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Old Town Pasadena

Discover the charm and endless things to do within Old Town Pasadena. This historic area features shopping, art, museums, dining, nightlife, and family options and was once a stop on Route 66. No matter who you are, there’s something for you to find.

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Old Town Pasadena has come back to life as new businesses open up that maintain and preserve the beautiful location and the architecture. If you want an overview of Old Town, you may want to look into taking a walking tour provided by Pasadena Heritage. Learn about the history and the culture of the area while taking an enjoyable walk for $15 a ticket. You’ll see Colorado Boulevard, where the Tournament of the Roses Parade makes an appearance every year.

Look out for art galleries to visit as you walk around Old Town. You’ll also notice many restaurants, boutiques, and retail stores. This is a great area for antique hunters and those who enjoy learning about historic architecture. Make sure you check out Pasadena City Hall, which has been standing since the year 1927. The Gamble House was designed by Henry and Charles Green and is more than one-hundred-years-old. It was designed for the Gamble family of successful company Procter & Gamble, and it now includes a museum. The house was donated to the city, and the School of Architecture at USC houses two students in the house each year.

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Previously known as the Athens of the West, the Old Town Pasadena District goes back all the way to 1875. The restoration of the district in the 80s has excitedly brought people back into the area to enjoy everything Old Town has to offer. Take some time to visit the Norton Sim Museum (also known as the Pasadena Museum of Modern Art) and the Pasadena Museum of History. Then, head over to the train stations, including the Memorial Park Station and the Del Mar Station. Make your way to the rose gardens, which you will remember next time you watch the Rose Parade.

The historic Green Hotel, which opened in 1888, was once a luxury hotel and was once repurposed for residential living. Originally owned by George Gill Green, the building was designed by Frederick Roehrig. Another landmark is the Fair Oaks Schoolhouse and the city block known as the Schoolhouse Block.

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In the evening, you can enjoy the nightlife in Old Town. Play some pool at Jake’s and enjoy some drinks and food at Club 54, Bodegar Wine Bar, Old Towne Pub, and The Colorado Bar. For dining, be sure to stop by Cafe Santorini, The Luggage Room (at the Del Mar Station), Green Street Tavern, La Grande Orange Cafe, and White Horse Lounge.

Other places to visit in Pasadena include:

-South Farmers’ Market

-Rialto Theater

-Garfield Park

-The Curio Emporium

-Arroyo Seco Park

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Eaton Canyon

Parks and recreation near Los Angeles, California. Explore the trails, picnic areas, wildlife, and flora at Eaton Canyon in South Pasadena. South Pasadena has a lot to offer — as you can see in our post on South Pasadena’s Hometown Charm — and you won’t want to miss out on the nature and history of this beautiful canyon near the San Gabriel Mountains and Eaton Saddle.

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Within the Angeles National Forest lies the Eaton Canyon where residents and visitors in South Pasadena enjoy hiking trails, a biking trail, and equestrian trails. The canyon was once known as El Precipicio and was named after Judge Benjamin S. Eaton who lived in the Fair Oaks Ranch House in the 19th century.

The Mount Wilson Toll Road trail in the canyon, which was once used as a roadway to travel up Mount Wilson, is open to bicycles. There is also an observatory on the trail. Other trails in the canyon to check out include Bridge, Henninger Flats, Coyote Canyon, Walnut Canyon, and Moist Canyon. Streams like those in the Eaton Wash run through the canyon. Eaton Wash flows into the Los Angeles River and the Rio Hondo River.

Be sure to stop by the Eaton Canyon Nature Center within the Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park. The park is made up of 190 acres within the canyon that was once used as homesteading land, and is open between sunrise and sunset every day of the week. The center offers resources on the park as well as educational exhibits. The current building was opened in the late 1990s after the damage caused by the Altadena fire of the early 1990s. Today, the center offers an information desk, an auditorium, classrooms, a gift shop and more.

Check the center for programming like the guided walks and special events. In the park, you’ll be able to find the Fire Canyon Ecology Trail and the Mount Wilson Toll Road trailhead. Take a picnic and enjoy the scenery where you, friends, and/or family may learn about the geology, history, and ecology of the park.

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If you are looking for more areas to discover in the canyon, put the Eaton Canyon Falls on your list. This fifty-foot waterfall exists in front of a tunnel that once ran through to the other falls in the area. The trails in this area have been closed since then. If organized activities interest you more, check out the Eaton Canyon Golf Course. The 9-hole golf course was built in 1962 and created by William Francis Bell.

About South Pasadena: South Pasadena is a city of approximately 26,000 people and spans three-and-a-half miles. It is known for its hometown feel and as the location of filming on several Hollywood movies.

Other areas and events to visit in South Pasadena include:

-South Pasadena Farmers Market

-Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

-The Battery Books & Music

-Arroyo Seco Park

-Cawston Ostrich Farm

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Pasadena Playhouse

The Pasadena Playhouse, located at 29 S. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, is one of the most innovative and oldest theaters in American history. Often called “Hollywood’s Talent Factory,” this 686-seat auditorium is currently the venue for the play God Looked Away, which will be playing until March 19th this month. The play stars Al Pacino and Judith Light in a story about the famous playwright Tennessee Williams working on his last play in Chicago. Don’t miss God Looked Away, directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, written by Dotson Radar, and put on by PlayWorks. PlayWorks is an organization that is dedicated to putting on the work of playwrights at various stages of their careers. It also arranges productions and readings for playwrights to get feedback straight from their audiences.

The history of the Pasadena Playhouse starts with the Gilmor Brown Players. They were an acting troupe that came to Pasadena, California in 1917. In 1924, the acting troupe moved into the Pasadena Playhouse, which was newly built with donations. Since 1937, it was named the Official Theater of the State of California, and it is also a Historic Place. Sheldon Epps is the current Artistic Director of the theater.

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Many famous and well-loved Hollywood actors are alumni of the Pasadena Playhouse “Star Factory,” also known as its College of Theater Arts. Notable alumni include Gene Hackman, Sally Struthers, Leonard Nimoy, Dustin Hoffman, Wayne Brady, and Raymond Burr, to name a few.

If you are interested in learning more about the amazing history of the theater, you can tour the Pasadena Playhouse for free and explore the building. Optional donations are appreciated. Plan on scheduling a tour ahead of time with the playhouse by calling. Some say you might even run into Gilmor, the ghost of the playhouse. While touring the playhouse, you can see sets that are under construction, visit the Carrie Hamilton Theatre, view the theater’s Library, and have a behind-the-scenes experience in the Green Room.

Let them know if you have a special interest, and your tour can be tailored to that area. For example, did you know the Pasadena Playhouse was the first theater in American history to host performances Shakespeare’s complete canon of plays? The playhouse is also home to the Pasadena Playhouse Archives. The collection features historical photographs, play programs, and more materials that date all the way back to the 1910s. Tours can be reserved for individuals or for a group experience.

To learn more about other productions at the Pasadena Playhouse, or productions that are coming soon, check the box office calendar on the playhouse’s website to see what is coming to Pasadena. You won’t be disappointed to attend a Pasadena Playhouse production, known for showcasing amazing talent, presenting groundbreaking work, and contributing to diversity in theater.

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The playhouse is a nonprofit theater that runs on donations. It is also known for its Outreach and Education programming, including the New Generations Theater Access Program. The program makes theater productions available to students who are 18-years-old or younger. This program brings young students to the theater who may not have the opportunity to be exposed to the arts and provides time with the PPST Teaching Artist Corps to promote and advance theater education. In this past season alone, 3,000 students were introduced to the world of theater.

If you’re interested in theater and giving back to the community, you can volunteer with the FRIENDS of the Pasadena Playhouse. Volunteers contribute to important work in the office, with public relations, meals, the theater newsletter, special events, ushering, and more. Also, take a moment to check out the blog on the playhouse’s website, where interviews with actors are featured and casting announcements are made. You can also check in for behind-the-scenes posts on set design and coverage on special events.

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Jet Propulsion Lab

If you’re visiting or living in South Pasadena, don’t miss out on visiting the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). Managed by the California Institute of Technology since the 1930s, the JPL is a research and development facility for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1958, JPL launched the United States’ first satellite, the Explorer 1, into space. Later, the JPL would launch Voyagers 1 and 2 on future space missions. Since July 1, 2016, Michael M. Watkins is the current director of this NASA field center.

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The research and development conducted at the JPL supports exploration and research into astronomy, our planet’s atmosphere, and the climate of the Earth. This research broadens our understanding of the ocean and the terrain in which we live. Simultaneously, the technology advanced at the JPL furthers advances in medicine and industry. To learn more, check out the JPL Fact Sheet.

Every year, the JPL features its special event A Ticket to Explore JPL. If you’re interested, mark your calendars for the event, which is taking place from May 20 to May 21 this year. Tickets become available in mid-March. Keep in mind that ticket times are staggered, so the event will not become congested.

The Von Karman Lectures are offered twice a month on a regular basis. Seating at the lectures is limited, but the lectures are free to the public and parking is available for free as well. Lectures typically take place on Thursdays at the Theodore von Karman Auditorium (named after the JPLs original founder) and on Fridays at the Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College. You can check the events calendar for upcoming lectures.

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Another way to visit the JPL is to take a tour of the facility. Free tours can be reserved to explore the Von Karman Visitor Center, the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, and the Space Flight Operations Facility. Visitors also have the opportunity to view the Presentation Journey to the Planets and Beyond at the beginning of a tour. Keep in mind that the tours include walking portions and stairs, and that there is wheelchair access available.

South Pasadena is a city of approximately 25,000 people between Pasadena and Los Angeles in the West San Gabriel Valley.

Other historic places to visit in South Pasadena include:

-All-America Rose Selections’ test gardens

-Rose Tournament House

-South Pasadena Farmers Market

-Cawston Ostrich Farm

-Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

-Rialto Theater

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Garfield Park

Nestled into South Pasadena is Garfield Park, a refreshing and popular break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The park is a perfect place to relax with the family, get fit with your favorite workout routine, or take part in the South Pasadena community. Garfield Park can also boast about being the first zero-emission Green Zone municipal park in the United States!

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Garfield Park is 7 acres of park place, including tennis courts, playground equipment, and picnic areas. The park is kept well-groomed by a dedicated team of American Green Zone Alliance approved maintenance techniques, and is sure to impress the most fastidious of visitors. Garfield Park is a popular place for all manner of family holidays, most notably birthdays and picnics. Each summer, Garfield Park hosts a series events known as the Summer Concerts, inviting local members of the musical community to play events free to the public.

Other facilities include a Youth House, garden, playground, paved path, and fire ring. Keeping in tone with the intent of the park, the surrounding area is a sleepy residential area. Although popular among those in the neighborhood, Garfield Park is a relative hidden gem, offering fewer crowds than other parks in the South Pasadena neighborhood.

Much of the park’s popularity can be attributed to the sterling reputation Garfield Park possesses. In 2015, Garfield Park was named the United States’ first American Green Zone Alliance zero-emission municipal park. All of the equipment that the facility managers use is entirely nature-friendly and all upkeep is environmentally friendly!

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Garfield Park is a regular host to all manner of musical events, catering the broad tastes of the neighborhood, South Pasadena, and the greater L.A. area. Here’s a sampling of the some of the musical entertainment that has graced Garfield Park in the last month:

Phat Cat Swinger is a “Little-Big Band” with a West Coast Sound bringing style, class, charisma and an unexpected energy to the stage. With a varied song list, 5 piece-brass section, rhythm section, and the “Canadian Crooner”, and Curtis Parry, the Phat Cat Swinger is a fast-ticket to a good time.

The Susie Hansen Latin Band plays fiery Latin Jazz and Salsa aiming to get any and all audiences on their feet. Led by Chicago native Susie Hansen, the Susie Hansen Latin band has been drawing from jazz and latin inspiration for decades. If you’re feeling like learning how to dance, or up for a taste of home, check out the Susie Hansen Latin Band.

If you’re living in South Pasadena, or you’re hoping to experience a new park, check out the park pushing the boundaries: Garfield Park!

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The Gamble House

The Gamble House is tucked neatly into the neighborhood sandwiched between the Arroyo Seco Park and Old Pasadena. The Gamble House is a testimony to both traditional American architecture and the fusion of cultures and ideals that have made Los Angeles such a unique city. Offering affordable tours Thursday through Sunday, the Gamble House offers a cultivated experience for those interested in architecture, Pasadena history, or a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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The Gamble house was designed as a pleasant winter residence for David and Mary Gamble. David Gamble was a second generation member of the Procter & Gamble Company, and was retired at the turn of the 20 century. After spending some years in retirement in the vicinity of Pasadena, the Gambles decided to build a permanent home. In 1908 the Gamble House’s lot was chosen on a the short, private street known as Westmoreland Place, purposefully avoiding South Orange Grove, aka “Millionaires Row.”

While selecting their lot, the Gambles met the architect John Cole and his coworkers from the Greene & Greene architectural firm. Impressed by their work, the Gambles solicited the architects to begin working closely with Greene & Greene to design their new home. The draft of the house was completed in February of 1908, and ten months later the home was complete. David and Mary Gamble moved into the house and lived there until their deaths in 1923 and 1928 respectively. The Gamble family continued to own the house until 1966, when the city of Pasadena, along with the University of Southern California School of Architecture, purchased the house and began its transformation into a testimony to American Architecture.
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The Gamble house blends a variety of wood, including teak, maple, oak, cedar, and mahogany into sequences seeking to reveal contrast in the home. All of the furniture, custom built and designed by the architects, matches the inlay and surroundings of the home. Although the home was not quite as daring as some of its architectural siblings, the home’s design has lasted the test of time, blending localized symmetrical spaces and forms to create an overall asymmetrical house. This mix of localized order in contrast to the greater disorder creates an unmistakable and unique style that belongs solely to the Gamble House.

If you’re a student of architecture, someone with a taste for history, or are simply looking to visit a magnificent home, check out the Gamble House’s guided tours!

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