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Rose Bowl Wins Historic Preservation Award

Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium has been named one of nine recipients of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s 37th Annual Preservation Awards, which recognize achievement in the field of historic preservation. This year’s projects reflect a wide range of efforts to preserve Los Angeles County’s architectural heritage. The Rose Bowl was chosen for the management’s creative and sensitive rehabilitation efforts that proved the viability of the stadium…

After 40 Years, Pasadena Heritage Continues to Watchdog Aggressive Development, Mansionization, and More

After 40 years working to preserve historic structures and the culture of the community, Pasadena Heritage hosts its Annual Meeting tonight to look back on the organization’s accomplishments over the years and discuss challenges the…

Take A Virtual Stroll of Pasadena’s Neighborhoods, Shaped by the Wealthy, the Railroad, and the Vacationers

Different eras of Pasadena’s past are visible in the architecture found in all corners of town and one local historian says that city would look much different if the once-booming railroad that surged through the…

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s First Visit to Pasadena, in 1958, Was to the Caltech Y

Photo: Image courtesy Caltech Y Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was to visit Pasadena three times. His very first visit came in the winter of 1958 when he was only 29 years old. King was…

Pasadena Museum of History Honors Sheryl and Ed Peters at Grand Opening of the Fenyes Mansion Servant’s Room

Pasadena residents Sheryl and Ed Peters were honored at a champagne reception at Pasadena Museum of History on Wednesday, November 29, for their underwriting of the interpretation and transformation of the Servant’s Room in historic…

Pasadena Museum of History Dazzles with Contemporary History Makers Gala

On Saturday, October 28, the Pasadena Museum of History celebrated Contemporary History Makers awardees Ken and Tracy McCormick and Penny Plotkin for their civic passion,…

On Halloween 81 Years Ago, JPL Came Into Being

Eighty-one years ago this Halloween, at 9 a.m., a truck from the California Institute of Technology turned on to a road owned by the Pasadena…

“My City” Looks Back at History to Guide the Way Forward to Pasadena’s Future

Passionate Pasadenans with a common desire to stay involved in how the city evolves gathered last Sunday at a private home and listened to local…

Heritage Square Community Room Dedicated to Honor of Local Black Entrepreneur, Visionary Thomas Scott

Councilmember John Kennedy (at left) at the unveiling of a bust of Thomas D. Scott at the Heritage Square Community Room dedication. A community room…

President Obama’s College Days Pasadena Residence Commemorated as a Place in History

The Pasadena apartment building President Barack Obama lived in between 1980 and 1981 while an undergraduate at Occidental College will be the scene of a commemorative ceremony and honorary plaque unveiling Saturday. Obama spent two years studying at “Oxy,” from 1979 to 1981, years the College said “played a major role in determining his future.” During one of those years Obama lived with roommate Hasan Chandoo in an apartment building at 253 E. Glenarm Street, near Blair High School, where he spent his days much the way most college students do — studying, having parties, going out to a local favorite…

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