South Orange Grove Boulevard: From Millionaires' Mansions to Contemporary Condos

Lecture & Walking Tour on Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Published : Thursday, September 1, 2016 | 5:31 PM

Zooming down South Orange Grove, most Pasadenans are unaware that the street is a catalogue of the City’s long garden history. This lecture and walking tour will illustrate how 60 years of zoning regulations have perpetuated the Victorian tastes and Arts & Crafts principles that characterize the landscaped open space up and down the boulevard. And just beyond the deep front yards, tour stops will explore postwar modernism’s use of gardens as outdoor rooms for social functions.

From its early days as a terrace of orange groves above the sleepy Arroyo Seco to the bucolic Busch Gardens of the 1910s still visible beneath the designs of mid-century landscape architects, the topography along South Orange Grove Boulevard boasts lush and intact examples of its past eras. Will the shift from exotic and tropical plantings to drought-tolerant natives impact these neighborhood features?

Join Pasadena Heritage for the pre-tour lecture to learn more. A self-paced walking tour follows with docent-guided stops at multiple locations along South Orange Grove between Colorado and California Boulevards.

South Orange Grove Boulevard:
From Millionaires’ Mansions to Contemporary Condos
Lecture & Walking Tour

Saturday, September 17th
The lecture will be held at Maranatha High School
Limited free parking available

Lecture – 10 a.m.
Walking Tour – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tickets are $35 members / $40 non-members.

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