Pasadena Heritage Announces ‘Shaping Suburbia’ Event Exploring the City’s Historic Suburbs

Series examines the evolution of Pasadena's suburban neighborhoods through the decades, featuring walking tours and lectures by noted authors and historians
Published on Jun 9, 2024

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Pasadena Heritage will present “Shaping Suburbia: The Modern Era & Early Suburban Design” on June 22-23, the second installment of its Preservation Pasadena series. The program will examine the evolution of Pasadena’s suburbs through the decades and feature tours of historic tracts dating from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Pasadena Heritage will introduce two new neighborhood walking tours as part of the weekend event, celebrating the city’s diverse historic neighborhoods. The tours will explore the Weston-Bungalowcraft Landmark District, where spec houses were built to five designs from Rex Weston’s Bungalowcraft pattern book, and Lower Hastings Ranch, featuring Minimal Ranch-Style homes and Character-Ranch Style multifamily buildings. 

The Lower Hastings Ranch tour will showcase the works of architects Harold Bissner, Theodore Pletsch, and Harold Zook.

The program will also include two special lectures by noted authors and historians Dr. Becky Nicolaides and Alan Hess. 

Nicolaides, who has studied the development and evolution of Los Angeles neighborhoods over the last half-century, will present her research findings on LA’s changing suburban landscape, how Pasadena’s historic suburbs fit into the greater context, and touch on topics such as race relations and social themes. A recording of her lecture will be shared with all event attendees, and in-person attendees have the option to purchase a ticket that includes her book. 

Hess, an expert on Modern architecture and urbanism in the mid-20th century, will discuss the development of Hastings Ranch and the relationship between Ranch Style and modern tract houses. His lecture will take place in A Noise Within theatre and will be followed by a reception in the historic Stuart Pharmaceutical Co. building.

“Pasadena Heritage proudly presents Shaping Suburbia: The Modern Era & Early Suburban Design on June 22nd to 23rd, 2024, the second installment of our Preservation Pasadena series,” the organization said in a statement. The program is sponsored in part by Chattel, Inc., and A Noise Within.

Ticket prices for the walking tours range from $20 for Pasadena Heritage members to $25 for nonmembers. The Nicolaides lecture, available both in-person and via Zoom, is priced at $20-$25 for in-person attendance and $15-$20 for Zoom access. The Hess presentation and reception is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers.

Founded in 1977, Pasadena Heritage is a nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation in Pasadena, California. The organization advocates for historic resources, educates the public about local history and preservation benefits, and demonstrates quality restoration through its own projects.

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