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Walking Tour Will Survey Pasadena’s Hillcrest Neighborhood

Published on Dec 28, 2021

Pasadena Heritage will be hosting a Hillcrest Neighborhood Walking Tour on Thursday, December 30, which takes you by many grand homes in a variety of architectural styles.

The tour – the first in-person, docent-guided walking tour since the start of the pandemic – takes you through Oak Knoll subdivision, of which Hillcrest is part, which was intended to rival the wealthy neighborhoods of Orange Grove and Pasadena’s “West Side,” which includes San Rafael and Linda Vista, such that many of the estate-size lots were intended for custom home development.

Showcased on the tour are numerous mansions along with large Craftsman homes, such as the Freeman House designed by architects Arthur and Alfred Heineman and the Culbertson House and Blacker House both designed by Charles and Henry Greene.

Each tour is about an hour long, with the first tour taking off at 10 a.m.

The Hillcrest Neighborhood Walking Tour is one of at least four activities this December through January that Pasadena Heritage is holding as it pays tribute to a few of the many architectural legacies that make Pasadena special – often overlooked people and places of diversity that also helped build Pasadena from an agricultural, citrus-growing community into the famous city it now is.

The other three are virtual events that are sold as a package.

To learn more about these programs, visit or call (626) 441-6333.

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