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Arlington Garden

Where is it?

275 Arlington Dr, Pasadena, CA 91105

What is it?

"Pasadena has only one dedicated public garden. Arlington Garden is an example of urban open space, which are uses called for in Pasadena’s Green Space, Recreation and Parks Element and Open Space and Conservation Element to the General Plan, such as plazas, paseos, and gardens, that are appropriate throughout the City where sites are too small or expensive for traditional parks."

How much is it?

FREE

When is it open?

From dawn to dusk

Is it worth going?

This place is a garden oasis that is located in the heart of Pasadena, Ca. If you are looking for a great place to sit down and have a picnic, or even read a book and relax, this is the place to go. Great for photographers looking for a place to take some unique and beautiful snapshots.

Questions?

www.arlingtongardeninpasadena.org


El Molino Viejo (The Old Mill)

Where is it?

1120 Old Mill Rd, San Marino, CA 91108

What is it?

"Completed about 1816 as a grist mill for Mission San Gabriel, the original two-story structure measured 53 by 26 feet. It is the oldest commercial building in Southern California. The lower walls are five feet thick and are composed of oven-baked brick and volcanic tuff, while the walls of the upper level are built of layers of sun-dried adobe slabs. Rafters, ceiling, and beams are made of local pine and sycamore; the roof is tiled. The whole surface of the building is covered with mortar made from lime derived from burnt sea shells, and additional strength is supplied by buttresses supporting three corners. These were needed not only as reinforcement against earthquakes, but also to counteract the vibration of the machinery.”

How much is it?

FREE

When is it open?

Open daily 1:00pm to 4:00pm, closed Mondays and holidays

Is it worth going?

This is a great place if you enjoy Spanish Colonial California history. If you’re spending the day in Pasadena, it’s a great place to make a stop, I wouldn’t make a trip especially for this place. It’s small and interesting, and the place really comes to life when the sun is just right and colors become very vibrant.

Questions?

www.old-mill.org


Wrigley Mansion & Gardens

Where is it?

391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena CA 91184

What is it?

Wrigley Mansion, the official home to the Tournament of Roses Association, was once owned by chewing-gum pioneer William Wrigley Jr.

How much is it?

FREE

When is it open?

Gardens are open year around for public visiting, however the mansion is only open Thursdays at 2:00pm & 3:00pm

Is it worth it to go?

The mansion is absolutely stunning from the exterior, and the small gardens off to the side around very nice to look at. I was unfortunate to not be able to visit the interior of the mansion; however, if the interior matches the exterior it should be quiet impressive.

Questions?

www.arlingtongardeninpasadena.org


Pasadena City Hall

Where is it?

100 N Garfield Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

What is it?

"City Hall was designed by John Bakewell & Arthur Brown who were influenced by the early Renaissance style of 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio. Construction was completed on December 27, 1927. The massive circular structure rises perpendicularly for six stories. The fifth story is 41 feet high and pierced with four huge round arches and four smaller ones. The next story, set back a little, is 30 feet high and is also pierced with arches. Above it rises the dome 26 feet high and 54 feet across. On top of the dome is the lantern, a column-supported cupola 41 feet high, surmounted by an urn and ball. The highest point is 206 feet above the ground.

How much is it?

FREE

When is it open?

M-Th 7:30am-5:30pm & every other F

Is it worth it to go?

The Pasadena City Hall is a historical landmark on it's own. It stands tall in the city center, and it normally crowded with wedding couples and their photographers. There is something truly magical about this place. I highly recommend making a peek in if you have a chance.

Questions?

1.626.744.4000

www.cityofpasadena.net


Norton Simon Museum

Where is it?

411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

What is it?

“The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a thirty-year period 20th-century industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years.” The collection contains everything from Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, and a wide variety of other influential artist.

How much is it?

Adults: $10.00

Seniors (62+): $7.00

Children: (under 18): FREE Student w/ ID:

FREE FREE EVERY FIRST FRIDAY 6:00pm-9:00pm

(changes to take into effect July 1st, 2014)

Hours of Operation?

M: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Tu: CLOSED

W: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Th: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

F: 12:00pm - 9:00pm

Sa: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Su: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

(changes to take into effect July 1st, 2014)

Is it worth it to go?

This museum is on the smaller side compared to LACMA, but it is a rather extensive collection, and beautiful curated. This museum is great for spending the afternoon, or a way have a nice walk after having dinner on Colorado Blvd. A definite go to if you are spending the day in the Pasadena area.


Castle Green

Where is it?

391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena CA 91184

What is it?

"One of Pasadena’s most unique buildings, the Castle Green was built in 1898 as the annex for the famous Hotel Green. The Castle Green is an imposing seven story Moorish Colonial and Spanish style building sitting next to Central Park in Old Pasadena at Raymond and Green Street. The Castle Green was built by Col. George G. Green of the Patent Medicine Business. The Castle Green is a 113 year old Nationally Registered Historic Monument and Officially Designated Pasadena Treasure, built during the Victorian era, and now faithfully restored in every detail, including architectural details and colors. It has extensive grounds, including a lily pond and arched walkways and verandas, with magnificent trees and expansive lawns for outdoor ceremonies and /or parties and receptions."

How much is it?

FREE; check website for price information

When is it open?

Castle Green was turned into Condominiums in later years and is open to the public twice a year, for the annual Holiday Tour in December and the annual Summer Tour in June. Tour dates and information will be posted for the next tour coming up.

Is it worth going?

Its a nice place to stop by. Spend no more than 5 mins here, and continue walking down to Colorado Blvd. I am interested in taking their tours that they offer, because the architecture from the outside, and the reviews online were rather impressive

Questions?

www.castlegreen.com


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