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Home to the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl and several cultural landmarks, there's never a lack of things to do in Pasadena.

Rose Bowl

Home to the Rose Bowl Game, Concerts _ Events.

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Constable Landscapes Exhibition, Feb through April 2015.

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Culture _ History in Pasadena

Pasadena has many cultural, historic and civic landmarks scattered throughout the city. Each venue illustrates the artistic and historical diversity of this grand, aesthetically-pleasing community.

 

Cultural Venues

Ambassador Auditorium

The acoustically perfect Ambassador Auditorium was built on the campus of Ambassador College in 1974 and has hosted many performers from Luciano Pavarotti to Pearl Bailey.

Pasadena Civic Auditorium

The Pasadena Civic, as part of the Pasadena Center, is the perfect blend of the old and the new. It stands as a lasting symbol of the quality and beauty of this great city. The Civic has played host to Broadway musicals, world class ballet, symphony orchestras and celebrity speakers as well as the Prime Time Emmy Awards, and the People's Choice Awards.

Pasadena Playhouse

In its present location since 1925, the 700-seat Pasadena Playhouse has been the site of several Southern California world premieres by authors such as Eugene O’Neill, Noel Coward and Tennessee Williams. The playhouse has also trained many well-known Hollywood actors, such as Robert Preston, Dana Andrews and Gene Hackman. Located less than two miles from the hotel, this historic venue should be a must stop on your entertainment calendar.

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Historical Landmarks

Castle Green

Built in 1898, the Castle Green is one of the premier structural landmarks in Pasadena. The building, which is an imposing seven story is a sumptuous mixture of Moorish Colonial and Spanish styles, is located in Old Town, just eight minutes west of the hotel, at Raymond Ave. and Green St. The Castle Green was originally a resort hotel for wealthy easterners who came west to escape the frosty winters. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a popular location for weddings, receptions and motion pictures.

Colorado Street Bridge

Connecting the communities of Pasadena and Eagle Rock, the Colorado Street Bridge is an architectural masterpiece and worth a stop on an historical tour of the city. Since its completion in 1913, the Beaux Arts style bridge is listed in the Natural Register of Historic Places.

Gamble House

A masterpiece of the Arts and Crafts style of architecture, which was extremely popular in the 20th century, a visit to the Gamble House on Orange Grove Drive, will simply take your breath away. Designed and built by famed architect brothers Charles and Henry Greene in 1908, the residence was the winter home of David B. Gamble (co-founder of the Procter & Gamble Company). Every room and piece of furniture is hand-crafted and assembled in a variety of woods. A National Historic Landmark, the house was deeded to the City of Pasadena and the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture in 1966.

Pasadena City Hall

Built in 1927, Pasadena City Hall is an architectural wonder. Designed in the 16th century Renaissance style, the massive center circular structure is six stories high. Recently, the building has been undergoing an extensive historical restoration and structural retrofitting. The City Hall plans to reopen in the summer of 2015.

Wrigley Mansion

Located down the street from the Gamble House on Orange Grove Drive, is another magnificent mansion that should not be missed. Situated on 4.5 acres, the Wrigley Mansion was built between 1906 and 1914, and is an excellent example of the Italian Renaissance style of architecture. The mansion, the winter retreat for chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, was donated to the City of Pasadena in 1958, and is the present home of the Tournament of Roses Association.

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