Arguably the most distinctive and historic structure in Old Pasadena, Castle Green turns heads with its architectural pedigree and prowess: Experts note styles that range from Moorish and Spanish Colonial to Mediterranean Revival and Victorian, the latter especially evident inside. The building’s turrets, arches, balconies, and seven imposing stories make it a true visual stunner from the street.
Today the former hotel serves as a very popular venue for special events, and its history makes it popular with visitors and locals alike. The Castle Green is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the State Historic Register, and the City of Pasadena's list of Historic Places. It is only open to the public a few times a year - the annual Holiday Tour in December and the Spring Tour.
Castle Green was designed and built by famed architect Frederick Roehrig and opened in 1899 as the second of three buildings belonging to the luxury Hotel Green complex. It is one of the oldest standing historic landmarks in Los Angeles County and has many of the original features from its construction: gorgeous plaster moldings, hand-carved fireplace mantles, grills and wood moldings, original lighting, and the oldest wrought-iron, man-operated elevator on the West Coast. Hotel Green served as one of Pasadena’s premier resorts, attracting wealthy Midwesterners and East Coasters who loved vacationing in sunny California. At the time, it was the only fireproof hotel in California, a very substantial claim for that era made especially important following the fire that destroyed another local luxury hotel, the Royal Raymond, in 1895.
Today, only Castle Green – once known as the “Central Annex” – remains from the hotel’s hey day; it now houses condominiums and private residences. Its public rooms and gardens are available for weddings, receptions, corporate meetings, and reunions.
Holy Saints! Café is led by Michelin-rated Chef Daniel Torres and his partner Stephanie Vazquez. After celebrating 2 successful years operating their full-service catering company, the duo has opened their first brick-and-mortar to much acclaim. Enjoy fine wines, beer, and delicious food made with locally sourced ingredients inside this neighborhood gem. Chef Torres has been an industry titan since 2009, with nearly 6 years of experience at the Ace Hotel in DTLA and earning a Michelin Gourmand award for his work at Best Girl.
With a name that means “the baker” in Italian, Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana (eel-for-NIGH-oh) brings traditional Old World cooking techniques to the heart of Old Pasadena in the One Colorado Courtyard. The bustling, charming eatery restaurant has indoor/outdoor eating spaces and serves from a sizable menu that includes pizzas, pastas, salads, rotisserie and grill entrées, and weekend brunch items; a children’s menu is also available.
Portrait Space is both a self-portrait studio and an event space - the first in Pasadena. They provide the space and the setup. You take the photos. Portrait Space is a space for capturing memories and hosting memorable events.
The Pasadena Senior Center's Scott Pavilion is a perfect location to hold a wedding reception, Quinceanera, meeting, or another event. It can accommodate 50 - 250 and features a stage and dining and dancing areas. Ther lobby has a reception area with built-in coffee or wine service, and the patio is ideal for private garden parties or wedding ceremonies.
The Rococo Room is a banquet facility that can accommodate up 150 people, an ideal setting for weddings, corporate, and social events. Affiliated with Café Santorini and located downstairs from that popular Old Pasadena eatery, the Rococo Room specializes in Mediterranean food, with a choice grilled meats, seafood dishes, and an array of traditional pastas; family-style, buffet, or tray-passed appetizers can also be served. The venue also features an extensive hand-selected wine collection and full bar.
Whimsy Pasadena offers light-filled rental space for parties and special events and allows you to put your own stamp on your celebration. Guests can utilize various-sized tables, 100 folding chairs, a sound system with iPhone connection, three televisions, a prep room with refrigerator, and WiFi.
- 2,000 square feet
- Capacity for up to 100 seated guests
- Located in the heart of Old Pasadena
- Beautiful, bright widows for natural light
- Located between two parking lots that offer first 90 minutes free