Pasadena Heritage hosts another edition of the Old Pasadena Walking Tour, which takes visitors through the historic streets and alleyways of the district, accompanied by a trained docent. Hear stories of Old Pasadena's founding, its heyday as Pasadena's vibrant commercial downtown, and its decades of neglect and blight before Pasadena Heritage and concerned citizens stepped in to save it. Now it is one of the finest examples of downtown revitalization in the country.
The tour begins at 9:00am and reservations are required by calling Pasadena Heritage or purchasing online.
651 South St. John Avenue
The mission of Pasadena Heritage is to identify, preserve, and protect the historic, architectural, and cultural resources of the City of Pasadena through advocacy, education, and oral histories. Pasadena Heritage works to protect Pasadena's architectural and cultural resources; advocates for endangered buildings; offers tours, workshops, lecture and other educational programs; and provides consultation and referral services for members. Pasadena Heritage is one of the oldest historic preservation groups in Southern California and the second largest in the state. With more than 2,000 members, it is also one of the City of Pasadena's largest membership organizations.
Pasadena Heritage played a leading role in the preservation efforts for Old Pasadena, now considered one of the greatest downtown revitalization success stories in the country, as well as the Colorado Street Bridge, the Huntington Hotel, the Civic Center, the Blacker House, and many other important architectural and historical structures. It also works regularly to protect and enhance individual properties and neighborhoods.
Those interested in the history and preservation of Old Pasadena are encouraged to take one of Pasadena Heritage's Walking Tours of the district -- they are offered several times a year, check the organization's website for a schedule.