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Corners Competition,” organized by Dean Damon to explore potential solutions. In a blind competition, first prize was awarded to a young man of 20 from South Central Los Angeles named Paul R. Williams, launching the career of one the first prominent African American architects, who would be among the most prolific in the decades that followed.

e neighborhoods, which is why branch libraries bring information programs and collections, reflects t.\

Like the Village Improvement Society, Dean Damon’s efforts repeated the bottom-up, participatory approach to creating a common vision. Sponsored by the Board of Trade, their efforts culminated with the “My City” Exhibit of 1916. It was “My City” that refined the vision of Pasadena’s future so that “its program for civic improvements includes nearly all of the elements which go to make up the very heart of the city’s design,” wrote Dean Damon. From the dawn of the Modern Age in 1900 and on through the mid-1920s, the efforts of this World War I generation stand tall among the very best of what the Golden State had to offer. Though remembered for building California’s greatest bridges and public landscapes after 1925, how they first created the bottom-up momentum for such audacious projects has faded from public memory amidst the cycle of change that has revised and sometimes reversed their efforts.

Dean George A. Damon

led the early visioning efforts in building momentum towards an ambitious Civic Center”

Paul R. Williams

He won first prize and got his start.

Everyone in Pasadena is within walking distance of a library. These are ten branch libraries, plus local college libraries. La Pintoresca Park Branch Library, 1930

Santa Catalina, 1930

Barack Obama at the Occidental College Library, also lived in Pasadena when he made his first speech (p.68).

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"My City" tells the story of Pasadena’s City Beautiful Movement and the century that followed, exploring how this proven approach can be rev...

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