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Pasadena’s Planning Commission requested that architects Bakewell and Brown change the belfry to a dome. Otherwise the design is the same as it stands today.

In 1922, Caltech astronomer George Ellory Hale took the lead in getting the City Board to start hiring architects. “To make a city attractive,” he urged, “is to make it prosperous,” quoting architect Willis Polk.

With the aim of transforming Jeanne Carr’s original gardens into a civic space for concerts, symposiums, exhibits, and the Pasadena Art Institute, Carmelita hosted the city’s Jubilee of 1924 with George Damon leading the effort. Carmelita continued until the early 1970s when a new museum was finally built. With its patrons disagreeing about its focus on Modern Art and the lack of stronger top-down civic leadership, the Pasadena Art Museum was privatized in 1974 and is known around the world today as the Norton Simon Museum of Art.

building an art museum. As Dean Damon describes in the article to the left and on the following page, Camelita Gardens would serve as one anchor at the west end of the Civic Center’s Holly Street axis.

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