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The famed Caltech astronomer led the effort to hire Bennett’s firm to plan a civic center.

George Ellery Hale

Edward H. Bennett

Bennett organized the layout of buildings for the architects that followed.

With a new municipal Planning Commission created in April 1922, the firm of Bennett, Parsons, and Frost was hired to create a plan for Pasadena. As a protege of Daniel Burnham, who had inspired Pasadena to “make big plans” a generation before, Edward Bennett’s Civic Center master plan included a city hall, library, auditorium, and museum at Carmelita Gardens, which was not funded by the bond initiative. Though there would be no Horticultural Hall, the Civic Center was designed with ample land set aside as public gardens and open space, a plan voters enthusiastically approved with a $3.5 million bond in 1923 and a supplemental bond initiative approved by voters the following year.

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