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“MY CITY”

Central Library was designed by the local firm of Hunt and Chambers, its stately facade leading to an intimate forecourt entry and then a grand hall. Construction began in 1925, which is carved in Roman numerals over its entrance, and dedicated in 1927. In 1984 and 1990 renovations aided by the Pasadena Public Library Foundation improved the old metal stacks and added a rear entrance. Pasadena’s Civic Auditorium was designed by George Edwin Bergstrom (who had been John Parkinson’s partner), Cyril Bennett (who designed the Pasadena Playhouse with Elmer Gray) and Fitch Haskell (Glen Arm Power Plant with Bennett). The stately Italian Renaissance-style auditorium anchors the now reopened civic center axis that had been blocked by the Plaza Pasadena mall.

CENTRAL LIBRARY, 1925-1927

By Myron Hunt (Rose Bowl, Occidental College, Huntington Hotel, Library) & H.C. Chambers.

As Pasadena’s City Beautiful Association ceased to exist after World War I, its Civic Center legacy became increasingly vulnerable to the continual refinements of the next generation of city planning. The story of Pasadena’s Civic Center story continues on page 94.

PASADENA CITY HALL: 1925-27

Designed by Bakewell and Brown, architects of San Francisco’s Beaux Arts City Hall, its open courtyards are symbolic of open government and among the finest civic spaces anywhere.

MEMORIAL PARK

PASADENA CIVIC AUDITORUM: 1931 Bergstrom, Bennett, and Haskell’s auditorium included a 3,029 seat main theater, a ballroom and exhibit hall. From the Pasadena Symphony to the Emmys it is among the leading landmark venues in the state.

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AUDITORIUM

CENTRAL PARK

OVERVIEW

PROJECTS

EVENTS

PLANITORIUM

NEXT STEPS

CONCLUSIONS

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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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"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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