Before taking the leap into next year, treat yourself and your family & friends to Pasadena Heritage’s Architectural walking tours on Dec 30th. Familiarize yourselves with some of Pasadena’s most finest neighborhoods while taking in the lovely winter weather Southern California has to offer.
In the past one tour has been available. Excitingly this year, there are two different tours to choose from, each with a morning (10:30 am) and afternoon (1:30 pm) start. The spectacular neighborhoods featured are Hillcrest and South Orange Boulevard. Note that these tours only offer an exterior view of the houses. Tickets go for $15 for members and $20 for non-members. See more info below.
The Hillcrest neighborhood tour explores various architectural styles such as Mediterranean, Victorian and the neighborhood’s ubiquitous Craftsman inspired homes. The Oak Knoll subdivision was intended to rival the wealthy neighborhoods of Orange Grove and the “West Side” (San Rafael and Linda Vista), so many of the estate size lots were intended for custom home development. Showcased on the tour are numerous grand estate mansions along with Craftsman homes such as the Freeman House designed by architects Arthur and Alfred Heineman and the Blacker House designed by Charles and Henry Greene.
Known as Millionaires’ Row, South Orange Grove Boulevard Tour explores the neighborhood’s dramatic postwar transformation from grand Victorian mansions to mid-century garden apartments. From the handful of millionaires’ mansions and courtyard apartments that remain to the contemporary condominiums they influenced, this tour traces the evolution of the neighborhood up through today.
Pasadena Heritage is a non-profit organization with a mission to identify, preserve and protect the historic, architectural and cultural resources of the City of Pasadena through advocacy and education.
Photo courtesy of Pasadena Heritage
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