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When Garfield Promenade Was Cabrillo Place

When Garfield Promenade Was Cabrillo Place

Stand at the intersection of Garfield Avenue and East Colorado Boulevard. Now face south looking into the Paseo Colorado toward the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The shopping lane before you, which leads to a sunny plaza and proceeds to an impressively wide Green Street crosswalk, is the Garfield Promenade. In the early 20th century this relatively [...]

The Bordeaux That Nearly Was

The Bordeaux That Nearly Was

When we think of California wine today, we think of Napa, Sonoma and the Santa Ynez Valley, but from the 1850s until the 1880s, the San Gabriel Valley was by far the largest wine-producing region in the state. Rows of grapes once stretched for thousands of acres in what is now Pasadena, South Pasadena, San [...]

Ann Erdman: Coming to Terms

Ann Erdman: Coming to Terms

Many of my ancestors can be found in the six-volume set of books titled Notable Southern Families. That’s great news for anyone doing genealogy research because the books include the begats as well as American Revolution, War of 1812, and Civil War information about hundreds upon hundreds of people. The reason so many of my [...]

Mystery History No. 10

Mystery History No. 10

What is this? And where are we? In this December 1951 photo, able-bodied Pasadena Police Officer Robert Hultman uses a wheelchair as he marks car tires while smelling the lovely aroma of iconic Pasadena roses. The wheelchair kept him low to the ground so he didn’t have to bend up and down all the time. [...]

Autos and Accidents with Mrs. Fenyes

Autos and Accidents with Mrs. Fenyes

Eva fenyes was driving her Waverly Electric automobile along South Raymond Avenue when the accident occured. Perhaps she was preoccupied with thoughts of building her new mansion, or perhaps she was feeling unwell as she often did. Or maybe she was otherwise distracted. After all, that new novel was so intriguing. The ensuing newspaper article [...]

Filming at the Fenyes Mansion

Filming at the Fenyes Mansion

By Bob Bennett Eva Scott Fenyes, the grande dame of Fenyes Mansion (now the site of Pasadena Museum of History) is much remembered for her interest in art and art collecting. She included motion pictures in her artistic interests and was an early proponent of the new technology. In the early 1900s, just a few [...]

Mystery History No. 9

Mystery History No. 9

What is this? And where are we? In this photo, former Pasadena City Manager Phil Hawkey emerges on the “bridge” at City Hall as Hawkman during a Halloween event for city employess on October 27, 1994. Hawkman stood for truth in government, justice for all employees, and the Pasadena Way. Every year, Phil (aided by [...]

“I Was a Little Kobe”

“I Was a Little Kobe”

“I was a little Kobe! All you had to do was give me the ball. In fact, if I couldn’t go to school when they went out to play, they wouldn’t go—because I was it! As I said, I was a little Kobe.” If you’re visualizing a long-limbed male jock-type from that quote, think again. [...]

Downsizing with Mrs. Fenyes

Downsizing with Mrs. Fenyes

The newly renovated and recently reopened Fenyes Mansion at the corner of Walnut St. and North Orange Grove Blvd. was not Eva Scott Fenyes’s (1849-1930) first Pasadena project. Before this Beaux Arts mansion, Eva lived with her second husband Adalbert Fenyes (1863-1937) and her daughter Leonora Muse (1879-1972) in an Algerian-styled masterpiece she had built [...]

Mystery History No. 8

Mystery History No. 8

Where are we? And what’s happening? In the May 18, 1961, Don Juan Benavides entertains two rootin’ tootin’ cowpokes in front of Pasadena City Hall during the kickoff to the city’s week-long 75th anniversary celebration. Here are some photos and excerpts from the Los Angeles Times (sorry for the quality—they’re photocopies, not from negatives). Mrs. [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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