Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘1920s’


How a Former Isolation Hospital Became a Public Library

How a Former Isolation Hospital Became a Public Library
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You can read about infectious diseases at the Allendale Branch Library, but you won’t contract one – I promise. Still, it’s a little unnerving that Pasadena’s smallest branch library was once used as a contagion ward for deadly illnesses, including smallpox. Built in 1923, the building began life as the Pasadena Isolation Hospital, became a research […]

The Lost Airport of East Pasadena

The Lost Airport of East Pasadena

The small Kinner Airster biplane soared like a hawk over East Pasadena. In it sat a 24-year-old woman in goggles and a battered leather flight jacket. The year was 1921 and the woman was Amelia Earhart, the soon-to-be-famous aviator. On a chilly December day, seven thousand spectators thronged the small Sierra Airdrome in East Pasadena to watch the […]

Pasadena in Song

Pasadena in Song

“Fair Pasadena, Crown of the Valley, Diadem set on the brow of the hills, Bright was the promise thy christening gave thee, And Fate, thy handmaiden, fulfills.”    – William Andrew Spalding, Snatches of Song: With Verses of Lighter and More Sober Moods, 1907 “Pasadena town is where I’m goin’,There ain’t no other town that […]

Artifacts of the Playhouse District

Artifacts of the Playhouse District

Old Town may have been Pasadena’s original town center, but for many decades the Playhouse District has been its cultural and artistic nexus. It’s also home to a staggering number of architecturally significant buildings, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since the district has been in the news lately, […]

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