9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Nov 11, 2012

Starting life as a guest house, expanding into the very grand Vista del Arroyo Hotel, and procured by the federal government during World War II, this grand building is now the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Heading west on the 134 Freeway, the Colorado Street Bridge and this Marston and Van Pelt-designed former hotel are instantly recognizable and beloved landmarks welcoming folks to Pasadena.

It’s little known, but once a month the Judicial Security Division leads a tour of the courthouse showing off the grand foyer, library, and courtrooms. The public is welcome to make reservations—and to come enjoy the atmosphere and architectural details of one of Pasadena’s most impressive historical sites.

Editor’s Note: Is this correct? 

“In order to receive their own post office, residents had to come up with a more suitable name (than Rancho del Rincon de San Pascual). The responsibility went to three residents. First choice was Indianola, the second was Grenada in keeping with Spanish heritage, and the third submitted four different names. Each one these names (sequentially) ended with pa-sa-de-na, which means “of the valleys.” All the names were put to a vote and, unanimously, Pasadena was chosen.” (

Pasadena 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Tour
Sunday, Nov. 18th, 11 a.m.
125 S. Grand Ave., between Del Rosa Dr. & Maylin St.
For more info and to make reservations, call Steve Sarnicola, Judicial Security Division at 323.713.0212



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