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Pasadena Heritage



The mission of Pasadena Heritage is to identify, preserve and protect the historic, architectural, and cultural resources of the City of Pasadena through advocacy, education, and oral histories.


Pasadena Heritage works to protect Pasadena's architectural and cultural resources; advocates for endangered buildings; offers tours, workshops, lecture and other educational programs; and provides consultation and referral services for members.

Its three goals, Awareness, Assistance and Action, have been dubbed the three A's of preservation and have been adopted by many other groups over the years.

Pasadena Heritage is one of the oldest historic preservation groups in Southern California and the second largest in the state. With more than 2,000 members, it is also one of the City of Pasadena's largest membership organizations. Pasadena Heritage has played a leading role in such preservation efforts as saving Old Pasadena (the city's oldest commercial district, once derelict and now one of the greatest downtown revitalization success stories in the country), the Colorado Street Bridge, the Huntington Hotel, the 710 Freeway and the historic houses in its path, the Civic Center, and the Blacker House. It also works regularly to protect and enhance individual properties and historic neighborhoods.

Pasadena Heritage offers several public educational programs each year. Its Old Pasadena Walking Tours, custom bus tours, and Annual Spring Home Tour attract hundreds of visitors annually. The Craftsman Weekend, a three-day event held in October, focuses on the American Arts and Crafts Movement and its expression in Pasadena. Activities include lectures, restoration workshops, a house tour, and exhibits of antique and fine reproduction furnishings of this popular period in the arts and architecture. More than 4,000 people participated in the 2010 Craftsman Weekend.

Every other summer, the community celebrates with Pasadena Heritage at a spectacular street party on the historic Colorado Street Bridge, one of the world's most beautiful bridges and a preservation success story. In alternate years, the organization honors major preservation success stories and those who make them happen at its Guardians event, a dressy evening gala in an historic site.

The organization has nominated more than 1,200 buildings to the National Register of Historic Places and holds more than 80 preservation easements. Through its revolving Preservation Fund, Pasadena Heritage has completed several award-winning restoration and rehabilitation projects, including the Easton House and Gartz Court. On occasion, it also lends funds and services to other organizations, including Heritage Housing Partners, to assist with unique, hands-on historic preservation projects.
Through the Pasadena Heritage Oral History Project, the personal histories of long-time residents are recorded, transcribed and published. The project seeks to broaden the understanding of community life from a variety of perspectives and document the experiences and memories of Pasadenans from all walks of life.
Pasadena Heritage is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization supported by membership dues and other funds raised in the community, through grants and sponsorships. Membership is open to all. Offices are located in the 1893 Madison House, a Victorian-era home inherited from a member in 1995.

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