2017 will be a challenging year. I hope the City of Pasadena will become even a nicer place to live in the future. I certainly will try to help in my small way. The neighborhood challenges we face are many. Just for instance the snail's pace renovation of the Washington Theatre and the slow renovation of the retail bays of the Hotel Constance project near Colorado and North Lake.....
Here is a great photo I've not seen previously:
Looking north on Lake Avenue somewhere near Curson and Maple Streets.....Lake Avenue Congregational Church somewhere up the way on the left side.....
More photos are being digitized every day and I'm looking forward to seeing in to the past to learn what previous generations saw and had to contend with......
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I really think we're going backwards on North Lake in Altadena. Here we have a nice vintage design perfect mixed use building with lots of parking and room for additional buildings and the new owner/developer decides to build a mega development on the site.
With the recent sale of the Webster's Complex and the Hill and Washington Apartment Complex to Mike Balian, we may be in for additional nasty surprises.
Pasadena has been somewhat more successful in retaining and preserving buildings on the North Lake Corridor than Altadena/L.A. County. Stay tuned for more developments, and heaven help Altadena...
Here something interesting which is related from Wikipedia: In 1880, Capt. Frederick Woodbury, and his brother, John Woodbury of Marshalltown, Iowa, purchased 937 acres (3.79 km2) known as the Woodbury Ranch. John Woodbury established the Pasadena Improvement Company in 1887, with a plot plan of residential development referred to as the Woodbury Subdivision. They contacted Byron O. Clark, who established a nursery in the foothills in 1875, and had since moved away. He called his nursery "Altadena Nursery", a name he coined from the Spanish "alta" meaning "upper," and "dena" from Pasadena. Woodbury asked if he could use the name "Altadena" for his subdivision and Clark agreed.
Monday, December 16, 2013
John and Elizabeth Howard had a large ranch stretching from Lake Avenue north of Washington Street all the way to Los Robles and as far north as Woodbury. Their house was located on Howard Place, now Howard Avenue, near North Lake Avenue according to the city directory of 1888.
Elizabeth (originally Cherry) and Howard (originally Dakota) Streets were named for Elizabeth and John Howard.
Here are some interesting photos from the Pasadena History Digital Collaboration of Howard Avenue west of North Lake Avenue in the 1940's, showing a median strip with palm trees in the middle of Howard Avenue.
Howard Avenue was really quite grand back in 1942...... I wonder if the Howard's ranch house still was standing at this time. More research will be required to find out the answer.
Monday, September 2, 2013
Around the corner is the Pasadena Buddhist Temple http://www.pasadenabuddhisttemple.org/ and the Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute is down Lincoln, not far away. http://janet.org/~pjci/
A few doors away is another defunct Japanese food market on North Lincoln; the former Futaba Food Center is just up the way from Johnny's:
It's an ever changing world:
Here an article from Pasadena Now about Johnny's:
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Bullock's Department Store, Present Condition as Macy's Department Store (July 2013), Oak Knoll Shopping District, South Lake Avenue
So many of us lament about what isn't here anymore.... There are an amazing amount of remnants of the Lost World our early years. And much of it is here in Pasadena.
Virtually unchanged since the 1950's and still open for business...
Selfridge's on Oxford Street in London is a survivor similar to Bullock's (Macy's) Pasadena.....
I think we better spend some money here every once in a while, and not completely depend on our wealthy San Marino neighbors to keep this ship afloat. I did write to Macy's in New York and to the local manager here about reopening the Bullock's Tea Room with fashion shows, but they've been non committal about promising to comply
I made the case that they need some events here to drive regional business to them and I hope they will listen. Let us start a writing campaign to convince Macy's to get the Tea Room open and have events. That should liven up this vintage cruise ship, which if we are complacent will end up sailing on to the rocks, capsize and go under.
What do you think?
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The address was 2704 North Fair Oaks Avenue, a place for book browsers as nice as could be found in Claremont or Carmel. These days the old book shop quarters house what looks to be a pre-school, so the little cottage still houses a place of learning.
All what we could still use today. With a little work and restoration, this stretch of North Fair Oaks Avenue could be as elegant as it once was, although it looks fairly nice even in its present state.
This may have been built by the same designer at the Book Ends cottage.
Quite an ensemble, the two structures, don't you think?
Wouldn't it be nice if we had a garden shop here, as A.R. Verdier had back in the 1930's, which was open seven days a week, as posted in their ad?
Now the site of the Little Red Hen Coffee Shop, and usually has the owner's Rolls Royce parked in front. He drove it away just as I was taking this picture. We'll have to go back for breakfast some time; this place looks more inviting than Syd Winn's Beauty Salon.
Does anyone have any memories of this area? Please leave a comment about what you remember!
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Do you lament the passing of the Marcell Inn at the top of Lincoln Avenue? Do not despair. The spirit of Marcell lives on Mission Avenue between El Molino and Oak Knoll, the southerly extension of South Lake Avenue. They are only open for breakfast and lunch and are well attended. The spirit of a French inn is carried throughout, supplies pour le Picnic sur le Weekend are available, bakery with delectables, delicatessen with superb delicacies, and French gift items from jams to wines. Enjoy!