Pasadena Heritage Lecture on Greene & Greene Legacy

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Pasadena Heritage is hosting its annual Dr. Robert Winter Memorial Lecture on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.
Renowned Charles and Henry Greene scholar, author and architectural expert Edward Bosley will be the guest speaker. Bosley is executive director emeritus of The Gamble House in Pasadena, and during a career spanning more than 30 years, he has published and lectured widely on the Greene & Greene architectural firm and the American Arts and Crafts movement.
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Women’s City Club Transfers Blinn House to Pasadena Heritage

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The Blinn House (above), which was designed in 1905, is having its ownership transferred from the Women’s City Club to Pasadena Heritage.

After more than 75 years of service to its members and the Pasadena community, the Women’s City Club of Pasadena has decided to dissolve and transfer ownership of the Edmund Blinn House to Pasadena Heritage. The decision by the Women’s City Club means that the Blinn House — one of Pasadena’s best recognized and historically important structures — will continue to be owned and occupied by a nonprofit organization committed to its preservation and protection.
Founded in 1945 as a social club for women and a center for women’s organizations and other civic groups, the Women’s City Club has been headquartered in the Blinn House since its inception. The structure was acquired by the club, with support from philanthropist Gloria Crane Gartz, to provide a comfortable, elegant place for women to meet, socialize and work together on various community projects. Over its many years, the Women’s City Club has welcomed thousands of members, guests, and visitors.
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Pasadena Heritage Hosts Virtual Celebration of Beloved Bridge

Pasadena Heritage is inviting the community to join its celebration of one of the city most iconic structures, the Colorado Street Bridge.
Though the Colorado Street Bridge Party has long been a community favorite, this year the preservation organization urges local residents to participate from Sunday, Aug. 9-Saturday, Aug. 15 in a virtual celebration.
The organization has arranged a lineup of events intended to offer something for everyone. Classic cars will cruise Pasadena’s historic neighborhoods and the bridge to kick off the festivities on Sunday. On Monday, Aug. 10, there will be a lecture on the history of the bridge with bestselling author Chip Jacobs, and on Tuesday, Aug. 11, a panel discussion on the proposed new fencing with members of the Bridge Task Force.
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Schiff Honors Claire Bogaard as Woman of the Year

Claire Bogaard, who was selected by Congressman Adam Schiff as one of the region’s “Women of the Year,” is pictured with her husband, Bill.

Congressman Adam Schiff has named Pasadena’s Claire Bogaard as one of the “2020 Women of the Year,” an annual tradition to recognize inspiring women throughout local communities in the 28th Congressional District during Women’s History Month in March.
Bogaard was one of 15 women honored for her extensive volunteerism in the community, including that of her work as founding member of Pasadena Heritage, one of the oldest historic preservation groups in Southern California.
Schiff called Bogaard personally to bestow the news. Continue reading “Schiff Honors Claire Bogaard as Woman of the Year”

Pasadena Heritage Director Advances City’s Self-Preservation

resident/CEO Jennifer DeVoll and Executive Director Sue Mossman
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Pasadena Heritage Executive Director Sue Mossman (right), who will be honored for 40 years of service on July 13 at Castle Green, is pictured with Pasadena Community Foundation President/CEO Jennifer DeVoll.

It’s hard to imagine a Pasadena without the Colorado Street Bridge, stately City Hall, renowned Greene & Greene homes or the turn-of-the-century, red brick landmark buildings that, united, make up historic Old Town, widely seen as an enviable example of urban revitalization across the nation.
Yet the loss of such assets is nearly what happened back in the 1970s, and many times since, before Pasadena Heritage rose to protect some of the city’s most iconic and idyllic structures, buildings, grassy knolls and everything in between. For 42 years and counting, the nonprofit organization has worked diligently — sometimes loudly and visibly, other times quietly, behind the scenes — to protect the city’s historic resources and strengthen policy to foster preservation, resulting in a beautiful place to live. Continue reading “Pasadena Heritage Director Advances City’s Self-Preservation”

Pasadena Heritage Spring Home Tour March 25

Pasadena Heritage will present a Spring Home Tour and lecture in March celebrating architectural and landscape design spanning more than 130 years.
Inspired by the legendary magazine that has epitomized American living since 1922, the Spring Home Tour, “Better Homes and Gardens,” allows guests to experience noteworthy architecture and landscape design that influence each other and combine to create perfect harmony.
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Pasadena Heritage ‘Mansionization’ Meeting on March 14

Pasadena Heritage will host a community meeting on Wednesday, March 14, to discuss “mansionization” and to introduce the upcoming Specific Plan process that will be launched by the city of Pasadena. The meeting, which is open to the general public, will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Lake Avenue Church (393 N. Lake Ave.). Free parking is available immediately west of the church, off Maple Avenue. The meeting is free but registration is required because of limited space.
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Pasadena Heritage Set for Spring Home Tour March 25

Pasadena Heritage will present a Spring Home Tour and lecture in March celebrating architectural and landscape design spanning more than 130 years.
Inspired by the legendary magazine that has epitomized American living since 1922, the Spring Home Tour, “Better Homes and Gardens,” allows guests to experience noteworthy architecture and landscape design that influence each other and combine to create perfect harmony.
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