History Overview

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An environment rich in history...

Old Pasadena is nationally recognized for its vibrant main street revitalization. Old Pasadena offers memorable architecture and reflects the traditions of early California, blending in a cultivated collection of shopping, delectable dining and endless entertainment.

The historic streets and alleyways, rustic brick façades and architectural accents of Pasadena's original business district are alive again with open-air eateries, specialty boutiques, galleries, theaters, antique shops—a skillful blend of old and new that has reclaimed the heritage of Pasadena's early downtown charm.

Pasadena Heritage offers patrons a walking tour of Old Pasadena that illustrates the unique history of the City’s original business district. Cost is $15 per person and advance reservations are required. The learn-as-you-stroll walking tours take place on first Saturdays each month. For more information, please call (626) 441-6333.

Exploring the rich history and memorable architecture of Old Pasadena as described here is one of the many ways that one can appreciate its current charm and unique appeal. The following history of Old Pasadena is adapted from “When Old Town Was Young” by Kirk Meyers. This interesting history book is available for purchase from the Pasadena Historical Museum gift store, or from any bookstore in Old Pasadena. Corresponding Historical Photos used below in highlighting Old Pasadena's history are courtesy of the Pasadena Historical Museum.