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dave gaines
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In reply to Zindanfel, Dec 7, 2012

Thanks for the critique Zin. I will look for some more detail shots of City Hall.

There is a tour of the entire Civic Center offered by Pasadena Heritage. I'm one of the docents who gives the tour. Bring your friends (10 people) and ask us for a private walking tour. There are 4 buildings around this plaza that were part of the City Beautiful plan: City Hall, The Main Library, Pasadena Civic Auditorium and the Courthouse. There are a dozen other historic buildings surrounding this plaza that are part of the tour.

A few blocks away is the heart of the City, where it all started in 1880, Old Pasadena. I'll be giving a tour of Old Pasadena to out of town visitors just before New Years Eve. The town will be full of visitors then for the Rose Bowl game.

Pasadena City Hall was designed by John Bakewell & Arthur Brown who were influenced by the early Renaissance style of 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio. Construction was completed on December 27, 1927.

City Hall is a rectangular edifice outlining a spacious court. On the outside it measures 351 feet north and south, and 242 feet east and west. The east side is a one-story arcade. The other three sides are three stories high, with small towers at each of four interior corners and the main dome over the west entrance. The 235 rooms and passageways cover 170,000 square feet.

The massive circular structure rises for six stories. The fifth story is 41 feet high and pierced with four huge round arches and four smaller ones. The next story, set back a little, is 30 feet high and is also pierced with arches. Above it rises the dome 26 feet high and 54 feet across. On top of the dome is the lantern, a column-supported cupola 41 feet high, surmounted by an urn and ball. The highest point is 206 feet above the ground.

Pasadena City Hall is one of the finest examples of the California Mediterranean style. It is the dominant building in the Pasadena Civic Center, a complex of government, institutional and cultural buildings that epitomizes the City Beautiful movement. Since its opening on December 27, 1927, 80-year old Pasadena City Hall has remained one of the most distinctive public buildings in the United States and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. "An official building of imposing beauty, massive yet graceful, and suited to a land of flowers and sunshine" is what the Pasadena Board of Directors (City Council) had in mind when they undertook to build City Hall. For more information on Pasadena City Hall go to http://ci.pasadena.ca.us/cityhall/history.asp

Here are about 20 more of my images of the building, including the central courtyard.

http://whaleshark.smugmug.com/Architecture/Pasadena-Heritage/4530194_4ScKgx

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