Pasadena in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Pasadena Public Library
Designed by Pasadena architect, Harry Ridgeway, the library opened with fanfare on Sept 9, 1890 after three years of stalled construction. It was originally praised for its "splendid...opportunities for service".
The need for an even larger library became evident as Pasadena's population boomed. Although this building was expanded in 1901 and Children's services had moved to a bungalow in Library Park, the existing space was insufficient to meet the needs of a growing city.
In 1915, people called on their city officials via postcard ballot for a new library, which was built in 1927. The structure at this site was renamed "Patriotic Hall" and was home to local patriotic societies from 1927 to 1933.
Sadly, the building suffered a blow in 1933, when the Long Beach earthquake damaged it enough to deem it unsafe. Although many were in favor of restoration for historical value, the cost to renovate proved too expensive. The building was finally razed in 1954, keeping the archway as a memorial, dedicated in 1955.
Erected by The Pasadena Historical Society & The Pasadena
Location. 34° 8.953′ N, 118° 8.925′ W. Marker is in Pasadena, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on North Raymond Avenue south of East Walnut Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in Pasadena Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Pasadena CA 91109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hopkins Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); Pacific Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Legge Alley (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Electric Alley (about 700 feet away); Hayes Alley (about 800 feet away); Kendall Alley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pasadena City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pasadena.
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