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Pasadena in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Pasadena Public Library

(1890-1927)

 
 
Pasadena Public Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 4, 2014
1. Pasadena Public Library Marker
Inscription. The stone memorial on this site represents the only remaining portion of the second Pasadena Public Library, an impressive castle-like structure built in the Romanesque architectural style.

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
Pasadena Public Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 4, 2014
2. Pasadena Public Library Marker
Public Library.
 
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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Pasadena Public Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 4, 2014
3. Pasadena Public Library Marker
Entrance Archway image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 4, 2014
4. Entrance Archway
Entrance Archway image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 4, 2014
5. Entrance Archway
Entrance Archway image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 4, 2014
6. Entrance Archway
First Free Public Library image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 4, 2014
7. First Free Public Library
Stone building of romanesque architecture erected here in the 1880's, financed largely by public subscription, served as Pasadena's main public library from 1890 to 1927: condemned as unsafe in 1933; razed in 1954. This entrance arch, restored in 1955 by the City of Pasadena, at request of Pasenda Historical Society, is dedicated to the memory of Pasadena pioneers who in early and difficult days established here a public library as an expression of reverence for literature and art. Their spirit, symbolized in this remaining archway lives on. Dedicated September 9, 1955.
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 4, 2014
8. Photo Displayed on Marker
The library in 1889 with newly planted palms.
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By Denise Boose, January 4, 2014
9. Photo Displayed on Marker
Turn of the century Postcard.
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By Denise Boose, January 4, 2014
10. Photo Displayed on Marker
Childrens Library group pictures early 1900s.
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By Denise Boose, January 4, 2014
11. Photo Displayed on Marker
Mrs. Merritt, Librarian
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By Denise Boose, January 4, 2014
12. Photo Displayed on Marker
Inside the library.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 5, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on January 5, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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