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Heritage: A Short History of Pasadena

 

Pasadena's Golden Age:  1920-1930

Grace Nicholson Gallery (now Pacific Asia Museum)Through the end of the 1920's, Pasadena continued to enjoy a reputation as a tourist center and winter resort for the wealthy. The city had much to offer culturally. The Pasadena Community Playhouse was incorporated in 1917 and moved to the new Pasadena Playhouse in 1925.  A 100-inch telescope was installed atop  Mt. Wilson under the direction of Dr. George Ellery Hale in 1917.  The Pasadena City Junior College District was created in 1924.  The Grace Nicholson Gallery (which became the Pasadena Art Institute in 1943 and is now the Pacific Asia Museum) was completed in 1926 and the Pasadena Civic Symphony Orchestra and Civic Chorus was founded by Tuesday Musicale in 1929. The city government, which changed to aPasadena Playhouse, 1925 Board of Directors/City Manager structure in 1921, expanded municipal facilities. The Rose Bowl stadium and Brookside Park recreation facility were built. A 1923 city bond issue financed the construction of a handsome Civic Center, consisting of the Central Library (opened on February 12, 1927), City Hall (opened on December 27, 1927) and the Civic Auditorium (which opened in 1932).


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