City of Pasadena City Hall, Pasadena

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Pasadena City Hall, completed in 1927, serves as the central location for city government in the City of Pasadena, California and it is a significant architectural example of the City Beautiful movement of the 1920s.HistoryIn 1923, the people of Pasadena approved a bond measure issuing $3.5 million towards the development of a civic center. City Hall was to be the central element of this center. The San Francisco architecture firm of Bakewell and Brown designed City Hall, which has elements of both Mediterranean Revival Style and Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture. It was completed on December 27, 1927 at a cost of $1.3 million. It measures 361ft by 242ft, and rises 6 stories. There are over 235 rooms and passageways that cover over 170000sqft. The defining dome, located above the west entrance, is 26ft tall and 54ft in diameter. On July 28, 1980 the Civic Center District, including Pasadena City Hall, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as listing #80000813.The City Hall has long been a favorite shooting location for filmmakers. The courtyard was used in the 1995 movie "A Walk in the Clouds" to portray a Napa Valley town square. It has also been used as an embassy in the "Mission: Impossible" television series, and a villa in Charlie Chaplin's Oscar-nominated 1940 film "The Great Dictator." Pasadena City Hall also served as the city hall of fictional Pawnee, Indiana, in the television show Parks and Recreation. The dome is visible through the window of the main characters' apartment building in the television show The Big Bang Theory, set in Pasadena.
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  • Not much in the area to see though but worth driving by if yuo are i the area. Pasadean has glorious residential neighbourhoods, museums and public gardens (Arlington, Hntington) and the Cal Tech camp...  more »
  • Pasadena city hall is so iconic it appears in many tv shows such as The Big Bang Theory. You'll find yourself looking for it now next time you watch. It's a beautiful spot to capture Kodak moments. Do...  more »
  • It was amazing to see the rainbow, to walk into the atrium garden, to let people forget to return, the watering pool, the tower, the long corridor, as if it were a stroll in the European classical architecture!
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  • The architectural details to me are stunning. I can't believe this is a city hall?? I love the courtyards in the back and the internal outdoor rotunda.
  • A stunning building in Old Pasadena with graceful proportions. Whether it is with the backdrop of an azure blue sky or the lit dome and building against the black night sky, it will make you stop and stare a while. Do explore the courtyard inside. This review is for the building/architecture as experienced by a tourist!
  • After spending millions of dollars on restoration and renovation of a beautiful and historic architecture, the building is still infested by a bunch of lazy, inefficient, and CORRUPT city officials and staff. Their 19th century bureaucracy and office culture have made the whole place smell like sewage!
  • A truly remarkable, landmark City hall. It show the historical side of Pasadena from its hay day.
  • This review is for the building / grounds only. Simply beautiful - you would think this was a statehouse instead of the city hall of a suburban city. Some of you may recognize the facade as part of the opening credits for the NBC sitcom "Parks & Rec" . To the right of the entrance, there is a statue commemorating Jackie Robinson and his brother, both Pasadena natives. Walk inside the building to see the central rose garden. Just a beautifully executed municipal building.

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