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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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  • We were here on a Saturday afternoon and there were 4 wedding occurring in the beautiful courtyard. Very photogenic building and grounds that have actually appeared in movies and TV.  more »
  • City Hall Pasadena was one of the most uplifting, inspiring places during my 10 year residency in the city. I couldn't get enough of it and would make a point of driving by to admire it even when I wa...  more »
  • Beautiful place to wander and have lunch outdoors. The fountains, mosaic art, sculptures, etc are worth a visit. Good for kids too since it's outdoors and they can touch the art.  more »
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  • Beautiful architecture. The boys and > took some amazing pictures and hope to recreate these buildings in minecraft
  • Beautiful historic building with plenty of space to explore and take pictures in.
  • The Pasadena City Hall is a beautiful building and one of the many places that one should explore in LA County.
  • Very nice place to hang out. Nice square within to chill
  • Setting for a lot several TV Shows.. Parks and Rec, The Big Bang Theory, etc.