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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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  • This is very close to the very touristy 'main drag', Colorado Blvd. While that may interest some, I am much more interested in seeing some of the things 'off the beaten path'. We did make a point to v...  more »
  • I'm really not sure where to even begin with this review! It came up as a place that needed more reviews, but of course that's understandable considering it's the city hall and not a restaurant or hot...  more »
  • I'm not usually big on municipal buildings, they all seem to give me hives. But the Pasadena City Hall is an exception. The architecture itself is a wonder, intricate and not overbearing. It's airy an...  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.