Home to South Pasadena's first school, bank, post office and general store, the Mission District has served as the center of town from its earliest days.
In honor of South Pasadena’s 125th anniversary, the South Pasadena Public Library and the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation will offer a brief walking tour of the historic area at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 23. The Mission District has long served South Pasadena as home to some of the city’s oldest and most historically significant buildings.
Chelsea Nassif, City of South Pasadena Public Library Local History Librarian, and Bill Hilliard, Meridian Ironworks Museum Docent, will guide you through the heart of South Pasadena, sharing the history of some of the city’s most notable locations, according to a press release from the city.
The tour will begin at the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room, and will also include the original South Pasadena Bank building (now Kaldi Coffee and Tea), the Alexander Building, the Century House (made famous in the original Halloween movies), the Meridian Ironworks building, and more. The tour will end at the Meridian Ironworks Museum with a tour of that facility as an added bonus.
Reservations are required, as space is limited. To make a reservation, or for more information, please contact the Library’s Reference Desk at (626) 403-7350. The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street, and the tour will last approximately 1 hour.