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Resource Summary
Resource Summary
Address: 2632 E WASHINGTON Blvd APN: 5751-007-027 [print]

This property is designated by the city as an individual historic resource (see "designation type" field for the specific city designation type). *
Address: 2632 E WASHINGTON Blvd
City: Pasadena State: CA
Zip Code: 91107 County: Los Angeles
County Code: 37
APN: 5751-007-027 Zoning: PS
Building Sq. Ft: 143304 Site Size (Acres): 1.130
Year Built: 1933 Documented District:
District: Property Status: Designated
Resource Description:
The four-story hospital block was designed in the zigzag Moderne (Art Deco) style with Spanish Colonial Revival elements. The façade is arranged in a dynamic manner of projecting and receding planes, with the most prominent feature being the projecting central pavilion, accentuated by the stepped form of a domed tower, seven-stories in height. The primary (north) elevation features a large, recessed central entrance flanked by two, turquoise terra-cotta planters with chevron and wave pattern details. A deep setback separates the main entrance from the street. At one time, a thirteen-bay loggia ran across the entire length of the principal façade facing Washington Boulevard, but is now enclosed with large plate glass panes. Windows, single or paired, are centered above the ground story arch beneath them. Pilasters defined by vertical lines and reveals emphasize overall height and mass. A strong linear incised detail running the full height of the tower emphasizes the altitude of the 115-foot tower. The building has a number of cast concrete bas-relief panels at the various points of entry along the exterior that depict scenes from the life of Christ as well as various saints.

The Annex is located directly south of the hospital block and was built in 1945. It is two-stories and height and has a flat roof to complement the design of the original hospital. The floor plan of the steel reinforced concrete building resembles an “X”, permitting each wing to be serviced a central nursing station. The façade is arranged in a simple design with linear incising and grooves stressing the horizontality of the design. Recessed windows and the simplicity of design help make this addition highly compatible with the original hospital building.

The Convent and Chapel complex, built in 1947, is located immediately east of the hospital block. It is connected to the hospital by an enclosed walkway ramped to follow the change in finished floor level with the hospital block. The Convent is three stories in height with a roof covered with painted rolled metal. Roundels with trefoil leaf patterns appear underneath the tripartite steel casement windows on each floor level. A delicate row of dentils appears just below the coping of the roof parapet. The Chapel is one-story and shares the same dentil row cornice and roof details as the Convent. The façade is arranged with the principal entry facing Washington Boulevard at the east (left) end of the building. Six buttresses with telescoping linear detailing break up the wall plane of the façade. Five stained-glass windows continue the ecclesiastical theme of the building. The tracery divides the Tudor windows into two panels with ogee arches. A small, enclosed meditation garden is situated between the chapel and what is now the south parking lot.

Again, the smooth finish of the concrete exterior, strong horizontal emphasis, the use of incised lines instead of decoration, and projecting and receding wall plane surfaces make the convent and chapel a harmonious neighbor to complement the hospital block and annex.
Legal Description:
Primary Architectural Style: Zigzag Moderne
Secondary Architectural Style: Art Deco
Architect: Gene Verge; Sr.-Hospital 1933, 1947
Context: Recent Past 
Original Owner: Sisters of St. Joseph Corp.
Original Use: Hospital
Original Location:
Demolished: no
Notes: Designated 2002
Moved: no
Date Moved: n/a
Designation Date: n/a

* This is a simplified statement of the property's status. Please review the NRHP Status Code field on the search screen for official, adopted status language.