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Resource Summary
Resource Summary
Address: 1355 N RAYMOND APN: 5728-011-900 [print]

This property is designated by the city as an individual historic resource (see "designation type" field for the specific city designation type). *
Address: 1355 N RAYMOND
City: Pasadena State: CA
Zip Code: 91103 County: Los Angeles
County Code: 37
Historic Name: La Pintoresca Park & Library Common Name: La Pintoresca Park & Library
APN: 5728-011-900 Zoning: FGSP-OS
Building Sq. Ft: 6135 Site Size (Acres): 4.400
Year Built: 1930 Documented District:
District: Property Status: Designated
Resource Description:
La Pintoresca Park is a public park built in 1925 to a design by Ralph D. Cornell & Theodore Payne, incorporating features from the grounds of an 1888 hotel that formerly occupied the site (the Painter Hotel - later renamed La Pintoresca Hotel). It is located on the entire block of East Washington Boulevard between North Fair Oaks and Raymond Avenues in the northwestern portion of the City of Pasadena. The property is within a major commercial corridor at the edge of a single-family residential neighborhood and consists of a single 4.4-acre lot. The park includes large areas of lawn, mature trees, a perimeter rock retaining wall and steps, play areas, a tennis court and a skate park. Buildings on the park site include a public library, two power substations (one of which has been converted to an educational use) and a former fire station, also converted to educational use. The park also has a pergola, constructed in 2003, in roughly the center, which is a new design referencing an original pergola that was in the same location.

La Pintoresca Library is a contributing element of the La Pintoresca Park district.
The perimeter retaining wall, steps and many of the mature trees on the site are remnants of the Painter/La Pintoresca Hotel's gardens.
Legal Description:
Primary Architectural Style: Spanish Colonial Revival
Secondary Architectural Style:
Architect: Bennett & Haskell (library architect); Theodore Payne & Ralph Cornell (park landscape architects)
Builder: H.E. Taylor
Context: Period Revival Architecture 
Original Owner: City of Pasadena
Original Use: Library
Original Location: N/A
Demolished: no
Notes: designated in 1986
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.