Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Fine Castle

I haven't posted much about Castle Green. I thought this was mostly because Castle Green is a famous Pasadena landmark and it's easy to find pictures of it.

But when I stood at the southwest corner of Fair Oaks and Dayton I took this photo because I couldn't resist. So maybe the real reason I haven't posted about Castle Green is I haven't been around there much. Otherwise, how could I not?

Castle Green was once a hotel and is now apartments. Parts of the building are used as filming locations, or you can hold events there in the larger rooms. They give tours from time to time, during which you can see individual apartments.

About eight years ago I forced John to go on the holiday tour. I loved it. Some of the apartments were fab, some not, but that's just my personal taste in decor. The building is a Victorian lady still dressed in her finery, even if some of her petticoats are a tad shabby.

17 comments:

Cafe Pasadena said...

I went on your tour back around 10yrs also. Loved it too. Some of those Apts were surprisingly fab.

By chance, P, were you the woman pulling a man all around by his earlobe? Or, maybe it was just another blogger. Thought I'd just ask.

Hilda said...

I think I'd enjoy that tour very much. I love having a peek into other people's houses or apartments ;D

Shell Sherree said...

Nice! I'd enjoy a sticky beak around those apartments too.

Katie said...

What a cool place to live! I'll take that top circular room please. I would definitely take a tour as I'm a shameless looky-loo.

Petrea said...

I'm going to leave the "shabby" word in the copy, though I don't mean it derisively. It's a gorgeous building. No, Cafe, once we got there he enjoyed it. Though we marveled at the odd choices in some of the individual apartments.

Exactly taht, Hilda and Shell. A peek. I love doing that. It's why open houses are so much fun.

Katie, I once saw an article about one of those apartments. I think it was occupied by a designer and it was well done.

altadenahiker said...

I've always wanted to go on that bridge (or half a bridge)to nowhere.

Vanda said...

It's purrdy. They must charge a pretty penny for apartments there. I can imagine saying "oh, I live in castle." (Has to be all nonchalant.)

maria said...

i loved the historic photos in the link. things were so much more glam in those days. i especially liked the cubs photograph ;-)

pasadenapio said...

I was a docent at the tour earlier this month, and got the penthouse duty.

The penthouse is not a residence currently but the work space of a film-industry composer. It was certainly the finest work space I've ever seen.

JM said...

That's a beautiful little castle!

Petrea, I've allready mentioned your suggestion on CDP Cafe forum, but maybe you could do some 'pushing'... in a much better english than mine! :-)))

altadenahiker said...

I left you a message on my blog, and so did someone else. We're in.

Margaret said...

I hear it is haunted. PPIO: Is it true?

Insults said...

I live in a small flat but at the other end of the road is a castle. Seriously. I want to live in a castle. Maybe they'll do a home swap?

Petrea said...

Home swap sounds like a good idea. I'd like to live in a castle, too. I've always wanted to. But I want to live in the WHOLE castle. Selfish.

I remember hearing that the artist R. Kenton Nelson (http://www.rkentonnelson.com/index_menu.html) had his studio at the end of that nowhere bridge for a time. I don't know if he's still there.

A docent with penthouse duty. Ah, Ann, how you must have suffered! I'm as curious as Margaret is about the ghosts.

Green Business Solutions said...

Ah, The lovely city of Pasadena! Very interesting post! :]

Uma Barzy said...

Wow! Very good blog!

Petrea said...

Thanks, Uma.