Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Still Want to Work There?

Okay so it wasn't a church. It was a mortuary.

I thought I'd show you a few more pictures from the building at Holly St. and Marengo Ave. that we talked about on Monday.

Behind these gates is the courtyard section of Eden Garden Bar & Grill, formerly Holly St. Bar & Grill. (I had to mess with the picture a little.) The restaurant has indoor seating as well.

Here's a doorway off another courtyard. Nice way to enter your office each morning.

Just steps away from City Hall!

30 comments:

USelaine said...

There used to be a fancy restaurant deep in downtown Sacramento, housed in a building that used to be a mortuary. Unfortunately for my taste, they really hadn't disguised the layout of the viewing "chapel" enough. Plus, mauve and black lacquer. Yeah, the '80s.

What you have there seems to offer more potential for a do-over.

Cafe Pasadena said...

I'm sure this place has been ck'd out for official city business purposes by the PIO.
Nice fotos, PDP.

J+P said...

1. Liver
2. Fava beans
3. A nice chianti

That last photo's my fave, this week.

Laurie said...

No fair, John. It's late and now you put THAT image in my head.

These photos are amazing, P!

Shell Sherree said...

That last one is especially European-looking! And I'm glad you have some blue skies.

Dina said...

This is getting to be a story to die for. But to work there, no thanks.

Israel radio must not have had enough to announce on the hourly news, so today they announced how someone in New Zealand just paid several thousand dollars for two bottles, each containing a captured ghost.
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=275074040&permanent=0

Hilda said...

Morgue or church, those are lovely gates! I like the old wooden door too.

Petrea said...

Elaine, I seem to have forgotten the 80's. I don't remember any of the music, the decor, the hair. I'm thinking that makes me one of the lucky ones.

Thanks, Cafe.

Oh, thank you, J. For the image and the compliment. Laurie, isn't he the sweetest? Glad you like the photos.

Dina, one of the things I like about Pasadena is its European touches. By the way, people, I recommend you copy and paste Dina's link. It is hilarious. Somebody's making a mint selling bottled ghosts.

I'm with you, Hilda. I love this building either way.

altadenahiker said...

Would you like your steak bloody? We have a killer wine list. The hor d'oeuvres are to die for.

Bellis said...

Oh, Hiker and John, how can I ever eat there now? Though I love the grapes hanging above the entrance.

PS Bottling the ghosts in the building could pay the rent, don't you think?

Petrea said...

Okay, now we have to go there. I won't have you disparaging a fine Pasadena establishment on my blog (unless and until we find it deserves disparagement). There's been a restaurant at this location for a long, long time. I've eaten there myself and enjoyed the experience.

When you do you all want to go? And who knows the Heimlich?

Desiree said...

Hmmm, great place for a party!

altadenahiker said...

I had a gift certificate, but it expired. Mwaahahaha.

Petrea said...

Hiker. Yer killin' me. I could die laughin' here.

pasadenapio said...

It will always be Holly Street Bar and Grill to me! Just a block and a half from City Hall, the restaurant is a favorite haunt (!) of many city officials.

For years in the portion of the building at the corner of Holly and Marengo, there was a marketing research firm that I used from time to time. They all loved working in a former mortuary!

Pascal Jim said...

Well, hosabout a dining review of the Eden. Used to dine at H.S.B.& G. when in town...

altadenahiker said...

You know what they call a table for three? Six feet under.

Bellis said...

Keep it up, keep it up! You're raising my spirits! But here's a true story: I stopped to investigate the mortuary this morning and a van drew up in front of the restaurant from a company called "Heavenly Produce."

TheChieftess said...

AH...you're in rare form!!!!

Ms M said...

No way I can keep up with the comedians here! :) I like your photos of the place; the gates are striking.

Margaret said...

It was a morgue! Or a funeral parlor? Very different things I think.

Petrea said...

Argh! Margaret, my mistake. I used the wrong word. I went back and fixed it. Thal Armathura told me it was "a mortuary."
Thal's a Pasadena historian. His blog: http://avenuetotheskylakeavenuepasadena.blogspot.com/
Really, I could just die.

Bellis said...

I'm mortified I didn't spot that.

J+P said...

Let this stiffen your resolve to bring more rigor to your legwork. Arm yourself with facts! Show some spine! (etc)

Trish said...

it may have been a mortuary, but it was a church at one time.

I had lunch with my grandmother at the grill once and she mentioned how she'd dated a man once who attended that church--and how ironic it was we were lunching there that day. Can't remember if he was Catholic or Episcopalian.

The pictures make it look an AWFUL lot like Church of the Angels in many respects and the stained glass shot from a few days ago reminds me of St James in SoPas.

Petrea said...

I don't know, J. Maybe we've totally dissected this subject--you know, just done it to death.

The red brick is a bit like Church of the Angels for sure, Trish. And those wooden doors kinda do it, too. The sanctuary here is quite a bit smaller, though.
Maybe church first, then mortuary? Seems a lot of trouble to go to, architecturally, for a mortuary.

Petrea said...

Having said that, it does impress me how, across the world and across the ages, people have always poured their talent and wealth into beautiful houses of worship.

magicpolaroid said...

wow nice place!

Trish said...

smaller than CoA? wow...that's small! we've had several standing room only funerals in CoA---but, then perhaps if they were a small congregation, they only had so much money and built only so big and/or only had so much space.

do they have the buried parishoners out back like CoA?

Petrea said...

Merci, Magic.

I couldn't tell you, Trish. Because of its current use as an office building I've only been in limited areas of the place. The sanctuary is smaller than that of Church of the Angels, most definitely. There are many other spaces, though, including at least two courtyards. I haven't seen "out back."