AKA: Parkway Building, Old Pasadena, Pasadena, CA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Parkinson and Bergstrom, Architects (firm); George Edwin Bergstrom (architect); John Parkinson (architect)

Dates: constructed 1905-1906

6 stories

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115 East Colorado Boulevard
Old Pasadena, Pasadena, CA 91105

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The Chamber of Commerce Building occupied 115-117 East Colorado Boulevard.


This six-story, steel-framed skyscraper occupied the northwest corner of East Colorado Boulevard and Arroyo Parkway.

Building History

This early Pasadena skyscraper office building, designed by the Los Angeles architectural firm of Parkinson and Bergstrom, was completed in 1906. John Parkinson, (1861-1935), designed a number of early towers in Los Angeles, most notably, the 12-story Braly Block, finished in 1904.

By 1942, the Chamber of Commerce Building was known as the "Parkway Building."

Building Notes

Fifteen architects were listed in the "Architects" section of the classified business directory of Thurston's Pasadena, California, City Directory, 1912(p. 430), and, of this number, five had offices in the Chamber of Commerce Building. They were Sylvanus B. Marston (Room #602), C.F. Driscoll (Room #500), J. Constantine Hillman (Room #444), G. Corwin Keyes (Room #304) and Wagner and Gallagher (Room #641).

John M. Gates was the Resident Manager of the Parkway Building in 1942. (See Los Angeles Directory Company’s Pasadena City Directory, 1942, p. Z.)


According to an advertisement in the Los Angeles Directory Company's Pasadena City Directory, 1942, (p. Z), the Parkway Building had been "recently modernized."

PCAD id: 22199