AKA: Pasadena Municipal Auditorium, Pasadena, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - assembly halls

Designers: Bergstrom, Haskell, and Bennett, Associated Architects (firm); Crowell, William C., Building Contractor (firm); John Cyril Bennett (architect); George Edwin Bergstrom (architect); William Chamberlain Crowell (building contractor); Fitch Harrison Haskell (architect)

Dates: constructed 1925-1932

2 stories

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300 East Green Street
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA United States 91101-2308

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The remarkable Mediterranean Revival Style Pasadena Civic Auditorium cost about $1.25 million contained both an auditorium that seated 3,000 and an exhibition hall that could accommodate 3,000 people for dances. The exhibition hall gained a reputation for staging popular big bands for dances during the period before and after World War II.

Building History

Bergstrom, Bennett and Haskell started design work on the Pasadena Civic Auditorium as far back as late 1924 or early 1925. The program called for (in 01/1925) auditorium seating for 3,000, a 100' x 200' exhibition hall, 2 lecture halls, and a concert stage; cost was set at $1 million. The auditorium opened during the week of 02/15/1932-02/21/1932, each day featuring a series of musical performances by local musicians.

Building Notes

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It contained a 3,029-seat auditorium, 2,000 seats on the main floor, a 56-foot x 42-foot stage and sound equipment room, and the Gold Room, a 3,200-square-foot ballroom. The Civic Auditorium plays host to the People's Choice Awards and has accommodated the Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards on more than 25 occasions. Tel: (626) 449-7360.

PCAD id: 849