Hotel Green

Last updated
Hotel Green
Hotel Green, Pasadena, from the south, ca.1905 (CHS-2749).jpg
Hotel Green, circa 1905
USA California location map.svg
Red pog.svg
Location of Castle Green in Pasadena, Los Angeles County
Location Pasadena, California
Coordinates 34°08′38″N118°08′58″W / 34.14389°N 118.14944°W / 34.14389; -118.14944 Coordinates: 34°08′38″N118°08′58″W / 34.14389°N 118.14944°W / 34.14389; -118.14944
Built1893 (1893)
Architect Frederick L. Roehrig
Architectural style Mediterranean Revival
NRHP reference No. 82002196 [1]
PASHP No.N1062 [2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMarch 23, 1982 (1982-03-23) [1]
Designated CPSeptember 15, 1983 (1983-09-15) [3]
Designated PASHPMarch 23, 1982 (1982-03-23)
Hotel Green, 1900. HotelGreen-1900.jpg
Hotel Green, 1900.
Detroit Photographic Company (0025).jpg
Hotel Green, circa 2022 Hotel Green Pasadena.jpg
Hotel Green, circa 2022

The Hotel Green was a hotel in Pasadena, California. It was built in 1893 by George Gill Green, and later expanded by him with two additional buildings in 1898 and 1903, creating a complex of three structures. The Hotel Green was the home of the Valley Hunt Club and the Tournament of Roses association.[ citation needed ]


Hotel Green, designed by Los Angeles-based architect Frederick Roehrig in 1893, was the first of the three buildings. The second building in the complex was originally known as the "Central Annex" and became known as "Castle Green," while the third building is known as the "North Annex." [4] The entire block of annexes is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Pasadena Historic Monument.


Construction on a hotel was initiated in 1887 by developer Edward C. Webster, between Raymond Avenue and the Santa Fe Railroad tracks. Webster's later insolvency led to George Gill Green acquiring the unfinished building. [5] :10 Green doubled the size and completed the hotel in 1893. The newly expanded hotel, named the Hotel Green, opened for business in 1894. [5] :12 During its time, the Hotel Green became a "social and cultural center for Pasadena," where it hosted society events such as receptions for significant visitors, [5] and painting exhibitions. [6] Due to the hotel's success, Green began building an addition in 1897, and the "Central Annex" opened on January 16, 1899 to coincide with Green's birthday, and 1,000 guests came to celebrate the occasion. [5] :12 The new building, to become known as "Castle Green," was on a full city block but was "set back from the streets, which provided ample space for a garden." [5] :13

The hotel continued to grow in popularity with the new Central Annex. Its pedestrian bridge to the main hotel over Raymond Avenue became a popular viewing site for the Rose Parade, which ran along Raymond at the time. In 1903 Green added a third building. It incorporated an earlier building constructed in 1887, the Wooster Block, which had been part of the original site of the California Institute of Technology. [5] :15

In film

In certain scenes from the Puppet Master film series the Green Hotel was filmed to double as the "Bodega Bay Inn". [7]

It is briefly seen in the 2005 film Rumor Has It .

Related Research Articles

Pasadena, California City in Los Angeles County, California

Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, 11 miles (18 km) northeast of downtown Los Angeles. It is the most populous city and the primary cultural center of the San Gabriel Valley. With its substantial downtown area, observers consider it as either a suburb of nearby Los Angeles, or as a significant urban center in its own right.

Old Pasadena United States historic place

Old Pasadena, often referred to as Old Town Pasadena or just Old Town, is the original commercial center of Pasadena, a city in California, United States that arose from one of the most prosperous areas of the state, and had a latter day revitalization after a period of decay.

Kirtland Kelsey Cutter was a 20th-century architect in the Pacific Northwest and California. He was born in East Rockport, Ohio, the great-grandson of Jared Potter Kirtland. He studied painting and illustration at the Art Students League of New York. At the age of 26 he moved to Spokane, Washington, and began working as a banker for his uncle. By the 1920s Cutter had designed several hundred buildings that established Spokane as a place rivaling Seattle and Portland, Oregon in its architectural quality. Most of Cutter's work is listed in State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Petworth (Washington, D.C.) Place in District of Columbia, United States

Petworth is a residential neighborhood in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. It is bounded to the east by the Armed Forces Retirement Home and Rock Creek Cemetery, to the west by Arkansas Avenue NW, to the south by Rock Creek Church Road NW and Spring Road NW, and to the north by Kennedy Street NW.

George Gill Green

George Gill Green was a patent medicine entrepreneur, and Union surgeon in the American Civil War.

Carlotta, California Unincorporated community in California, United States

Carlotta is an unincorporated community in Humboldt County, California. It is located 6.5 miles (10.5 km) southeast of Fortuna, at an elevation of 131 feet (40 m), about 5 miles (8.0 km) east of US Route 101 on California State Route 36.

Los Angeles Terminal Railway

The Los Angeles Terminal Railway, earlier known as the Pasadena Railway, and unofficially as the Altadena Railway, was a small terminal railroad line that was constructed between Altadena and Pasadena, California in the late 1880s. It was a byproduct of a land boom period and a victim of the land bust that occurred soon thereafter. It opened officially on January 31, 1888.

Myron Hunt American architect

Myron Hubbard Hunt was an American architect whose numerous projects include many noted landmarks in Southern California and Evanston, Illinois. Hunt was elected a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 1908.

Frederick Roehrig

Frederick Louis Roehrig was an early 20th-century American architect. Roehrig was born in LeRoy, New York, the son of the noted "orientalist and philoligist," Frederick L.O. Roehrig. He graduated from Cornell University in 1883 and also studied architecture in England and France. His architectural styles evolved over time, covering the Victorian, American Craftsman, and Neo-Classical styles. Roehrig is particularly known for his many landmark buildings in Pasadena, California, including the Hotel Green, and Pasadena Heritage has occasionally conducted tours of Roehrig's buildings.

Pasadena Civic Center District United States historic place

The Pasadena Civic Center District is the civic center of and a historic district in Pasadena, California. The district is roughly bounded by Walnut and Green Streets and Raymond and Euclid Avenues.

Downtown Pasadena, California

Downtown Pasadena California is the central business district of Pasadena, California. It is centered on Fair Oaks Avenue and Colorado Boulevard and is divided into three distinct neighborhoods: Old Pasadena, the Civic Center, and Monk Hill. Downtown Pasadena is known for its historical buildings that have been preserved throughout the years.

History of Pasadena, California

Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Founded in 1874 and incorporated in 1886, the city is famous for its colorful history and for the hosting of both the Tournament of Roses Parade and the annual Rose Bowl game football game. It is also the home of the world-renowned California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Maplewood School United States historic place

The Maplewood School, also known as Grammar School No. 5, is a historic school building at 434 Maplewood Avenue in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It was built in 1893, and was designed by Longstaff & Hurd. It was built as part of a major program to improve the city's schools and provide for a rapidly growing population. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Willis G. Hale

Willis Gaylord Hale was a late-19th century architect who worked primarily in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His flamboyant, highly-ornate style was popular in the 1880s and 1890s, but quickly fell out of fashion at the dawn of the 20th century.

Albert Raymond Walker (1881-1958) was an American architect. He is primarily known for his work with Percy A. Eisen as Walker & Eisen in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad

The Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad was a railroad founded on Sept. 5, 1883, by James F. Crank with the goal of bringing a rail line to Pasadena from downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad was sold and consolidated on May 20, 1887 into the California Central Railway. In 1889 this was consolidated into Southern California Railway Company. On Jan. 17, 1906 Southern California Railway was sold to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and called the Pasadena Subdivision. The main line closed in 1994. The railroad later reopened as the MTA Gold Line Light Rail service in July 2003.

Joseph Blick American architect

Joseph James Blick, sometimes credited as Joseph J. Blick, was an American architect who worked on commercial and residential projects and is best known for diverse residences in Southern California ranging from Mission to Modern styles. Born and raised in Clinton, Iowa, his father James Shannon Blick was a building contractor. The Blick family moved to Pasadena, California in 1887 soon after his sister Blanche married Frederick Russell Burnham, the celebrated scout and long time resident of California. Blick began working in Pasadena as a contractor with his father and in 1889 he apprenticed with T. William Parkes, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 1891, he married Daisy Russell, a first cousin of Frederick Russell Burnham. After completing his apprenticeship, Blick and Lester S. Moore founded their own architecture firm, Blick & Moore, in Los Angeles in 1895, where he continued to work until his retirement in 1937. Several of his commercial buildings and residences have been listed with the National Register of Historic Places.

Colonial Hotel (Seattle) United States historic place

The Colonial Hotel is a historic building in Seattle located at 1119-1123 at the southwest corner of 1st Avenue and Seneca Streets in the city's central business district. The majority of the building recognizable today was constructed in 1901 over a previous building built in 1892-3 that was never completed to its full plans.

Muskegon Historic District United States historic place

The Muskegon Historic District is a public and residential historic district in Muskegon, Michigan, consisting of the four blocks between Clay Avenue, Webster Avenue, Second Street, and Sixth Street, and the two blocks between Webster Avenue, Muskegon Avenue, Second Street and Fourth Street. The district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Historic Hotels of America

Historic Hotels of America is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that was founded in 1989 with 32 charter members; the programs accepts nominations and identifies hotels that have maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity. As of June 5, 2015, the program included over 260 members in 44 states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


  1. 1 2 "National Register of Historic Places". National Park Service. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  2. "Hotel Green". Office of Historic Preservation. State of California. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  3. "99 S RAYMOND Ave". CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL RESOURCES INVENTORY DATABASE. State of California, City of Pasadena. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Gadski, Mary Ellen (March 20, 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Hotel Green". National Park Service . Retrieved August 12, 2013. Accompanied by photos.
  6. "Local artist is praised by critics". The Independent. 1911-02-13. p. 3. Retrieved 2021-02-12.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. Band, Charles; Collodi, Joseph G; Schmoeller, David; Allen, David; Joyner, C. Courtney; DeCoteau, David; Schouweiler, John; Perello, Hope; Le Mat, Paul; Scaggs, Jimmie F; Miracle, Irene; Frates, Robin; Crampton, Barbara; Hickey, William; Maclellan, Elizabeth; Benson, Collin; Talbon, Nita; Rolfe, Guy; Abercrombie, Ian; Douglas, Sarah; Gotel, Walter (2010). Puppet master collection. Vol. 1 Vol. 1. ISBN   9781422998984.