La Casita Del Arroyo
La Casita Del Arroyo is a community meeting facility maintained by the Pasadena, California Parks Department and it is perched on the eastern edge of the Arroyo Seco, the normally dry riverbed that cuts through western Pasadena. The Rose Bowl is nestled in the riverbed further upstream at a wider point. The portion of the Arroyo Seco where the casita is located is maintained as a quasi wilderness park, just beyond the left side of this image, behind the casita is a trail leading down in to the arroyo. The rocks used in the construction of the casita are typical and plenty full along the entire front range of the San Gabriel Mountains drainage and were a typical natural building resource during the 19th and 20th centuries. The actual construction history of the casita is:
La Casita was built in 1933 as a project to provide jobs for the City’s unemployed. Designed by Myron Hunt, the lumber came from old bicycle tracks built at the Rose Bowl for the 1932 Olympic Games, and the stones came from the Arroyo. It was declared a Pasadena Cultural Heritage Landmark in 1976.
There are some fine old specimen trees in front of the casita, but the images of the trees that I captured at the same time as the casita image are not up to my standards, so we will be paying the casita another visit, just to do the trees justice.