Images & Observations

La Casita Del Arroyo

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 16mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/16 Lr3; HEP1

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.

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9 responses

  1. Ken Bello

    Looks like a beautiful building and you captured it on a gorgeous day. Nice!

    May 16, 2011 at 5:40 AM

  2. Looks like some ominous clouds… nice capture!

    May 16, 2011 at 4:57 PM

  3. Thanks, Ken and Kristi.

    May 16, 2011 at 11:02 PM

  4. Great looking place that is. Well captured Wayne!

    May 17, 2011 at 9:22 AM

  5. Thanks, Jason. I lot of beautiful, mature trees there that I want to go back and re-capture.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:26 AM

  6. Gotta love a man with standards. I’m sure you’ll capture the trees just fine the next time back. Beautiful scene here.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:57 PM

  7. Thanks, Mark.

    May 17, 2011 at 7:44 PM

  8. Brendan

    Hi there. Amazing photo. Any chance we can use it on the official site for La Casita Del Arroyo? I’m developing the site now, and would love to showcase this photo. Thanks for your consideration.

    June 29, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    • Thanks for your comment, Brendan. Please see your email for a message from me.

      June 29, 2011 at 6:46 PM

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