The Fenyes Mansion, the Jabez Banbury, the Adolphus Busch, and the Arthur Noble are just a few of several homes in Pasadena that were named after their owners.
Were you to take the time to investigate each of them you’d find an array of interesting facts. You’d find, for example, that the Fenyes Mansion was built 108 years ago as the summer home for the East Coast’s Fenyes, that for a while it served as the Finnish Consulate, and that it has been featured in several Hollywood movies.
Perhaps the encouragement you need to delve into the history of some of the “named houses” of Pasadena is to see them first in pictures, and the Pasadena Digital History Collaboration (PDHC) just made it easier for you to do so. Their most recent quarterly online exhibition is entitled “Named Houses of Pasadena,” and it showcases pictures of 34 historical named homes in our city.
The PDHC is an effort by three cultural institutions – PCC’s Shatford Library, the Pasadena Museum of History, and the Pasadena Public Library – with the goal to assemble, digitize, and make historical documents and artifacts web-accessible.
Other photograph collections also available on the PDHC website right now include a full run of “The Needle,” the newspaper of the McCornack General Hospital that was used to rehabilitate disabled soldiers after World War II. The copies of the newspaper date from May, 1946 to May, 1949. Or, if you want to learn about the history of Pasadena, the Pasadena Museum of History’s collection showcases pictures, manuscripts, maps, records and much more spanning from 1834 to present day.
You could also become a PDHC hero by perusing over their “Solve A Mystery” section, which contains people, places, and things that they haven’t been able to identify. But you may! And if you could help you would be loved for it!
Enjoy your time perusing over the PDHC collections. They currently have over 11,166 historical photographs. Talk about Throw Back Thursdays!