The Huntington Library is located in San Marino, a residential neighborhood adjacent to the city of Pasadena in Los Angeles County. Known for the Tournament of Roses Parade, the city is also home to the California Institute of Technology, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a research and development center of NASA.
Pasadena traces its colonial roots to the founding of San Gabriel Mission in 1771 by Franciscan priests to convert the Tongva Indians (later called the Gabrielenos). San Gabriel continues today as a working Catholic Church and school. Visitors may tour the mission, which has a collection of historic objects, including a series of 14 paintings of the Stations of the Cross considered one of the finest examples of early Native Californian religious art, and a hammered copper baptismal font, a gift of King Carlos of Spain in 1771.
Pasadena also has a reputation for its early- and mid-twentieth architecture; the city’s “Bungalow Heaven” neighborhood includes more than 800 craftsman style homes built between 1900-1930. Notable structures in the city include the Arts and Crafts “Gamble House” designed by architects Greene and Greene, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s “La Miniatura,” a
concrete textile-block house.
Modern Art Collections are housed at the Norton Simon Museum, Pacific Asia Museum, the Pasadena Museum of History, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. There are also many cultural institutions nearby, including the Getty Center, The Hammer Museum, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Natural History Museum.
The Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau has excellent information to help visitors make plans: