What do bicycles have to do with the future of Pasadena?

According to the Mayor of Pasadena circa 1900 Horace M. Dobbins,


More photos can be found at the Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

And even though Uncle Horace sued his fascinating niece and Westridge School alumn in Dobbins vs. Pancho Barnes (granddaughter of the illustrious Professor Thaddeus Lowe …his portrait in main entry hall),

We will forgive.

And promise not to forget, that bicycles and all methods of mobility imaginable have always been part of the history of the Castle Green.

Bon soir!

More about the
future of urban mobility here: Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition

And don’t forget Pasadena Heritage is having its Bridge Party this Saturday, twelfth night of July

DPNA has a raffle for tickets.

Free Gallery

Duchamp Contest


Want to win two tickets to the Moonlight Tour and Janet Klein concert?

Here’s what you do: Collect 4 of the 7 missing Hotel Green signs on the front gate. Each will be coded with a special signature (hint: Marcel Duchamp).

Bring all 4 to the main entry gate June 6 at 5pm and get two free tickets (an $80 value).

Darn you, Dennis Hopper. We want our sign back.

Missing Duchamp



An historical moment monumental

George Gill Green (January 16, 1842 – February 26, 1925) was a patent medicine entrepreneur, and Union Colonel in the American Civil War.

History in the making:

George Gill Green was born in Clarksboro, East Greenwich Township, New Jersey, to Mary Ann (1820-1844) and Lewis M. Green (1818-1894). George Green’s mother was from Pennsylvania, and his father worked as a butcher.

Green attended the University of Pennsylvania medical school for two years, but left in 1864 before he graduated.

He enlisted in the 142nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment (active 1864-1865) during the American Civil War (1861-1865). In 1867 he started a wholesale drug business in Baltimore, Maryland but the factory was destroyed by a fire. He moved to Ohio, married Angie Brown, and they had their first child there.

Green bought the rights to “Green’s August Flower” and “Dr. Boschee’s German Syrup” from his father, Lewis M. Green (1818-1894), who sold the elixir under the name “L.M. Green”. George created a marketing campaign involving mass mailings of free samples, and the distribution of thousands of his almanacs. Both elixirs were mostly laudanum. He became a millionaire and in 1880 he built Woodbury’s Opera House.

The family moved to Woodbury, New Jersey on November 23, Thanksgiving Day in 1872.

The Greens had a son, George Gill Green II (1883-1971), who was born on January 17, 1883 and died in January 1971. [1]

In 1893 Green acquired an uncompleted hotel in Pasadena, California, and in 1894 completed and opened it as Hotel Green in Southern California.

Green completed a summer home, “Kil Kare Castle,” in 1895 at Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey.

In 1898 Green built an annex west of Hotel Green, the “Central Annex” building or “Castle Green” on the block across Raymond Avenue. “Castle Green” is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Pasadena, the California State Historic Landmark Register, and the City of Pasadena Register of City Treasures.

In 1903 Green added a third annex to the Hotel Green, known as the “Wooster Block.”

His patent medicine business declined after the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906, and by 1916 his company’s products were discontinued.

George Gill Green died on February 26, 1925 in Woodbury, New Jersey.


Source: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Gill_Green20140523-114430-42270177.jpg

What was/is all the fuss about?

The Green wants it back:



Darn you, Dennis Hopper.

[buying the first Campbell’s Soup Can painting in 1962 for $75, and of the fan who was so enthusiastic about Marcel Duchamp’s 1963 retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum that he solicited the French artist’s signature for a sign he stole from his hotel.]

More here: http://art-agenda.com/reviews/dennis-hopper-double-standard-moca-los-angeles/