August Flower

August Flower was the name of the elixir that was was so popular in the late 1800s. Col. GG Green’s enormous wealth was derived from its massive sales. He had a mind for advertising. When he found himself in the hotel business in Pasadena, like any smart businessman, he considered good will hunting. One good platform for for spreading the warm and fuzzy was his entry in the Tournament of Roses.


Okay, maybe not warm and fuzzy in August. Think New Years morning, when the parade happens. However, recently uncovered accounts of the affects of the August Flower elixir actually do suggest “warm and fuzzy feeling” even in the depth of summer swelter. Oh, never mind!

Thanks be to our friends in Woodbury, New Jersey, Village Preservation Society for providing this photo

PS. The float is photographed here in front of the Hotel Green building that was abandoned and razed in t. In the mid 1930s.

“Impacts would be less than significant”

Dear Friends,

Like some kind of a nut, I read the Green Hotel Apartments Draft EIR, Section 3.1 last night. Sweating in 102 degree heat, swatting at mosquitos while plotz’d-out on my back porch, a crow’s flap away from the Green mothership herself.

“I don’t know what the big deal is… it’s just a 75 foot high, 76,980 sq. ft. addition butted up to a National Historic Landmark. It won’t even be noticeable.”

The report is peppered with the phrase “Impacts would be less than significant” but it is the photographs and the photo-simulations of what is claimed to be “less than significant” that shock me. For instance, here is a photograph of a before and after taken from one of my favorite and most photographed vantage points because of its unique view of the western turret. As you can see in the after… turret is GONE. 


Then, to spit in the eye of my eye-candy, this paragraph describes how “less than significant” this view is for the public. You’re hurting me.


Somehow, it’s decided that there is a “more prominent view” and “more notable view” than the west side of our National Landmark. It makes it okay to affect and obscure the view from the public. You know, “the public” ie. whose view is to be left unobstructed when it comes to historical buildings?

It’s not like they don’t know where the special public vantage points are. They’ve identified them for us here in 3.1.6 yet the plan remains to take them away.


Alright, alright. It’s ridiculous. Please call, write, email the project manager at the City of Pasadena and ask him to send you a notice for when the next public hearing will be. His name is:

Kevin Johnson

Project: Green Hotel Apartments- 86 S. Fair Oaks


phone: (626) 744-7806  fax: (626) 396-7259

address: Design and Historic Preservation Section, 175 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101


That’s right not significant. Not the least bit significant, at all. (((cough)))



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Old Pasadena Landmark needs your help

A Good Hello To You,

My name is Dianne Patrizzi. I am the newly elected representative for the Friends of the Castle Green and the volunteer author of this website. I am writing to you today to ask for your help. We have a situation. As a resident of Pasadena (not of the Green), I am very worried about a new development that is planned by the owners of the Hotel Green Apartment building. This development will block and change forever the historic street view of the Green complex from Fair Oaks Ave. to Dayton St. in Old Pasadena.

There seems to be some discrepancy about what constitutes the whole of the registered historic landmark property. Some say it is only the Castle Green building (circa 1898). Others say it is the entire block encompassing the remaining original historic Green complex (Hotel Green added 1903) including the parking lot.

Wait! The parking lot? How could a parking lot be protected from this development? Well, it can’t BUT our view of OUR historic landmark can and IS protected. At least, it certainly should be. Do you agree?

The idea is not far-fetched. The historical views of the Painted Ladies in San Francisco are protected.

Painted Ladies uploaded by HaightAshbury11

Why not our Green? From all sides, we need to see our Green. If that is not Old School Pasadena, I don’t know what is. Would the City of Pasadena even entertain the idea for a millisecond to erect a structure blocking the view of City Hall?

What is to me the overripe cherry tomato on this fetid casserole of a building plan is the removal of several protected trees. Some of these trees were planted over a hundred years ago and to move them elsewhere changes the very character and charm of the place, not to mention that the survival rate for their relocation is almost nil.

Hell-to-the-0, not very green at all.



More on the next post…