On Saturday, May 6th, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., the South Pasadena Library will join forces with the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation (SPPF) to host a captivating event celebrating both National Preservation Month and the city’s 135th birthday. The event will take place in the Library Community Room, located at 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, CA, 91030.
Entitled “Wynyate: If the Walls Could Talk,” the event will delve into the early history of South Pasadena and one of it’s important and iconic historic homes, Wynyate. Positioned on Lyndon Street, Wynyate was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 due to its architectural and cultural significance.
This prestigious designation helped protect the historic building from potential destruction and contributed to the battle against the 710 Freeway.
Mark Gallatin, a Preservation Foundation Board member, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, “SPPF is pleased to co-sponsor this event recognizing National Preservation Month and honoring the shared histories of the City of South Pasadena and the great Victorian home known as Wynyate.”
Constructed in 1887 by South Pasadena’s first mayor, Donald McIntyre Graham, Wynyate played a central role in the city’s cultural scene. Graham’s wife, Margaret Collier Graham, co-founded the city’s first library and reading room in 1889.
Designed in the Queen Anne style by architect William R. Norton, the historic home welcomed a multitude of authors, artists, and local luminaries, such as Los Angeles City Librarian Charles Lummis. Dr. Tedie Hudson Abou-Rass, a former resident of Wynyate, will present a richly illustrated talk during the event.
In addition, the Abou-Rass family will loan a 1973 painting by Southern California-based artist Richard Peterson, which portrays Wynyate at the time of its addition to the National Register. Attendees can view the painting on display during the event and throughout National Preservation Month in the Library’s first-floor display case.
In honor of National Preservation Month, Yvonne LaRose, a local South Pasadena resident and Foundation member, will present a short reading from her book on South Pasadena history.
Admission to the event is free, and light refreshments will be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the rich history of Wynyate and South Pasadena, as well as the importance of preservation efforts in maintaining the city’s cultural heritage. The event aims to raise awareness about the ongoing need for preservation and support for historic properties in the community.
The South Pasadena Library and the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation encourage residents and history enthusiasts to attend this unique event, which highlights the importance of preserving the past for the benefit of future generations. With engaging presentations, vivid imagery, and fascinating stories, “Wynyate: If the Walls Could Talk” promises to be an enlightening and memorable experience for all who attend.
For more information about the event or the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation, please visit their website at www.sppreservation.org.
SOUTH PASADENA PRESERVATION FOUNDATION
The mission of the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation is to foster awareness and appreciation of the historic heritage of South Pasadena and to advocate and facilitate preservation of significant examples of that heritage.
SPPF is an all volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization in it’s 52nd year. This presentation event, and many others including the South Pasadena Historical Museum, is only possible by receiving crucial donations. Please consider a membership or donation: CLICK HERE to donate.
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