Throwback Thursday | Everybody Loves the Raymond

The Raymond (1886-1895) captured the hearts of its guests – especially while hanging out on its exquisite veranda!

PHOTO: Pasadena Museum of History | News | Guests board Thaddeus Lowe’s tallyho at the grand entrance of the Royal Raymond (1892)

In 1892, Professor C. F. Holder addressed Valley Hunt Club members announcing, “In New York, people are buried in snow. Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let’s have a festival and tell the world about our paradise.”

In 1892, on Tournament of Roses Day guests gather on the veranda of The Raymond. They board rose-laden tallyhos to ride in the newly formed Tournament of Roses Parade.

PHOTO: Rick Thomas Collection | News | Artists rendering of The Raymond, South Pasadena (1885)
PHOTO: Rick Thomas Collection | News | First level floor plan of The Raymond, South Pasadena (1888)

The “First Story” floor plan of The Raymond shows the veranda extending the full-length of the building exterior’s front and sides. In 1887, the book “Marvels of Enterprise” describes the veranda as, “A veranda, fifteen feet wide, extends around nearly the whole structure, affording a continuous promenade of a quarter mile.”

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PHOTO: Pasadena Museum of History | News | The Raymond in construction, South Pasadena (1885)
PHOTO: Pasadena Museum of History | News | The Raymond (same view) after construction and landscaping is complete (1886)

The Raymond entrance is covered with hanging plants and landscaping infused with flowers in full bloom. The veranda here offers a shady retreat for guests to relax in lounge chairs or engage in light conversation around wicker tables and chairs.

PHOTO: Rick Thomas Collection | News | The veranda wraps around both sides of the hotel (1886)
PHOTO: Pasadena Museum of History | News | The veranda facing San Gabriel Valley (1888)

The veranda facing the San Gabriel Valley is unobstructed for viewing of the surrounding pastoral lands and Sierra Madres (San Gabriel Mountains today). Notice the lone observation chair.

PHOTO: Rick Thomas Collection | News | Guests of The Raymond hanging out on the veranda (1891)

In the 1880s and 1890s, The Raymond veranda is a place for conversation about business trends and opportunities or a friendly argument over politics. Some prefer a restful snooze or an evening stroll as the mountains turn pink and fade to purple, or perhaps, to seize the moment for a tender kiss.

PHOTO: Rick Thomas Collection | News | The Raymond, South Pasadena (1889)

Throwback Thursday is written and produced by Rick Thomas


Rick Thomas
Author Rick Thomas is the former museum curator and vice-chair of education for the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation. He served on the South Pasadena Natural Resources Commission, helping to maintain a strict policy protecting the city’s great old-growth trees. Using touchstone photographs from his own collection—one of the San Gabriel Valley’s largest accumulations of historical images and artifacts—as well as national, state, and local historical archives, Thomas provides a window to his city’s past and an understanding of why its preservation is so important.