South Pasadena is heavily photographed and subject of numerous motion pictures throughout its history.
The first photos of the original Raymond Hotel (1886-1895) are taken from the Monterey Hills. The City of South Pasadena (incorporated in 1888) appears between these two points.
Today, local studios regularly shoot movies, television shows, and commercials here. As a result, South Pasadena has become one of the most photographed and filmed small cities in the world.
Panoramic photos were popular across America during the late 1800s and early 1900s. In the views below, see how quickly our city’s “urban forest” grew along with its buildings.
Throwback Thursday is written and produced by Rick Thomas