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SAH/SCC Members’ Celebration
Where Old Meets New
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Join SAH/SCC as we thank our members for their patronage at the annual SAH/SCC Members’ Celebration. Admission is free for members; guests are welcome for $10 that may be applied towards discounted membership that day.

Come enjoy this little-known jewel of a library and learn about how it functioned as the heart of this turn-of-the century community and continues to do so to this day. We’ll enjoy a presentation by Chelsea Clark, Local History Reference Librarian, on “Where Old Meets New: The History, Art, and Architecture of South Pasadena and its Library.” Refreshments will be provided and there will be ample time to explore the library and socialize with fellow members.

The South Pasadena Public Library opened in 1908 and functioned as a library until 1982, when it also became a community center. During the past 107 years, the building has undergone several changes, and is now an unusual combination of its earlier and later forms.

The original Classical Revival building by Marsh and Russell was expanded in 1916. In 1930, Norman Marsh remodeled it to Mediterranean Revival style with classical elements. We’ll be meeting in the reading room of the 1930 building, used today as the Library’s Community Room. In 1972, this building was made a South Pasadena Cultural Heritage Landmark.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the library and visit the earliest remaining example of a mural by internationally renowned and award-winning artist, Leo Politi (1908-1996). Politi originally painted the mural in the Children’s Room in 1957 at the request of City Librarian, Mary Murdoch.

This activity is not sponsored by the City of South Pasadena or the South Pasadena Public Library.

The South Pasadena Public Library is located at 1100 Oxley Street, South Pasadena.

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