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Historic Landmark Event Space located in the heart of Downtown Old-Town Pasadena

This Historic Landmark Event Space located in the heart of Downtown Old-Town Pasadena is of unique, historic charm, it is a venue built for making memories. Private event rentals include full use of the mansion, both inside and outside, as well as use of tables, chairs, access to free public parking in a nearby lot, furniture setup/cleanup, and other complimentary features! Please remember to factor in time for own event prep and breakdown/cleanup when you reserve your rental, as there's no additional time provided for caterer access, load-out, cleanup, etc. There are no discounts for partial use. Best of all, there's no tax on your rental, since the money goes towards supporting the programs of our nonprofit organization! By booking this venue, you are assisting valuable programs that promote conflict resolution and social justice and fight bullying, racism, homophobia, sexism and other forms of hate, bias and oppression. Thank you for your support! OUR HISTORY: In 1929, George H. Maxwell, a wealthy East Coast litigator and philanthropist commissioned architects Marston and Maybury to build a 13,000 square foot “bungalow” on the hotel grounds in the Mediterranean Italianate style with tile roofing, stucco walls, a Palladian entrance and elaborate detailing. The soaring entry hall and decoratively painted ceiling panels provided the perfect setting to accommodate the Maxwells’ love of entertaining on a grand scale and today showcases paintings on loan from the historic California Art Club. Each winter, the house was abuzz with elegant parties and receptions until the Depression and then WWII took their toll, leading to the eventual abandonment of the property in the 1940s. In 1943, the buildings were taken over by the U.S. Government for use as an army hospital treating injured soldiers returning from the Pacific war front. In 1949, the General Services Administration (GSA) took over; shortly thereafter, the buildings were abandoned, becoming surplus federal property and left neglected until the 1970s. At that time, the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit requested transformation of the hotel into a new courthouse. The tower was restored in 1985 to house the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 1987, the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with a group of judges, lawyers and civic leaders, founded the Western Justice Center (WJC) to create programs to teach students, teachers and members of the community ways to resolve conflict peacefully. Judge Nelson and her colleagues joined with the City of Pasadena to acquire the four neighboring bungalows that would comprise a center for non-profits and serve as the Western Justice Center headquarters. The City of Pasadena purchased the site and structures from the GSA and leased them back to WJC on a long-term basis for charitable purposes. Extensive renovations resulted in this architecturally acclaimed site which is the National Register of Historic Places.

Category and style

Event Space



Private parking for 120 cars

Truck / motorhome on site parking: Street

Available parking lot or parking structure nearby

Permit zone

Address most likely falls into the following permit zone: Pasadena. Please confirm with the host.
Giggster offers in-house coordinating for obtaining film and still photo permits. Call (917) 916-4914 to inquire about obtaining a permit, permit pricing or visit our FAQ section to learn more. Please note this number is not for contacting your location host, if you wish to reach out to the host please click Message Host on the location listing.

Location Rules

No adult filming
No smoking
No pets
No loud noises


Air Conditioning
Hair/Makeup area


High Ceiling
Ornate Ceiling
Vaulted Ceiling
Auditorium/Lecture Hall
Conference Room/Boardroom
Front Desk
Dark Wood Floor
Colored Walls

Crew access

Street Level
Wheelchair / Handicap Access
Exact location provided after booking