Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mystery History -- Solved

Elijah wins with his 7 a.m. Tuesday guess "Is Myron Hunt posing by the fountain in the Central Library courtyard at the library's dedication in 1927?"

In the photo above, architect Myron Hunt stands next to the courtyard fountain during dedication ceremonies for the new Pasadena Public Library on Feb. 12, 1927.

During the festivities Hunt gave the $586,000 building's keys to City Librarian Jeanette Drake (left in photo below) and received the Arthur Noble Civic Award from Franklin B. Cole, chairman of the Pasadena Board of City Directors (center).

Here's the award he received.

All of the Arthur Noble Civic Award recipients are listed on a wall plaque in the council chamber at Pasadena City Hall.

Learn more about the library's architecture here.

Myron Hunt designed many iconic buildings and other structures, including this little gem.

To answer Barbara Ellis's question, when the fountain was renovated in 2002, it was dedicated to long-time Pasadena Public Library Foundation volunteers Ann Jarvis Longyear and her husband Douglas McKay Longyear. The $15,000 cost of the renovation was donated by individuals specifically to honor the Longyears for their dedication. The renovation carefully preserved the flavor of the fountain, designed in 1927 to replicate one at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.

Many thanks to Pasadena Public Library and Los Angeles Public Library.


Bellis said...

Thanks for the information about the fountain! I couldn't find anything on Google. I should have remembered that fountain from the Alhambra when i was there, but then everything there was so beautiful I was dazed. Our City Library is also very beautiful - well done, Myron!

Petrea said...

Our library is a treasure in every way! Thanks for a wonderful post, Ann.

altadenahiker said...

Ann, I'm sure you've given links before, and this is totally off topice, but can you point me in the direction of volunteer opps at local food banks?

pasadenapio said...

Barbara, I was thinking the same thing about the Alhambra. I was there a few years ago and don't remember that particular fountain. This gives me an excuse to go back and find it! By the way, Washington Irving's "Tales of the Alhambra," written when the author lived there, is magical.

Petrea, our fantastic Central Library is indeed a treasure from stem to stern.

Karin, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank services areas throughout L.A. County, including the San Gabriel Valley. Their web address is You'll find a page with volunteer opportunities on their site.

Anonymous said...

Very cool pictures Ann! I'm not sure if I've ever seen a pic of Myron Hunt. ~Natasha

Anonymous said...

He was such a marvelous architect. He did the monastery up at the Mount Wilson Observatory.

Miss Havisham's Tea Party said...

It's nice to put a face to Myron Hunt. I've wondered. Thank you, Ann. I wonder, what did Marston look like?

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