Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Pasadena Furniture Company Building

Have you ever been to Café Bizou in Pasadena? It's a nice French restaurant with a pleasant setting in Old Town on the corner of Raymond and Holly. My favorite dish is the Rack of Lamb in a minted sauce. Those French folks sure know how to prepare a lamb!

Long before there was a Café Bizou on Raymond and Holly, there was the Pasadena Furniture Company. In perusing the Pasadena Digital History Collaboration's website; http://www.pasadenadigitalhistory.com, I found an image of the Pasadena Furniture building from 1915

Courtesy of Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

Today, it appears that the Pasadena Furniture Company has turned into commercial office space on the upper floors with Café Bizou occupying the bottom floor. Still a very beautiful and historical corner.

Taken this afternoon

But wait!!! This gets so much better! The one thing I absolutely love about history is that when looking back, one can be lead to so many different and previously unknown paths. It's kind of like making little discoveries for the first time. It's really thrilling actually! Anyhow, the corner building which faces us, is still part of the Café Bizou bar today. This building existed either on or before 1895!

Take a look at our corner building in this next image taken in 1895 - Courtesy of Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

Look closely at the left window. It reads, "Embalming - Undertaking"!! Yes, this was once a mortuary! The Adams and Turner Mortuary to be exact! Founded by A.M. Adams. Apparently he and his family occupied the 2nd floor as living quarters.

Mr. Adams himself circa 1895 - Courtesy of Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

How about an image of the interior of the Adams and Turner Mortuary in 1895? - Courtesy of Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

What a great treasure these images are! So next time you are enjoying a drink at the Café bar, remember to pour a drink on the floor for the dead homies!

For those that are still interested, here is a link to an image of our two structures in 1990; Pasadena Furniture Company Right about the time when Old Town was starting it's Renaissance.

Till next time! Aaron

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Beautiful City

Not so long ago, my assistant Audrey and I went out on a photo expedition of Downtown Los Angeles. With it's rich architecture and beautiful history, it's quite easy to be in love with Downtown.

When I was young, my Grandmother would take me and my family to the very opulent and historic theaters of Downtown LA to watch a movie. I remember looking up from the sidewalk and always being in awe of the mass detail incorporated into each building.

Throughout the years, I've always reacquainted myself with the richness of these buildings. It's been a long love affair. I know that there are now some special things going on in Downtown. I hope these buildings start to get some much needed recognition.

Anyhow the focus of our expedition was not so much architecture. Just beauty.

Friday, September 09, 2011

A Memorable Maternity Album

Featured below is a recent maternity album created for our clients Eddie and Veronica. They are awaiting their first born baby girl sometime this month!!

They selected a beautiful matted album to display their maternity session images. This will definitely be around for baby Andrea to enjoy for many years to come!!

Selecting this stunning matted album is a wonderful way to display your memories!!!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The Sofa Family Session - Goncalves Family

Our last Sofa Family session of the season was for the beautiful Goncalves family.

They decided to come in formal dress which added so much beauty to this portrait. The formality of their attire along with the regalness of this historical sofa and a hint of a natural setting just turned out beautifully! So much so that I've added a nice size canvas of our first image in the studio!!


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Friday, September 02, 2011

The Little Pasadena Fire House

Here's another unknown Pasadena landmark! It turns out that the buildings on Colorado and Sierra Madre have quite a historical significance as stated in our last post; Pasadena Egyptian Theatre.

Directly across from the Pasadena Egyptian Theatre was an old Pasadena Firehouse. Please take a look at the image below taken in 1948.

Photo courtesy of Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

I've always wondered how the process of extreme change begins? Who was the one that sparked the process of changing a building's history? Who knows, it may have not been a spark at all? It could of been a slow progressive change?

I'm guessing that with the development of jumbo fire trucks, we needed new jumbo fire stations? By looking at our little firehouse here in person, there was simply no need for it any longer. It is far too small.

Here we are 63 years later and we have what one day will be a historical A&A Tire! At least someone found a use for this beauty.

Disclaimer: Taken with my little point and shoot this morning...

If you compare photos, you will see on today's image in the upper left corner, the sign "Floor Coverings" is still somewhat visible underneath the harsh white paint. The two beautiful Queen Palms are gone. Today we have the standard city street tree to the left now which grew considerably being that it was not in the 1948 image. I would love to take a tour inside this baby!!!

Until next time friends...Aaron