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Pasadena City College, 1570 East Colorado Boulevard

The Pasadena City College was originally constructed as the Pasadena High School in July 1912. Architect Norman Marsh, one of the architects of the city and canals of Venice, California, designed the campus’ first buildings in the Classical style.  The three structures included the Horace Mann, Jane Addams, and Louis Agassiz buildings (known today as buildings C, D, and E, respectively) in a U-shaped arrangement facing East Colorado Boulevard. Marsh’s career in Southern California spanned many decades and included a number of notable local public buildings, schools, and churches, among them Redlands University and Hollywood High.

Following severe damage sustained in the Long Beach Earthquake of 1933, these buildings were rebuilt in the then-current Art Deco Moderne style in time for the 1937 academic year. Pasadena architect Cyril Bennett and the local firm Marston & Maybury designed the larger building (“C”), while the local firm Bennett Haskell designed the two smaller buildings (“D” and “E”). The Mirror Pools were also added to the great lawn between the three buildings at this time. A “chomosonic fountain” built by Pasadena City College students temporarily animated the Mirror Pools in 1948. It was the first fully automatic fountain of its kind to be constructed, and operated electronically to display a range of 44 colors on the water fountain in response to the varied vibrations of different musical notes.

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