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The Castle Green: A Trip Back in Time

Regally standing in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, the Castle Green provides a sense of old world charm for visitors and the few residents lucky enough to score an apartment in this historic landmark.

The Castle is the second building of a complex that was built in the 1880s and originally known as the Webster Hotel before it was purchased by George Gill Green, a patent medicine entrepreneur who renamed it the Hotel Green. It became home to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and Valley Hunt Club.

Opening in 1899 and originally known as the “Central Annex," it was renamed the Castle Green in 1924 when it was taken over by investors and divided into 50 residential apartments. For its seven stories, Architect Frederick I. Roehrig drew on Moorish, Spanish, Victorian, and other stylistic elements.

The complex -- with its ballrooms and dining rooms, a gentleman's smoking salon, a woman's salon, crystal chandeliers, and grand staircase -- became a popular luxurious resort destination for wealthy patrons looking to escape the cold winter months.

Today, the Castle Green still operates as residential units. The interior public rooms have been restored to recreate the original look of the late 1800s. Several of the sitting rooms even contain their original furniture. A spacious sun room features historic wicker and the grand lobby greets visitors with a mosaic tile floor and marble stairway. A large, grand ballroom waits for occupiers to fill it with festive events. The Castle Green is also home to the oldest wrought iron elevator on the West Coast. Much of the interior was painted with Dunn-Edwards Paint, custom-matched through paint analysis to replicate colors that maintain historical accuracy.

If you would like to get the look, we've created a Castle Green-inspired paint palette using our Perfect Palette® colors here:


DEA147 Garnet Evening


DE5151 Cinnamon Stick


DEC702 Antique Rose


DE5298 Butterscotch Syrup


DE5641 Mermaid's Cove


DE5818 Midnight Haze

The Castle Green is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the State Historic Register, and the City of Pasadena's list of Historic Places.

The space has become a favorite for filmmakers looking to recreate a moment in time and for love-struck couples looking for romantic Victorian charm for their weddings. The public rooms and grounds are available for parties and corporate events and the Castle is open to the public for grand tours approximately twice a year.

See inside the Castle Green

Get a peek into some of the Castle Green apartments/condos
(Note how the residents even decorate their doorway into the halls!)

Castle Green Holiday Tour 2012


For more information on the Castle Green, visit their website.

Photos by specs+spaces®