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Pasadena City Hall

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The massive circular tower at the front of Pasadena City Hall sets the tone for what to expect from the rest of the city: wealth, beauty and an atypically (for SoCal, at least) well-preserved architectural history. You can spot its 206-foot-tall centerpiece, a series of arches and domes, from all over town but it's best appreciated up close. Walk through the rose-filled courtyard (where you'll surely come across a wedding photo shoot) to admire the Renaissance-inspired details on John Bakewell and Arthur Brown's 1927 construction. We'll always hold a special place for the building after it doubled as Pawnee City Hall in Parks and Recreation.

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Venue name: Pasadena City Hall
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Address: 100 N Garfield Ave
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Grounds open continuously. Office hours: Mon-Thu 7:30am-5:30pm and every other Friday
Price: Free
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Southern California has no shortage of beautiful city halls (see: LA, Beverly Hills) but Pasadena's massive rotuna has always struck me as the most impressive. You'll probably run into a bridal shoot or two on a weekend, but don't let that stop you from wandering through the courtyard here (hey, it's a public place).