Banana Trees

The Castle has had banana trees for over 100 years.

Rose Parade

Pasadena Tournament of Roses – The Hotel Green was a favorite spot to watch the parade.  The Bridge was an especially sought after vantage point.

East Annex Built

Three Mammoth Hotels in One – The only absolutely fire-proof hotel on the Pacific Coast!“ These Hotels are new, many changes having been made in the East building and the third building completed December 1903.  Recent additions include 186 beautiful rooms, with baths, as a cost of $500,000.  The Dining rooms – European throughout, leaving nothing […]


Photo of the Sunroom before the patio was built.


The first section was opened to the public on January 1, 1900. Beginning at Dayton Street, just south of the Green Hotel, the cycleway extended one and one quarter miles south to the base of Raymond Hill, near Glenarm Street. It was about 20 feet above an alley that was midway between Fair Oaks and […]

Castle Green Built

Under the ownership of Colonel Green, the hotel enjoyed phenomenal success. After expansion to the extent possible on the property at the east side of Raymond, a major annex was begun on the west side of Raymond. This building, now the Castle Green, was completed in November of 1898 and formally opened January 16, 1899.

President Benjamin Harrison

In April 1891, President Benjamin Harrison stayed at the hotel during a visit to Pasadena. The visit seems to have been a comedy of errors. The gala at the hotel was ruined when the waiters got drunk before the arrival and ate all the fish. Teetotalers were furious that wine was to be served with […]

Building of the Hotel Green

Originally the Hotel Green was a small hotel built by Edward C. Webster in 1887 on the southeast corner of Raymond and Green (then Kansas) Street. Webster also donated the land and built a passenger terminal just south of his hotel for the Santa Fe Railroad, which provided transcontinental rail service from Chicago to Los […]

Founding of Pasadena

The city was founded in 1874 by Thomas B. Elliott as Indiana Colony; the name Pasadena, a Chippewa word meaning “crown of the valley,” was adopted in 1875. In 1873, Dr. Daniel M. Berry of Indiana who was looking for a place in the country that could offer better climate to his patients, most of whom suffered from tuberculosis […]