Monday, November 14, 2011

Gates (#1)

South Pasadena is a far cry from a gated community. Okay, there's that one weird fortress of a neighborhood near the high school. (I confess, I've never explored it. Could I even manage to sneak in without a passcode?) But the rest of the city is beautifully accessible.

That doesn't mean there aren't some mighty fine gates to admire and, in my case, photograph for all of you.

Here is one of the two historic Oaklawn portal gates. (You can read about the portals and see a wider shot here, and find out even more about the entire Oaklawn neighborhood here.)

Join me this week I take a look at some of South Pasadena's interesting and photogenic gates.

14 comments:

Judy Williams said...

I love the sound they make as they creak open and closed. This is like I'm about to go through a portal to another time.

Mister Earl said...

The "weird fortress" used to be a mental hospital, I think, called Braemoor. I actually met a guy who's mother was a patient there. After Braemoor was torn down, they built several high-end homes there and made it a gated community. I have no idea if this is true but my theory is this: This was in the path of the proposed 710 freeway, I believe, and the high-end homes would add many millions of dollars to Cal Trans' cost of securing the land. Not sure if this was part of a plan by the city, but I always liked the idea.

Patricia said...

Mister Earl, you always seem to have the most interesting facts to share here with us. Love that. I think it's interesting to see who feels like they need gates on their property. I do know people who put up a gate on their emotions, and literally have gates on their homes. I don't think that is a coincidence. And yes, I do remember some very beautiful gates in South Pas so this should be interesting.

hugO Nelson Chavez said...

... great photo to launch a great interesting series! Thank you :) Love the hidden histories of gates ...

Gunn said...

Yesterday morning.....my thoughts went straight to you and your blog..... with all the interesting cars etc...
Do take a look. Stavangerdailyphoto.com

I look forward to see more gates, and will be back soon.

Arguing Guy said...

"called Braemoor"

I thought it was called "Braewood".

That was a spooky place. Kind of isolated. My school pals made tons bad jokes about it. I never paid it any mind.

Now it's a gated community? Oh my.

Arguing Guy said...

I remember a walking path kids took from the high school or where ever to get to the tract subdivisions in the Monterey Hills.

Can't remember if it was all that close to Braewood. I have a vague recollection of being able to at least glimpse the place from that path.

Mister Earl said...

Arguing Guy: You might be right. I won't argue with you, although that might disappoint you!

Mister Earl said...

Here's the scoop: http://www.hospital-data.com/hospitals/BRAEWOOD-CONVALESCENT-HOSPITAL-SOUTH714.html

It was called Braewood. It was a convalescent hospital, but it did have mental health facilities.

Laurie said...

I love you guys! It's so great to keep learning things about our community. I have never heard of the hospital. I thought I was beyond getting surprised by South Pas history since I have read so much about it.

Gunn, I should visit your wonderful blog more often! Everyone, head over and check it out.

Mister Earl said...

One of the No 710 scholars informed me that although Caltrans was very unhappy with the development at Braewood because of the increased amount it would cost them to buy the properties, it was not part of a plan by the city to block the freeway.

TheChieftess said...

I've always liked these gates!!!

Emerald said...

These gates were designed by Greene and Greene for the Oaklawn subdivision. They also design the bridge from Oaklawn to Fair Oaks that is now closed to cars.

Anonymous said...

That pathway to Monterey Hills was called the snake trail. Cutting right passed The old Breawood. There was always a lot of talk about the 4th floor as being the mental ward filled with crazys, and later ghosts. That was in the 70s.