11 Most Endangered Historic Places
South Pasadena/El Sereno
Year Listed: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
Location: South Pasadena, California
Threat: Deterioration, Neglect, Road Construction
Photo: National Trust for Historic Preservation
The predominantly Hispanic communities of South Pasadena and El Sereno are distinguished by their handsome Victorian, Craftsman bungalow, and Mediterranean Revival-style houses. In the late 1980s, these well-preserved communities were threatened by a proposed six-mile, $1.4 billion freeway extension, which would have cut through four nationally-recognized historic districts and destroyed almost 1,000 homes and 6,000 mature trees. As a result of the planned freeway, thousands of long-term residents would have been forced to abandon their homes, neighbors, and distinctive heritage.