There are many different styles that fall under the term Spanish architecture but it is the Spanish Colonial Revival style that is most predominate in Pasadena and adjacent Altadena. Other less common styles of Spanish Architecture in Pasadena, but just as notable, are the Mission Style, Hacienda, and Pueblo.
A most significant example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the San Gabriel Valley is Pasadena City Hall. Completed in 1927 and located in the heart of Pasadena, the City Hall is an excellent combination of Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture.
The Spanish Colonial Revival architecture typically defines the larger two-story homes or estates in Pasadena. Although a Spanish Colonial Revival home can be smaller in size, it is the smaller Spanish style homes in and around Pasadena that are termed as Spanish Bungalows. Exterior details include a porch that on the Spanish bungalow is generally small and could be uncovered; some are fronted by small courtyards containing a fountain. Balconies are popular on a Spanish Bungalow that has any type of second story. It is common to see canvas awnings that cover arched casement-style windows. “Charming” and “romantic” are two words that often are used to define the Pasadena Spanish Bungalow, and rightfully so as these homes have a great amount of character and provide the feel of a cozy cottage.