Have you ever been to Café Bizou in Pasadena? It’s a nice French restaurant with a pleasant setting in Old Town on the corner of Raymond and Holly. My favorite dish is the Rack of Lamb in a minted sauce. Those French folks sure know how to prepare a lamb!
Long before there was a Café Bizou on Raymond and Holly, there was the Pasadena Furniture Company. In perusing the Pasadena Digital History Collaboration’s website; http://www.pasadenadigitalhistory.com, I found an image of the Pasadena Furniture building from 1915
Courtesy of Pasadena Digital History Collaboration
Today, it appears that the Pasadena Furniture Company has turned into commercial office space on the upper floors with Café Bizou occupying the bottom floor. Still a very beautiful and historical corner.
Taken this afternoon
But wait!!! This gets so much better! The one thing I absolutely love about history is that when looking back, one can be lead to so many different and previously unknown paths. It’s kind of like making little discoveries for the first time. It’s really thrilling actually! Anyhow, the corner building which faces us, is still part of the Café Bizou bar today. This building existed either on or before 1895!
Take a look at our corner building in this next image taken in 1895 – Courtesy of Pasadena Digital History Collaboration
Look closely at the left window. It reads, “Embalming – Undertaking”!! Yes, this was once a mortuary! The Adams and Turner Mortuary to be exact! Founded by A.M. Adams. Apparently he and his family occupied the 2nd floor as living quarters.
Mr. Adams himself circa 1895 – Courtesy of Pasadena Digital History Collaboration
How about an image of the interior of the Adams and Turner Mortuary in 1895? – Courtesy of Pasadena Digital History Collaboration
What a great treasure these images are! So next time you are enjoying a drink at the Café bar, remember to pour a drink on the floor for the dead homies!
For those that are still interested, here is a link to an image of our two structures in 1990; Pasadena Furniture Company Right about the time when Old Town was starting it’s Renaissance.
Till next time! Aaron
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