• 532 W Colorado Blvd
  • Pasadena, CA 91105

Picturesque Views

The Colorado Street Bridge is a historic Beaux Arts bridge that spreads over Pasadena. The bridge was built across the Arroyo Seco (seasonal river) to ease travel between Pasadena and Los Angeles. Before the bridge was built, people had to go down into the Arroyo Seco, cross the river and come back up the other side. Today it offers visitors picturesque views of the city and is featured in several television shows and movies. Most recently the Colorado Street Bridge was featured in the 2016 Oscar nominated film “LA LA Land.”

Architectural Marvel

The Colorado Street Bridge was designed and built by Waddell & Harrington Company in 1912 in the Beaux Arts style. It was the tallest concrete bridge of that time and the first curvilinear bridge ever designed. The bridge and its graceful arches were designed with a unique curve halfway across its route in order for each of the eleven arches to take advantage of the firmest footing. The bridge spans 1,486 feet at a maximum height of 150 feet. The Colorado Street Bridge is now a Civil Engineering Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Biennial Bridge Party

More than 3,000 residents were in attendance when the Colorado Street Bridge was dedicated on December 13, 1913, but after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, the bridge was closed to traffic as a precaution. The Colorado Street Bridge was reopened to traffic on December 13, 1993, and a proud Pasadena crowd came to celebrate. The celebration lives on with the Bridge Party which occurs every other year.

Public Transportation

Take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, from there you can:

(a) Walk one mile to the bridge

(b) Take an Uber or Lyft to the bridge

(c) Catch Metro Local 180/181 at Colorado Blvd and Arroyo Parkway, exit at Colorado Blvd at Terrace Drive and walk one block to the bridge

(d) Catch Pasadena Transit Route 10 at Colorado Blvd and Arroyo Parkway, ask the driver to let you off at Colorado Blvd at Orange Grove Blvd, (entrance to the bridge)