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    Hill Avenue Branch Neighborhood Profile - Fireplace

    The current Hill Avenue Branch building, the oldest in the Pasadena system, was designed by Marston, Van Pelt and Maybury, and opened May 6, 1925. The building's historical architecture has been maintained throughout the years and is listed in the City of Pasadena's Cultural Heritage Landmarks.

    Hill Avenue Branch serves an area bounded on the north by Orange Grove Boulevard, Lake Avenue on the west, city boundary on the south, and Oak and Allen Streets on the east. The area has two distinct neighborhoods separated by a corridor of businesses running east and west along Walnut Street and Colorado Boulevard. There is a largely Hispanic neighborhood between the north boundary and the 210 freeway. South of the freeway to Green Street are automotive repair businesses, other small businesses, fast food restaurants, churches, as well as Pasadena City College. From Green Street to the south boundary, the area is largely residential, containing St. Philip's church and school, Caltech and Polytechnic School. There are numerous preschools in the service area, five of which receive services from the library. Three elementary schools (Jefferson, Odyssey Charter School, and St. Philip's) have classes visiting the library during the school year.

    Hill Branch can be reached by public transportation via MTA routes 177,181, 256 and 686, as well as Foothill routes 187 and 189, Pasadena ARTS bus route 10, as well as via the Gold Line, using the Allen station and the bus connections there.

    Located directly across the street from Pasadena City College, the branch is home to the system's Asian language collection, which has a growing community of library users.

    Neighborhood Characteristics and Population

    Source: 2000 Census. Hill Avenue's service area is represented by tracts 4623, 4635, 80% of 4627, 90% of 4634. This area includes 22,572 people, of whom approximately 18% are age 17 and under.

    Political Districts

    City Council  7th District
    Terry Tornek 
    County District  5th District
    Michael Antonovich 
    State Assembly  44th District
    Anthony Portantino 
    State Senate  District 21
    Carol Liu 
    U.S Congress  Congressional District 29
    Adam Schiff

    U.S. Senate
    Barbara Boxer
    Dianne Feinstein 

    Local Schools

    Public Schools
    Jefferson Elementary
    Jefferson Children's Center (Pre-K and Day Care)

    Private Schools
    Odyssey Charter School
    Polytechnic School
    St. Philip's

    Preschools
    Children's Center of Caltech
    Hardy
    Merryland
    Pasadena Progressive Montessori

    Neighborhood Associations

    East California Avenue Neighborhood Association
    Oakdale/Rose Villa/Sierra Bonita Association
    Villa Corona Homeowner's Association