San Marino, California


San Marino, established in 1913, is a small highly affluent city located in the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles County. San Marino is a beautiful city in the San Rafael Hills that is primarily residential, consisting of large luxury estates. The population is approximately 14,000. Pasadena is to the north, South Pasadena and Alhambra are to the west and south, San Gabriel is to the south, and a small, affluent unincorporated area of Los Angeles County known as Chapman Woods, is to the east.

The first known inhabitants in the San Marino area were the Tongva People who occupied the area for thousands of years before it was claimed by Spain and later by Mexico.


Lacy Park

Lacy Park is a beautiful city owned park in San Marino that consists of 30 acres of open space with mature shade trees. The park, originally named Wilson Lake in 1875, was purchased by the city of San Marino in 1925 and renamed Lacy Park. The park has beautiful gardens, two walking loops, six tennis courts, a pro shop, and a large picnic area that is used for concerts and various civic events. The park also contains a memorial to General George S. Patton, who previously lived in San Marino, and a second memorial to all other armed forces from San Marino.


The Langham Huntington

The world famous, luxury resort Langham Huntington, Pasadena hotel, formerly The Huntington Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, is only steps from San Marino, and has been a focal point of the community since 1907.


Huntington Library

The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens, also known as The Huntington, was established in 1928 by Henry E. Huntington in San Marino, California which is in the western San Gabriel Valley. The library is primarily a collections based educational and research institution. The art collection consists primarily of 18th and 19th Century European art and 17th to 20th Century American art. The botanical gardens include the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, and the Chinese Garden. The Huntington is absolutely beautiful and is open to the public. Memberships are available.


Chinese Club of San Marino

The Chinese Club of San Marino operates the Chinese School of San Marino and operates a civic league to promote and support Chinese culture, arts, and educational programs. The club also sponsors the annual Chinese New Year Carnival, a mid-autumn festival, and other entertaining and educational activities.


El Molino Viejo

El Molino Viejo, also known as The Old Mill and the Old Grist Mill, is the oldest commercial building in Southern California. The old mill was built in 1816 by Tongva Indians, in the San Rafael Hills of San Marino, California which is in the western San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County. It was one of the first ten sites in Los Angeles County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as a California Historical Landmark. Today, the building is owned by the city and is used as a museum and art gallery. It is home to the California Art Club and was first operated by the California Historical Society, and later by the Old Mill Foundation. It is definitely worth visiting.


Chinese School of San Marino

The Chinese School of San Marino, established in 1981, is a registered Heritage School with the California Department of Education, located in San Marino, which is in the western San Gabriel Valley adjacent to Pasadena. In addition to teaching children and adults how to read, write, and speak Chinese, the school also provides its students the opportunity to learn traditional Chinese arts and culture.


Crowell Public Library

San Marino Public Library

The San Marino Public Library, also known as the Crowell Public Library, was founded in 1933. Services include computers, reference materials, an extensive Chinese language collection, meeting rooms, a children’s area, a teen area, and an adult area. The San Marino Public Library is owned and operated by the City of San Marino.


Friends of the Crowell Public Library

Friends of the Crowell Public Library in San Marino has been supporting the library for more than 40 years. Its mission has been has been to supplement funds from the city in order to provide special services that would not otherwise be available to the community. The organization sells donated books at the library which are a real bargain. All funds collected help to support the library and its programs. Memberships are available. Donations are greatly appreciated and put to good use.


San Marino Historical Society

The San Marino Historical Society collects and preserves historic documents, tapes, photos, books, oral histories and other artifacts, and teaches about the history of San Marino and, the surrounding area. The Thurnher House at Lacy Park houses the organizations offices and archives and is open to the public on certain Sundays. The San Marino Historical Society is a membership organization always seeking additional members, volunteers, and donations. The organization publishes a quarterly newsletter and offers various free lectures and programs to the public each year.


San Marino Chamber of Commerce

The San Marino Chamber of Commerce, established in 1959, plays an active roll in supporting local businesses and in recruiting new businesses to San Marino. The mission of the San Marino Chamber of Commerce is to provide for the economic well-being of the community, to be an advocate for its members and to provide community leadership. The chamber offers its members networking opportunities, low cost advertising opportunities, referrals, and educational opportunities.


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Approximate Distances from San Marino


Monterey Park

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