Los Angeles & OC Wedding Photographer

JOHN PAUL PRADO

PADUA HILLS THEATER WEDDING

Padua Hills was a 2,000 acre tract of land directed by Bess Garner and Herman Garner. It was subdivided into a 6-acre artist colony called the Little Theater Association with a central dining room, artist studio, shops, and a small theatre. Located three miles north of Foothill Boulevard in the City of Claremont, the Spanish Revival buildings were nestled at the base of the mountains and surrounded by lush trees and shrubs. As described by the National Register of Historic Places, "The complex is situated on six acres of land and includes three buildings--a theater and restaurant building, an adjacent apartment, and a studio/residence--grouped around a central courtyard. The landscaping of olive trees and rock walls and curbing, along with an outdoor stage structure are contributing site features. A 'Padua Hills Theatre' sign with a pair of Mexican folk dancers and a life-sized statue of an Indian maiden add to the mood of the setting."[3] The theatre was operated by the Padua Institute, a non-profit educational corporation. Offering courses in Mexican folk music, dance, and Spanish, the Institute was advertised for its work in preserving the Spanish and Mexican heritage of early California

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