Trash Tuesday #102: Where Getting it Cheap is Part of the Esthetic

by Pasadena Adjacent

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On a recent visit to El Miradero (translation: The View) I was able to discover that other lesser known view. Under a pyramid, ‘Eye of God’ and all, exists the eternal resting place of the Brands. Located up a narrow canyon, it’s view rises higher then that of El Miradero.  Meet Mrs. Mary Louise Brand, above ground, though that isn’t the case any longer. She had this little ditty put under the ‘Brand’ name

Ah! gentle, fleeting, wav’ring Sprite,
Friend and associate of this clay!
To what unknown region borne,
Wilt thou, now, wing thy distant flight?

 No author attribution – which isn’t a bad thing


The exotic vegetation continued further upstream, so I did too. And I found this hideaway. Currently occupied by the ghost of Leslie Coombs Brand OR a homeless guy. Either way, he was willing to pose. Soon after, short of bushwhacking my way further, the trail ran out. So I ran out – beyond the Mansion, past a ‘No Trespassing’ sign and up a road that led to what I think may have been the Brand’s dumping ground.


….. and that’s where I came across Trash Tuesday # 102


It’s a fragment from a Catalina Tile. A short lived company that lasted from 1927-37.

It’s interesting to note that the architecture of El Miradero was inspired by the East Indian Pavilion at the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. Indo-Saracenic Revival; A kind of mix of Spanish, Moorish, and Indian styles. Same sources that influenced Catalina Tile. After being handed over to the city of Glendale, El Miradero went under the restoration knife. 60 years later it’s gone in for a 9 million dollar touch up.

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Maybe there’s a relationship between the two – maybe not