At night the canyon above the Pavilion was turned into a fairyland by more than 2,000 illuminated Japanese lanterns. Everyone agreed that Professor Lowe had overlooked no detail nor spared any expense to make the grand opening a memorial event. Then, all of a sudden there it was: The elegant Rubio Pavilion and the Incline Station surrounded by a forest garden of sycamore, live oak, and ferns.
Built on three floors, one atop the other, the structure seemed just to hang there, spanning the narrow gorge directly above the clouds! In less than an hour’s ride from downtown Pasadena, it was possible to ascend from the orange groves to the heart of Rubio Canyon and enjoy a delightful, delicious lunch in the dining room of the Rubio Hotel, which could accommodate approximately 80 diners. The windows looked down Rubio Canyon, but due to tortuous twists and turns, the valley below was not visible.
Photo: Abandoned wheel barrow on Rubio Canyon trail overlooking the Los Angeles basin.
ADDRESS: 1351 Pleasantridge Altadena, California.