Filming Location,  TV

Pawnee City Hall from “Parks and Recreation”


Pawnee City Hall, the workplace of the characters on the sitcom “Parks and Recreation”.


Pasadena City Hall
100 N Garfield Ave
Pasadena, CA


Pawnee City Hall is the heart of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” — it’s where Leslie Knope and co. go about their daily antics and make the world a better place, a little bit at a time.

I’ve always thought Pawnee City Hall looked a little nice and majestic for a tiny Indiana town where everyone hates salads. And the real building is extremely nice: it’s the Pasadena City Hall in Pasadena, CA. (On the show we only see about a third of the building, and it’s easy to understand why. I doubt they could convince anyone that this full structure really exists in a podunk Indiana town!)

It’s in a beautifully manicured area of Pasadena, near the police department and the public library. Through the main archway of City Hall is a gorgeous courtyard with a fountain in the center.

I can’t believe that people actually work here; it’s such a beautiful and peaceful little site. Must be nice! I wonder if there are any grumpy Ron Swansons in the building though…

(Fun fact: “Parenthood” used the opposite side of the entryway to stand in for Berkeley City Hall!)


Written by Christina LeBlanc
Location photos by Christina LeBlanc, Alex Poulin, and Lily Elowitch

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