|

President Obama's former Pasadena apartment is getting a plaque

Barack Obama when he was a student at Occidental College in 1982. Eric B. Moore

You’ve likely heard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the address to the White House in Washington, D.C. It’s been home to President Barack Obama for the last eight years.

But what about 253 Glenarm Street in Pasadena? That’s where you’ll find an apartment building that Obama also called home, during his sophomore year at Occidental College from 1980 to 1981.

The building will be marked with a plaque on Saturday, as a way to mark the president’s former residence.

The efforts began with Pasadena City Councilman Steve Madison. He first met President Obama when he was running for president.

“When I met him, I of course mentioned that I was on the city council in Pasadena. When I said that, his eyes lit up and he said, ‘I love Pasadena. I lived there when I was a sophomore at Occidental College, and I had so much fun in Pasadena. And that’s terrific,’” Madison said.

About five years ago, Madison put plans in motion to commemorate Obama's time in the city. Now, the city is inviting residents to the ceremony. 

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. Remarks are expected from Madison, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, and Councilman John Kennedy, who recently told Obama about the commemoration.

“I understand from John that the president was touched and really excited about the fact that Pasadena is doing this,” Madison said.

To protect the privacy of its current residents, the unit Obama lived in will not be listed on the plaque. The commemoration does not provide the same protections that come with a historical landmark, but Madison says that could be a possibility sometime in the future.