Pasadena Hills is a city located in northern St. Louis County, roughly 15 minutes west of Downtown St. Louis city. Encompassing no more than 0.22 total square miles of land, its recorded population, at the time of the 2010 census, was 930 residents.
The City of Pasadena Hills began in 1928 as a planned community that developers, Carter Realty Company and city planner Roland H. Buchmueller, modeled after the garden city movement of the late 1800s. This type of urban planning was first initiated in 1898 by Sir Ebenezer Howard, famous author of the book To-Morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform. The book served as an account of a utopian city in which people live amicably as one with nature. Using this garden city movement as its basis and including curved tree lined streets boasting English names as well as popular European architectural housing styles, Carter Realty and Buchmueller achieved their goal in attracting residents.
The entire community was initially platted as a single residential development throughout 1928 into 1929 on the northwest corner of Natural Bridge and Lucas and Hunt Roads. The district included nearly 376 residential properties and most of the region’s construction was designed in popular styles of the mid-20th century.
The landscaping was designed by Buchmueller, who was now serving as the area’s sole planner and landscape architect, and distinguished the community from several others through green spaces along boulevards and at intersections. This region was also home to a vast array of public amenities, all created by the region’s developers and a popular district and its buildings were constructed from 1928 to 1957. The area incorporated under city status in 1935.
In 2005, the Pasadena Hills Historic District Commission facilitated attaining National Register of Historic Places status with the United States Department of Interior National Park Service.
Residents of Pasadena Hills are served by the Normandy School District.