Green Street

Named for George Gill Green (1842-1925), a snake oil salesman from New Jersey. In the late 19th century, Green made a fortune peddling cure-all elixirs like “August Flower” and “Boschee’s German Syrup”, which were essentially laudanum, a powerful opiate that was available without a prescription back then. Regardless of the sordid way he attained his wealth, we can thank Green for purchasing an unfinished Pasadena hotel and opening it as the Hotel Green in 1894, whereupon the former Kansas Street was renamed Green Street. The hotel is long gone, but its 1898 annex still stands as the spectacular Castle Green, a landmark apartment building and one of the jewels of Pasadena.