Our Non-Profit Beginnings

Western Justice Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a more civil, peaceful society where differences are valued.

We design and implement creative programs that change the way people think about and respond to differences and conflict. Our programs raise awareness, build skills and increase the possibility of just communities and schools.
— WJC Mission Statement

The Maxwell House is operated by the Western Justice Center, a non-profit serving youth and educators in Southern California since 1987.

By booking the Maxwell House, you are assisting valuable programs that promote conflict resolution and social justice and fight bullying, racism, homophobia, sexism and other forms of hate, bias and oppression. Thank you for your support.

 credit: Brian Joseph

credit: Brian Joseph


Thank You Donors

The transformation of the Maxwell House, from abandoned and trash-strewn building in the 1980s to Western Justice Center headquarters and sought-after meeting space and event venue, is a story of hard work and generous donations of time, expertise and funds. A walk through the Maxwell House reveals tributes to the many gracious donors who helped restore this grand space. 


The Ahmanson Foundation Grand Staircase

Caroline Baker Interior Design

The Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Library

Judicial figurines:  a gift from Honorable Ferdinand E. Fernandez

Elise Mudd Marvin Dining Room

Elise Mudd Marvin Fresco Ceiling

Peter W. Mullin Entry Portico

Alfred C. Munger Foundation Living Room

Pasadena Community Foundation Children’s Workshop

The Rose Hills Foundation Casita Arroyo

The Rose Hills Foundation Elevator

The Dr. Carl M. Franklin and Mrs. Carolyn C. Franklin Conference Room

Sterling C. Franklin, via Morris S. Smith Foundation, graciously launched the Judge James F. Nelson Endowment Fund of the Western Justice Center to celebrate the legacy of Judge Nelson.  This fund will, over time, and with additional gifts from other generous donors, provide scholarship support for interns to work on projects at WJC.

To find out more about Western Justice Center, visit our website, www.westernjusticecenter.org.