Altadena Heritage is a nonprofit volunteer-based advocacy organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and raising awareness of our foothill community’s rich architectural, environmental, and cultural heritage.
Annual Meeting and Holiday Celebration
Sunday, Dec. 2, from 3-6 pm
2174 Midlothian Drive (corner of Midwick Drive)
Our annual meeting and holiday celebration will be held at the exquisite home of Chantal and James Giddens. They chose their homesite for its magnificent mountain views — not for the house then standing on it. The Giddens transformed a California Ranch style residence into a modern Japanese-inspired courtyard habitat, complete with a studio for artist Chantal and a home theater. A short film about the preservation of Owen Brown’s gravesite will screen to get members up to speed on one of Altadena Heritage’s most significant recent projects.
Big News: Owen Brown Gravesite Land Acquisition
Back in the late 1980s, Altadena Heritage made the leap from committee of the Town Council to independent 501(c)(3). The mission: to protect and preserve Altadena’s architectural, historical, cultural, and natural heritage.
Among our first projects was an attempt to gain California Landmark status for Owen Brown’s hillside gravesite (he died here in 1889). Owen was among the last survivors of the failed 1859 raid on the federal armory at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, led by his father John Brown. >more