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.

Upcoming Events

Crucible of Art: Altadena as a Special Space in Black History
Saturday, February 9, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Altadena Main Library

Altadena Heritage and the Altadena Libraries are thrilled to present a discussion with author and 2018 National Book Award winner Jeffrey C. Stewart, facilitated by local historian Michele Zack. Highlighting the contributions of Altadenans like Charles White and Octavia Butler through the lens of Alain Locke’s philosophical ideas, Stewart and Zack will explore how Altadena has acted as a crucible of culture throughout its history, especially for its African American residents.

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Abolitionist Owen Brown’s Altadena Grave to be Preserved in Compromise with La Vina Developer

Two conflicts have been running for decades. Now they’re crossing paths for a potentially peaceful resolution.

After decades of strife around the preservation of abolitionist Owen Brown’s Altadena grave site and the until-now unrelated battles facing the La Vina development, both projects are finally set for completion in an unexpected crossing of paths for two of this community’s longest running pains.


Owen Brown Gravesite Land Acquisition

Watch the video and learn the back story.

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.