Maintain An Architecture Database

In 2009 Altadena Heritage received an $11,000 grant from Edison to expand the architectural database.

Altadena Heritage was founded in the early 1980s, when many beautiful old homes and mansions were being demolished and replaced with tract developments, placing our community’s architectural heritage in peril. Members at the time did a comprehensive survey of the existing pre-war homes, and conducted research on builders and architects. This information was encoded in a searchable database kept in our office along with a trove of old real estate documents, enabling those who want to research their houses to find this information.

In 2009, we received a grant from Southern California Edison, much of which went into migrating the data to a modern platform. In 2014, we implemented a preliminary online user interface to the new Altadena Heritage Architectural Database (AHAD), making the original survey data available through the Web.

In 2015, we will refine AHAD’s user interface and begin the open-ended process of updating the data to support the preservation of Altadena’s rich architectural heritage.

If you’re interested in accessing the database, contact us for the URL and password at ahad@altadenaheritagepdb.org.

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