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

August 20 at 7pm

This month we are pleased  to host a presentation by Dan Mabe, founder, CEO, and president of American Green Zone Alliance.

Dan will share information we can all use to improve our environment, including using alternatives to gasoline-powered leaf blowers. He will speak also on how he has helped communities establish AGZA Green Zones.

This program is supported by a grant from Southern California Edison.

Recent First Thursday Event – New “Cool Roofs” are a Requirement in Altadena

If you are a homeowner in Altadena and need to replace your roof you will have to use “cool roof” shingles. L.A. County passed a cool roof ordinance in 2018 following similar action by the City of Los Angeles, Pasadena and Santa Monica. The cool roof requirement also applies to new construction or if you are replacing more than half of your existing roof. (Tile roofs already reflect heat and are not impacted by the ordinance.)

What is a “Cool Roof”?

A cool roof is made of shingles that contain a material that reflects the sun’s energy back into the atmosphere. Cool roofs absorb less heat and keep houses cooler. On a hot day the surface of a cool roof can be up to 50 degrees cooler than a traditional roof. Cool roofs will also help keep the outside ambient temperatures cooler.

Recent Events

Golden Poppy Awards 2020

Well 2020 just wasn’t like other years!  With Covid-19 closing all public meetings, Altadena Heritage took the Golden Poppies online for the first time ever.  We ‘zoomed’ the event to our members and were joined online by over 70 households who were “sheltering at home” together. Our 2020 winners were even more accommodating than usual, allowing us to film their gardens and record interviews, which were compiled into short video presentations that can be found here on the website.  Michele Zack introduced the winners and Val Zavala moderated a short Q&A with each.  Savannah Moore from Kathryn Bargers office, presented LA County Certificates  of recognition and Chairman Sharon Sand looked forward to seeing everyone again in person next year!

Gil & Joan Acosta

2951 Santa Rosa Avenue

Maita Prout and  WIll Gaskill

2787 Highview Avenue

Paul Schimley

2122 Grand Oaks Avenue

Taylor Jacobson & John Knuth

471 W. Mariposa Street

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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.