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

at the
Altadena Main Library
600 E Mariposa Street

Past Events

Have you ever tried pulling a building permit for an Altadena project? Did you hit roadblocks? Costly delays? Get contradictory information? Wonder why the process should be so baffling?

Please join us as we host a panel of representatives from three of the Los Angeles County agencies that review, inspect, and enforce Altadena’s building codes and zoning standards: Building & Safety, County Fire Depart, and Department of Regional Planning.

Crucible of Art: Altadena as a Special Space in Black History

Great “in conversation” with National Book Award winner Jeffrey C. Stewart and historian Michele Zack at a Black History Month event co-sponsored by Altadena Heritage and the Library on Saturday. Art, the philosophy of Alain Locke, and Altadena as a special space in Black History were topics covered. Over 100 people participated!

Altadena Heritage News

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.