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

Annual Meeting and Holiday Celebration

Mark your calendar Sunday, December 8, 4-7 pm for our annual meeting and holiday celebration. Our host,  long-time Altadena Heritage Patron Sally Fisher, will open her beautiful 1918 Craftsman/Colonial home for the usual revelry of good food, fun, and friends. Meet, mingle, learn what Altadena’s most active civic organization has planned for 2020 — and  join or renew your commitment to Altadena Heritage.  Please pay your dues online at, at the door, or send a check to our office. Consider becoming a Patron!  RSVPs are a must: or call 626/296-6983. Please help us speed check-in at our Holiday Celebration! Remember to rsvp, and to renew membership for 2020. You can do this ahead of time online, or send your check to 730 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena, CA 91101 with “renew” written in memo line. If you renew at the door, please have your check made out. You may also pay with a credit card on the day of. 

Past Events

1st Annual Altadena Clean Air Day

Saturday, October 5th

Come to Altadena’s first Clean Air Day Celebration and Fair and learn how you can help clean the air in a fun and friendly environment on Saturday, October 5th from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Altadena Library, Community Room, 600 E. Mariposa St. in Altadena.

The Altadena Library, in partnership with Altadena Heritage, Altadenans for Clean, Healthy Air (CHA CHA),  and the Safe Streets Committee of the Altadena Town Council, is hosting this “power to the people” event. 

Regenerative Landscapes

Mitigating Heat Island Effect

September 19, 2019 • 7 PM

Community Center • 730 E. Altadena Drive

Come join us for the next Third Thursday conversation on September 19th.  Shawn Maestretti and Leigh Adams will discuss Climate Reality:  Regeneration of the Landscape.

Golden Poppy
Awards & Celebration

Our 2019 party was held on the wild edge of Millard Canyon, at the home of Tim Cantwell and Stephani Hardy, 832 Millard Canyon Road, Altadena, CA. This home is in LaVina at the top of Lincoln Avenue. Honor this year’s Golden Poppy winners and enjoy music and food with a view to the Owen Brown gravesite, now being protected from development.

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.