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

Third Thursday

Reducing Single Use Plastics in Altadena

March 19th, 7-9 pm

Altadena Community Center

Learn about the issues with single use plastics (SUP) and hear from the experts on the impacts and proposed legislation.  We will screen the KCET film, Life in Plastic: California’s Recycling Woes

LWV-PA 9th Annual
Climate Change Forum

Saturday March 28th – 9:00am – Noon

Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church
500 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101

Free public event – Co-sponsored by Altadena Heritage

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.