Abolitionist Owen Brown’s Altadena grave to be preserved in compromise with La Vina developer By Chris Lindahl Pasadena Star-News Two conflicts have been running for decades. Now they’re crossing paths for a potentially peaceful resolution. After decades of...
A Conversation with Jeffrey C. Stewart, 2018 National Book Award Winner, and Michele Zack Crucible of Art: Altadena as a Special Space in Black History Saturday, February 9, 2:00 – 4:00pm Altadena Main Library Great “in conversation” with National Book Award...
Altadena Heritage Third Thursday Program Nov. 15 at 7 pm – Community Center, 730 Altadena Drive Join our panel to discuss how “Complete Streets” benefit communities, and try your hand at redesigning the Lake Avenue/Altadena Drive intersection! Complete Street...
Annual Meeting and Holiday Celebration Sunday, Dec. 2, from 3-6 pm2174 Midlothian Drive (corner of Midwick Drive)Our annual meeting and holiday celebration will be held at the exquisite home of Chantal and James Giddens. They chose their homesite for its magnificent...
This Old House Altadena Edition Please come join other Old House Owners and Enthusiasts to meet the Owners, and the General Contractor and various Trades and Crafts people who’ve had a hand in the ongoing restoration of this Wonderful Craftsman Home. There will be...
Big News: 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...
Seed Library Presentation: The Popenoe Family & Altadena’s Horticultural History Join Altadena Heritage, the Seed Library and the Altadena Library District for a presentation on the Popenoe Family and Altadena’s Horticultural History at 10am this...
June 21 @ 7pm – Third Thursday Program: Climate Change Where We Are and What We Can Do Dear Friends, Returning to our Third Thursday series, Altadena Heritage will host Climate Change: Where We Are and What We Can Do. Carol Kravetz of the Citizens Climate Lobby...
Membership Info & Dues Golden Poppy Garden Awards and Celebration This year’s Golden Poppy will be held at the home of Michele Zack and Mark Goldschmidt. Their Mediterranean-revival house was designed and built in 1922-3 by noted artist of the Golden Age of...
Altadena is an unincorporated community of 43,000 sited on an outwash plane beneath the abruptly rising San Gabriel Mountain Range and between the Arroyo Seco and Eaton Canyon.
Altadena is 13 miles northeast of the city of Los Angeles and directly north of the city of Pasadena. Founded at the time of Southern California’s land boom of the 1880s, the town’s uniqueness derives from a distinct history, “live free or die” culture, and stunning physical setting.
Architecturally diverse with significant examples of every style of home from modest Craftsman bungalow to Italianate mansion and Modernist gem–Altadena has also been a racially diverse community since the 1960s.
Why Support Altadena Heritage?
At Altadena Heritage we put on events and programs every year. Our board of directors – a varying group who have joined because they love where we live and want to help Altadena become a more lively and vibrant community – gather once a month and we plot.
We ask ourselves: How can we raise awareness of what we have here in our community? How can we help our citizens become more connected to each other, to this place and to its history? What would make our community better and how can we promote positive change?
Members propose ideas for programs, events, and newsletter articles to address these questions, and our board works together to make things happen. This is the community service we do at Altadena Heritage, we find it enjoyable and deeply gratifying.
The fact is, our unincorporated community needs Heritage; we have no city government – and maybe that’s good – but this means we have to advocate for ourselves, to lobby for the community we want, and to work with others in a positive, constructive way. Because we’ve been active for over 30 years, and incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization since 1987, we have gained respect and standing. We give Altadena a voice that is heard in town and by the County.
In our office at the Community Center we maintain an archive on most buildings in Altadena, and virtually all built before 1940. Please make an appointment to research the history of your (or any) home. We are currently working to organize and update the archive and to migrate our computer database on to a modern platform.
• Fabulous annual holiday celebration – every year in a different Altadena gem
• Annual Golden Poppy Garden Awards and garden luncheon in a beautiful Altadena garden
• Tours of local homes and showcase gardens
• Invitations to special events like the Boho-Highbrow event, and our AHA!s – Altadena Heritage Areas where we hold a street party and celebrate special Altadena enclaves and neighborhoods
• Heritage of Abundance – past programs and workshops have included:
Urban homesteading & sustainable living
Restoring your old windows
Starting native plants and produce from seed
Growing fruit in the shadow of the San Gabriels
• Receive our newsletter
• Get access to our architectural archives and database
• Have a voice in advocating for a better Altadena
Altadena Heritage Events
Altadena Heritage engages the community with a variety of educational and celebratory public events. We have only one general members’ meeting each year --our Annual Members Meeting & Holiday Celebration -- a festive occasion where we also vote in board members. Other events are open to the public, either free or with a member discount.
We hold our Golden Poppy Garden Awards & Garden Party each spring in a different glorious Altadena garden. Other events repeat irregularly when we are inspired. The AHA! (Altadena Heritage Area) Program celebrates special places or neighborhoods around town, and we have dedicated seven since 2000, most recently the “Equestrian Block” (2013) which honored Altadena’s Equestrian Heritage with a lively program at Altadena Stables.
We offer most of our educational events at Altadena Community Center, for free or at nominal cost. Our Heritage of Abundance Sustainability Series has addressed such topics as Growing Fruit Trees in the Shadow of the San Gabriels, a Tomato Workshop demonstrating ways to process home-grown tomatoes, Old Window Restoration, Affordable Gray Water Systems, Make your Home Energy Efficient, and many more. A recurring theme we’ve revisited over the years has been water: how it gets to us, and how we can use it efficiently.
We’ve sponsored a few home/garden/studio tours over the years, and special one-off programs, include such past events as Breakfast at Nuccios, our tour of Homes of Altadena Artists, and our Modernist Homes in Altadena tour and many others.
Board of Directors
Linda World, chair
Jinghuan Liu Tervalon, vice chair
Justin Pinchot, secretary
Martin Zacks, treasurer
David Mosher, assistant treasurer