Altadena Heritage was founded in the early 1980s, when many beautiful old homes and mansions were being demolished and replaced with tract developments, placing our community’s architectural heritage in peril. Members at the time did a comprehensive survey of the existing pre-war homes, and conducted research on builders and architects.
About 65 people gathered January 21 at the Community Center for a spirited public discussion about Altadena’s park needs.
When William Scripps Kellogg died in 1977, he willed the five-acre Scripps Hall estate on Mariposa Street as an unrestricted gift to Scripps Home for the Aged on Calaveras. In the mid 1980s, the Home decided to sell the property to a developer, who agreed to save the Scripps Hall mansion but wanted to subdivide the rest of the property for new residential development.
This paper was written by Michele Zack as part of Altadena Heritage’s Lake Avenue Committee, formed to study aspects of our community’s commercial life.