When Laura Verlaque takes over as the executive director of the Lanterman House museum on Monday, April 9, it will be with a real appreciation for the history of the place — including the famous family who built it as well as those who, over the past quarter-century, have labored to turn the home into a community “jewel.”
“The past 25 years, they’ve had the enormous task of preserving and restoring this house and I think they did it beautifully,” Verlaque said. “The heavy lifting is all done, now my role is to maybe dig a little deeper with some of the details.”
Verlaque spent the past 12 years at the Pasadena Museum of History — from which Melissa Patton, the Lanterman House’s only other permanent executive director, also came. Continue reading “Lanterman House Gets New Director”
It was a busy year in La Cañada Flintridge. Residents came together to mourn losses and celebrate victories, they made their voices heard at the polls and in public hearings, they made history in real estate and sports, and, at La Cañada High School, students were instructed to try to get a little more sleep.
Here are the 17 most important local stories of 2017:
1. LCF Loses Dave Spence
Dave Spence suffered a fatal heart attack at his home May 16. The devoted city councilman and six-time mayor was 80.
In March, he’d been re-elected for a seventh term as a member of the City Council, on which he’d served since 1992: “In my opinion, La Cañada Flintridge is one of the greatest cities in this state,” Spence said during his last campaign.
When Melissa Patton hugs the Lanterman House goodbye for the last time on Aug. 31, she’ll know she transformed the historic home into a space that is used, as Lloyd Lanterman hoped, for the public good.
Since it opened as a public museum in 1993, the house has become a place for schoolchildren to learn about local history, for researchers to mine area archives and for community members to admire the beauty of the old bungalow-style home.
Patton, who was responsible for making sure all of that came to be, is retiring after 25 years as the only executive director in the museum’s history so far.
“I love this house,” she said. “It’s very much a big character in my life. I do this funny thing when I close up at night, I pat it and say, ‘I’ll see you in a couple of days, girl.’
“It will take some getting used to, not to have that responsibility, not to be concerned all the time about the welfare of a nonliving thing.”
Designed in 1915 by noted architect Arthur Haley for Dr. Roy Lanterman and his family, the Lanterman House is one of few pre-1920 residences left in LCF. Continue reading “Lanterman House Director Says Goodbye to Mothering the Local Landmark”
The Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation will host its free, second annual Summer Whites Picnic and Ukulele Rendezvous on Sunday, May 28, from noon to 4 p.m. as part of Fiesta Days Weekend at the Lanterman House and Gardens.
The community is invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the gardens beginning at noon. House tours will begin at 1 p.m. Visitors can admire works of local artists and dance to live music in the ballroom. Cookies and lemonade will be provided. Outside the house, there will be a ukulele concert starring the Honey Lulus. Guests are welcome to bring their ukuleles, dress in period clothes and join the fun. Continue reading “Summer Whites Picnic and Ukulele Rendezvous May 28”