Summer and ice cream go hand in hand, and many people savor childhood memories of a cold scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day.
In celebration of this age-old tradition of beating the heat with cold tasty treats, Alhambra Preservation Group and Alhambra Historical Society will co-sponsor the fifth annual Summer Ice Cream Social at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Alhambra Historical Societys Museum, 1550 W. Alhambra Road.
All are welcome to attend this summer evening event and to enjoy a free scoop of ice cream provided by Alhambras very own Twoheys Restaurant. As a treat, the ice cream social will feature a special performance by the acclaimed band Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys. The band performs vintage melodies exclusively from the 1920s and 30s. Ms. Klein, a resident of Alhambra, has released seven CDs, her most recent entitled Whoopee! Hey! Hey!, Tunes to Cheer in Tumultuous Times.
The Alhambra Preservation Group will hold its bi-annual Historic Home Tour Sunday June 12 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased for $20 on the day of the event at the Alhambra Historical Society Museum located at 1550 W. Alhambra Road.
Are you considering an outdoor home improvement project this spring? Ever wondered how you could extend the aesthetic of your historic home into the great outdoors? Then plan on attending Alhambra Preservation Groups winter event entitled Good Fences (and Landscaping) Make Good Neighborhoods February 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Alhambra Civic Center Librarys Community Room.
The evening event will feature talks and a presentation by Sean Mitchell and James Reineck, two local artisans who have years of experience making the spaces outside homes more inviting. Sean Mitchell, owner of Bungalow Fences and Gates, established his business in 2008 after requests from Pasadena residents to produce Arts & Crafts-styled fences. Since then, he has built scores of custom decorative fences and gates in the San Gabriel Valley, working with discriminating homeowners, architects and landscape designers.
James Reineck, landscape designer and owner of Jamescapes, began his career seven years ago and has completed hundreds of landscaping installations and designs for clients and garnering beautification awards from Pasadena and Monrovia. Prior to the talks, Alhambra Preservation Groups president, Christine Olson will give a short presentation on Alhambras Design Guidelines, a newly adopted guide available to residents interested in making improvements to their homes.
We hope to see you there!
At APG's meeting in October, the winners of the Alhambra Heritage Home Award were presented with certificates by APG President Oscar Amaro and Vice-President Christine Olson.
Please join us Thursday October 21st at 7:00 PM at the Alhambra Public Library, when the Alhambra Preservation Group will announce the winners of this year's Heritage Home Awards.
Alhambra is a city of beautiful residential neighborhoods and a rich architectural history, but many of its historic structures and neighborhoods are not widely known or appreciated even within our own community. Alhambra Preservation Group established the annual Heritage Home Awards in 2008 as a way further its mission of raising awareness about Alhambras architectural richness and honor homeowners who have made outstanding contributions to historic preservation in Alhambra.
Each year four or five Alhambra homes are selected to receive a Heritage Home Award. The Katherine Hildreth Heritage Home Award, the organizations top award which was named after APGs late founder, is given to a homeowner whose home demonstrates an exceptional contribution of preservation. Each winner is honored at a fall awards ceremony, receives a framed certificate and a tastefully designed lawn sign to proudly display on their front lawn.
Alhambra lost another one of it's oldest, if not THE oldest building in our city. Story here.
The Alhambra Preservation Group will be hosting its 4th Annual Ice Cream Social on Thursday August 19th at 7:00 PM. More here.
We hope you can join us on Thursday June 17th when APG will have Ken Compton from Ed Sylvis Seismic Safety who will give a presentation on how you can minimize the damage to your home in the event of a earthquake. Ken will talk about what signs or problems to look for, as well as the steps and measures you can take. Ken will also field questions at the end of the presentation.
The meeting will be held at the new Alhambra Public Library at 7:00 PM in the library's Community Room which is in the west side of the first floor. Everyone in the community is invited to attend and we hope to see you there!
APG's next general meeting is on Thursday March 18th and will feature Suzanne Lloyd-Simmons of ICCI Planning, Design, Graphics & Colour to give a presentation and field questions from our group. Suzanne will speak on the selection of exterior color schemes for historic homes. She has more than 20 years experience working in architectural, residential and commercial design and is very involved in the preservation movement in the West Adams district of Los Angeles, where her 1906 home is located.
We are also excited to be holding this meeting at a home that is currently being restored by APG member Steve Meyers. Steve has been working on the two-story 1910 Craftsman and has been doing a remarkable job! The meeting time is 7:00 PM with the presentation commencing at 7:30. We would appreciate your RSVP so that we know how many chairs to bring. There will be light refreshments and hopefully, Steve will give us a brief overview of his work-in-progress!
To find out about the meeting location, please email us or leave a message on the APG Hotline 626-755-3467 and we will return your call promptly.
APG's next general meeting will take place Thursday October 15th at 7:00 PM at the Evans home, a 1911 2-story Craftsman that is being meticulously restored both in and out. Please email or call our hotline at (626) 755-3467 for the address. Meeting time begins at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend whether or not they are "official" APG members.. We are a friendly bunch!
On the agenda is the presentation of our 2009 Alhambra Heritage Award Homes recipients! We hope to see you there!
On Monday September 28th, Alhambra's City Council gave public recognition awards to the homeowners of the APG-sponsored Historic Home Tour.
APG is holding its Annual Ice Cream Social on Thursday August 20th at the Josyln Center located at Story Park, 210 N. Chapel Avenue at 7:00 PM. Not only will we be serving Alhambra's own Fosselman's ice cream, but we'll also have a slide show on the June 28th Historic Home Tour. Drop by some some cool, delicious eats and a slide show!
The Alhambra Historic Home Tour held on Sunday June 28th was a smashing success! Nearly 600 people from as far away as San Leandro (that's just south of Oakland), Ventura, Hemet and Orange County attended despite it being the hottest day of the year up to that point! Stay tuned for a full article on the day's activities as well as a slideshow.
Alhambra Preservation Group (APG) Plans Spring Field Trip to El Molino Viejo, The Old Mill
Alhambra Preservation Group will be represented along with 60 other regional historica/preservation organzations on March 22nd, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Highland Park's Heritage Square Museum located at 3800 Homer Street along the Arroyo Seco in northeast Los Angeles (the vintage Victorians can be see from the freeway). This event is sponsored by the Los Angeles Heritage Alliance, a group dedicated to promoting and protecting our region's historical heritage. APG members can be admiitted free by downloading and printing this flyer and presenting it, along with their APG Membership Card, upon entry.
More information can be found by visiting www.heritagesquare.org
Report on the March 16th Planning Commission Meeting
"Some good news folks. Last night at the PC, the 1105 South Stoneman project was denied a permit for the tear down of a Spanish bungalow and construction of the mansion monstrosity. Eleanor, Nong, Michael Messina and 2 neighbors showed up to speak against the project. The neighbors had a petition with about 14 signatures voicing opposition against the project. Almost all of the PC commissioners had driven down the street and commented on the charm of the neighborhood and how incompatible the project was with an imposing 2 story structure in a single story neighborhood.
Sam Yum, the "architect" took a beating, but he did say he had taken the advice that I had given him earlier about retaining the original house to the owner but the owner rejected it flat out. The owner wants a new house period. Someone said let him buy a new house somewhere else! Eleanor and I mentioned that the plans looked suspect as there was a large area in the garage that could be converted later that was labeled "laundry room" at over 200 sq ft. Eleanor pointed out to the commission that this was not even counted in the floor area ratio figures (F.A.R.) and that this is a loophole that needs to be plugged.
It seems that the PC is firmly against this type of project in neighborhoods that are relatively cohesive, but in crappy areas it appears that is another matter. The design guidelines were mentioned several times and I think they will be used a lot in the future once they are implemented. One of the commissioners mentioned that APG always has a representative at the DRB meetings. A big thank you to Cris for all of her hard work. So in conclusion, a high 5 to all of my fellow board members. We did it!"
APG's bi-monthly meeting will take place Thursday February 19th at the Robinson Home, one of the recipients of the inaugural APG Heritage Award which were presented in October 2008. For more information on the meeting location, please call (626) 755-3467 and leave a message. We will return your call.
There will be no meeting scheduled for December due to the holidays. Have a wonderful Christmas!
Alhambra Preservation Group Sponsors "Meet the Candidates" Forum
Alhambra Preservation Invites You to Cool Off and Save Money!
The Alhambra Preservation Group will host an old-fashioned ice cream social at its August general membership meeting. The event will occur at 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 21, 2008 at Story Park Joslyn Center located at 210 N. Chapel Avenue and will feature Alhambra's own Fosselman's ice cream.
At the meeting, Ed and Batya Sanchez of Window Restoration and Repair, Inc., will talk about how to successfully preserve and repair wood and steel windows. The approach is proven to help retain the value of a home, maintain its architectural features and save money. The event is a must for anyone considering the replacement of windows, especially in older homes with original wood or steel windows. Topics will include the following.
Keeping your home green and your budget lean
Please R.S.V.P by calling (626) 755-3467 and leaving a message, or sending an email to APG.
Photos from the evening can be seen here.
6-26-08: Photos from the June 19th meeting can be seen here.
The Alhambra Preservation Group will celebrate its fifth anniversary at this June general membership meeting by hosting an evening tea in the front garden of the 1886 Victorian located at Elgin and Stoneman Streets and behind the Renaissance Theaters. Light refreshments including birthday cake and tea will be served. The Alhambra Preservation Groups president, Oscar Amaro, will give a presentation entitled Early Alhambras Main Street on noteworthy businesses in Alhambra at the turn of the last century. Residents are encouraged to attend and share their own stories and memories.
The home selected for the June 19 meeting is one of Alhambras first residences and was home to Samuel and Emma Crow, proprietors of Crow & Drakes, Alhambras first grocery store. Celebrating its 122nd birthday this year, future plans for this quaint Victorian include renovating it into a tearoom for future generations to enjoy.
To RSVP or for more information, please contact the Alhambra Preservation Group at (626) 755-3467.
APG President Oscar Amaro attended the Los Angeles Heritage Alliance's May 31st meeting held at the famed Heritage Square Museum. The topic was increasing the communication and collaboration between heritage/preservation organizations throughout the Southern California region. Guest speaker was Zack Behrens, editor of the highly successful Los Angeles News Blog who gave an overview of the myriad of free/low-cost online marketing tools that can be used for outreach purposes.
In addition to the Alhambra Preservation Group, other organizations included the Lanterman House, Los Angeles del Pueblo, the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Old Mill (El Molino Viejo) Foundation, the Santa Monica Conservancy, and the Society of Architectural Historians. Photos from the meeting can be viewed here.
Our next general meeting, which will take place Thursday April 17th is titled, "Is Your Home Historic?"
Spanish Mediterranean. Craftsman. Tudor. French Fantasy Chateau. All these are home architectural styles and all of them can be found throughout Alhambra. With the trend and value -- in architecturally interesting, handcrafted homes on the rise, the Alhambra Preservation Group is pleased to focus its April 17 program on the citys prolific home architecture and clarify the meaning of having an historic residence.
APG VP Chris Olson and Board Member Gregg Miller will explain and showcase the architectural details that define the 20th century Spanish Mediterranean style homes which are abundant in Alhambra. The speakers will also touch on the Craftsman, English Tudor and French Chateau home styles.
The confusion surrounding what makes a home historic will be cleared up as they will explain in simple terms when a home is and when a home is not -- historic. The benefits that homeowners can derive from having a historic home will also be discussed.
A question and answer session will follow both presentations. If you need directions and address information, please email APG.
We hope you can join us.
On March 31st, the City of Alhambra will hold a public meeting for the purpose of garnering input from the community on the proposed Design Guidelines for R-1 Neighborhoods. Also present will be Mark Broder of the consultant firm Downtown Solutions, who will field any questions residents may have. APG members are strongly encouraged to attend.
APG members Oscar Amaro and Michael Lawrence will give a presentation on the activities and future plans for the group at the Alhambra Historical Society meeting Wednesday January 23. 2008 at 7:30 PM. Location is at the Masonic Hall on Woodward between Garfield Avenue and 1st Street.
The Alhambra Preservation Group's Board of Directors met for a Christmas social at the Olson/Selje home to discuss APG's plans and goals for 2008.
Happy New Year!
Several members of the APG attended the City of Alhambra Planning Commission November 19th meeting arguing against the proposed demolition of a 1922 kit home to make way for two "big-box" homes. More here.
APG's Thursday October 18th, 2007 general meeting took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Evans, 816 E. Alhambra Road with guest speaker author and restoration expert Jane Powell, who also had copies of her popular and extremely informative books for sale. Photos from the evening can be seen here.
The Alhambra Preservation Group, now an official 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, is launching its Inaugural Fall Membership Drive. Please donate what you can via Paypal's secure web site, or by downloading a membership form and returning it along with your tax-deductible donation check to:
Alhambra Preservation Group
Please join us at our general meeting for a presentation on "The Storied History of Story Park" Thursday August 16, 2007 at 7:00 PM to be held at the Joslyn Center, 210 N. Chapel Street. You can download a flyer or click here for more information..
On June 8th, APG sent out a notice to the membership informing them of a Pasadena Star News article stating the City of Alhambra's intent on building 175 condos on the Story Park property. Residents within proximity to the park also learned of it only in the paper -- not by the City -- and were incensed. A community meeting was called held on July 16th and was attended by over 100 concerned residents in vehement opposition to the City's plans.
A special treat for APG members; the next general APG meeting will feature a FREE tour of the famed Pasadena Playhouse on Saturday June 23rd, 11:00am to noon at 39 S. El Molino (that's just south of Colorado Blvd.). Tour highlights will include a docent describing the history and architecture, access to the balcony (which will soon be remodeled by the famed Frank Gehry) and the backstage and Green Room areas, as well as the library and archives.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 20th 2007 by calling (626) 755-3467 or emailing the APG. We will meet at the Playhouse.
On Monday April 16, the City of Alhambra's Council, Planning Commission and Design Review Board will have a joint meeting with the consulting firm Downtown Solutions on the status of Alhambra's Neighborhood Design Guidelines for R-1 Neighborhoods. We are asking that all Alhambrans, as well as APG members attend in lieu of our usual general meeting.
In other news, the target date of the Historic Resources Survey update which was scheduled for April 28th has been postponed until Fall.
APG members Chris O., Eleanor C., and Joyce A., attend and report on the City of Alhambra's Design Review Board meetings. These reports, along with photographs of the homes up for review can now be read here.
Also, APG members Eleanor Carter and Oscar Amaro were recently appointed by newly-elected Councilman Luis Ayala to the City's Planning Commission and Art and Cultural Commission, respectively.
The Alhambra Preservation Group will resume their bi-monthly meeting schedule on Thursday February 15th at the home of J. Birney, 821 N. Bushnell Avenue. Our featured guest will be newly-elected 5th District Councilman Luis Ayala. We hope to see many of you there!
1-29-07 O. Amaro gave a presentation to the City of Alhambra at the joint session City Council, Design Review Board, and Planning Commission meeting held Monday January 29th at the Joselyn Center. The City's consultant Downtown Solutions, who will be responsible for the preparation of the neighborhood design guidelines for R-1 neighborhoods, were also present.
Mr. Amaro, representing the Alhambra Preservation Group, spoke of the timely need for these design guidelines by showing photos of both inapproporiate additions and remodeling in Alhambra, as well as home owners who have carefully blended new construction with not only the existing structure, but are also compatible with the neighborhood.
Another issue of great concern to Alhambrans is the city's rapidly diminishing greenspace due to over-development. Mr Amaro's presentation featured satellite imagery taken of Alhambra, as well as surrounding cities that clearly show abundant tree canopies in neighboring South Pasadena, San Marino and San Gabriel, while Alhambra -- literally beginning at the city's borders -- is shown as a grey barren landscape.