The Lanterman House is open to the public and serves as the City's historic museum.
Completed in 1915, the Lanterman House (or "El Retiro," as it was then known) was built by the second generation of La Cañada's founding family, the Lantermans. Dr. Roy Lanterman commissioned architect A. L. Haley to design a fireproof bungalow of reinforced concrete for his family.
The house sits on 1.4 acres of restored lawns, gardens and majestic oak groves and comprises 11,250 square feet. The gardens have been masterfully recreated to the look of period landscaping with native and drought-tolerant plants.
There are many arts and crafts elements to the U-shaped house, including 32 pairs of french doors, which provide natural light and heat and make all the rooms accessible to the interior patio and trellis-shaped perimeter walkway. The house retains its exquisite original interiors and furnishings, including elaborate hand-painted wall and ceiling ornamentation.
The house's entire second floor is devoted to a grand ballroom, and the interior of the house retains its original furnishings and is elaborately decorated with detailed plant and flower motifs, represented in painted ornament, wallpapers, and light fixtures.
Rotating exhibitions on the history of La Cañada Valley and the Lanterman family are featured.
||The Lanterman House is open Tuesday, Thursday, and the first and third Sundays of the month 1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed the month of August and holidays.
||Adults $3.00. Students (12 - 18 years old) $1.00. Children under 12 are free with adult admission (children must be accompanied by an adult at all times - no strollers are permitted in the house).
||Tuesday and Thursday mornings (and one Wednesday morning each month) by appointment.
||Free parking on Lanterman House property or alternative lot off Cornishon Avenue. No on-street parking on Encinas Drive.