Lovely Lanterman House – Touring La Canada’s Lanterman House

It’s not often that I write a post right after visiting a place. But I so enjoyed my excursion today that I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

Nestled behind those trees is the Lanterman House of La Canada Flintridge. It’s a beautiful Craftsman home commissioned in 1915 for Dr. Roy Lanterman. Dr. Lanterman is the son of one of the original settlers to the La Canada area and, in fact, the Lanterman family was instrumental to the formation of this lovely city.

Not only did Dr. Lanterman come from this impressive lineage but he was also a significant figure in his own right. He was a practicing gynecologist, the Los Angeles county coroner, and he assisted the victims of the San Francisco earthquake.

With that tragedy in mind, he commissioned his residence to be built entirely of concrete in order to withstand any natural disaster that might befall the area. After it was finished he, his wife, and two sons moved in. After Dr. and Mrs. Lanterman passed away the sons continued to live in the house, both remaining bachelors. After they also passed away, the house was left to the city.

Because the house remained entirely in the family’s possession everything inside is completely original. Yup, I said everything. I’m sure you know how rare that is to historic homes.

Based on this history I was very excited to view the house. It is only viewable through a docent led tour. Luckily those are readily available every Tuesday and Thursday (and the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month) for the low, low price of $5.

And folks, that is truly an incredible bargain. The house is so, so lovely. Filled with the family’s furnishings and artifacts it is a prime example of life in the early part of the 20th century. Everything is so beautiful and so interesting…just take a look –

A lovely light fixture in the dining room
The dresser in the master bedroom
One of Mrs. Lanterman’s outfits
This ballroom is the entire second floor!
A view from the sleeping porch
Mrs. Lanterman would watch wresting on this TV
Dr. Lanterman’s basement office, complete with horsehair couch
Original booze!
And spices!


Mrs. Lanterman’s cookbooks


The icebox
Detail of the kitchen floor
A view from the sun room
A beautifully restored mural in the sun room
An early intercom system

Isn’t it amazing! And this is just a small portion of all the amazing stuff inside. I was completely blown away. And the grounds are pretty nice too.

Lanterman House
4420 Encinas Drive
La Canada Flintridge, 91011
open Tues, Thurs, and the 1st and 3rd Sundays from 1-4pm
admission $5

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