Thursday, April 15, 2010
This is the Lanterman House, built by the founding family of La Canada. The last to live here were the two bachelor Lanterman brothers, Frank and Lloyd. The last to die was Lloyd I think, in the 1980’s, and now the house is a small but charming museum.
Papa Lanterman built the house of poured concrete as a safety precaution. He feared wildires. Not all the masonry was reinforced, however, and could have proved lethal in earthquake country.
Damn it, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. And that “another” is always the thing you didn’t worry about at all. Guard against fire, you get clocked by a Steinway. At least, I’ve found that to be the case (she said, banging her head vigorously against the wall).