- Chris HoldenState Representative
- Michael D. Antonovich
Save a Historic Japanese American Home, Gardens and Endangered Torrey Pine Tree
When Japanese Americans were interned in concentration camps during World War II, many of them lost their land and homes. There is now an opportunity to save a historic location if there is not intervention soon. Please sign this petition to save the southwest portion of the historic Scripps/Kellogg estate in Altadena, CA as a historic site and community garden.
The Yuge family—Takeo, Fumiko and their daughter Nadine—was removed from the Scripps/Kellogg estate in Altadena, where patriarch Takeo had been the gardener for 15 years. When they returned after the war, they relocated to Harbor City in Los Angeles. The Kellogg family soon asked the Yuges to return, and the family of four girls grew up in a Craftsman house Takeo’s uncle had built. Takeo turned the land beside and behind the house into an azalea farm, breeding and selling the plants to florists. He took out patents on several varieties. As part of the reconciliation efforts between Japan and the United States, Takeo trained young men from Japan in American farming techniques.
The Yuges had a handshake agreement with property owner William Scripps Kellogg, promising that the family could remain on the land as long as Takeo and his wife Fumiko were alive. Japanese Americans were prohibited from owning land until 1952. The current owner, Waldorf School, honored the agreement, but with the death of Fumiko in 2014, it was terminated. Waldorf School would now like to reclaim the land for school use.
A better use
The piece of land that the Yuge descendants would like to preserve includes the historic Craftsman house, which was built by Takeo’s uncle when he was the caretaker in the 1920s; the rare and endangered Torrey Pine and the garden south of the house to Mariposa Street; and the land to the west of the house. The family believes that a community garden would be an appropriate use for the land, both as a dedication to their parents and their relationship to the Kellogg family during a tumultuous time for Japanese Americans, and as a site important to Japanese American history. It would be the realization of the legacy of Mrs. Florence Scripps Kellogg and her son, William Scripps Kellogg, to share a garden with the community.
Although Scripps Hall, which includes the Craftsman house and gardens, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and the California Registry of Historic Resources, there is no protection from demolition or alteration. It is crucial that supporters act quickly to delay any alterations or razing of the property.
SIGN the petition to preserve the piece of land containing the Yuge's house and gardens to the south, including the endangered Torrey Pine, as well as the area west of the house for use as a community garden.
- State Representative
- Michael D. Antonovich
Save a Historic Japanese American Home and Gardens
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