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The Lanterman family left behind abundance of valueless clutter stored at city’s expense

The Lanterman family left behind abundance of valueless clutter stored at city’s expense

La Cañada’s historic Lanterman House provides a pristine picture of the early 20th-century existence of Roy and Emily Lanterman, who reared sons Frank and Lloyd in the custom-built 1915 family manse.

Its serene and stately rooms have been restored to convey a quiet country majesty that speaks of the city’s rural past and makes the Lanterman House museum a priceless representative of La Cañada history.

But that’s not exactly the condition the 11,250-square-foot home was in when it was bequeathed to the city after the death of Lloyd Lanterman in 1987.

“They were horrible pack rats,” said Lanterman House Executive Director Melissa Patton, who helped...

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