A towering oak tree that had stood for more than a century came crashing down this weekend onto the parking lot of the Lanterman House, the victim of heavy winds and rains that also felled a number of other large trees throughout La Cañada Flintridge.
The 60-foot-tall native oak had shaded most of the property’s south side and predated the Lanterman House, built in 1915, by decades, said Executive Director Melissa Patton.
“It’s a huge loss. I’m really upset about it,” Patton said Tuesday, when only a 15-foot segment of the tree’s massive trunk remained. “We have a lot of oaks on the property, but this one was the biggest. It certainly was here when the home was built.”
In addition to the iconic oak, at least half a dozen other trees fell around the city late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, including several that temporarily blocked streets, La Cañada Flintridge Facilities and Maintenance Superintendent Gonzalo Venegas said.