The British Home in the mid -1920s was a dream, a big dream and brainchild of the Daughters of the British Empire in California, which became a reality after a hard struggle accumulating the money to purchase the first property which in turn, had taken a long search before finding the desired site for such an extraordinary enterprise.
Today, two and a half acres of well-tended gardens and landscape surround five separate cottages, with their own charm and story to tell; each with its own tastefully decorated lounge, modern kitchen and individual en-suite bedrooms with private baths. These comfortable cottages also avail twenty-four hour assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and a LVN on site seven days a week.
Coming soon! To the campus in 2018 is the addition of a sixth cottage (4 double units) to be named Lambert Cottage, honoring The BH benefactor, The Darlene and Harry Lambert Foundation.
Accommodating all major social indoor events and daily food service, Armstrong Hall is centered comfortably between the Campus Green and Shaffer Fountain Patio. Upon receiving a bequest in 1953 from Miss Katherine Armstrong of Portland, Oregon the main dining room was build and the entire unit thereafter, was named Armstrong Hall. A wonderful gathering place for countless, memorable celebrations, Armstrong also becomes the happy refuge from inclement weather interrupting an elegant outdoor event, a cozy place indeed to enjoy your novel, your music, your puzzle, your friends.
Where The British Home history started on September 22, 1931 with the formal opening ceremony presided over by Sir John Adams, Consul-General of Great Britain. So great was the attention to this event that an additional wing was promptly added to the existing structure.
Named after its benefactor, Mrs. Florence Shafer from Long Beach, Shafer Cottage was remodeled over the years and today is home to eleven residents who continue to enjoy the front veranda providing a cool, shady oasis on a late summer’s afternoon.
This cottage was erected in 1988. The seven-room building housing nine residents today is named after Mr. Harry J. Foskett of Pacific Palisades who enabled the purchase of the lot and construction of the first cottage in 1934, in memory of his first wife and her mother. The Home “Theatre” and Activities Department are located in the Foskett basement where many residents indulge their artistic bent. The cottage residents enjoy San Gabriel mountain views and the campus Green which is especially dazzling during the Christmas season, adorned with the return of the grazing, reindeer herd.
A building fund was accumulated and Ramona cottage was constructed after receiving the donation of the property to the west of Foskett Cottage by Mrs. W.R. Humphries in 1954. Located on the northern side of the acreage this cottage is home to eight residents, relishing the mountain views and gardens on the Green.
Jameson was first built in 1958 and in 2011 this cottage was completely renovated having been constructed in 1958 through the generosity of Mrs. Ida Jameson in memory of her husband. The recent construction project kept the exterior intact with the interior of the cottage being completely rebuilt comprising of five bedrooms with ensuite WC and hand basin, small living area, large shower room and laundry. This cottage also houses the medication room and Head Nurse’s office.
The lot Braemar was built on lay vacant until 1951, when the Cottage was built. The cost of this building was born by the first occupants. In 1966 a wing was added that included a beauty salon, enlarged kitchen and laundry room and several more rooms. Braemar Cottage residents take advantage of the glorious rose gardens on their side of the campus.