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John Rowland Mansion
16021 Gale Avenue, City of Industry - La Puente, CA
 
Opening July 20, 2024
 

 
 
On July 20, 2024, the La Puente Valley Historical Society (LPVHS) and House Museum will host a grand re-opening of the John Rowland Mansion, featuring a site-specific art exhibition and community celebration. After four years of dormancy, the historic landmark formerly known as the John A. Rowland House, is experiencing a surge of local support from LA Conservancy, Neon Cowboys, Ballet Folklorico Popurri, and the larger San Gabriel Valley community.

  

 

The John Rowland Mansion was built in 1855 by Alta California settler John Rowland I. In 1973, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service - United States Department of the Interior for its architectural and cultural significance. The mansion was built with original Mullally bricks in the Greek Revival Style on what was a 48,790 acre rancho formerly inhabited by the Kizh nation. Embodying California’s early history, the Rowland Mansion speaks of Western pioneer tales and is home to 19th and 20th century artifacts.

 

Aerial view of the John Rowland Mansion and surrounding plots.

Imagery ©2024 Google, Map data ©2024.Aerial view of the John Rowland Mansion and surrounding plots. Imagery ©2024 Google, Map data ©2024.

 

Currently gridlocked by commercial warehouses and removed from street view, the regional presence of the landmark has nearly vanished. Programming ceased during the Covid-19 lockdowns, but Amy Rowland, a sixth generation descendent of John Rowland II and the president of LPVHS, has advanced a restoration process with her board over the past six years. Having fond childhood memories of the property, she envisions the home returning to its role as a central gathering place for the San Gabriel Valley community.

 Amy Rowland (6th generation Rowland) and portrait of John A. Rowland I.
House Museum site visit, February 23, 2024. Photograph by Evan Curtis Charles Hall.Amy Rowland (6th generation Rowland) and portrait of John A. Rowland I. House Museum site visit, February 23, 2024. Photograph by Evan Curtis Charles Hall.

 

House Museum has partnered with LPVHS to help realize this vision. Artists, gathered by House Museum director Evan Curtis Charles Hall, have been invited to use the physical and conceptual history of the Rowland Mansion as their material for creation. The landmark exhibition explores how art practice can be an alternative method for historic preservation. Artworks will be installed on the mansion’s second floor and exterior grounds, complemented by the Rowland family exhibition on the ground floor—curated by Amy Rowland. 

 

The landmark exhibition will feature work by David Horvitz, an artist from Los Angeles who has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, New Museum, and Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Horvitz has a native plant garden on 7th Avenue that was created in collaboration with Terremoto Landscape

 

David Horvitz, I imagine I am looking into the eyes of someone looking at my eyes after my death, 2020.David Horvitz, I imagine I am looking into the eyes of someone looking at my eyes after my death, 2020.

Emily Barker, the disability consultant and organizer who recently exhibited at the 2022 Whitney Biennial curated by Adrienne Edwards and David Breslin and Crip Time at the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt, will create a series of accessibility interventions at the Rowland Mansion. Due to an absence of ADA consultants that service historic landmarks in the San Gabriel Valley, Barker’s nonprofit Moving Parts Per Institute has provided consultations to make the landmark more accessible. Apart from the second floor gallery, the historic site’s first floor and grounds are now partially accessible for wheelchair users.

 

Amy Rowland’s assembly of artifacts found in the attic of the John Rowland Mansion.Amy Rowland’s assembly of artifacts found in the attic of the John Rowland Mansion.  

Opening on July 20, 2024 from 4pm – 8pm, the midsummer program will offer a new view into the property and the artworks built specifically for it. It will include family-friendly activities, a traditional Mexican dance performance by Ballet Folklorico Popurri, and a local culinary selection. Photographic prints of selected artworks will be available for purchase from the official print production partner of House Museum, Prolongations.org. The Rowland Mansion will publish its Fall calendar and re-open as a place for youth engagement, workshops, and educational tours. There is ongoing opportunity for aligned organizations, patrons, and volunteers to support the future work of the Rowland Mansion and House Museum.

 

Rowland Revision
By Evan Curtis Charles Hall, produced by Marcos Hering and Austin Mayer, AIA. Edition of 7. Prints available at Prologations.org.Rowland Revision By Evan Curtis Charles Hall, produced by Marcos Hering and Austin Mayer, AIA. Edition of 7. Prints available at Prologations.org. 

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