Here is the comment left on this site by listing real estate agent Micah Lachtman that mentions these not exactly Sierra Madre individuals. Folks claiming to have a keen sense for what is and is not of historic value in a house located here.
In Micah's "agent's remarks," which are put out there so other Realtors can have some talking points to go by, this "recognized historic expert" is seemingly identified as having a City of Sierra Madre government origin.
The statement, "Existing structures deemed not historically significant by the city," which would seem to clearly indicate that this conclusion has its origin in Sierra Madre's local government agency, is not at all accurate. Rather the source for Micah's erroneous claims is a Pasadena company that apparently specializes in writing reports of this kind.
Here is the name and address of this organization:
If you go to their website (link) you can read the following quite ironic statement:
It is nice that this group can "build communities' legacies by preserving their historic resources," but in the report on the Marvin Weese home (link), which has true significance for many in this community, the Pasadena outfit known as the Historic Resources Group "deemed" that it has no real historic value. Leaving it vulnerable to being torn down.
A conclusion that the current owners, who wish to sell the site for its large lot and not what is built upon it, are probably not disappointed about. After all, their listing agent cannot stop talking about it.
Strangely enough, Marvin Weese, the artist remembered with great fondness by many Sierra Madreans, along with people all over California, is also the person who built both this house and studio with his own hands. Yet he is not mentioned in this report on the history of his home. Not even once.
An odd thing to have left out, right? The guy who built the place and then produced a considerable body of well known artistic work there?
Here is the report. It is a little wordy, with much of it boilerplate with content obviously adopted from other places and people to suit a preordained conclusion.
Guy Cammilleri is one of the two current owners. The other is his wife, Joyce. They are from Arcadia, of all places.
Again, how can you write a historic assessment of this house without once mentioning the name of Marvin Weese? The locally significant and celebrated artist who actually built the place with his own hands?
Unless, of course, your purpose was to white out any inconvenient facts because it would actually have real significance, and therefore not serve the interest of those who paid to have this so-called "historic review" written.
The interest being to enable the tearing down of the Marvin Weese home in order to maximize the property's value for someone who would like to build a McMansion there.
In other words, and as is usually the case, it is all about the money.