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Warta/Sartori Cabin Project

The Mammoth Museum plans to relocate the log building known as the "Warta Cabin.” It is currently located at 63 Lake Mary Road (across from Mammoth Brewing Company) and the museum would like to move it to a location that is adjacent to the Museum off of Sherwin Creek Road.

The Warta Cabin historic building was originally part of the Valentine compound in Old Mammoth and was built in the 1920's by prominent Los Angeles banker and civic leader Joseph Sartori (1858-1946) as a summer getaway.

Sartori was the founder and President of Security-First National Bank, was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Country Club and the City of Torrance, and was influential in the development of the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel, Subway Terminal Building and Los Angeles Civic Center.

In the early 1970's, the Warta family purchased the building and moved it to its current location where it housed a cable company among other uses.

The building was a gift to the Mammoth Museum by the Warta family in 2003 when they sold the underlying property, but excluded the building from that sale, and from any future sales. The building sits on land that is currently slated for redevelopment and the Mammoth Museum plans to move the building to a new location adjacent to the museum's Hayden Cabin as soon as financially and logistically possible in order to safeguard this important historic building.

Once moved, the Mammoth Museum’s current plan for use of the building is to create a historic public library and also house the museum's administrative offices and archives.

The WARTA Cabin in its current location.

The WARTA Cabin in its current location.

Proposed Site for the Warta Cabin.

Proposed Site for the Warta Cabin.