Grand Piano Donated to Manor House

Grand Piano Donated to Manor House
Kateri Lirio, a freshman Music major, plays the Manor House piano.
Martha Stoddard of La Verne recently donated the piano to the university.
The grand piano was made circa 1925.

Music will now be heard throughout the Manor House, which is the official residence of the University President, thanks to a generous gift of a circa 1925 grand piano from Martha Stoddard of La Verne.  

“I don't play much so the piano wasn't being utilized,” Stoddard says. “It will be put to better use at the Manor House.”

The piano will help liven the home during holiday gatherings, says Cal Poly Pomona's First Lady Betty Ortiz. She plans to hire student pianists to play the grand piano while carolers sing during events at the house.

“This is such a lovely piano we are so fortunate Marty donated it to the Manor House,” says Betty Ortiz.

The historical Mediterranean home was constructed in the 1920s by W.K. Kellogg for his son, Dr. Karl Kellogg. W.K. Kellogg's only daughter and family also resided here until 1943.