Lummis House

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Lummis House
Lummis House in Los Angeles, California.jpg
Lummis House (in 2012)
Lummis House is located in California
Lummis House
Location 200 E. Ave. 43, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°05′35″N 118°12′25″W / 34.093056°N 118.206944°W / 34.093056; -118.206944Coordinates: 34°05′35″N 118°12′25″W / 34.093056°N 118.206944°W / 34.093056; -118.206944
Area 3 acres (1.2 ha)[3]
Built 1897
Built by Lummis, Charles F.
Architectural style Rustic American Craftsman
Governing body City of Los Angeles[3]
NRHP Reference # 71000148[1]
CHISL # 531[2]
LAHCM # 68
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 6, 1971
Designated LAHCM September 2, 1970

Lummis House, also known as El Alisal, is a Rustic American Craftsman stone house built by Charles Fletcher Lummis in the late 19th century. Located on the edge of Arroyo Seco in northeast Los Angeles, California, the house's name means "alder grove" in Spanish.[4]

The property is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and on the list of the National Register of Historic Places.

History[edit]

Lummis purchased the three-acre lot (1.2 ha) sometime between 1895 and 1897 and named it "El Alisal" in tribute to the thicket of alder and sycamore trees that grew in the arroyo. The 4,000-square-foot home (370 m2) took 13 years to build. The exhibition hall has a concrete floor so that after a party that might include artists, writers and musicians, it could easily be cleaned with a bucket of water. Notable people who stayed in his guest houses included Clarence Darrow, Will Rogers, John Philip Sousa and John Muir.[3] The property was on the edge of the scenic Arroyo Seco and Lummis founded the Arroyo Seco Foundation in 1905 to promote recreational use and preserving habitat. In 1940 the Arroyo Seco Parkway, the first freeway, was built between the house and the newly constructed flood control channel in the arroyo.

In 1965, it became the headquarters for the Historical Society of Southern California and the house was opened to the public. By 2014, the city was concerned that visiting hours were too limited and that the historical group was not truly focused on a partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department.[3]

Museum[edit]

View of the house with the bell

The Lummis House is operated by the Historical Society of Southern California as a historic house museum. The exterior of the house is built of river rock and originally contained a stone tower, but that was later demolished. The interior contains some of Lummis's collection of artifacts, as well as copies of many of his books. The museum is open to the public for tours.

Gardens

The drought-tolerant and native plant gardens encompass the gardens and natural landscape around the residence, including namesake El Alisal California Sycamore trees.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Lummis House". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  3. ^ a b c d Pool, Bob, (November 11, 2014) "Historic Lummis House faces an uncertain future" Los Angeles Times
  4. ^ William Bright; Erwin Gustav Gudde (30 November 1998). 1500 California place names: their origin and meaning. University of California Press. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-520-21271-8. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Lummis House at Wikimedia Commons