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Lummis Home (El Alisal)

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Address: 200 E Avenue 43, Los Angeles, CA 90031-1304
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+1 818-243-6488

The Lummis Home, a 4,000-square-foot Rustic American Craftsman stone house...

The Lummis Home, a 4,000-square-foot Rustic American Craftsman stone house built in the late 19th century, is on the National Register of Historical Places and was designated as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument # 68 on September 2, 1970, as well as, California Historical Landmark # 531 on March 7, 1955.

The Lummis Home, El Alisal, is a familiar landmark and a point of pride in the community of Highland Park. The City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation & Parks is currently operating this site, and opens the doors to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm for free tours. No reservations are required.

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Work of Charles Lummis is Spectacular

Charles Lummis walked across the country and gained a following before becoming the editor of the Los Angeles Times. He hand built his house from 1897- the 1910s. It is... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2016
Janet O
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 20 March 2016

Charles Lummis walked across the country and gained a following before becoming the editor of the Los Angeles Times. He hand built his house from 1897- the 1910s. It is spectacular and is mostly original. The grounds need some TLC weeding but you can imagine what it once must have been. Open for free through the City Parks Dept -... More 

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Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 February 2016

We came upon the house by chance on our way to the Heritage Square Museum and were so please we did. Its amazing to walk around the house and feel the atmosphere. Very helpful guides too.

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Reviewed 30 April 2015

This is a hidden gem in LA. We have been driving portions of Route 66 from San Bernardino to Santa Monica. This isn't technically a Route 66 icon (it actually pre-dates the road), but is a fun, quick stop along the way. Small gardens to walk through, and the bottom floor of the house are free to check out. A... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed 2 April 2015

Old man Lummis was a truly pioneer, what with this beautiful house that he designed and built himself, the amazing gardens and grounds. Clever chap, one wing for the Doctor Wife, and one for the Mistress. Ah, Cali, so full of stories, and most of them true. Come check this place out, I came here as a kid and 55... More 

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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 3 February 2015

When my daughters birthday surprised me with a visit to Lummis House, they both said, "well, we don't know what it will be like, but the gardens are supposed to be interesting and the man built the house himself." While strolling through this amazing house, my daughter mentioned that we could have a "tour" if we wanted. I was dubious,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 27 January 2011

I had heard a few things about Charles Fletcher Lummis but did not know much about him. During a visit to LA I decided to stop by his museum home, El Alisal since it was on the way to the house of some friends. I could have stayed all day. Another visitor and myself were treated to a personal tour... More 

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 18 July 2006

Charles Lummis was sort of a John Muir of the Southwest. Hired by the Los Angeles Times over 100 years ago, he walked from Ohio to Los Angeles, reporting along the way. A friend of Theodore Roosevelt, he built this house out of local stones with walls so thick it has withstood numerous earthquakes in the last 100 years. Open... More 

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