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“Work of Charles Lummis is Spectacular”

Lummis Home (El Alisal)
Ranked #224 of 578 things to do in Los Angeles
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 20, 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 - should charge for the tour to help offset some expenses. The docent Christian was very knowledgeable and made the experience with his vast knowledge of the man and the property.

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed February 14, 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.

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed April 30, 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 knowledgable docent is there to give background info. They are still in the process of changing over management from the Historical Society to the City, so phone numbers and web information is a bit confusing. It is open Saturdays & Sundays from 10AM-3PM, but some sites state a noon-4PM time in error.

Date of experience: April 2015
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Reviewed April 2, 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 years later it still knocked my socks off, and I'll bet CF Lummis would be delighted by that.

Date of experience: March 2015
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Reviewed February 3, 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, there didn't seem that much more to see, but we were all thrilled that we did. The story of how Charles Lummis walked to Los Angeles from Cincinnati in 143 days in 1885 for his new job at The Los Angeles Times, interested me so much that I went to the library and got out a couple Lummis' books.

Finding out that Charles not only built the combination Craftsman/Adobe house himself, but that he built one wing of it to house his mistress while his physician wife lived in the other part...well, for heaven's sake, the story would make a great movie.

I'm not a historic house person, but found every part of the house and its nooks and crannies to be fascinating. You can even see one of Birch Bark Books that John carved out and wrote upon. What a unique experience.

Date of experience: March 2014
2  Thank K C
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