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Lummis House

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2003 - 2017.

Charles Fletcher Lummis was an important figure in Los Angeles in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Lummis was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on March 1, 1859. In 1884, Charles Lummis walked 3,000 miles from Cincinnati to Los Angeles, writing his accounts of the journey and sending them ahead to be published in the Los Angeles Times where he served as first city editor. At the time, the city's population was a mere 12,000. Lummis also founded the Southwest Museum, the first museum in Los Angeles, which opened in 1914.

He built this home, popularly known as The Lummis House, with his own hands between 1896 and 1910 from rocks found in the nearby Arroyo Seco. He named the home El Alisal, the Spanish name for the giant Sycamore near the house. The site includes gardens that feature native plant materials of Southern California.

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Entrance to gardens. Photo Date: 7-20-91.
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Frint door. Photo Date: 1-18-03.
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House including turret. Photo Date: 7-20-91.
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Turret. Photo Date: 7-20-91.
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Interior. Photo Date: 1-18-03.
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Garden. Photo Date: 7-20-91.

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