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This Web site doesn't like to take political stands, but now it is necessary.

The current administration wants to reduce the size and number of National Monuments and allow oil drilling and mining in National Parks for the first time since the system was established. If you prefer trees and streams to oil wells and pipelines, contact your representatives in Washington NOW and tell them to protect these Crown Jewels of America.

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Throughout the country, state parks, historic sites, museums, and similar institutions are struggling to continue operating. Because of general financial problems, many of these institutions are operating on a reduced schedule or in danger of closing. Some are being forced to sell off artifacts and property. Many will not weather these hard times without your help.

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Pico House

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

Pico House, built 1869-1870. Pio Pico was so confident in this hotel that he sold his vast land holdings in the San Fernando Valley to raise the money to build what was then the "finest hotel in Southern California." The hotel opened for business on June 9, 1870. Unfortunately, Pico lost the gamble and lost the hotel to foreclosure in 1880. It was the city's first three-story building and was designed by Ezra F. Kysor. The Italianate style exterior was stuccoed to look like blue marble. The interior was elegant with a french restaurant, twenty-one parlors, and eighty-two rooms. It operated as the National Hotel from 1892 - 1920 and was restored in the 1960s (exterior) and 1980-1981 (interior). Today it sometimes houses cultural events.

South corner of the Plaza at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument
424 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza - Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 485-6855
Tours: (213) 628-1274
Fax: (213) 485-8238

Pico House is not usually open but often has exhibit and events when sections are open.
Pico House
Pico House. Photo date: 1-5-93.
Pico House
Pico House. Photo date: 3-24-01.
Pico House
Pico House. Photo date: 9-4-04.
Pico House
Pico House. Photo date: 9-4-04.

The Pico House was built by Pio Pico, last Mexican Governor of California.
To raise money to build the hotel, Pico sold large land holdings in the San Fernando Valley.
The Pico House.

Pico House.
Grand staircase.

The Pico House interior courtyard.
The Pico House interior courtyard.
Plaza Fire House Museum at left and Pico House at right.

Pico House at left and Merced Theatre at right.
Brunswic Building and Pico House.

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