Lummis Home (El Alisal), Los Angeles

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Lummis House, also known as El Alisal, is a Rustic American Craftsman stone house built by Charles Fletcher Lummis in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Located on the edge of Arroyo Seco in northeast Los Angeles, California, the house's name means "alder grove" in Spanish.
The property is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and on the list of the National Register of Historic Places.
Lummis purchased the 3acre 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 4000sqft 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. 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 1939, strong consideration was given to creating a theater and Spanish supper room at El Alisal since this was Lummis' wish. In 1940 the Arroyo Seco Parkway, the first freeway, was built between the house and the newly constructed flood control channel in the arroyo.
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  • Now operated by the Los Angeles City Parks, this historic home is worth checking out. I can’t believe I’d never visited before today since I’ve lived in LA for so many years. Charles Lummis built...  more »
  • Before this visit, Charles Lummis was a minor figure in Los Angeles history, not worthy of further exploration. This visit certainly motivated and change in my thinking. This guy was a mover and a.....  more »
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  • People there will tell you the whole story. Every furniture and every room has a beautiful story to tell. Plants outside are inusual and unique
  • Charles F. Lummis was an author, activist and historian who, after dropping out of Harvard in 1884, decided to walk from Cincinnati to Los Angeles. An amazing house built rock by rock by an amazing man. I loved the interior. The niches, the wood work, the carvings. This house has so much spirit and personality. A must see!

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