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Address: 200 E. Avenue 43 at Carlata Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Phone Number: (818) 243-6488
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The Lummis Home, a 4,000-square-foot Rustic American Craftsman stone...

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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Worth a quick stop:) Check hours!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015

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4 of 5 stars 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... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars 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,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 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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