FREE Lummis House Tour

This tour begins before the other two events later that day.  This one does not require a ticket, the others DO so make sure you have one beforehand.  Thanks!  I've been in this great house and it's always a treat to see.

Arroyo Culture Day - March 9th, 2013

Batchelder Inspects His Tile

In honor of the Order of the Mad March Hares (Charles F. Lummis’ birthday club), please join LAVA for three events in the course of the afternoon on Saturday, March 9th, which celebrate the rich cultural and artistic legacy of the Arroyo.

El Alisal was the personal residence of Charles F. Lummis, who built it between 1896 and 1910 on the west bank of the Arroyo Seco in northeast Los Angeles. It takes its name from local sycamore trees, one of which is featured in the home’s interior courtyard. It was built using stones from the arroyo bed, concrete and wood.

Please join us for an informal staff-led tour of the from noon to 12:30pm. The house is open until 4pm that day, but those in the know are planning on attending the Behind the Scenes Tour of the Southwest Museum at 1pm, and will be planning on a prompt noon arrival here at El Alisal, so as to not be late for the rest of the day's adventures.

Charles F. Lummis, was one of the founders and builders of the Southwest Museum, and he donated his personal collection of Native Americans artifacts to the institution. A visit to Mr. Lummis' home provides excellent context for any visit to the Southwest Museum.

El Alisal was the center of most artistic and intellectual activity of early Los Angeles. At the turn of the century it was the meeting place for artists and visionaries of the time, and LAVA is delighted to pay a visit to this iconic space and celebrate the Visionaries of an earlier era.


Street parking.



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  • Arlene

    What a great bit of history along the Arroyo Seco. The curator-led tour made the visit all the more interesting.

    March 10, 2013

  • Geraldine

    ariel the curator of the museum was such a good story teller very engaging I'd like to go back and spend more time talking with him about this very interesting man Charles Lumimis . Who walk almost 3000 miles , meets a dog , carries the dog up the grand canyon with a broken arm only then to have to kill the dog in the dessert because it became dehydrated and dellusional and started attacking him , wow and that's just a snippet of the the Lummis story .

    March 9, 2013

  • Chrissy

    Love this place. Such an interesting story behind the man and the house. Having Ariel, the curator, give us his tour was great!

    1 · March 9, 2013

  • Susan Z.

    Didn't stay for the tour.

    March 9, 2013

  • SunnyDE

    wish I had seen the details about this before 3/8. Would love to be there!

    March 8, 2013

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    March 5, 2013

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