Lummis House (El Alisal)
Photograph: Courtesy Historical Society of Southern California
Time Out says
Posted: Fri Feb 22 2013
Where would we be without those energetic civic boosters that built Los Angeles? The over-achieving Charles Fletcher Lummis founded the Southwest Museum, was an editor at the Los Angeles Times, and still managed to design this house (the name of which means “the Sycamore” in Spanish) on the banks of the Arroyo Seco. Its exterior is made almost entirely from river rock and the interior is heavily influenced by Pueblo Indian dwellings. Fans of today’s DIY movement will appreciate the rustic Craftsman charm of this home, which is furnished with hand-crafted wood pieces; it’s interesting to see how closely this house mirrors modern-day bohemian design. The Historical Society of Southern California is now headquartered here, and it holds several Sunday afternoon programs a year (check its Facebook page for more info), as well as an annual holiday open house in December.