Nestled in Highland Park is the Sycamore Grove District, a cultural gem for design and architecture in Northeast Los Angeles. We’re proud to join forces with the Living Museum and many local institutions and organizations to explore this neighborhood and all it has to offer on Saturday, March 8.
Embark on a walking or biking tour, participate in activities in Sycamore Grove Park, visit five of LA’s most interesting museums, and join us for a picnic where we’ll hear about one proposal for the future of the 100-year-old Southwest Museum on this choose-your-own-adventure day.
Details for all events are listed below!
Picnic with de LaB: Charles Lummis and the Southwest Museum
11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Bring your own lunch and enjoy a presentation from PLUM Architects and Louisa Van Leer Architecture about community-led design initiatives to help the Southwest Museum and preserve the legacy of its founder, Charles Lummis. We’ll picnic in the lawn of the 1896 home, which Lummis himself built by hand.
Plus: Birthday cake to celebrate the Southwest Museum’s 100th birthday year!
200 E. Avenue 43
Los Angeles, CA 90031
The Southwest Museum offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour starting at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are free but are very limited. If you’d like to attend this tour, RSVP here.
Join a Walking Tour
$5 suggested donation for each tour, all proceeds go towards the educational programs of the Living Museum.
All tours start in Sycamore Grove Park at the Sycamore Grove Souza Band Shell.
Tours are moderate in difficulty and include some stairs.
Self Guided Walking Tours are also available; maps will be provided to let you explore the area. Visit Sycamore Grove Park for maps.
- 10:00 a.m.: Sycamore Grove Terrace Walking Tour
Length: 1.5 hours
Led by: Highland Park Heritage Trust
Explore the rich and varied architectural and social history of the Sycamore Grove Terrace area of Highland Park, one of Los Angeles’ oldest neighborhoods. A treasure trove of historic Craftsman homes awaits you.
- 11:00 a.m.: Union Pacific Railroad Walking Tour
Length: 2 hours
Led by: Bob Inman, Author of Finding Los Angeles by Foot
Discover the hidden ruins, traces and history of the historic railroad that once carried passengers by the thousands to the fabled city of Los Angeles, through Highland Park on mighty steam locomotives.
- 1:00 p.m.: Sycamore Grove and Its Museums
Length: 1.5 hours
Led by: Charles Fleming, L.A. Times Columnist, “L.A. Walks” and Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles
Get a taste for all the museums in the Sycamore Grove Area and for the history found in between.
- 2:30 p.m.: Dobbins Cycleway Right-of-Way Walking Tour
Length: 1.5 hours
Led by: Dan Koeppel, Author & Founder of the Big Parade, an annual 2-day walking tour of the stairstreets of Los Angeles.
Explore a history of what might have been and find the traces of a 100-year-old cycleway connecting downtown L.A to Pasadena via the Arroyo Seco.
Visit Local Museums
Five museums in the area will be open, including a very special exclusive tour of the Southwest Museum.
- Southwest Museum: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Native American art set in a historic museum with breathtaking views
Behind-the-Scenes Tour: The Southwest Museum offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour starting at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are free but are very limited. If you’d like to attend this tour, RSVP here. The tour is followed by the optional lecture Remixing Lummis: The Politics of the Musical Archive, a lecture by Josh Kun, Associate Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
- The Audubon Center, Debs Park: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A nature lover’s delight is hidden in this beautiful park.
- Heritage Square: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Restored Victorian homes in a park-like setting, plus a train depot!
- Lummis Home: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The home of Charles Lummis, founder of the Southwest Museum
- Casa de Adobe: Opening times TBD
An adobe museum designed to showcase early ranchero life in L.A.
Plus, live music, preservation news, art, history and kids activities throughout the day.
Check the Living Museum’s site for more events!