Lummis Home and Garden


200 East Avenue 43, Los Angeles

Built over a 12-year period, from 1898 and 1910, the Lummis Home stands on the west bank of the Arroyo Seco, the usually-dry riverbed that begins in the San Gabriel Mountains and extends south to join the Los Angeles river on the water’s path to the Pacific Ocean. The south-facing facade of the home is comprised of intricately-placed stones acquired from this nearby stream-bed, built largely by the energy and discipline of Charles Fletcher Lummis – an early activist, author, anthropologist, photographer, and civic booster. Lummis also founded the Southwest Museum and was the first city editor of the then-fledgling Los Angeles Times

In many respects, the Lummis Home and Garden represents the beginning of the Arts & Crafts aesthetic that would soon take the architectural world by storm – peaking with such Greene and Greene homes as the Gamble House. It also vividly illustrates Lummis’ love of the American Southwest and wood-hewn household furnishings, with its concrete floors, wood furniture, railroad pole supporting beams for the ceiling, and delicate decorative carved woods. 


  • Self-guided tours of the home and garden will also be available on MOTA Day.
  • “Out of the Vault Exhibit:” a very unusual item: a handmade commode crafted by Lummis in the days before mass indoor plumbing.
  • Did you relatives visit Lummis back in its heyday? Browse through the new books that categories some of Lummis’ many guests. You can also ask to browse a name through the extensive database of all of Lummis’ visitors.
  • Accordionist Oscar Luminoso will play French and tunes of the times.
  • Visitors are encouraged to bring and book and pick up a book for free at the new Lummis Book Exchange Program.


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