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.
2015 MOTA DAY ACTIVITIES:
- Self-guided tours of the home and garden will also be available on MOTA Day.
- For MOTA Day’s “Out of the Vault Exhibit,” the Lummis Home will showcase “Treasures from the Lion’s Den” with items belonging to Lummis which have not been on display for years.
- Student groups will be leading hands-on art activities for kids in the garden.
- Using a newly developed computer application, historian Dennis Harbach will be available to research from his database about the visiting and local dignitaries who were guests at the Lummis Home from 1897 to 1928. MOTA guests can see if any of their relatives were part of the early Lummis’ parties and gatherings.