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.
  • For MOTA Day’s “Hidden in Plain Sight” exhibition, the Lummis Home encourages you to find the names of three Lummis family members whose names are carved into the stones of El Alisal.  One has ashes encased in stone near the courtyard and the other two have ashes are scattered near the carved stones, which are located near the tower. 


  • A fine arts market will be set up on the grounds featuring the work of Native American jewelers, painters, sculptors and fiber artists of both traditional and modern styles
  • Hands-on art activities and games for kids in the garden.
  • In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Lummis Garden, a community-based garden clean-up will take place in the morning of MOTA Day from 8-11:30 am on May 15. (Want to volunteer? Contact Cassandra Reyes at (818) 243-6488.)

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