El Alisal - Charles Lummis Home
Photos by Harold Wood - To learn more about El Alisal, visit: www.socalhistory.org
El Alisal -
In the Arroyo Seco portion of Los Angeles, Lummis built a home to last 1,000 years, El Alisal. He built this home with his own hands, over a twelve year period starting in 1898 and ending in 1910.
The entry way doors each weigh 1,000 pounds
"Place of the Sycamores"
El Elisal means in local Spanish: Place of the Sycamores
Hand Built 1898 - 1910
Journalist, librarian, and museum founder Charles Lummis built this home with his own hands, over a twele year period starting in 1898 and ending in 1910
Doorways to Nowhere
On the second floor is a set of doors leading outside; Lummis apparently had plans to add a large veranda here
In his Comedor, or dining room, Lummis entertained many famous visitors, including actors, writers, historians, poets, and artists
John Muir signature at El Alisal
At El Alisal, Charles Lummis entertained many famous visitors, including actors, writers, historians, poets, and artists, including John Muir, whose guestbook signature is shown here.
lummis - Version 2
A lily pond is also in the courtyard
This bust of Lummis still presides in the main dining room
Lummis & Roosevelt
John Muir at El Alisal
Photo taken by Charles Lummis
© Harold Wood