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  Charles Lummis Home: El Alisal  
"Anyone can write a book. It takes a man to make a dovetail door."
- Charles Fletcher Lummis

Charles Fletcher Lummis (1859-1928) was a photographer, historian, writer, and artist. He travelled to California by foot in 1884, recording his journey for Colonel Harrison Gray Otis, editor of the Los Angeles Times. When Lummis arrived in Los Angeles, Otis made him city editor of the paper. He went on to edit leading papers in Los Angeles, author numerous books, and founded the Southwest Museum, largely with his own collecton of Native American artifacts.
Lummis named his home El Alisal ("Place of the Sycamore") and built the house with his own hands, from stone and boulders he collected out of the Arroyo Seco, taking more than a decade, from 1897 to 1910. The mantelpiece in the livingroom might seem a little strange, but the design, including the poles (pilasters), follows classical precedent.  The panels in the doors are hand-carved in a basket-weave pattern.
The living room window seat and door also express Lummis' handwork, as he built every piece of furniture for the home, too...
including the windows, which include several of Lummis' glass plates from photographs he took of the southwest.
The Lummis home is headquarters for the Historical Society of Southern California and is open to the public:

200 E. Avenue 43
Los Angeles, CA 90031Visiting Hours
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
323 222-0546
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