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Relive the historic architectural past of Los Angeles at Heritage Square Museum

Valley Knudsen Garden Residence at Heritage Square Museum

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Valley Knudsen Garden Residence at Heritage Square Museum
Photo by: S. H. McManus

Heritage Square Museum is a wonderful community and preservation project to save a sampling of old homes and buildings that were in danger of destruction. The purpose and mission of Heritage Square Museum, and other heritage parks throughout the state, is to save these important examples of past California history, and to preserve and interpret them for current and future generations.

Heritage Square has been set up to feel like a small community, complete with a railway station, church, and several examples of homes built in the late 1800s. For the past 40 years, these buildings were carefully relocated to their current site; some complete in their restoration to their original state; others are still in the process. They represent varying styles of architecture. At present, the buildings open for tours are the:

Perry Residence – Greek and Italianate (1876)
Hale House – Queen Anne and Eastlake (1887)
Valley Knudsen Garden Residence – Second Empire France (1883)
Ford House – Queen Anne and Italianate (built in 1887 as a tract home but the new owner made it very unique and personal by his incredible decorative carvings)
• Unusual and rare Octagon House (1893)
• Barn - Queen Anne and Gothic (1899)
Lincoln Avenue Methodist Church – Carpenter Gothic and Queen Anne (1897)
Palms Train Depot - Eastlake (1887)
• In the planning stages for this year, is a 1920’s drug store complete with all furnishings.

The Heritage Square Museum is actively involved in community and educational programs and events; the volunteers and docents are often in period dress. Included in the next few months are an art show, a screening, a vintage fashion show with tea, and LA Heritage Day on April 11.

A trip to Heritage Square Museum is a delightful visit to appreciate our past as well as be grateful to the people and preservationists that have the foresight and commitment to save these structures for our viewing and future.

Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer Street
Los Angeles, California 90031
Tel. 323-225-2700
(directions)

Hours: Fri, Sat and Sun and most Holiday Mondays 12pm to 5pm (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day)
Tours: Guided tours depart 12, 1, 2 and 3pm from Palm Depot
Admission: Adults $10; Age 65 and over $8; Children 6-12 $5; under 6 is free. (Discounts for AAA Auto Club and TimeTravelers® members)
 

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