5 Historic Sites to Discover: From a prohibition era bowling alley to organic architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright

Nov 2, 2018


There are many historic places to scope out in the Eastside. Victorian-era neighborhoods. Remnants of silent film studios.  And significant sites for immigrants from all corners of the world.   Below are a few interesting spots to discover and learn more about L.A.’s rich past.

Learn the development of Southern California at the Heritage Square Museum

Go back to the early days of Los Angeles and experience Southern Californian in the late 19th century. Walk through eight historic structures constructed during the Victorian Era and relocated here for restoration and preservation. The Montecito Heights museum offers guided tours from 12 – 3 p.m. Details

Discover The Lummis House where notable artists use to party

Charles Fletcher Lummis – an American journalist and activist — built the stone house in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. After it was complete, Lummis invited artists, writers and musicians to hang out in what became a cultural hub along the Arroyo Seco. Guests included composer John Philip Sousa and humorist Will Rogers. It’s open Saturday and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details

Travel back to the prohibition era at Highland Park Bowl

What is said to be the city’s oldest surviving bowling alley was built in 1927 during the Prohibition Era and was recently restored to showcase its original interior with its 8-lane bowling alley and wooden arches. Details

Walk through Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House

Come see Frank Lloyd Wright’s first L.A. project in the center of Barnsdall Park. The gorgeous house and its gardens were built between 1919 and 1921 for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall. Hollyhock House is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Docent-led tours are available. Details

Marty & Elayne at The Dresden

Ok. So Marty and Elayne are not historical figures. But they are musical legends in their own right, reflecting L.A. lounge life of an earlier generation. Grab a cocktail and enjoy Marty & Elayne, who have been signing at the Dresden for more than three decades, perform classic jazz songs. Catch them Tuesday – Saturday from 9 p.m. – 1:15 a.m. in the lounge. The iconic restaurant opened in 1954 and it’s been the filming location for many movies such as “Swingers.” Details

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