What is preservation and why is it important?

To preserve is to protect, in keeping safe from injury, harm, or destruction. Historic Preservation plays a critical role in helping our historic communities to live on, by maintaining contributing architectural and cultural resources in a way that celebrates our unique history and serves to educate current and future generations. Historic Preservation is a form of civic pride. The Highland Park Heritage Trust is committed to protecting the cultural and architectural heritage of Highland Park and the Arroyo Seco communities.

What is the Highland Park Heritage Trust?

Since it’s inception in the early 1980’s, the Highland Park Heritage Trust (HPHT) has gained recognition in both the City of Los Angeles and the State of California as one of the most consistently effective and productive preservation organizations. We are a pro-active and visible community-based nonprofit.

Click here to download our by-laws.

The mission of the Highland Park Heritage Trust is to preserve the heritage of Los Angeles’ Arroyo Seco communities through education, advocacy and preservation projects for the benefit of present and future generations. LA’s Arroyo Seco communities consist of Highland Park, Garvanza, Mt. Washington, Hermon, Montecito Heights and Cypress Park. We hold monthly general meetings on the second Monday of each month – see our calendar for dates, time and location!

HPHT’s community outreach and education is accomplished through walking tours, awards programs, special events and printed materials, such as our newsletter and brochures. We created a preservation project fund in 1998 called “Operation Save” after assisting in the moving and rehabilitation of two historic homes, which are Contribution Structures to the Highland Park Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ).

Originally founded as an offshoot of an ad hoc committee of a City-funded Improvement Association, HPHT became a legal non-profit in 1982, just two years after its inception. In consort with the community, local organizations and elected officials, HPHT was instrumental in working to establish the Highland Park-Garvanza HPOZ. It is the largest historic district in the City of Los Angeles with over 2,500 Contributing Structures and the first HPOZ to include both residential and commercial properties. Since 1983, HPHT has successfully nominated over 50 Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments, in part making the Northeast Los Angeles area the steward of a large percentage of all historic resources listed in Los Angeles.


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This Sunday Join HPHT at the historic Abbey San Encino in Highland Park for HPHT's 35th Anniversary celebration and fundraiser!!

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Highland Park Heritage Trust 35th Anniversary Celebration

March 18, 2018, 10:00am - March 18, 2018, 5:00pm

Join us for a day of lively activities! Timed tours of the historic Abbey San Encino plus a Local Artisan Fair and Live Music in the gardens from 10 to 3pm. A special closing Anniversary Reception w...

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Want a chance to own a framed print of this photograph? Come to our 35th Anniversary event and bid on it this Sunday in the Silent Auction!

“Frank's Alley HLP” 2017
Giclée Archival Fiber Paper
12"x18" print in 20"x24" matted frame
Limited Edition of 15.


Black and white photograph depicting alley behind Frank's Camera Shop looking through to the Historical Highland Park Theater.


David Patrick Valera is a professional artist (photographer/digital-cinematographer/cameraman) based in Los Angeles. “I was born in Hollywood but grew up a bit East down the road in a small neighborhood called Silver Lake. Silver Lake was named Forbes Magazine America’s hippest hipster neighborhoods known for vegan donuts, single-origin java, artisanal cheeses, and thick man-buns tucked beneath snow caps on a 100 degree day. Back in the 70’s-80’s, Silver Lake was mostly a crime-ridden, gang infested (Silver Lake 13) mid-city grit and grime most people avoided. Also, it is difficult to navigate through the narrow and hilly streets which confuses many commuters trying to cut through to the West Side.”

A latch-key kid, David would jump on his BMX and ride down Sunset Blvd., slaloming passed Hollywood street walkers, hair-bands, and reprobates through the yet to be gentrified hoods of Los Angeles. “Urban life is a part of my upbringing and I always wanted to document those unique, chance moments I came across during my neighborhood expeditions.”

David’s personal projects concentrate on “Street Photography”, which he has exhibited in galleries Internationally and across to both coasts. His photographs have been featured in Los Angeles Times, LAist, Lens Culture, Los Angeles Center for Photography, The Perfect Exposure Gallery, LenScratch, Art Photo Feature and Photoplus Expo. He has also been interviewed by Ibarionex Perello of The Candid Frame and Street Photography Magazine.

David is currently a photography instructor at Otis College of Art and Design, DWA Artistic Development, Creator of “VIA LUX” (a photographer lecture series) as well as a contributing music photographer for L.A. Music Blog and L.A. Record Magazine.

David’s creativity doesn’t stop there, with over 20 years of Academy winning and nominated film credits, a member of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 839, The Visual Effects Society and ASIFA-Hollywood. Currently he holds the position of Artistic Supervisor/Head Cameraman at a major Hollywood Studio.
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March 18, 2018, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

35th Anniversary Gala at the historic Abbey San Encino.
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