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Over its 35 years of community-based public service to the Arroyo Seco communities, the Highland Park Heritage Trust has accomplished the following:



  • One of the longest continuously run historic preservation organizations in the City of Los Angeles with a dedicated, all-volunteer board
  • Played a key role in establishing the Highland Park HPOZ in 1994 and the Garvanza addition in 2010, creating the largest HPOZ in the City of LA, with over 2,500 Contributing Structures and the first to include commercial structures.
  • Surveys and re-surveys to improve the historic district list of contributing structures in the HPOZ
  • Nominated over 70 properties as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
  • Moved two houses in the late 1990s and assisted with another house move in the 1980s
  • Advocated opposition to any extension of the 710 freeway since 1983 and reaffirmed in 2012.
  • Played a key role in getting the Northeast Community Plan updated
  • Formed the Arroyo Seco Parkway Task Force (1990s) and the nomination of the parkway as a National Scenic Byway
  • Played a key role in the Gold Line train project (including saving the Santa Fe Railroad bridge and it’s re-use due to the HCM status advocated by HPHT in 1988, prior to the project) not to mention saving all the homes along Marmion Way slated for demolition and many design decisions through NELA
  • Advocated for the construction of the Southwest Museum Gold Line Station and then prevented its removal from the plan during cost containment, as well as preserving the original art design by the late Teddy Sandoval
  • Played a role in local mural protection and in other cases, the creation of some (protection for the Arroyo Seco Library – Luis Becerra mural, conservation of the AT&T Building – Judy Baca mural, creation of several murals that now define Highland Park (Avenue 61/Fig, Cervantes’ Southwest Museum mural on Marmion Way, Glen Mary Stair Mural by LA Commons/Franklin High School project)
  • Played a key role in the work on the front door of Masonic Building, a historic bench along the Railroad, and most recently funding as part of a larger project for the preservation of the Lummis Home front door and the two rooftop signs (Highland Theatre and Manning’s) along Route 66
  • Southwest Museum and Casa de Adobe. HPHT is a founding organization and assumed leadership of the Friends of the SWM Coalition for this regional and city-wide issue.
  • In 1999, assisted the Judson Studios on their National Register Listing
  • In 1998, established “Operation Save” and assisted in moving and rehabilitating two houses from Figueroa Street to 326 N. Avenue 53 in Highland Park



  • Host a bi-annual Preservation Awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate preservation work in the Arroyo Seco communities
  • In 1997, played a key role in the renaming of “Garvanza” and advocated for the installation of City signage
  • Naming the Sousa/Hiner Bandshell at Sycamore Grove Park
  • Received the 1998 President’s Award from the California Preservation Foundation
  • Received awards for work on the historic Santa Fe Arroyo Seco Railroad Bridge
  • In 1996, celebrated the rehabilitation of the Santa Fe Arroyo Seco Railroad Bridge



  • Being a primary resource for residents (new and old) as well as businesses in terms of local history, preservation, architecture, community empowerment, etc. Also being a partner with various faculties at schools, mainly Occidental College, for student research and papers on Highland Park and various subject matters.
  • Archiving Northeast LA newspapers – joint project with Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society and Occidental College
  • Arroyo Fest and Lummis Day — HPHT (either formally or due to the leadership of our board members) was at the core beginning and instrumental to the creation and success of these events.
  • Conducts various walking tours bringing areas of the community into the forefront (the first walking tour of Garvanza was the genesis of activating local Trust members to lead and push for historic district protection). We were very early to embrace and one of the first historic preservation organizations to do a tour of “modern” resources (Modern Arroyo was done in the late 90s). Partner with LA Conservancy for the Highland Park Walking Tour that has now evolved into the Sycamore Grove bi-monthly walking tour.
  • Various board members have participated in lectures at our local schools
  • Due to Charles Fisher’s determination, HPHT is co-author on two Arcadia Press pictorial books about local history (Highland Park book and Garvanza book)
  • Completed a good number of oral history projects as well as assisted Pasadena Heritage in the oral history for the Abbey San Encino.
  • Since 2009, sponsored the Lummis Day Festival and awarded a grant to the Lummis Day Community Foundation to fund the Festival’s activities in the areas of education and preservation advocacy.
  • Participates and co-sponsors various community events throughout the year
  • In 2000, produced a video on the History of the Lower Arroyo Seco, used for a bus tour at the National Trust for Historic Preservation annual conference held that year in Los Angeles
  • In 1999, created the McAvoy Education Fund that provides books on preservation and architectural to local elementary schools

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1 week ago

Our Board President Jamie Tijerina and our 2020 VP Alexandra Madsen will be presenting about the nomination of the Chicano Arts Collectives of Highland Park and issues of equity in preservation at the Beyond Integrity in X virtual conference on August 10th, 2021. You can register for the conference at ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Please join us for a Celebration of Life in honor of our beloved friend, Diana Barnwell (Sep 11, 1938 - May 17, 2021). Diana was a driving force in LA's historic preservation movement and a lifelong civil activist. She founded our organization, the Highland Park Heritage Trust, after funding the neighborhood's first survey of historic homes and commercial buildings. She also served on the Southwest Museum Board of Trustees and the Board of the Mount Washington Association, where she advocated for the site of LA's first museum and led the expansion of collections showcased at the National Register of Historic Places. We will gather on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 9 a.m. on the back patio of the historic Gamble House in Pasadena (4 Westmoreland Place). Our program will include lovely cello and harp music by local musicians, a eulogy by Diana's dear friend Daniel Wright, and a few poems and personal tributes by Mt. Washington friends. There will be plenty of time for personal remembrances by attendees who wish to share as well. This Celebration of Diana’s life is hosted by her long-time friends and neighbors: Roberta and Todd Frankel, Julie Nagesh, Daniel Wright, and BJ Gallagher. *If you plan to attend, please note: -The event will be held outdoors. Light refreshments will be served during and after the 45-60 min program and all are welcome to linger and reminisce.-Limited parking will be available on Westmoreland, on side streets adjacent to Rosemont, and on Scott St. or Orange Grove. We encourage you to carpool if you can.-Masks are required indoors for those who would like to tour the first floor (subject to change). -The Historic Gamble only allows flat shoes to be worn (no high heels) to protect the floors.You can read her full obituary here: ... See MoreSee Less
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