Heritage Trust News

HPHT Needs Your Help: Public Comments at HPOZ Hearing on 2/9

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We here at HPHT are once again calling on you, our dedicated community, to help us with a huge undertaking:
We need as many people as possible to turn out for public comment at the Highland Park/Garvanza HPOZ Hearing to hold developers and our City accountable to follow the guidelines for building in our historic Highland Park/Garvanza.
Our HPOZ board needs to hear from you* that both the City of LA and Developers must follow the Preservation Plan and the will of the community.


Tuesday, Feb 9th, 6:00 pm
Join Zoom Webinar:
Password: 963462


There’s a large multi-unit development planned for the parking lot adjacent to our local Rite Aid on York/Ave 64. The community needs to make sure the development is held to the standards set forth by our local HPOZ. The current project plans don’t meet HPOZ Preservation Plan guidelines.


The site has also been misclassified as Transit-Oriented Communities (TOC), when it does not meet the criteria for a TOC designation. Such a misclassification by our local government presents a serious problem, as it gives the developer authorization to construct a larger building or receive incentives, despite the site not meeting the criteria to allow this. The community must ask for accountability and compliance with the regulations that exist as a TOC designation can affect the design of the building within our HPOZ.

Turn out and let your voice be heard! You’ll have 1 minute to speak.

Once again, we thank you for all that you do to support NELA and our organization, and we look forward to your attendance at this HPOZ meeting.

*Please note: The HPOZ can only address design issues and compatibility with the Preservation Plan. They can’t act on any issues besides design and compatibility with the Preservation Plan. Their role in the process is not to stop a project. 

Your Support Needed For 1/21 HCM Hearing

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To kick off 2021, Highland Park Heritage Trust and the Chicano Arts Collective need YOUR support!

Yes, you. We are presenting our case at the second and final Historic Cultural Monument hearing headed by the Los Angeles County Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) this coming Thursday, January 21st, at 10:00am, via Zoom. We need all the help we can get, so now is your time to shine!

There are three ways to help us achieve the goal of a “yes” vote on the 21st: 

  1. Write a letter of support to the CHC. Tell them that you support our two nominations, and include compelling reasons why they should vote in our favor. You can email your support letter directly to the commission at chc@lacity.org. If you need a sample letter or suggested talking points, please email our media coordinator at sam.andrel@hpht.org
  2. Make a public comment on the day of the hearing. The CHC will designate time during the actual hearing after our presentation for public comments. You can express your desire to comment by “raising your hand” on the Zoom call, which you can find details about here
  3. Share our social media posts and graphics. We’ve created shareable graphics and posts on our Facebook and Instagram pages @highlandparkheritagetrust. Please share these with your networks, and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to share as well!

From one community member to another, we thank you for your continuing support and involvement! To those of you who have already emailed letters or written articles about the upcoming hearing, we are forever grateful and are so excited to see you all (virtually, of course), on the 21st! 

Background Information

We are presenting historical background and justification for the preservation of two of LA County’s most influential buildings during the Latino arts movement in the 1960s and 1970s: the Mechicano Art Center, located at 5337-5341 North Figueroa Street, 110 North Avenue 54; and the Centro de Arte Publico, located at 5605-5607 North Figueroa Street. 

These two buildings played a pivotal role in allowing Latino artists to express themselves and showcase their creative work in a welcoming environment. Now under threat of erasure due to ongoing city development, there’s a dire need to preserve these historic centers to ensure the stories and work of these artists stay alive for future generations of Angelenos. 

Our first hearing with the CHC, which took place on October 1st, 2020, resulted in them voting to consider our two nominations for designation as historical monuments. During this hearing, they will cast their final vote for HCM status for both buildings. 

Join or Renew Your Membership to the Highland Park Heritage Trust!

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Join the Highland Park Heritage Trust in 2020! –> CLICK HERE

Your membership in the Heritage Trust supports historic and cultural preservation efforts in the communities of the Arroyo in the Northeast and Eastside of Los Angeles.

Joining the Heritage Trust gets you our a copy of our quarterly newsletter, “The Cornerstone” as well as discounted tickets to our walking tours and events. You will be the first to know about preservation efforts in the community and ways that you can support these efforts. Additionally, you will be able to reach out to our board’s professional historians and architects with questions about how to navigate preservation concerns in our neighborhoods.

In the Fall, we also plan to offer discounts to local small businesses as a benefit of membership.

Additionally, your membership dues are considered a tax-deductible donation as HPHT is a 501c3 non-profit. We also offer discounted memberships for students.

Join us today! Sign up online HERE

HPHT’s 35th Anniversary Celebration

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Join us for a day of lively activities!

$20 General Admission – Live Music, Local Artisan Fair, Snacks and Refreshments, and more on the grounds around the Abbey.

$40 Guided tour inside the Abbey plus General Admission.
Timed House tours – reserve online in advance!

Free admission for children 12 and under

For more details / Purchase Tickets HERE.

See who else is going on Facebook.

Lummis Day to honor Highland Park’s Amy Inouye with 2018 Noisemaker Award

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Amy Inouye, designer, artist, community activist and godmother of Highland Park’s iconic Chicken Boy rooftop statue, will be the 2018 Lummis Day “Noisemaker Award” honoree.

The award will be presented at the Lummis Day Community Foundation’s annual fundraiser dinner on Saturday, April 7, 6:30 pm – 10pm at the Highland Park Ebell Club, 131 South Avenue 57 in Highland Park.

The April 7 fundraiser will feature a buffet dinner provided by many of Northeast L.A.’s favorite restaurants, beer, wine and soft drinks. A silent auction will offer the chance to bid on art, books, vintage wines and rare collectibles at bargain prices. Entertainment will include a performance by Lummis Days veterans, The Andersons. Event tickets, priced at $50, are available on the Lummis Day website, www.LummisDay.org, at Galco’s Old World Grocery and at Las Cazuelas in Highland Park. Dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks are included with admission. All proceeds from the event support the Lummis Days Festival, the only arts festival that represents all of Northeast L.A.

Amy Inouye is a book designer (over 200 books designed, several award-winning local best sellers), gallerist (organizer of over 60 art exhibits), community activist (board member of two nonprofits, an organizer of “Relighting the Historic Signs of Figueroa Street” which repaired, restored, and relit the Highland Theatre and the Mannings Coffee Store signs), Los Angeles history aficionado (president of Photo Friends of Los Angeles Public Library, the support group of the LAPL photo collection), and occasional artist (yarn bomber and public art installation creator, such as Book Booth Highland Park and Big Stick for Peace on Figueroa). She’s also well-known for bringing the 22-foot tall Chicken Boy (aka the Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles) to North Figueroa Street, where he has become a beloved Historic Route 66 roadside icon. Amy’s efforts in preserving Chicken Boy earned a State of California Governor’s Historic Preservation Award in 2010. In 2017, Amy’s design of the “Strolling on Seventh Street: Downtown’s Historic Thoroughfare” earned a Preservation Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy. She designed the original visual materials for the Lummis Days festival and has been a frequent and valued creative resource for Lummis Days and many other community events.

This year’s Lummis Days Festival, the 13th annual event, will take place during the first week of June at multiple Northeast L.A. locations including Occidental College in Eagle Rock, Eagle Rock Public Library, the Arroyo Seco Public Library, The Highland Park Ebell Club, Lummis Home in Montecito Heights, Sycamore Grove Park, Highland Park’s historic Security Trust and Savings Bank building on North Figueroa Street and the streets surrounding York Boulevard & Avenue 50 Park. As always, admission to all festival events will be free of charge.

The “Noisemaker Award,” named for the famous entertainments hosted by Charles Lummis for writers, artists and dignitaries at his Northeast L.A. home, is presented to a person whose work and contributions to the community are consistent with the mission of the Lummis Day Community Foundation, ‘to celebrate the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles through educational and cultural events and to promote cooperation among people of all ages and backgrounds.’ Previous honorees were award-winning author and journalist Hector Tobar, former councilmember Ed Reyes, playwright, filmmaker and actor Richard Montoya and longtime neighborhood activist Ann Walnum.

For more event information, call 818-429-8753 or email lummisdayweb@gmail.com.

Now Accepting Nominations for HPHT’s 2018 Community Preservation Awards

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Please help Highland Park Heritage Trust honor the efforts of homeowners, business owners, and special neighborhood people who have preserved and/or improved the heritage of our Arroyo communities.  Just take a few minutes to give us information about the qualifying individual or building.

HPHT’s Awards Committee will receive and carefully review your nomination and will visit nominated buildings. The committee gives awards based on which nominees best match HPHT’s mission. In the past, these preservation awards have gone to a wide range of people, buildings, murals, gardens, and events in Highland Park and the surrounding Arroyo Seco communities of Garvanza, Mt Washington, Hermon, Montecito Heights, and Cypress Park.

This PDF nomination form includes the nominating guidelines and criteria. You can either fill out the form and e-mail it to us, mail it to us, or just type the necessary information in an e-mail to us. Please put “Nomination” in the subject line if e-mailing.
e-mail: info@hpht.org
mail: HPHT, PO Box 50894, Los Angeles, CA 90050-0894.

The awards will be presented at a Bi-annual Awards Ceremony that will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at a location and time to be announced.

Thank you for taking the first step to celebrate the contributions of our community members!

35th Anniversary Walking Tour

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Join us for our 35th Anniversary Walking Tour in the Historic Figueroa Corridor

Saturday, November 11, 2017
3pm – 5pm
Get your tickets here.

Follow the Highland Park Heritage Trust on an exclusive tour of Highland Park’s historic sites. You’ll get a glimpse of layers of history in Los Angeles’ first designated business district, from its Native American roots, to Spanish Land Grant, to downtown commercial district and automobile-oriented Route 66 corridor. The Highland Park – Garvanza Historic Preservation Overlay Zone encompasses over 4,000 structures, including over 50 Historic-Cultural Monuments. Visit “Chicken Boy”, The Highland Park Masonic Temple, Highland Theater, and the Manning’s Coffee sign, one of the first signs of its kind in Los Angeles.

Open to 35 participants, tickets are $35 for non-members and $30 for members. The two-hour tour begins at 3:00pm and winds its way along the streets adjacent to North Figueroa. The tour ends about 5:00pm at the iconic Future Studio Gallery, home of Chicken Boy, for a happy hour with light refreshments.

Participants may also want to stay on to visit the galleries and establishments along the corridor involved in the monthly 2nd Saturday Gallery Night that starts at 7:00pm.

Easily accessed by Metro buses and the Gold Line, and with available parking nearby, docents will meet participants in the pergola at the Avenue 57 Highland Park Gold Line Station.

Tickets are a 501(c)(3) charitable contribution.

Preserve the Lummis Home!

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Sign the Petition to LA City Leaders:

Article photos courtesy of Martha Benedict.

Hpht has launched a new campaign to push our city leaders into action: they need to step up in providing the resources and engagement necessary to preserve the Lummis Home property, in partnership with Occidental College. Occidental has demonstrated their own commitment but they cannot do it all alone.

Please sign the online petition HERE and make your voice heard.

The Highland Park Heritage Trust is dedicated to the preservation of Los Angeles’ Arroyo Seco communities of Highland Park, Garvanza, Mt. Washington, Hermon and Montecito Heights and Cypress Park.

We are an all-volunteer, non-profit community organization, and we strive to preserve and promote the historic character of these communities and educate the public about the historic and cultural significance of these Northeast Los Angeles neighborhoods. Working since 1982, our list of accomplishments is spectacular. The work of HPHT is supported by our members. Please consider joining.