HPHT’s 35th Anniversary Celebration

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.

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

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,, 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

Now Accepting Nominations for HPHT’s 2018 Community Preservation Awards

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.
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

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!

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.

HPHT Preservation Awards: Nomination Deadline Extended!

Over the years, HPHT has recognized the preservation ethic of our Arroyo communities in many ways from buildings, to murals, to gardens, special neighborhood people, and efforts.

Now our 2015/2016 Awards season is upon us and we need nominations for the 2016 Awards, from members like you.

To submit a nomination for review by the Awards committee, simply download the nomination form and guidelines, then email to:  You can also send nominations via mail to: HPHT, P.O. Box 50894, Los Angeles, CA 90050, or call the info phone line (323) 908-4127.  The deadline for nominations has been extended to January 20, 2016.

HPHT is also seeking volunteers to serve on the Awards committee; please contact us at or (323) 908-4127 if you are interested or for more information.

You can view info on past Award recipients.

Highland Park Heritage Trust

Highland Park Heritage Trust