Highland Park Heritage Trust Sycamore Grove Walking Tour

This tour explores the rich and varied architectural and social history of the Sycamore Grove area of Highland Park, one of Los Angeles’ oldest neighborhoods.

Located along the Arroyo Seco, Highland Park was created in 1870 by developers who purchased the territory from Spanish and Mexican landowners. Incorporated into Los Angeles in 1895, it quickly became a thriving part of the city, and was once home to both Occidental College and USC’s School of Fine Arts.  At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Arroyo Seco was a center of the nation’s emerging Arts and Crafts movement, and was home to one of Los Angeles’ first great preservationists, naturalist Charles Fletcher Lummis.  Highland Park -Garvanza has the city’s largest historic district (Historic Preservation Overlay Zone) with approximately 2,500 structures.


2019 Dates:
June 22
October 26

Start Time:  10:00 AM

Length:  2-1/4 hours

Distance Covered:  About 1-1/4 miles total walking

Walking Difficulty:  Moderate, stairs, not wheelchair accessible, no pets or strollers, not recommended for children younger than 12 years old

*Please Note: Reservations are required by 11:59pm on the Wednesday prior to tour date.

$10.00 – HPHT / LAC Members
$15.00 – Non-members

Walking tours are currently suspended due to COVID-19.


  • Sycamore Grove Park and the Sousa-Hiner Band Shell
  • La Casita Verde (former Ziegler House)*
Liddell “La Boheme” House* and the Baker House*
The Hiner House*

Tour in Spanish by special arrangement

*Interiors visited, subject to availability

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Easily accessed by MTA buses and Gold Line. Get off at the Sycamore Grove Station and walk to Sycamore Grove Park to meet docents. Plentiful street parking on Figueroa Street.

**Be sure to print your receipt once your payment has been made or have your receipt on your phone.

Thank you for joining us on our Highland Park Heritage Trust walking tour!
We look forward to seeing you!

START TIME: 10:00am
Please arrive at least ten minutes early to check in.

MEETING LOCATION: Sycamore Grove Park, 4600 Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, 90042 (Meet at the Band Shell in the park.)

DIRECTIONS: From the 110 Freeway, exit Avenue 43.  Head west on Ave 43 two blocks to Figueroa. Turn right (north) on Figueroa and proceed a few short blocks to Sycamore Grove Park, which will be on the right.

PARKING: Free street parking

METRO RAIL: Gold Line to Southwest Museum Station. Sycamore Grove Park is down the hill (about 1/2 block) and across Figueroa.
The park is just north of the crosswalk.


  • No pets
  • No strollers
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • No refunds, no exchanges
  • Tour will run rain or shine