Heritage Square Museum
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October 2, 2009

Posted May 27, 2010
2010  Herbert E. Lindberg

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This page is part of a multi-tour visit with Walt and Hazel:

Our fourth tour was at the Heritage Square Museum, about three miles north of down- town Los Angeles at 3800 Homer Street. The museum is a gravel street along which eight historic Victorian Era structures have been placed. The buildings were saved from the wrecking ball over a period of years and arranged on the site as they would be in a neighborhood of the time, from the Civil War to the early 20th century.

Living history of the development of the Los Angeles region, including the San Fernando Valley, is told by the buildings (furnished with period pieces), text and photo display boards, and tour guides who take you through several buildings.

The museum is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and most holiday Mondays from 12 to 5 p.m. (this may vary from October to March).  Guided tours depart frequently. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for children from 6 to 12 years of age. Children under 6 are free when accompanied by an adult.  Call 323-225-2700 for the latest information.

The pictures here and on page 2 follow the tour route clockwise from house to house, just as in the Heritage Square website found with the link above. If you have the area on your computer screen, open this site and view it side by side with these photos to read the interesting history of each house in their "Online Tour".  If not, then flip back and forth between these pages and those of the on the Heritage House tour.


Victorian Era houses line the street. The entrance to Heritage House Museum is at the Palms Depot on the left.

Closer view of Palms Depot and the entrance to the museum. This building serves as museum headquarters.

First on the tour is the Perry House, directly across the street from Palms Depot.  Marble fireplace mantles throughout.
Built in 1876 by lumber baron William Hayes Perry; second largest house in the museum.

Text-photo displays in this room describe contributions of people who pioneered development of the Los Angeles region.
There was not enough time to read these displays in depth, so I photographed all of them and made a
PDF document which has all the text and representative photos. The stories are interesting.

Ornate chandelier in the room

Chandelier in another room

Elaborate architecture of the Hale House exterior.
Built in 1887 just a few blocks from the museum, purchased by Hale in 1906.
Colors here were reproduced from chips found on the house during restoration.

Vertical sweep of the architecture

Close-up of the elaborate detail

Side section of wrap-around front porch of Hale House

Tour guide leads us into the Hale House

Victorian fire place.  Interior restored to represent rooms as they may have appeared in 1899.


Closer view of far wall. (Our daughter Barbara now has a piano like this in her living room, next to her baby grand.)

Another elaborate fireplace mantle
Parlor pump organ and more period furnishings.
(My grandparents had an organ like this (purchased circa 1915) in our Chicago parlor, but not quite as elaborate.)

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