Southwest Museum: Saving Los Angeles First Museum and the Arroyo Culture

Register at the National Trust for Historic Presevation and vote to show your support of the the Southwest Museum.



Save the Southwest Museum

Charles Fletcher Lummis founded the Southwest Museum to be a comprehensive museum covering the history, science, and art of the American Southwest.

Founded in 1907, the Southwest Museum's permanent home was specifically chosen atop a hill overlooking the Arroyo Seco Valley and since opening in 1914, the Southwest Museum has remained the iconic symbol of Los Angeles' architectural and cultural life.

This gorgeous building became, in many ways, a pivot point that swung the city from an agrarian community to an urban metropolis of the first order.

Today, following years of "backroom negotiations" and unkept promises, the museum is permanently closed, and it's vast collection is unavailable to the public. The architecturally-designed museum structure, now used as a storage warehouse, is void of public life.

The Highland Park Heritage Trust (HPHT) is working hard to re-open the Southwest Museum and to educate the city about all the important treasures of the region's Arroyo Culture. 

Read the enter article and vote here 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has created "This Place Matters Community Challenge" to help non-profit organizations across the country start a conversation about places that matter in our communities.

Each organization that is participating is competing to register the most support for their places, with the winning group receiving a cash award of $25,000 to support their preservation efforts!