Historic Masonic Lodge Building in Highland Park Offered for SALE


104 North Avenue 56 is truly one of the most architecturally significant buildings in Highland Park.  Built in 1922 by Elmore R. Jeffery and completed in 1923, the 'Commercial/Italian Renaissance Revival' style building served as Lodge 382 of the Free and Accepted Masons for sixty years. 

The building was owned as used by the Masons until 1983, when it was sold to investors.  The investors made the City required seismic retrofitting and other renovations.  The building was sold again in 2009 to a private party.

The architectural features include a brick exterior with second story arched balcony /arcade, decorative cornice and pediment surrounding the doorway.

The first floor currently includes a bakery, the City of Los Angeles First District Field Office,  a vintage clothing store,  and a popular  restaurant.   The second floor has two banquette rooms, Chandelier Room, (approx 3000 sq. ft ), Terrace Room (approx. 1800 square ft). The second floor also includes a 380 sq ft full service cafeteria kitchen  The third floor consists of four office rental units.

The building was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1984 (HCM #282), and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.


We have listed this exquisite historical and architectural landmark building for sale at $4,750,000.  If you would like further information please contact Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties.  323.257.1080

Public Hearing for Highland Park - Garvanza HPOZ tomorrow 7/7

Via Tina Gulotta-Miller:    Tomorrow night is a very important milestone for Garvanza.  This is the public hearing for the Highland Park - Garvanza HPOZ (Historic Preservation Overlay Zone).  The Highland Park Heritage Trust and the Garvanza Improvement Association, along with many of our community organizations, Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles Conservancy, CM Jose Huizar, Heritage Square and many other groups are in support of our next step into being designated a historic district. 

Please come and show your support.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Highland Park Senior Center
6152 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Please copy the letter at the bottom of this post, add  your own name and address, print it, sign it and bring it with you to the hearing. 

And please send an email copy of your letter to the following email addresses:



If you are unable to attend the meeting, please include your name and address on the letter and email your letter to hphtpres@gmail.com and we will submit it to the Los Angeles Planning Department at the hearing on your behalf.

Many people have worked very hard for this moment in the city process.  The Garvanza Improvement Association and the Highland Park Heritage Trust have spent 15 years moving this effort forward with the support of CD14 and the Los Angeles Planning Department.  This has been a huge effort on all our parts and we would greatly appreciate your support tomorrow night in making history for Garvanza.  Please come in support of the Highland Park - Garvanza HPOZ Expansion!

The Department of City Planning Cordially Invites You to the Public Hearing

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Highland Park Senior Center
6152 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042

The City Planning Department of the City of Los Angeles is holding a Public Hearing for the proposed expansion and renaming of the Highland Park Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) to "Highland Park – Garvanza HPOZ."

It is important that we show support for this momentous occasion, especially at the July 7th hearing tomorrow night.  This will determine if the Garvanza Survey becomes certified and adopted into the expansion of the Highland Park Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. Your support would be greatly appreciated!


Tina Gulotta-Miller
co-chair, Garvanza Improvement Association
Secretary, Highland Park Heritage Trust


ROOM 667

Re: Expansion and Renaming of the Highland Park HPOZ to "Highland Park –Garvanza HPOZ"

City Planning Case Nos.: CPC-2010-943-HPOZ, ENV-2010-944-CE
Council Districts: 1 & 14

I am writing in support of the Expansion and Renaming of the Highland Park HPOZ
to the "Highland Park – Garvanza HPOZ". As a resident of the Highland Park
community, it is important that we continue on a path that includes a higher
quality of life. Preserving our communities' history and architecture has never
been more important in Los Angeles. Our hope is to be able to continue this
goal through the approval by City Council motion of the certification of the
Garvanza Survey and segue into the Highland Park – Garvanza HPOZ.

This has been a long awaited action for the community of Garvanza to become a
historic district in the city of Los Angeles. I fully support the Expansion and
Renaming of the Highland Park HPOZ to Highland Park – Garvanza HPOZ, 
Case Nos: CPC-2010-943-HPOZ, ENV-2010-944-CE.


Your Name

address to:

cc: hphtpres@gmail.com

Arroyo Arts Collective "Re-Discovery Tour" Nov 23

The Arroyo Arts Collective presents the:

Re-Discovery Tour --


16th Annual Showcase of Artists’ Homes and Studios
a self-guided auto tour of artists’ homes and studios in Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Mount Washington


Sunday, November 23, 2008

9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Starts at the Lummis Home, 200 E. Avenue 43, Highland Park, CA 90031 (Tour-goers check in and receive a map to the day’s open studios; there are also exhibiting craftpersons at Lummis Home all day)

Tickets: $10 in advance at www.ArroyoArtsCollective.org or $15 at the Lummis Home on the day of the Tour.


Special Preview Party, Saturday, November 8, 7 to 9 pm, Future Studio Gallery, 5558 North Figueroa Street, Highland Park 90042

Samples of Tour artists’ work will be on display (and tickets to tour will be available, preview party is free)

For Information: www.ArroyoArtsCollective.org or by voice mail at 323-850-8566

Email contacts: Amy Inouye at futurestudio@sbcglobal.net or Laurie Arroyo at llarroyo@hotmail.com

Camelot! Brigadoon! Shangri-la! Northeast LA! Places loved once, lost sight of for a spell, then miraculously re-discovered! The first three are challenging, but on Sunday, November 23, the artists’ homes and studios of the mysterious Northeast, artist colony for over a century, will be revealed at the Arroyo Arts Collective’s “Re-Discovery Tour” – the 16th annual self-guided auto tour of artists’ homes and studios in Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Mount Washington. The Arroyo Arts Collective, a grassroots community arts organization in Northeast Los Angeles invites the world to discover the art in the heart of Northeast L.A. Sixteen years ago 50 artists opened their studios - this year the roster tops 140 - old favorites side by side with fresh finds, featuring painting, sculpture, ceramics, collage, computer graphics, photography, letterpress, printmaking, fiber arts and spray can art., something for everyone (in a good way). This is an opportunity to engage with the artists, and view their homes and studios firsthand! For the first time this year, several Franklin High School students, some of whose work was supported by previous Tour proceeds, will also appear on the Tour.

Tour tickets can be purchased in advance ($10) online at www.ArroyoArtsCollective.org and at Galco’s Old World Grocery, 5702 York Boulevard, Highland Park. Tickets the day of the tour ($15) will be available at the Charles Lummis Home located at 200 E. Avenue 43 in Highland Park beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tour ticket holders will receive a comprehensive map of artists’ studios and homes; studios and homes will be open between 10 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

A preview party showcasing Tour artists and their work will be held in conjunction with NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night on Saturday, November 8 at Future Studio, 5558 North Figueroa Street, Highland Park. Artist images and links will also be posted at www.ArroyoArtsCollective.org prior to the Tour.