Chapter 2 Arroyo Culture
The efforts of Arroyo artisans such as Charles Lummis and William Lee Judson came together to pioneer one of the first artistic and cultural movements to come out of Los Angeles.
In the Arroyo Culture chapter, we will explore the philosophy, practice and ethos of Arts and Crafts in Highland Park from beginning to ultimate demise. The rise and fall of Arroyo Culture is really the story of Highland Park as a independent municipality. As a prescient article written in the Garvanza paper circa 1930 put it while denouncing the proposed annexation of Highland Park to Los Angeles, big government bureaucracies and priorities could only trump the original community’s goals, a larger urban vision for Los Angeles trampling Highland Park’s grass-roots. As with Venice, annexation would turn out to be the beginning of a cycle of decline from which the area is only just recovering.