Exploration: Brittany Contreras Field Trip Observations

Students from the Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts (LFCSA) and the Living Museum Sycamore Grove are collaborating with Departures Youth Voices to document their exploration of the area and develop interactive tools that will become part of the Living Museum's community resources. Follow the students as they work with community residents and learn about the history of the neighborhood, urban planning, and placemaking.

Below are the student's observations from their field trip to the Sycamore Grove District in Highland Park. To read more about the trip click here.


I go to Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts and I am in 5th Grade.

We went to the Lummis House on our field trip. The Lummis House is a museum today but was originally the home of Charles Lummis. When we went to the Lummis House we observed a lot of old home features. We also saw a lot of people that toured the house and kept it in one piece,

I saw a lot of trees and flowers, to me it looked like a secret garden. I felt like he wanted to have a protective house because it looked like a castle and it had locks that could only open with the right key.

Questions to Investigate:

  • Why did he make his entire house out of rocks?
  • Was he rich/wealthy?
  • How did he build his home without getting hurt by wild animals?
  • What motivated him to build his home?

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