Exploration: Eva Luna Devis Field Trip Observations

Hale House

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.


On my field trip I saw the Lummis House, the Arroyo Seco, and I went to Heritage Square.

I felt like I had gone back in time to the late 1800's. I saw houses, furniture, instruments and fashion from over 100 years ago. Everything looked the way it would have looked a long time ago. I was surprised when the tour guide told me that people wanted to tear the beautiful Victorian houses down, but I was glad that Heritage Square was created to preserve history. I believe that everyone should have chance to go to Heritage Square or other historical places to see what it was like to live in a house 100 years ago.

Questions to investigate:

  • Why would someone want to tear down history?
  • Who lived in the houses? Did they enjoy their time there?
  • Why was there so much graffiti?
  • Why is Sycamore Grove not being noticed? I think people would love everything there (especially Heritage Square!!)

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