Exploration: Sophie Metzger 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.


My field trip location was the Lummis House, a historical house in Sycamore Grove.

We arrived at The Lummis House shaking with glee.
"Alright my class stand up and please exit." Mrs. John directed.
"What are we doing next?" I asked.
"We are meeting up with a tour guide who will take us to and around The Lummis House."

After exiting the bus the tour guide led us to a beautiful earthy mini mansion type house made entirely out of rock. We learned about Charles F. Lummis the creator of the Lummis House and how he had to get all of the rocks from the Arroyo Seco. We went inside the house and it felt like a large piece of history. All the walls were, well, historical.

Questions to investigate:

  • Why are there so many dogs in this neighborhood?
  • Why is the Lummis House where it is?
  • What did the Lummis House look like 100 years ago?
  • How can we improve the house?
  • Why is there mission bell?
  • How did Mr.Lummis' daughter die? At what age?

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