Looking like a prop street set up by a film studio, Heritage Square resembles a row of bright dollhouses in the modest Highland Park neighborhood. Five 19th-century residences, a train station, a church, a carriage barn, and a 1909 boxcar that was originally part of the Southern Pacific Railroad, all built between the Civil War and World War I, were moved to this small park from various locations in southern California to save them from the wrecking ball. The newest addition, a re-creation of a World War I–era drugstore, has a vintage soda fountain and traditional products. Docents dressed in period costume lead visitors through the lavish homes, giving an informative picture of what life in Los Angeles was like a century ago. Don't miss the unique 1893 Octagon House, one of just a handful of its kind built in California.
Aug 12, 2007
Heritage Square is a great place for both events and tours. However, I have to correct a bit of information reported: 1) The cost for a tour is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, $5.00 for children under 12 2) New phone number is 323-225-2700 3) Hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM, with guided tours at 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM 4) Organization has some great events - next fundraising event is the 40th
Anniversary Celebration of the Summer of Love. Others are the Annual Lamplight Celebration, MOTA Day, Silent Movie Nights, and Holloween. Check the website at www.heritagesquare.org for more info.