Key to the Past

The late 19th Century was a time of tremendous change for the Unites States and California. It was the end of the industrial revolution, and a world of knowledge and ideas was rapidly unfolding, merging old and new, foreign and familiar.

The country was quickly transforming into a modern nation equipped with efficient transportation, communications and distribution of mass produced goods. The southern California land boom, resulted in proliferation of new and elaborately eclectic architecture throughout Los Angeles. Today that architecture, characterized by gabled roofs, windowed turrets, and intricately carved balustrades, is threatened with extinction by a developing society.

In reaction to the destruction of irreplaceable buildings, a group of prominent citizens, with the assistance of the Los Angeles Culural Heritage Board, began planmng a haven for such structures. As a result, Heritage Square Museum was established in 1969 by the Cultural Heritage Foundation of Southern California, Inc., and has become a vital part of the historic preservation movement in Southern Califomia. Located on the bank of the historic Arroyo Seco, the museum site ties within the city's original Spanish land grant in 1781 of four square leagues for the Pueblo de Los Angeles.

Heritage Square, an open air museum, is devoted to the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of southern Cafifomia!s history. Historically and architecturally significant buildings which cannot be preserved at their original location, are relocated to the village-like setting of Heritage Square Museum, restored, displayed, and interpreted to the public. The Museum's collections, exhibits, and programs present the story of everyday life in Los Angeles, during the years 1865 to 1914.


The Museum is open to the public every Saturday, Sunday, and most holiday Mondays. The Museum gates open at 12:00 noon. Hourly Guided tours of the museum provide visitors with a lively, historical view of Southern Califomia's Victorian past. Tours leave Palms Depot fifteen minutes past each hour. The first tour starts at 12:15 p.m., and the last at 3:15 p.m. No visitors can be admitted to the Museum after the final tour has departed. The Museum grounds close at 4:00 p.m.

For further information on hours, admission charges and events, please call the 24-hour Museum Information Line, (626) 449-0193 or visit the Heritage Square Website

Take a virtual walking tour of Heritage Square
The Hale House || The Knudsen House || The Octagon House || Lincoln Avenue Church
This information is presented by Bob Taylor Properties, Inc. as a Community Service.
Please contact Heritage Square 626-449-0193 with inquiries.