Directly across North Figueroa from Sycamore Park, stands the
picturesque stone and half-timber house of Dr. Edwin C.
Hiner which was built in 1892.
Dr. Hiner, a professor of music, came to Los Angeles from Kansas City
were he was Bandmaster for over three decades. Prvious to this
he directed the Third Regiment Band, which was inducted into
regular army service during the Spanish American War, and became
known as President McKinley's Band.
Dr. Hiner and his wife, Anna, an accomplished singer and writer,
frequently entertained John Phillip Sousa at their home. In fact,
they built a rehearsal hall on the property for Sousa, and named
the hall "Sousa's Nook".
Upon Dr. Hiner's death, some 6,000 band musical scores, some of
them pricelss as collector's items were presented to the
Kansas City Library, in accordance with Dr. Hiner's wishes.
Hiner's home is designated an historic-cultural monument, and
is today a private residence.