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Heritage Square Museum – Mt. Washington

Architecture lovers, history buffs, design students, and those visiting Los Angeles would all find something to explore at the Heritage Square Museum near Mt. Washington. A museum ticket includes a guided tour of the historic homes moved to Heritage Square from different corners of the city of Los Angeles, beginning with the Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument Program in 1961.

The homes at the museum are quite different from the modern architecture in other areas of Mt. Washington. In Montecito Heights, the homes at Heritage Square are examples of the Victorian architecture that was popular in Los Angeles in the 19th century and the early 20th century.

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For example, the Hale House (see picture below) was restored, including the original paint colors and interiors. George W. Morgan built the home in 1887, and it was originally located at 3800 Homer Street.

Hale House

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The other homes at the Heritage Square include the Perry Mansion, which was designed by E.F. Kysor for William Hayes Perry. The Victorian Italianate home is known for the elegant stairway and the Corinthian columns. It was originally located in Boyle Heights.

An artefact from 1876, the Palms Depot brought visitors and newcomers to California via the Southern Pacific. Today, it is the museum store and visitor center.

It may sound unusual to us now, but houses with eight sides were once quite popular. The Longfellow-Hastings Octagon House (see picture below) is an example of the style. Some argued that octagon houses allowed more light and air into homes. The house was built in 1893 on San Pasqual Street for Gilbert Longfellow who was a farm owner.

Longfellow-Hastings Octagon House

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The gorgeous wood carvings at the Ford House (see picture below), built in 1887, are a sight to behold. The French Mansard roof on the Valley Knudsen House (see last photo below) exemplifies the unique architecture of the west. You’ll also be able to visit the Carriage Barn and the Lincoln Ave Church on site. A new addition to the museum is the Colonial Drug building. George A. Simmons’ family donated original pieces from his drug store, which were used in the museum’s recreation of the space.

Ford House

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At the Heritage Square Museum, visitors enjoy performances, programming, weddings, parties, and learning about the history of architecture and life in Los Angeles. Heritage Square participates in the event Museums of Arroyo Day, alongside the Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum and the Pasadena Museum of History.

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Other famous homes to see in Los Angeles include the Lummis House, the Greek Revival Nickel-Leong Mansion, and the Gamble House. Mt. Washington is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, and it is located in the Northeast region. Founded in 1909, it sits within the San Rafael Hills. Eldred Street and the Southwest Museum are historic and famous sites in Mt. Washington. While in Los Angeles, also be sure to visit the Kidspace Children’s Museum, the Time Travel Mart, and the Audubon Center.

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Galco’s Soda Pop Stop – Mt. Washington

Going to Bevmo is a treat, but no other beverage store in Los Angeles has as much character and history as Galco’s Soda Pop Stop. Located at 5702 York Blvd near Mt. Washington, Galco’s Soda Pop Stop was once a grocery store specializing in Italian food and sandwiches. Today, the store still contains and runs its deli and serves Blockbuster sandwiches.

Growing up, John F. Nese’s family herded goats in Chavez Ravine before having to move from the construction of Dodger Stadium. Nese became passionate about soda when he learned about the soda making process while visiting the soda bottling factory of a family friend in the 50s.

Later, while running Galco’s Old World Grocery — which offered unique Italian goods to the community — Nese experienced being locked out of soda distribution chains by larger retailers. When Pepsi offered prices Nese could not afford, he decided to start carrying smaller soda brands. What once started out as a soda endeavor involving 25 brands grew into the Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, which today carries more than 400 soda flavors.

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Many customers are initially stressed when facing the task of picking out just a few of Galco’s wide inventory of sodas. The possibilities are endless. However, once acquainted with the store, the great thing about Galco’s is that you have a choice between your favorite flavors, unique and wild flavors, and international brands. Just to name a few flavors, believe it or not, Galco’s offers butterscotch, birch, chocolate, cucumber, dandelion, caramel, honey, guava, lavender, mint julep, passionfruit, mandarin, mango, peach, rhubarb, rose, strawberry, tamarind, pineapple, vanilla, and more.

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Types of sodas on the shelves include coffee, egg cream, brews, sarsaparillas, ginger soda, diet sodas, kosher sodas, root beers, and non-carbonated sodas. If you can’t choose a soda, you can let loose on the Soda Creation Station. Customers mix creations into bottles from an assortment of 100 cane sugar syrups, which are mixed with carbonated water. You can also shop online, but note that the minimum order is 6 sodas.

Galco’s does soda in a big way, but it isn’t the only product or opportunity that the store has to offer. In addition to soda, the store houses 600 forms of beer within 10 cold cases. Besides the craft beer from around the country and the world, Nese stocks his shelves with options for everyone, like champagne, cider, mead, sake, wine, and artisanal waters.

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If you stop in to Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, be sure to check out the retro and vintage candy and toys. Show your family and friends the products you grew up loving, or find something new to take home.

About Mt. Washington: Mt. Washington is located in the San Rafael Hills in the Northeast region of the city of Los Angeles and was founded in 1909. It is known as home to Eldred Street (one of the steepest streets in the nation), the Southwest Museum, and the Headquarters of the Self-Realization Fellowship.

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Chicken Boy Shop & Future Studio Gallery

Art lovers, prepare yourselves. If you haven’t heard of Future Studio Gallery, then you are in for a treat. Located at 5558 N Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042, in Highland Park, this art venue features contemporary art by local artists. Future Studio Gallery is open between 7 and 10 pm during the North East Los Angeles Second Saturday Gallery Nights, or you can make an appointment to view the gallery.

The gallery features different types of media, including paintings, photography, sculptures, performance art, and more. You can check the gallery’s website to review their recent and past archives of art shows. For example, the most recent post on the website describes the work of artist Nishio Ruby who creates beautiful quilts. In the archives, you will find detailed descriptions about each artist and their artwork. Sometimes the artists’ smaller pieces are available for cash and carry purchases.

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Future Studio Gallery is located on the Historic Route 66. At the top of the gallery stands a statue of a chicken man, known as Chicken Boy (also known as “the statue of liberty of Los Angeles”). The Chicken Boy Shop is inside the Future Studio Gallery and it features unique gifts and exclusive Chicken Boy collectibles. Surely, there’s no way you can miss Chicken Boy on the top of the building. You can access the shop when the gallery is open for viewings.

In the shop, you’ll find curated and one-of-a-kind souvenirs for lovers of Los Angeles, Route 66, Chicken Boy, and popular culture. Chicken Boy’s image is displayed on baby onesies, jigsaw puzzles, mugs, postcards, socks, sock chickens, purses, lapel pins, luggage tags, and more, which are for sale in the shop. There’s even a copy of Chicken Boy the Movie.

The California-specific souvenirs are quite impressive. You can find a flag of Highland Park and postcards printed with the flag of California and the flag of Los Angeles. An “I Love You, California” postcard pairs the text with the image of a bear. If you aren’t looking for postcards, you can choose between embroidered patches and a wide variety of greeting cards featuring Arroyo Seco Parkway, Civic Center L.A., Figueroa Street Tunnels, LAX, and the Colorado Street Bridge.

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Californians or fans of the state will fall in love with earrings that are miniature maps of downtown Los Angeles and a silver necklace with a pendant that is a metal outline of the state of California. A handmade orange showcases Californian pride and a “I Love Highland Park” bumper sticker makes a great gift for those who live there or who love visiting.

You can also purchase books, prints, DVDs, cards, and other items related to the art on display at Future Studio Gallery.

Highland Park is northeast of downtown L.A. and offers shopping, creative dining, and entertainment. Other locations to visit in Highland Park include the Highland Park Farmers’ Market, Lummis House Heritage Square, The Artsy Flea, and the Taproom at Eagle Rock Brewery.

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