Save The Date: Highland Park Medieval-style landmark open for tours

Photo by Martha Benedict

By Nicole Possert

A rare glimpse inside a Medieval-style landmark of Arroyo Culture – the Abbey San Encino in Highland Park – will be available  to the public this coming Sunday, April 21, as part of a  fundraising  for Highland Park Heritage Trust.  This private home  built in 1915 with stones hauled up from the Arroyo Seco includes  a pipe organ, dungeon (yes), stained glass by Judson Studios and a Batchelder fireplace among the many unique hand-built features of this arroyo stone structure.

Docent-led tours of the Abbey San Encino are 45 minutes long and accompanied  and include  a wine and cheese reception.  The tours, are however, are limited to exclusive small group experiences and start at  pre-designated times.  Tickets are $40 general public ($30 for Trust members) and a tour time can be reserved at www.hpht.org  Tour is not recommended for those with difficulty walking on uneven terrain.   Unfortunately, there are no accommodations for wheelchairs.

Nicole Possert is an artist, writer, historic preservationist from Highland Park


  1. Great! Now will someone PLEASE save the pagoda house behind it?

  2. I was part of a film production that shot in this “house” and may I say it is beautiful. The dungeon is pretty creepy at night if you are there all alone. Please KEEP it alive

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