Past Events

It's time to celebrate the Holiday Season with WAHA's annual Holiday Historic Homes Tour and Progressive Dinner - our wonderful, once-a-year opportunity to wine and dine in some of the finest homes in historic West Adams. On December 4 and 5, step back in time to holidays of yore in Harvard Heights, where seven of the grand manors of Westmoreland and Hobart Boulevard, all beautifully decorated, will open their doors to visitors. Learn more about the event and how to make reservations here.


If you could meet the suffragettes responsible for women getting the vote, what would you ask them? What if you could interview the first "front page gal" who worked at a Chicago newspaper, in 1878? Or, what would you like to learn from the first African American to win an Oscar, or the first female African American police officer in the nation?

Meet these fascinating females, and more, at WAHA's annual Living History Tour, which takes place every autumn at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery. Amid the elaborate headstones and monuments, costumed actors bring to life - and tell the often-riveting stories of - a half dozen residents from Los Angeles' earlier times. This year's tour is slated for Saturday, September 25, and we invite your participation.


Ice Cream Social: Something Old Is New Again

Saturday, August 14, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
William Andrews Clark Library gardens, 2520 Cimarron St. (Kinney Heights)

What better way to spend a summer afternoon than eating ice cream, socializing with neighbors and listening to musical entertainment? Please put on your summer whites or Victorian-inspired attire, and join WAHA at its Ice Cream Social, returning to West Adams after a too-long hiatus.

In the 1980s and 1990s, WAHA tradition called for an annual Ice Cream Social, with sweets and frozen treats, games and lots of fun for kids and grown-ups alike. But as WAHA invented some new activities, the Ice Cream Social fell by the wayside, albeit with fond memories. This summer, WAHA is bringing the event back – and happily, at a great venue we are sure you all want to see.


Sunday, July 4
1-4 p.m.
2425 Gramercy Park (one block north of Adams Boulevard at Gramercy Place) POTLUCK

Bring the kids, and wear your summer whites or patriotic attire at WAHA's annual 4th of July picnic.

WAHA's 4th of July is kid-and-family oriented, with historic preservation and plain old-fashioned neighborliness thrown in.

Owners Karen and Robert Carrere are hosting WAHA's annual event celebrating America's birthday in their fab Gramercy Park gardens, which sprawl across two lush green parcels.

Live music, courtesy singer/actor Matt Braaten, who will entertain us. Braaten performs as half of the singing duo Blue Sky Divide (though he will be performing solo for WAHA), and he'll be releasing his first solo CD later this year.

Pool time from 1-2 p.m. (only) is also on the schedule, along with the presentation of awards (at circa 2:45 p.m.)


A Collection of Historic Venues Will Showcase Local Artists on Annual Tour

West Adams Heritage Association Presents Its Annual Spring Historic Homes
& Architecture Tour with A Twist: Art!

Saturday, June 5, 2010
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Last ticket sold at 1 p.m.)

LOS ANGELES, CA – Historic West Adams is a new hotbed for fine art, with a growing number of established and emerging artists who live and/or work in the community. Now, the public is invited to visit a collection of West Adams’ most interesting historic places, showcasing works by some of West Adams’ most talented contemporary artists.


Book It: A Society Columnist's Heritage plus Cagney & Lacey Producer's Memoir in Historic Lafayette Square Villa, 4 p.m. (Reception); 5 p.m. (author talk and book signing) at the former home of Princess Conchita Pignatelli (RSVP required)

WAHA invites you to meet TV producer Barney Rosenzweig and tour a literary legend's former home at one of our periodic "Books in Historic Places" events next week.

Rosenzweig will talk about growing up in Boyle Heights, his lifetime in television, and his memoir, Cagney & Lacey…and Me: An Inside Hollywood Story, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blond. This author talk and book signing will be held at a home associated with another Hollywood literary figure, society columnist Princess Conchita Pignatelli, whose father was the namesake for Sepulveda Boulevard. (The book will be available for purchase and signing at this event.)

  • A June visit to a glorious collection of art-filled historic sites.
  • A September stroll through a century-old cemetery, filled with surprisingly lively souls.
  • A December feast -- yes, eating and drinking -- in half a dozen historic homes.

If you haven't tried one of WAHA’s legendary annual events, you're in for a treat. Here’s our lineup for 2010. Watch this site for ticket ordering information.



The 23nd Annual West Adams Heritage Association Holiday Historic Homes Tour & Progressive Dinner, 2009

Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6 . All tickets $85.

Buy your tickets now online here.

or Click here to print/download the invitation flyer.


The Holman Methodist Church at 3320 West Adams Blvd. in celebration of its 64th year in the West Adams community is holding a three-day festival under the title Holman/West Adams World House Festival. They expect to draw upwards of 5, 000 to their campus over the three day period. There will be plenty of activity for the entire family, including: Multicultural Breakfast ~ Children’s World ~ Concert Under the Stars ~ Line Dancing Contest ~ Steel Bands & Ethnic Dancers ~ KJLH 102.3 co-sponsored Choir Fest ~ Art Exhibit and much more. Vendor space is available. Contact Ben Eubanks or Jacquelyn Watkins at (323) 731-0140.

The West Adams Heritage Association is a sponsor of this event.

Click here for a flyer.

(The times are not listed, but if in doubt call (323) 731-0140 for further information.)


Saturday, July 4, 2009, 1 to 4 pm, 1909 S. Harvard Blvd. (West Adams Heights - just south of Washington Boulevard).