Sometimes we'll be chatting with someone and the 110 comes up, and invariably the discussion leads to the small clutch of buildings that sit just east of the historic freeway. You've seen them; they're gingerbread-y and Victorian and octagonal and look like they've been built for some high-gothic movie, probably starring Johnny Depp or Viggo Mortensen, that never seems to be filming there.
The area is called Heritage Square Museum, and it is a collection of extraordinary buildings that have been saved by the wrecking ball by people fascinated by LA's architectural character and history. And while Heritage Square is open year-round on Fridays-Sundays (and certain other days), Sunday, March 22 is the perfect day to make a first (or fourth or tenth) visit.
Why this day in partic? Well, let's start with the free admission (if you print out a flyer found here; otherwise it is $5). Let's continue with the many historic-minded groups that will be hosting booths dotting the grounds while handing out information on attractions around town. And let's finish with this beautiful, soak-up-the-rays weather. Spending some time in a vintage, park-like setting on a Sunday afternoon is good for the body and soul, we'll wager.
Oh, and if you want to show in costume? You likely will not be alone. So break out your retro wear. You've got retro wear, we hope?