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Case Study and Site Tour: Behind the Scenes at the Southwest Museum

May 21, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum, Mt. Washington Campus
234 Museum Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90065 United States
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For more than a century now, the Southwest Museum has dominated a 12-acre hillside in Mount Washington with commanding views from a seven-story tower overlooking downtown and northeast Los Angeles. Would you like to visit this unique marvel?

In 2003, the Autry Museum joined forces with the Southwest Museum to undertake a mighty task: secure the vast collections in a manner consistent with modern museum practices. Sixteen years later, that task has reached maturation, and the Autry Museum is focused on the next herculean task: the building itself. Given the age of the Museum building, dating back to 1914, the Autry has brought in another heavyweight partner, the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Together, these two organizations have issued a bold challenge, in the form of a Request For Interest, to the entrepreneurs of Los Angeles: bring us your creative ideas for this magnificent gem. The goal is to rehabilitate and respect the building itself, of course, but also reinvigorate its public use in a manner that successfully maintains the Museum’s presence in the surrounding community. It is a huge challenge – and a huge opportunity.

And there is more.  In 1917, just three years after the Museum opened, the Casa de Adobe, a replica of an adobe ranch house opened nearby. The Autry and the Trust have included the Casa in the RFI, and interested parties can offer proposals for both structures, or either one independently.

Please join fellow ULI Los Angeles members on an exclusive tour of the Southwest Museum and learn more about the future of this important historic resource.

Registration and reception will begin at 5:30 PM near the front entrance.  A presentation will follow at 6:30 PM, followed by tours at 7:00 PM. Please wear comfortable shoes.


  • Maren Dougherty, Executive Vice President, Communications and Visitor Experience, Autry Museum of the American West
  • Chris Morris, Senior Field Director, Los Angeles Office, National Trust for Historic Preservation


  • Private $75 (Nonmember $100)
  • Public/Non-profit $50 (nonmember $70)
  • Under Age 35 $35 (Nonmember $50)
  • Student $25 (Nonmember $35)

Enjoy catering by a local food vendor and light refreshments.


Complimentary parking provided at the venue.

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