It was through her own home that Highland Park's Nicole Possert became an advocate for historic preservation in the Arroyo.
In KCET's ongoing web-series documenting the neighborhood, the Departures producers have spotlighted Possert's contributions to preserving Highland Park's historic character.
The former president of the Highland Park Heritage Trust now leads the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition's efforts to reopen the historic Mount Washington museum to the public. She also played a key role, along with Amy Inouye of, in relighting both the and signs.
Possert moved into a small craftsman home off Figueroa's main commercial drag back in the 1980's. As she settled in, she slowly began to peel - literally and figuratively - hidden layers of history in her home that led her to discover, embrace and research the architectural and historical significance of the area. Soon she became part of the HPHT and participated in establishing its champion historic overlay zone, the largest in Los Angeles. Nicole's breath of knowledge expands from the early settlements of Spanish mission in what is now Highland Park to modern day issues. Possert was an invaluable contributor to the research of this series.
KCET's feature also links to video segments Possert has contributed to the series, include segments on the Arroyo Seco Parkway, The Gold Line, the arts and crafts movement and more.