Echo Park Historical Society

Spring 2007 Volume 11 Number 2

Mystique Endures for Echo Park’s “Most Famous Cat in the World”
by Jenny Burman

Put simply, Room 8 was – is – one of the Echo Park’s most famous residents, and, between rock stars, art stars, writers and intellectuals, political luminaries, and, of course, cat stars, we have quite had our share. There are photographs of the self-possessed tabby on Echo Park Historical Society calendars and mounted on the wall at Masa restaurant; there’s the mural on the side of Elysian Heights Elementary; there are testimonials – dozens of them – carved into the cement on Baxter St. and Echo Park Ave. in front of the school where children wrote their names and a few personal words about the feline superstar. Some of scratched pictures of him into the cement. They say things like, “I love Room 8 because he sleeps on my desk.” His paw prints grace the sidewalk

in front of Elysian Heights Elementary. Room 8 lived at Elysian Heights Elementary for over 5 years. He was about seven when he first showed up in 1952, skinny and determined to make a life for himself at school. Nights, he would disappear, but he always showed up for class in the mornings, and he seemed to prefer classroom number 8, though he wasn’t entirely exclusive about it. Room 8 died in August 1968. Upon the cat’s passing, Los Angeles Times reporter Dial Torgerson wrote that Room 8 “took fame with feline equanimity, posing casually for countless pictures, becoming ruffled only once, when asked to put his [aforementioned] paw prints in concrete in front of the school. (He left so fast he provided a tail print, too.)”

Room 8 and John Hernandez enjoy a serenade on Valentine Street

A Cat Called Room 8 (Putnam) turned 4 this year – the book that is, not the actual animal, who would be at least 55
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EPHS Quarterly Meeting
American Prophet: Carey McWilliams
Thursday, May 10 7 pm Williams Hall, 2000 Stadium Way
Carey McWilliams is perhaps best known for inspiring the screenplay for the movie Chinatown. But McWilliams was also one of the nation’s most influential progressive thinkers whose writing and activism gave birth to the Chicano movement and supported other liberal causes. He was also an Echo Park resident who lived at the top of Alvarado Street. Peter Richardson, author of American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams, expands on McWilliams’ legacy. This presentation is part of EPHS’s quarterly meeting, which is free and open to the public. The meeting will also include updates on the Historical Society’s upcoming events and preservation issues.

Carey McWilliams: Local Hero, American Prophet
by Peter Richardson Adapted from American Prophet: The Lif and Work of Carey McWilliams

Kevin Starr has called Carey McWilliams “the single finest nonfiction writer on California—ever,” yet many readers are unfamiliar with his life and work. McWilliams was an author, attorney and editor of The Nation from 1955 to 1975, McWilliams wrote nine first-rate books and over 200 articles between 1939 and 1950 alone. On his favorite topics—farm labor, race and ethnicity, California politics and culture, and McCarthyism—McWilliams remains unsurpassed. Mcwilliams lived in Echo Park, on Alvarado near Baxter. His influence runs deep but is now largely invisible. Robert Towne’s Oscar-winning screenplay for Chinatown was inspired by a book McWilliams

wrote in 1946. César Chávez said he learned most of what he knew about California agribusiness from McWilliams. Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit owes a good deal to McWilliams’s writing and advocacy. Hunter S. Thompson credited Hell’s Angels, his first bestseller, to McWilliams. Mike Davis has sung his praises, and McWilliams’s reputation among writers, journalists and academics continues to rise over a quarter century after his death. Born in 1905, McWilliams came to Los Angeles after his father, a prosperous Colorado rancher and state legislator, lost his fortune and committed suicide shortly after World War I. He worked at the Los Angeles Times in the
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MaY Quarterly Membership Meeting May 10 at 7 pm Author Peter Richardson discusses the work of Carey McWilliams. Please see Page 1 for details. a slice of history & Cake Sunday, May 20, 3 – 5 pm Join us as we read and catalog old newspaper and magazine stories about Echo Park for our archives while enjoying a snack and a drink. Please call (323) 8608874 or email ephs@HistoricEchoPark. org for location information. ePhs Board Meeting Monday, May 2 at 7 pm Our monthly board meeting is open to all members. Please call (323) 8608874 for location information. echo Park stairway tour saturday, May 26 at 10 am The walk includes the Baxter Stairs as well as Fellowship Park, Red Hill and the modernist Harwell Harris house. Starting Place: Elysian Heights Elementary, 1562 Baxter St. at Echo Park Ave. Reservations are required. Please Call (323) 860-8874 or visit the Walking Tour section of for more details. June ePhs Board Meeting Monday, June 18 at 7 pm See May events for details. echo Park Lake & Downtown Walking tour Saturday, June 23 at 10 am This tour features many of the neighborhood’s most prominent landmarks, including Echo Park Lake, Angelus Temple and Jensen’s Recreation Center. Starting Place: Echo Park Boathouse, 751 Echo Park Ave. Reservations are required. Please call (323) 860-8874 or visit the Walking Tour section of for more details. JuLY Lotus Festival July 14 & 15, starting at 10 am Stop by our booth during the Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake to look at our display of historic photos or take one of our guided bus tours of Echo Park (available in English and Spanish). You can find our booth near the Lotus Bed. elysian Park Walking tour Saturday, July 28 at 10 am The Elysian Park Tour, which is co-sponsored by Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park, focuses on the lesserknown but historically rich eastern edge of the park. Starting Place: Fremont Monument at North Broadway and Elysian Park Road. Reservations are required. Please Call (323) 860-8874 or visit the Walking Tour section of www. for more details. ePhs Board Meeting Monday, July 16 at 7 pm See May events for details.

Books-Donation Program Boosts Library Resources
For the third consecutive year, the Echo Park Historical Society will donate books on history and preservation to our two local libraries as part of the Ron Emler Memorial Book Program. You can help us preserve our funds for other worthwhile projects by making a donation to purchase a new book. A book list and prices will soon be available on www.HistoricEchoPark. org. Your name will appear in the book as a donor, and your support will be recognized on our website and newsletter. Skylight Books of Los Feliz has once again agreed to support the history book donations program by making the titles available at a discount. Please contact us at (323) 860-8874 or if you would like to suggest a book to donate or are interested in making a contribution to the Ron Emler Memorial Book Program. volunteer. For a map and details on Echo Park stairways, please visit the History & Landmarks section of

Speedy EIR for 9A
Developments in the 9A case: moving along rapidly. After the Los Angeles school district was ordered to conduct the environmental impact review it tried to avoid, it went at the project with a speed that looked like desperation. At a meeting on Thursday, April 19, the public was invited to comment on an EIR for the proposed new elementary school, which would require the demolition of more than 50 homes and apartments southwest of Alvarado Street and Sunset Boulevard. Meanwhile, LAUSD board member David Tokofsky, a big supporter of the project, is leaving office this summer when his term expires. Echo Park council representative Eric Garcetti has strongly urged incoming board member Yoli Flores to cancel the project and free the money for other uses within the LAUSD. Garcetti, the Historical Society and other community groups have opposed the project because of flaws in the site selection process, a dramatic drop in school enrollment and other factors.

EP’s Unique Stairways Theme of 2007 Home Tour
This year’s Historic Echo Park Home Tour will literally be a step up from previous tours as we focus on our neighborhood’s unique network of public stairways. The fourth-annual home tour, which will be held on Sunday, Nov. , will feature homes and apartments located on or near the more than two dozen stairways that scale the hills of Echo Park, Angelino Heights and Elysian Heights. More than 325 people attended the 2006 home tour, and we expect another big turnout for this year’s event, which is headed by Holly Hampton. We are looking for homes and apartments located on or near a public stairway that have retained much of their original architectural features or that have been remodeled in ways that complement Echo Park’s historic character. Contact us at or at (323) 860-8874 if you want your home to be considered for the tour, or if you would like to

Echo Park Historical Society
P.O. Box 261022 - Los Angeles, CA 90026 (323) 860-8874 email: Founded 1995 The Echo Park Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of diverse cultural and architectural heritage of our community. Board of Directors President Kevin Kuzma Vice-President Mary-Austin Klein At-Large Scott Fajack, Jenny Burman, Christine Peters, David Schnepp Newsletter Staff Desktop Publishing: Terri Lloyd Company Editor: Jenny Burman Ad Manager: Rosie Betanzos Contributing Writers: Becky Koppenhhaver, Kevin Kuzma, Vanessa McGee, David Ptach

American Prophet
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credit department and attended USC, where he wrote for the school paper as well as the campus literary and humor journals. After completing a law degree, McWilliams became a proficient litigator at a downtown law firm. He also wrote literary reviews for local magazines and soon became a kind of regional tastemaker. At the tender age of 23, he completed his first book, a well-received biography of the Western journalist Ambrose Bierce. The 1930s radicalized McWilliams. As a lawyer, he represented farm workers in and around Los Angeles, and he wrote his first bestseller, Factories in the Field, in 1939—the same year John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath became a hugely successful novel. That year, too, he was appointed chief of California’s Division of Immigration and Housing. His work there made him a high-profile target for California growers, who called him “Agricultural Pest Number One, worse than pear blight or boll weevils.” His other adversaries included Earl Warren, who promised that his first official act as governor would be to fire McWilliams; J. Edgar Hoover, who considered him for detention in case of a national emergency; and state legislators such as Jack Tenney and Sam Yorty, who grilled him about his links to the Communist Party. (He wasn’t a member of the Party, but he had many friends and colleagues who were, and he never hesitated to work with them when they agreed on an issue.) Throughout the 1940s, McWilliams also worked on a broad range of civic issues. In 1943, scuffles in downtown Los Angeles between Latinos and sailors spun out of control and led to the Zoot Suit Riots. McWilliams covered the mayhem for various publications, called for a federal investigation of the Los Angeles Police Department, and used his influence to suggest a gubernatorial commission to calm the city. Governor Warren formed the commission, the Navy suspended shore leave, and the troubles subsided. During this time, too, McWilliams chaired a committee to appeal the Sleepy Lagoon murder convictions, which sent a group of mostly Latino youths to San Quentin after a biased

trial. Their successful appeal was widely regarded as the beginning of the Chicano movement. A few years later, McWilliams wrote North from Mexico, the first such history of the Spanishspeaking people in the Southwest. By the 1970s, some people were calling McWilliams the Grandfather of Chicano studies. In 1944, McWilliams turned to another urgent issue—the evacuation and internment of more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans. He wrote Prejudice, which demolished every argument for the camps. That same year, one Supreme Court justice repeatedly cited Prejudice in his dissenting opinion to the decision that upheld the constitutionality of the internment. Several years later, McWilliams helped defend the so-called Hollywood Ten after the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities summoned a group of film industry leftists to Washington for questioning about their political associations. The witnesses declined to answer questions about Communist Party membership and were convicted of contempt of Congress. McWilliams drafted an amicus brief for the Supreme Court appeal, and although the Court decided not to hear the case, it later accepted the argument he offered in his brief. In 1951, McWilliams moved to New York to edit The Nation. His stands on McCarthyism, civil rights, and Vietnam eventually earned him a reputation in progressive circles for being right on the big issues. He was also known for reactivating the American tradition of muckraking, converting what had been known as a journal of opinion into a forum for investigative reporting. Along the way, he gave many young people their start by publishing them in The Nation. That group included Ralph Nader, Howard Zinn, and Hunter S. Thompson. In American Prophet, I argue that McWilliams was the nation’s most versatile public intellectual of the 20th century. This strong claim is easy to test. Imagine Cornel West writing a Supreme Court brief, Alan Dershowitz editing a weekly magazine, Noam Chomsky critiquing Yeats’s poetry, or

cover of book by Peter Richardson

Gore Vidal running a state agency, and you’ll begin to appreciate McWilliams’s most extraordinary gift. A few years ago, author Gray Brechin described what it was like to read Carey McWilliams now: “For those of us who lean unapologetically to the left as it flows ever farther to the right, encountering the writings of Carey McWilliams is like running into an old friend in a foreign city.” It’s a fitting tribute to a major American writer and public figure. Peter Richardson is the author of American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams (University of Michigan Press, 2005).


We Love Landmarks Echo Park is filled with landmarks, from the Victorian mansions of Angelino Heights to the Elysian Heights cabin of the late artist Paul Landacre. A sample of our landmarks listed on Page 7 includes official, governmentsanctioned monuments, such as Angelus Temple, one of the few Los Angeles sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are also buildings and businesses, such as Selig Polyscope, the city’s first permanent movie studio, that disappeared long ago. Some are quirky spots, such as the Laguna Avenue apartments where Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther (of Eagles fame) lived before becoming rock superstars. Many think it superficial to tout the number of landmarks or may look down their noses at anything that was not owned or occupied by the rich and powerful. Others view landmarks as a marketing gimmick to boost property values or misplaced “building worship” on the part of preservationists. But no matter how you feel about them, landmarks do attract attention. And that’s the point. These buildings and sites serve as lasting reminders about the people and events that contributed to Echo Park’s historic significance. They support our preservation arguments to protect our neighborhood’s historic character and qualities. In fact, in the City of Los Angeles, declaring a site a Historic Cultural Monument is one of the few tools preservationists can use to prevent — or at least slow down — a demolition or renovations that can damage a building’s historic integrity. For these and other reasons, the EPHS is stepping up its effort to identify and promote awareness of buildings and sites of historic significance. We are working with Council District 13, for example, to install landmark signs by the city’s historic cultural monuments. On the Internet, our website features a growing list and map of historic sites and the people and events associated with them. EPHS board member David SchPersPeCtives continued on page 5

Bank of America Historical Collection:
Early Echo Park Branch History
The branch was newly opened (de novo) on March 5th, 1926 as a branch of Commercial National Trust and Savings Bank of Los Angeles. The address at the time was 1706 Sunset Blvd. We have no record if the building was built for the purpose of housing new branch or whether it existed prior to its opening as a bank. Our guess would be that it was built expressly for the bank. On January 27th, 1927, it became a branch of the Liberty Bank of America, San Francisco. The address listed at the time was 1572 Sunset. On March 1st, 1927, it again became the branch of Bank of Italy NT & SA and on November 3rd, 1930 it finally became a branch of the Bank of America NT & SA All of the banks named above were predecessor to Bank of America and were actually owned by the Bank of Italy/America’s holding company BancItaly Corporation and later TransAmerica Corporation. Due to banking regulations and restrictions on branch banking at the time, the branch went through a series of name changes that reflected the bank’s strategy at the time to establish a single unified branch banking system under the title Bank of America NT & SA. The Commercial National Bank Trust and Savings Bank of Los Angeles was originally charted in 1903, but did not begin branch banking activities until 1922. The BancItaly Corporation purchased controlling interest of the Commercial National in 1922, which may explain why in the same year the Commercial National began branch banking. It is considered the first national bank in the United States to establish branch banking. Either under state or federal law at the time, national banks could only expand through branches only within city limits; hence the eventual presence in Echo Park. This is not to say it was the first bank in California or the nation which began branch banking. The Bank of Italy, prior to 1927, was a state chartered institution and under state law was allowed to operate branches regionally and across the state and began to do so
by David Mendoza, Manager of the Bank of America Historical Collection

photo courtesy of Bank of America Archives

beginning in 1909. Note on address change and photos. We do not have a record stating that the branch moved premises from 1706 Sunset Blvd. to 1572 Sunset Blvd. The photos show the same branch and were taken in 1942 and 1951; which post dates the change in address. The car in the 1942 shot may be older and may make the photo older as well, but the name on the branch dates at most to 1930; the year of the name change to Bank of America NT & SA. City records may have to be checked to see if addresses were changed. If not, the branch may have moved in 1927. During the late 1920s there was a branch of the Citizens National Trust and Savings Bank of Los Angeles across the street from the Bank of America branch. Its address was listed as 1601 Sunset Blvd. This bank was not a predecessor to Bank of America and its history beyond this time period is unknown to these archives.


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Most Famous Cat
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nepp is leading our effort to identify and prioritize our landmarks and special places. We will use this information to decide which of these places should be designated as city landmarks, a program that will require a great deal of research as well as funds to fulfill. This year alone we have made it a goal to nominate three to five sites as landmarks You can help by submitting your nominations to or by calling or mailing the information (address and phone number on page 2) about sites you consider significant to our neighborhood’s history. Nominees don’t have to be fancy, and they don’t have to be big. The historical society has already played a role in having Jensen’s Recreation Center, Echo Park Lake and the home of artist Paul Landacre declared city landmarks. These and other future landmarks will serve as a concrete legacy of Echo Park’s rich cultural heritage.

years old. He lived to be about 22, according to the Los Angeles Times, but, sadly, not even the most famous cat in the world gets to 55, even a cat who has been in Look magazine, not to mention the Los Angeles Times, Time and numerous television stations. Not even a cat who inspired neighbors to play guitar for him, feed him, answer his fan mail and talk about him for decades. As for fan mail, he is said to have received more than 10,000 letters; the children of Elysian Heights Elementary School served as his secretary, answering the cat’s correspondence. The feline was featured in Time magazine as well as dozens of other publications. He turned into a cat who was famous for having been famous. But he was genuinely special, too. He loved the life of the classroom. And with children he was unflappable. ACatCalledRoom8(Putnam)iswritten by Virginia Finley and Beverly Mason and illustrated by Valerie Martin. Mason was principal at Elysian Heights Elementary and Martin was a teacher when the cat arrived, eating children’s sandwiches and demanding to be allowed to stay in class. This writer never met Room 8 in person – though I have friends who knew

Room 8 learning to read

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Development Freeze The Los Angeles City Council in late February adopted an 8-month prohibition on demolition and new construction in the area surrounding Echo Park Lake. The restrictions will be in place while the city surveys and researches all properties and buildings in the area for the possible creation of a historic preservation district. The area covered by the moratorium includes Sunset Boulevard on the north, Echo Park Avenue on the east, the Hollywood Freeway on the south and Bonnie Brae Street on the west. Church Pushes Ahead with Demolitions Angelus Temple has filed for permits to demolish three apartment buildings near Echo Park Lake as part of a plan to build a giant parking garage in the center of the neighborhood. The buildings, which have been emptied of residents, are located on Lemoyne Street and Glendale Boulevard south of Sunset Boulevard. The church wants to build a six-story garage on these and other adjacent properties to park more than 500 cars. This area is being studied for the possible creation of a historic district, but it’s not clear if a recently adopted moratorium on demolitions and new construction applies in this case. Angelus Temple, part of the Foursquare Church, is one of the neighborhood’s largest property owners. It owns numerous properties north and west of Echo Park Lake as well as the former Calfed, now Citibank, building on Sunset Boulevard. Boathouse Makeover If you have not done so already, go down to Echo Park Lake and admire the newly installed red-tile roof on the Boathouse. The return of the tile roof, which had been replaced decades ago by asphalt shingles, is the most recent step in the restoration of the boathouse. The dock and underwater piers have been repaired, and the lighthouse beacon is working once again. Attention now turns to the boathouse interior, lighting and other fixtures. Thanks to ongoing efforts by Council District 13, the Recreation and Parks Department and the office of Congressman Xavier Becerra. Demolition Derby City officials are looking into the illegal demolition of a 1920s cottage in the 1600 block of Lucretia Ave. An EPHS board member discovered the un-permitted demolition in progress and reported it to the building & safety officials and police. The city has scheduled a hearing to review the matter and possibly prevent any development on the hillside site as punishment. The demolition on Lucretia was one of several that took place earlier this year or are in the works. Residents near Echo Park Lake awoke one morning in February to discover that a twostory apartment building at 940 Echo Park Ave. had been demolished (with permits). And north of Echo Park lake, Angelus Temple filed to have three apartment buildings destroyed (see related item). In Elysian Heights, the owners of a Spanish-Colonial house have filed for a demolition permit. Meanwhile, on the 900 block of Alvarado Street, the owners of a Craftsman house are also planning to demolish the structure.

a peek at the past

Elysian Heights Civic Club Meeting
Long time resident Mary Garrison explores our archives for interesting historical nuggets that connect Echo Park Past and present. - June 4, 1922 Mrs. Tremayne and Mrs. Richardson entertained on Saturday last with a dance party for the benefit of the Elysian Heights Civic Clubhouse Fund. A short program was given, including a wireless concert with A.E. Schifferman operating the radio set. Miss Miriam Faddis read “The Horse Thief” and responded to requests for an encore with a clever impersonation. Dr. Albert Wilkinson and S.H. Kellogg gave a saxophone solo [sic], followed by a violin solo courtesy of Miss Margaret Tremayne, accompanied by Miss Lucille Tremayne. With this in mind as a guideline to better-entertainment-equals-better-meetings, perhaps we could jazz up our next Echo Park Historical Society Meeting or Echo Park Improvement Association Meeting (when we are discussing the buildup of condos taking over Echo Park/Silver Lake) with a bit of impromptu entertainment. For starters, if anyone has an old, ill-tuned zither sitting about (is there such a thing as a properly tuned zither?), I could essay my rendition of “This Land Is My Land,” followed by Councilman Eric Garcetti’s showstopping sendup of “Zoolander” (surely none of you missed that as reported at length in the Los Angeles Times about a year ago?). Or not.


Echo Park Landmarks & Points of interest
This is a sample of some of the historic landmarks and unique places in Echo Park, Elysian Heights and Angelino Heights. Many are recognized as official Historic Cultural Monuments (HCM) by the City of Los Angeles. For a more detailed list of landmarks, photos and maps, please visit the History & Landmarks section of www.HistoricEchoPark. angelus temple 1100 Glendale Blvd. A national landmark (1923) built by evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. angona Winery 1435 McDuff st.
This home (1889) was the residence of Cono and Antonia Angona., who made wine here from San FernandoValley grapes. Episcopal Church. The existing, Spanish-Colonial style structure opened in 1924.

Keystone studios 1712 Glendale Blvd.

elysian Park

One of city’s oldest existing parks (1886) and, at 575-acres, the second largest after Griffith Park.

The most prominent of a string of silent film studios that once operated in a part of Echo Park then known as Edendale. HCM No. 256.

Fellowship Park Cerro Gordo st. at Lemoyne st.

McCallister Manor 1422 echo Park ave.

art Deco apartment, 1650 echo Park ave. avenue of the Palms elysian Park

This four-story apartment building was built in 1928 in the Art Deco Moderne style.

The former retreat and home of Benjamin Fay Mills, whose spiritual group was active in the early 1900s.

Architect Nathan Black and developer George L McCallister built the Spanish-Colonial style McCallister Manor in 1932.

harris house 2311 Fellowship Parkway

Rare specimens of wild date were planted in 1895 on what is now Stadium Way.

Noted regional architect Harwell Hamilton Harris designed this house (c1935) that served as his home.

Bank of america 1572 W. sunset Blvd. Barlow hospital 2000 stadium Way

A Bank of America branch has operated at this location since 1930.

Jensen’s recreation Center 1700 W. sunset Blvd.

The Italian Romanesque structure (1924) is topped with a sign blazing with more than 1,300 colored light bulbs. HCM No.652.

Formerly Barlow Sanitorium (1903), was founded to treat tuberculosis victims. HCM No. 524

Belmont high school 1575 W. second st.

Kaspare Cohn hospital 1441-1443 Carroll ave.

Belmont High School (1923) ranks as one of the state’s largest high schools. Alumni include Ricardo Montalban, Anthony Quinn.

This Queen Anne building (1887) later served as a hospital that became a forerunner of Cedars Sinai. HCM No. 191.

Bob Baker Marionette theatre 1345 1st st.

Klock house 1557 Curran st.

The Bob Baker Marionette Theatre (1963) is the nation’s oldest continuously operating puppet theater.

Relocated here from downtown in 1908 by house mover Arthur L. Klock., who moved several homes into the area.

Carroll avenue 1300 block

Konigsberg house 2246 echo Park ave.

The entire block of mostly Victorian-era homes is a National Register landmark.

Chavez ravine arboretum elysian Park eagles nest 1020 Laguna ave.

The home of activist Raphael Konigsberg, whose communist causes prevented him from becoming an attorney during the 1950s.

The region’s first botanical garden was established in 1893. HCM No 48.

Lady of the Lake echo Park Lake

Rock musicians Jackson Browne, Glenn Fry and J.D. Souther lived in this apartment building during the early 1970s.

The official name of this Art Deco style statue by Ada Mae Sharpless, is La Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles.

echo Park Clubhouse 1004 echo Park ave. echo Park Lake

Landacre house 2006 el Moran st.

The Echo Park Clubhouse (1908) was the city’s second recreation facility. Served as a reservoir in the 1870s before it and the surrounding land were established as a public park in 1893. HCM No. 836.

Acclaimed wood engraver Paul H. Landacre and his wife Margaret lived here for more than 30 years. HCM 839.

echo Park Lake Boathouse 751 echo Park ave.

Lawton Lindsay house 2414 echo Park ave.

The current Spanish-Colonial style boathouse was built in 1932.

echo Park united Methodist Church 1226 n. alvarado st.

Home of columnist Estelle Lawton Lindsay, who in 1915 became the first woman elected to the Los Angeles City Council.

Founded in 1906 as the Echo Park Methodist

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