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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 in front of Elysian Heights Elementary.

the Echo Park’s most famous residents, Room 8 lived at Elysian Heights El-
and, between rock stars, art stars, writ- ementary for over 15 years. He was about
ers and intellectuals, political luminaries, seven when he first showed up in 1952,
and, of course, cat stars, we have quite had skinny and determined to make a life for
our share. There are photographs of the himself at school. Nights, he would disap-
self-possessed tabby on Echo Park His- pear, but he always showed up for class
torical Society calendars and mounted on in the mornings, and he seemed to prefer
the wall at Masa restaurant; there’s the classroom number 8, though he wasn’t
mural on the side of Elysian Heights Ele- entirely exclusive about it.
mentary; there are testimonials – dozens Room 8 died in August 1968. Upon
of them – carved into the cement on Bax- the cat’s passing, Los Angeles Times re-
ter St. and Echo Park Ave. in front of the porter Dial Torgerson wrote that Room 8
school where children wrote their names “took fame with feline equanimity, posing Room 8 and John Hernandez enjoy
and a few personal words about the feline casually for countless pictures, becoming a serenade on Valentine Street
superstar. Some of scratched pictures of ruffled only once, when asked to put his A Cat Called Room 8 (Putnam) turned
him into the cement. They say things like, [aforementioned] paw prints in concrete 41 this year – the book that is, not the
“I love Room 8 because he sleeps on my in front of the school. (He left so fast he actual animal, who would be at least 55
desk.” His paw prints grace the sidewalk provided a tail print, too.)”
Most Famous Cat continued on page 5

EPHS Quarterly Meeting

Carey McWilliams:
American Prophet: Local Hero, American Prophet
by Peter Richardson
Carey McWilliams Adapted from American Prophet: The Lif and Work of Carey McWilliams
Thursday, May 10 7 pm Kevin Starr has called Carey Mc- wrote in 1946. César Chávez said he
Williams Hall, 2000 Stadium Way Williams “the single finest nonfiction learned most of what he knew about
writer on California—ever,” yet many California agribusiness from McWil-
Carey McWilliams is perhaps best
known for inspiring the screenplay for the
readers are unfamiliar with his life and liams. Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit owes a
movie Chinatown. But McWilliams was work. McWilliams was an author, at- good deal to McWilliams’s writing and
also one of the nation’s most influential torney and editor of The Nation from advocacy. Hunter S. Thompson cred-
progressive thinkers whose writing and 1955 to 1975, McWilliams wrote nine ited Hell’s Angels, his first bestseller, to
activism gave birth to the Chicano move- first-rate books and over 200 articles McWilliams. Mike Davis has sung his
ment and supported other liberal causes. between 1939 and 1950 alone. On his praises, and McWilliams’s reputation
He was also an Echo Park resident who
lived at the top of Alvarado Street. favorite topics—farm labor, race and among writers, journalists and aca-
Peter Richardson, author of Ameri- ethnicity, California politics and cul- demics continues to rise over a quarter
can Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey ture, and McCarthyism—McWilliams century after his death.
McWilliams, expands on McWilliams’ remains unsurpassed. Born in 1905, McWilliams came to
legacy. Mcwilliams lived in Echo Park, on Los Angeles after his father, a prosper-
This presentation is part of EPHS’s
quarterly meeting, which is free and
Alvarado near Baxter. ous Colorado rancher and state legis-
open to the public. The meeting will also His influence runs deep but is now lator, lost his fortune and committed
include updates on the Historical Soci- largely invisible. Robert Towne’s Os- suicide shortly after World War I. He
ety’s upcoming events and preservation car-winning screenplay for Chinatown worked at the Los Angeles Times in the
issues. was inspired by a book McWilliams American Prophet continued on page 3
Calendar news/Updates
MAY Books-Donation Program volunteer.
Quarterly Membership Meeting For a map and details on Echo Park
May 10 at 7 pm Boosts Library Resources stairways, please visit the History &
Author Peter Richardson discusses the
work of Carey McWilliams. Please see Landmarks section of www.Historic-
Page 1 for details. For the third consecutive year,
the Echo Park Historical Society will
A Slice of History & Cake
Sunday, May 20, 3 – 5 pm donate books on history and pres- Speedy EIR for 9A
Join us as we read and catalog old news- ervation to our two local libraries as
paper and magazine stories about Echo part of the Ron Emler Memorial Book Developments in the 9A case: mov-
Park for our archives while enjoying a
snack and a drink. Please call (323) 860- Program. ing along rapidly.
8874 or email ephs@HistoricEchoPark. You can help us preserve our funds After the Los Angeles school district
org for location information. for other worthwhile projects by mak- was ordered to conduct the environ-
EPHS Board Meeting ing a donation to purchase a new book. mental impact review it tried to avoid,
Monday, May 2 at 7 pm A book list and prices will soon be it went at the project with a speed
Our monthly board meeting is open to that looked like desperation. At a meet-
all members. Please call (323) 860- available on www.HistoricEchoPark.
ing on Thursday, April 19, the public
8874 for location information. org. Your name will appear in the book was invited to comment on an EIR for
Echo Park Stairway Tour as a donor, and your support will be the proposed new elementary school,
Saturday, May 26 at 10 am recognized on our website and newslet- which would require the demolition of
The walk includes the Baxter Stairs as ter. more than 50 homes and apartments
well as Fellowship Park, Red Hill and the
modernist Harwell Harris house. Start- Skylight Books of Los Feliz has once southwest of Alvarado  Street and
ing Place: Elysian Heights Elementary, again agreed to support the history Sunset Boulevard.
1562 Baxter St. at Echo Park Ave. Res- book donations program by making the Meanwhile, LAUSD board mem-
ervations are required. Please Call (323) ber David Tokofsky, a big supporter
860-8874 or visit the Walking Tour sec- titles available at a discount.
tion of for Please contact us at (323) 860-8874 of the project, is leaving office this
more details. or if you summer when his term expires.  Echo
Park council representative  Eric
JUNE would like to suggest a book to donate
EPHS Board Meeting Garcetti has strongly urged incoming
or are interested in making a contribu- board member Yoli Flores to cancel the
Monday, June 18 at 7 pm
See May events for details. tion to the Ron Emler Memorial Book project and free the money for other
Program. uses within the LAUSD.
Echo Park Lake
& Downtown Walking Tour Garcetti, the Historical Society and
Saturday, June 23 at 10 am EP’s Unique Stairways Theme of other community groups have opposed
This tour features many of the neighbor- the project because of flaws in the site
hood’s most prominent landmarks, in- 2007 Home Tour
selection process, a dramatic drop in
cluding Echo Park Lake, Angelus Temple
and Jensen’s Recreation Center. Starting This year’s Historic Echo Park school enrollment and other factors.
Place: Echo Park Boathouse, 751 Echo Home Tour will literally be a step up
Park Ave. Reservations are required.
Please call (323) 860-8874 or visit the from previous tours as we focus on
Walking Tour section of www.Historic- our neighborhood’s unique network of Echo Park Historical Society for more details. public stairways. P.O. Box 261022 - Los Angeles, CA 90026
JULY The fourth-annual home tour, (323) 860-8874
which will be held on Sunday, Nov. email:
Lotus Festival
July 14 & 15, starting at 10 am
11, will feature homes and apartments
Stop by our booth during the Lotus Fes- located on or near the more than two Founded 1995
tival at Echo Park Lake to look at our
display of historic photos or take one of dozen stairways that scale the hills The Echo Park Historical Society is dedicated
our guided bus tours of Echo Park (avail- of Echo Park, Angelino Heights and to the preservation and promotion of diverse
able in English and Spanish). You can Elysian Heights. cultural and architectural heritage of our
find our booth near the Lotus Bed. More than 325 people attended the community.

Elysian Park Walking Tour 2006 home tour, and we expect another Board of Directors
Saturday, July 28 at 10 am big turnout for this year’s event, which President
The Elysian Park Tour, which is co-spon- is headed by Holly Hampton. We are Kevin Kuzma
sored by Citizens Committee to Save looking for homes and apartments lo- Vice-President
Elysian Park, focuses on the lesser- Mary-Austin Klein
known but historically rich eastern edge cated on or near a public stairway that
of the park. Starting Place: Fremont have retained much of their original At-Large
Monument at North Broadway and Ely- architectural features or that have been Scott Fajack, Jenny Burman,
sian Park Road. Reservations are re- remodeled in ways that complement Christine Peters, David Schnepp
quired. Please Call (323) 860-8874 or
visit the Walking Tour section of www. Echo Park’s historic character. Newsletter Staff for more details. Contact us at EPHS@Historic- Desktop Publishing: Terri Lloyd Company or at (323) 860-8874 if Editor: Jenny Burman
EPHS Board Meeting
Monday, July 16 at 7 pm you want your home to be considered Ad Manager: Rosie Betanzos
for the tour, or if you would like to Contributing Writers: Becky Koppenhhaver,
See May events for details. Kevin Kuzma, Vanessa McGee, David Ptach
American Prophet
continued from page 1

credit department and attended USC, trial. Their successful appeal was wide-
where he wrote for the school paper ly regarded as the beginning of the
as well as the campus literary and hu- Chicano movement. A few years later,
mor journals. After completing a law McWilliams wrote North from Mexico,
degree, McWilliams became a profi- the first such history of the Spanish-
cient litigator at a downtown law firm. speaking people in the Southwest. By
He also wrote literary reviews for local the 1970s, some people were calling
magazines and soon became a kind of McWilliams the Grandfather of Chi-
regional tastemaker. At the tender age cano studies.
of 23, he completed his first book, a In 1944, McWilliams turned to an-
well-received biography of the Western other urgent issue—the evacuation and
journalist Ambrose Bierce. internment of more than 100,000 Jap-
The 1930s radicalized McWilliams. anese-Americans. He wrote Prejudice,
As a lawyer, he represented farm work- which demolished every argument for
ers in and around Los Angeles, and he the camps. That same year, one Su-
wrote his first bestseller, Factories in preme Court justice repeatedly cited
the Field, in 1939—the same year John Prejudice in his dissenting opinion to
Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath be- the decision that upheld the constitu- cover of book by Peter Richardson
came a hugely successful novel. That tionality of the internment. Gore Vidal running a state agency, and
year, too, he was appointed chief of Cal- Several years later, McWilliams you’ll begin to appreciate McWilliams’s
ifornia’s Division of Immigration and helped defend the so-called Hollywood most extraordinary gift.
Housing. His work there made him a Ten after the House Committee on Un- A few years ago, author Gray Bre-
high-profile target for California grow- American Activities summoned a group chin described what it was like to read
ers, who called him “Agricultural Pest of film industry leftists to Washington Carey McWilliams now: “For those of
Number One, worse than pear blight or for questioning about their political as- us who lean unapologetically to the
boll weevils.” His other adversaries in- sociations. The witnesses declined to left as it flows ever farther to the right,
cluded Earl Warren, who promised that answer questions about Communist encountering the writings of Carey Mc-
his first official act as governor would Party membership and were convicted Williams is like running into an old
be to fire McWilliams; J. Edgar Hoover, of contempt of Congress. McWilliams friend in a foreign city.” It’s a fitting
who considered him for detention in drafted an amicus brief for the Su- tribute to a major American writer and
case of a national emergency; and state preme Court appeal, and although the public figure.
legislators such as Jack Tenney and Sam Court decided not to hear the case, it Peter Richardson is the author of
Yorty, who grilled him about his links later accepted the argument he offered American Prophet: The Life and Work
to the Communist Party. (He wasn’t a in his brief. of Carey McWilliams (University of
member of the Party, but he had many In 1951, McWilliams moved to New Michigan Press, 2005).
friends and colleagues who were, and York to edit The Nation. His stands on
he never hesitated to work with them McCarthyism, civil rights, and Vietnam
when they agreed on an issue.) eventually earned him a reputation in
Throughout the 1940s, McWilliams progressive circles for being right on
also worked on a broad range of civic the big issues. He was also known for
issues. In 1943, scuffles in downtown reactivating the American tradition of
Los Angeles between Latinos and sail- muckraking, converting what had been
ors spun out of control and led to the known as a journal of opinion into a fo-
Zoot Suit Riots. McWilliams covered rum for investigative reporting. Along
the mayhem for various publications, the way, he gave many young people
called for a federal investigation of the their start by publishing them in The
Los Angeles Police Department, and Nation. That group included Ralph
used his influence to suggest a guber- Nader, Howard Zinn, and Hunter S.
natorial commission to calm the city. Thompson.
Governor Warren formed the commis- In American Prophet, I argue that
sion, the Navy suspended shore leave, McWilliams was the nation’s most ver-
and the troubles subsided. satile public intellectual of the 20th
During this time, too, McWilliams century. This strong claim is easy to
chaired a committee to appeal the test. Imagine Cornel West writing a
Sleepy Lagoon murder convictions, Supreme Court brief, Alan Dershow-
which sent a group of mostly Latino itz editing a weekly magazine, Noam
youths to San Quentin after a biased Chomsky critiquing Yeats’s poetry, or
perspectives Bank of America Historical Collection:
We Love Landmarks Early Echo Park Branch History
Echo Park is filled with landmarks, by David Mendoza, Manager of the Bank of America Historical Collection
from the Victorian mansions of Angeli- The branch was newly opened (de
no Heights to the Elysian Heights cabin novo) on March 5th, 1926 as a branch
of the late artist Paul Landacre. of Commercial National Trust and Sav-
A sample of our landmarks listed on ings Bank of Los Angeles. The address
Page 7 includes official, government- at the time was 1706 Sunset Blvd. We
sanctioned monuments, such as Ange- have no record if the building was built
lus Temple, one of the few Los Angeles for the purpose of housing new branch
sites listed on the National Register of or whether it existed prior to its open-
Historic Places. There are also build- ing as a bank. Our guess would be that
ings and businesses, such as Selig Poly- it was built expressly for the bank. photo courtesy of Bank of America Archives
scope, the city’s first permanent movie On January 27th, 1927, it became a beginning in 1909.
studio, that disappeared long ago. branch of the Liberty Bank of America, Note on address change and photos.
Some are quirky spots, such as the La- San Francisco. The address listed at We do not have a record stating
guna Avenue apartments where Jack- the time was 1572 Sunset. On March that the branch moved premises from
son Browne and Glenn Frey and J.D. 1st, 1927, it again became the branch 1706 Sunset Blvd. to 1572 Sunset Blvd.
Souther (of Eagles fame) lived before of Bank of Italy NT & SA and on No- The photos show the same branch and
becoming rock superstars. vember 3rd, 1930 it finally became a were taken in 1942 and 1951; which
Many think it superficial to tout branch of the Bank of America NT & post dates the change in address. The
the number of landmarks or may look SA car in the 1942 shot may be older and
down their noses at anything that was All of the banks named above were may make the photo older as well, but
not owned or occupied by the rich and predecessor to Bank of America and the name on the branch dates at most
powerful. Others view landmarks as a were actually owned by the Bank of to 1930; the year of the name change
marketing gimmick to boost property Italy/America’s holding company Ban- to Bank of America NT & SA. City re-
values or misplaced “building worship” cItaly Corporation and later Trans- cords may have to be checked to see
on the part of preservationists. America Corporation. Due to banking if addresses were changed. If not, the
But no matter how you feel about regulations and restrictions on branch branch may have moved in 1927.
them, landmarks do attract attention. banking at the time, the branch went During the late 1920s there was a
And that’s the point. through a series of name changes that branch of the Citizens National Trust
These buildings and sites serve as reflected the bank’s strategy at the time and Savings Bank of Los Angeles across
lasting reminders about the people and to establish a single unified branch the street from the Bank of America
events that contributed to Echo Park’s banking system under the title Bank of branch. Its address was listed as 1601
historic significance. They support our America NT & SA. Sunset Blvd. This bank was not a
preservation arguments to protect our The Commercial National Bank predecessor to Bank of America and
neighborhood’s historic character and Trust and Savings Bank of Los Ange- its history beyond this time period is
qualities. les was originally charted in 1903, but unknown to these archives.
In fact, in the City of Los Angeles, did not begin branch banking activities
declaring a site a Historic Cultural until 1922. The BancItaly Corporation
Monument is one of the few tools pres- purchased controlling interest of the
ervationists can use to prevent — or at Commercial National in 1922, which
least slow down — a demolition or ren- may explain why in the same year the
ovations that can damage a building’s Commercial National began branch
historic integrity. banking. It is considered the first na-
For these and other reasons, the tional bank in the United States to es-
EPHS is stepping up its effort to identi- tablish branch banking. Either under
fy and promote awareness of buildings state or federal law at the time, nation-
and sites of historic significance. We are al banks could only expand through
working with Council District 13, for branches only within city limits; hence
example, to install landmark signs by the eventual presence in Echo Park.
the city’s historic cultural monuments. This is not to say it was the first bank
On the Internet, our website features a in California or the nation which be-
growing list and map of historic sites gan branch banking. The Bank of Ita-
and the people and events associated ly, prior to 1927, was a state chartered
with them. institution and under state law was al-
EPHS board member David Sch- lowed to operate branches regionally
and across the state and began to do so
Perspectives continued on page 5
perspectives Most Famous Cat
continued from page 1
continued from page 4
years old. He lived to be about 22, accord-
nepp is leading our effort to iden-
ing to the Los Angeles Times, but, sadly,
tify and prioritize our landmarks and
not even the most famous cat in the world
special places. We will use this infor-
gets to 55, even a cat who has been in Look
mation to decide which of these places
magazine, not to mention the Los Angeles
should be designated as city landmarks,
Times, Time and numerous television sta-
a program that will require a great tions. Not even a cat who inspired neigh- Room 8 learning to read
deal of research as well as funds to bors to play guitar for him, feed him, an- him – but I miss him all the same, largely
fulfill. This year alone we have made it swer his fan mail and talk about him for because of Finley, Mason and Martin’s
a goal to nominate three to five sites as decades. book.
landmarks As for fan mail, he is said to have Room 8 is buried at Calabasas pet
You can help by submitting your received more than 10,000 letters; the cemetery.
nominations to ephs@Historic- children of Elysian Heights Elementary or by calling or mailing School served as his secretary, answering Bad News:
the information (address and phone the cat’s correspondence. 90 Percent of ALL advertising fails.
number on page 2) about sites you The feline was featured in Time Good News:
consider significant to our neighbor- magazine as well as dozens of other pub- There’s someone who knows why.
hood’s history. Nominees don’t have lications. He turned into a cat who was
to be fancy, and they don’t have to be Marketing and how it’s perceived has
famous for having been famous. But he changed radically over the past 10 years.
big. was genuinely special, too. He loved the Research shows that if you’re still creating
The historical society has already life of the classroom. And with children ads the “old school way,” you might as well
played a role in having Jensen’s Rec- he was unflappable. flush your money down the, well, you know.
reation Center, Echo Park Lake and ACatCalledRoom8(Putnam)iswritten The next time you need an ad, why not get
the home of artist Paul Landacre by Virginia Finley and Beverly Mason and one that actually generates response?
declared city landmarks. These and illustrated by Valerie Martin. Mason After all, you got into business to make
other future landmarks will serve as was principal at Elysian Heights El- money, not throw it away.
a concrete legacy of Echo Park’s rich ementary and Martin was a teach- From graphics to words, print to web, give
cultural heritage. er when the cat arrived, eating your business a little TLC.
children’s sandwiches and demanding to
be allowed to stay in class. Terri Lloyd Company
This writer never met Room 8 in advertising and marketing arts
for the small and emerging business
person – though I have friends who knew

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Preservation a peek at
the past
Development Freeze
The Los Angeles City Council in late
square Church, is one of the neighbor-
hood’s largest property owners. It owns
Elysian Heights
February adopted an 18-month prohi-
bition on demolition and new construc-
numerous properties north and west of
Echo Park Lake as well as the former
Civic Club Meeting
tion in the area surrounding Echo Park Calfed, now Citibank, building on Sun- Long time resident Mary Garrison
Lake. The restrictions will be in place set Boulevard. explores our archives for interesting
while the city surveys and researches all historical nuggets that connect Echo
Boathouse Makeover
properties and buildings in the area for Park Past and present.
If you have not done so already, go
the possible creation of a historic pres-
down to Echo Park Lake and admire
ervation district. The area covered by - June 4, 1922
the newly installed red-tile roof on the
the moratorium includes Sunset Bou-
Boathouse. The return of the tile roof,
levard on the north, Echo Park Avenue Mrs. Tremayne and Mrs. Rich-
which had been replaced decades ago
on the east, the Hollywood Freeway on ardson entertained on Saturday last
by asphalt shingles, is the most recent
the south and Bonnie Brae Street on with a dance party for the benefit of
step in the restoration of the boat-
the west. the Elysian Heights Civic Clubhouse
house. The dock and underwater piers
Church Pushes Ahead have been repaired, and the lighthouse Fund. A short program was given, in-
with Demolitions beacon is working once again. cluding a wireless concert with A.E.
Angelus Temple has filed for permits Attention now turns to the boat- Schifferman operating the radio set.
to demolish three apartment buildings house interior, lighting and other fix- Miss Miriam Faddis read “The Horse
near Echo Park Lake as part of a plan to tures. Thanks to ongoing efforts by Thief” and responded to requests for
build a giant parking garage in the cen- Council District 13, the Recreation and an encore with a clever imperson-
ter of the neighborhood. The buildings, Parks Department and the office of ation. Dr. Albert Wilkinson and S.H.
which have been emptied of residents, Congressman Xavier Becerra. Kellogg gave a saxophone solo [sic],
are located on Lemoyne Street and followed by a violin solo courtesy of
Demolition Derby Miss Margaret Tremayne, accompa-
Glendale Boulevard south of Sunset
City officials are looking into the nied by Miss Lucille Tremayne.
Boulevard. The church wants to build
illegal demolition of a 1920s cottage With this in mind as a guideline
a six-story garage on these and other
in the 1600 block of Lucretia Ave. An to better-entertainment-equals-bet-
adjacent properties to park more than
EPHS board member discovered the ter-meetings, perhaps we could jazz
500 cars. This area is being studied for
un-permitted demolition in progress up our next Echo Park Historical So-
the possible creation of a historic dis-
and reported it to the building & safety ciety Meeting or Echo Park Improve-
trict, but it’s not clear if a recently ad-
officials and police. The city has sched- ment Association Meeting (when we
opted moratorium on demolitions and
uled a hearing to review the matter and are discussing the buildup of condos
new construction applies in this case.
possibly prevent any development on taking over Echo Park/Silver Lake)
Angelus Temple, part of the Four-
the hillside site as punishment. with a bit of impromptu entertain-
The demolition on Lucretia was ment. For starters, if anyone has an
one of several that took place earlier old, ill-tuned zither sitting about (is
this year or are in the works. Residents there such a thing as a properly tuned
near Echo Park Lake awoke one morn- zither?), I could essay my rendition
ing in February to discover that a two- of “This Land Is My Land,” followed
story apartment building at 940 Echo by Councilman Eric Garcetti’s show-
Park Ave. had been demolished (with stopping sendup of “Zoolander”
permits). And north of Echo Park lake, (surely none of you missed that as
Angelus Temple filed to have three reported at length in the Los Angeles
apartment buildings destroyed (see re- Times about a year ago?).
lated item). Or not.
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 own-
ers of a Craftsman house are also plan-
ning to demolish the structure.
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, pho-
tos and maps, please visit the History & Landmarks section of www.HistoricEchoPark.
Angelus Temple Episcopal Church. The existing, Spanish-Co- Keystone Studios
1100 Glendale Blvd. lonial style structure opened in 1924. 1712 Glendale Blvd.
A national landmark (1923) built by evan- The most prominent of a string of silent
gelist Aimee Semple McPherson. Elysian Park film studios that once operated in a part of
  One of city’s oldest existing parks (1886)
Echo Park then known as Edendale. HCM No.
Angona Winery and, at 575-acres, the second largest after
1435 McDuff St. Griffith Park.  
This home (1889) was the residence of Cono   McCallister Manor
and Antonia Angona., who made wine here Fellowship Park 1422 Echo Park Ave. 
from San FernandoValley grapes. Cerro Gordo St. at Lemoyne St.  Architect Nathan Black and developer George
The former retreat and home of Benjamin L McCallister built the Spanish-Colonial style
Art Deco Apartment, Fay Mills, whose spiritual group was active in McCallister Manor  in 1932.
1650 Echo Park Ave.  the early 1900s.  
This four-story apartment building was built  
in 1928 in the Art Deco Moderne style. Harris House
2311 Fellowship Parkway 
Avenue of the Palms Noted regional architect Harwell Hamilton
Elysian Park Harris designed this house (c1935) that
Rare specimens of wild date were planted in served as his home.
1895 on what is now Stadium Way.  
Bank of America Recreation Center
1572 W. Sunset Blvd.  1700 W.
A Bank of America branch has operated at Sunset Blvd. 
this location since 1930. The Italian Romanesque structure (1924) is
Barlow Hospital topped with a sign blazing with more than
2000 Stadium Way  1,300 colored light bulbs. HCM No.652.
Formerly Barlow Sanitorium (1903), was  
founded to treat tuberculosis victims. HCM Kaspare Cohn
No. 524 Hospital
1441-1443 Carroll Ave.
Belmont High School This Queen Anne building (1887) later
1575 W. Second St. served as a hospital that became a forerun-
Belmont High School (1923) ranks as one ner of Cedars Sinai.  HCM No. 191.
of the state’s largest high schools. Alumni  

include Ricardo Montalban, Anthony Quinn. Klock House

1557 Curran St. 
Bob Baker Marionette Theatre Relocated here from downtown in 1908 by
1345 1st St. house mover Arthur L. Klock., who moved
The Bob Baker Marionette Theatre (1963) is several homes into the area.
the nation’s  oldest continuously operating  

puppet theater. Konigsberg House

2246 Echo Park Ave.
Carroll Avenue The home of activist Ra-
1300 block phael Konigsberg, whose
The entire block of mostly Victorian-era communist causes pre-
homes is a National Register landmark. vented him from becom-
Chavez Ravine Arboretum ing an attorney during
Elysian Park the 1950s.
The region’s first botanical garden was es- Lady of the Lake
tablished in 1893. HCM No 48.  Echo Park Lake 
Eagles Nest The official name of this
1020 Laguna Ave.  Art  Deco style statue by
Rock musicians Jackson Browne, Glenn Fry Ada Mae Sharpless, is
and J.D. Souther  lived in this apartment La Nuestra Reina de Los
building during the early 1970s. Angeles.

Echo Park Clubhouse Landacre House

1004 Echo Park Ave. 2006 El Moran St. 
The Echo Park Clubhouse (1908) was the Acclaimed wood en-
city’s second recreation facility. graver Paul H. Landacre
  and his wife Margaret
Echo Park Lake lived here for more than
Served as a reservoir in the 1870s before it 30 years. HCM 839.
and the surrounding land were established  

as a public park in 1893. HCM No. 836. Lawton Lindsay

Echo Park Lake Boathouse 2414 Echo Park Ave.
751 Echo Park Ave. Home of columnist Es-
The current Spanish-Colonial style boat- telle Lawton Lindsay,
house was built in 1932. who in 1915 became
  the first woman elected
Echo Park to the  Los Angeles City
United Methodist Church Council.
1226 N. Alvarado St.  

Founded in 1906 as the Echo Park Methodist Mack Sennett’s
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Echo Park Historical Society - P.O. Box 261022 - Los Angeles, CA 90026
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Address: ________________________________ BUSINESS/
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Education ___________ Preservation __________ Fundraising __________
Research/Archives __________ Oral Histories ___________ Special Events __________

Echo Park Historical Society

P.O. Box 261022
Los Angeles, CA 90026