Neighborhood Fixture

Neighborhood Fixture: The Atwater apartments Gladding McBean built

ATWATER VILLAGE -- The local tile and pottery factories of Gladding McBean & Co. at one point churned everything from pipes to the legendary "Desert Rose" dishware pattern sold under the Franciscan label according to a neighborhood history. The 40-acre Gladding, McBean plant on Los Feliz Boulevard was demolished in the early 1980s and replaced with the shopping center that now houses Best Buy, Costco and other retails. But next door on the on Perlita Street is a reminder of Gladding McBean ...

Neighborhood Fixture: A family tragedy haunts the past of an Angeleno Heights grocery

ANGELENO HEIGHTS —  Angeleno Heights has played host to a great many neighborhood markets over the years, including one connected to a tragic family incident. The neighborhood’s small stores have included Bob’s Market, which has  been in business since 1926 (although under a different name and ownership), and B&K Market, which  operated on West Edgeware Road  until 1984.  Over at ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: Mt. Washington’s Incline Railway Station

MOUNT WASHINGTON — At the base of Mount Washington, at the intersection of Avenue 43 and Marmion Way, sits an unassuming two-story Mission-style building. While today it is a residence, from 1909 to 1919 it served a much different purpose.  It was the Los Angeles and Mt. Washington Incline Railway Station, writes  Water and Power. While steep, most motor vehicles today ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: The Shakespeare Bridge of Los Feliz

LOS FELIZ — This past January marked the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake – a quake which shook the Franklin Avenue Bridge to its core. A survey of the structure after the quake showed the bridge required major retrofitting, which  the Franklin Hills Resident Association reported was completed in 1998 at a cost of $1.5 million.While they were at ... Read More »

Silver Lake, history ship

Neighborhood Fixture: Silver Lake’s Good Ship Grace

It’s pretty hard to miss a ship that’s run aground on Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake. So each time that I pass that ship-like structure at 2432 Hyperion I wonder how the odd structure, also known as the Good Ship Grace, drifted out this way. While Silver Lake is miles away from the coast, that didn’t stop evangelical preacher Paul ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: East Hollywood’s American Storage Building

The Public Storage facility sitting on the edge of Silver Lake  isn’t like most storage facilities. The building is striking: it’s impressively tall, has Gothic detailing surrounding the building on all sides, and ascends with ‘wedding-cake’ stepped set-backs. The building’s ornate details are clearly a nod to the excesses of the Roaring Twenties. The American Storage Building, as it was ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: Elysian Park’s Grace E. Simons Lodge

On any given day Elysian Park plays hosts to family picnics, leisurely nature walks, birthday parties, and weddings. There’s nothing like a President’s Day Weekend heat wave to draw a crowd and remind us of this fact. As the city’s oldest park founded in 1886, Elysian Park’s heritage is Los Angeles’ heritage. Within the park is the Grace E. Simons ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: Atwater’s Red Car Pylons

Situated next to the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge are the Red Car Pylons, support structures built in 1929 that allowed the Red Cars of the Pacific Electric Railway to shuttle busy passengers between Silver Lake and Atwater Village along its route, which extended into Glendale and culminated in downtown Los Angeles. According to “Images of America: Atwater Village,” the line boasted a ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: Echo Park’s Big Mama Court

“Big Mama Court” was the nickname given to this Echo Park Spanish-Colonial style apartment complex by the authors of the 1982 book “Courtyard Housing in Los Angeles” in “honor of its tenacious manager.”  Apparently Big Mama has been replaced by a large network of surveillance  cameras that now watch over the cream-colored complex that looms over the corner of Echo ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: CalFed is gone but it left its midcentury mark on Eagle Rock

When it was built nearly 50 years ago, the modernist form of the steel and glass California Federal Savings building in Eagle Rock stood out in a neighborhood of stucco Spanish-Colonial homes, clapboard bungalows and  brick storefronts.  Even today, the building (which now houses a Citibank branch) at the corner of Eagle Rock Boulevard and  Merton Avenue commands attention as ... Read More »