Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Neighborhood Fixture

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

The former Smookler Market in Angeleno Heights | Marni Epstein

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 ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: Mt. Washington’s Incline Railway Station

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 ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: The Lincoln Heights office building with enough noir for a novel

blas building on broadway in lincoln heights 9-9-2013 5-09-12 AM

LINCOLN HEIGHTS —  Talk of suicide,  a family feud and a courtroom battle over a father’s will. That’s enough intrigue and noir to fill a Raymond Chandler novel. And with a setting that looks like this, how could you expect anything less. It is the Di ... 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 ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: The Art Deco legacy built by an Echo Park Salvation Army worker

ECHO PARK — 1650 Echo Park Avenue  is a brick, four-story apartment building that dwarfs the surrounding homes and apartments.  Now known as The Heights At Echo Park, the 28-unit building features an ornate green terra-cotta Art Deco facade with burnt orange accents.  Tenants enter through ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: Silver Lake’s Good Ship Grace

Silver Lake, history ship

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 ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: East Hollywood’s American Storage Building

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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 ... Read More »

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

Grace E. Simons Lodge in Elysian Park | Marni Epstein

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 ... 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 ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: The store that promised Eagle Rock “something out of the ordinary”

Kilty's in eagle rock 11-10-2013 5-35-14 AM

Customers to The Best Flowers in Eagle Rock enter the Colorado Boulevard storefront by walking across a colorful terrazzo floor with the word “Kilty’s” stamped in bold lettering. Who or what was Kilty’s?  The answer comes courtesy of Eagle Rock historian Eric Warren and the archives ... Read More »