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Saturday, September 24, 2016

The story behind a 100-year-old Boyle Heights landmark

The OGs (“Original Grandparents,” in this case) is a fun blog detailing the recent return of an elderly Jewish couple, Barbara and Harry Cooper, to Boyle Heights, where they live at the Hollenbeck Palms retirement home. The blog serves as a clever device to promote the Hollenbeck Arms, said to be the city’s oldest retirement home, and its rich history. A recent post features photos and the story behind the century-old Hollenbeck Memorial Chapel:

“In 1908, when her son would have been 54, Elizabeth Hollenbeck dedicated a non-denominational chapel in the neo-classical style, decorated with cherubs, stained glass and fluted columns, to the memory of her child. This miniature gem is the last surviving historic structure on the grounds of Hollenbeck Palms, the home for the elderly founded by Mrs. Hollenbeck in 1890 on the land surrounding her residence.”

Photo from the OGs


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