Signs of the past revealed on Figueroa

Old windows revealed | Katrina Alexy

Old windows revealed | Katrina Alexy

HIGHLAND PARK — The renovation of several commercial buildings along Figueroa Street have revealed historic features and forgotten names that have been hidden for decades behind newer facades. For example, a trio of arched windows and a painted “Highland Park Bowl” sign were recently uncovered as the renovation progresses on the former Mr. T’s Bowl space.

The Highland Park Bowl opened in the 1920s and about half a century later morphed into Mr. T’s Bowl, which was known for its punk music shows, according to Eater L.A. The new owners are planning to revive the Higland Park Bowl name as part of a new bar-bowling-live music venue scheduled to open later this month.

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  1. I used to bowl at Mr T’s when I was at Burbank JR High in the early 70’s . Great fun!

  2. I’m REALLY looking forward to the arrival of Paris and London’s Rose Bakery to Highland Park. I’ll probably be there every day.

    • Huh? Is this related to the Highland Park bowl? Glad they are renovating and not gentrifying. Mr. T’s was depressing for a long time when the old bartender passed. My old school friends and I will be there for the grand opening.

      • Can’t gentrification be renovation? I mean come on – this is gentrification – these businesses are only developing because of economic and demographic changes – which is fine with me. Renovate, rehabilitate, gentrify – doesn’t matter the verb you use. If you build it, they (hipsters) will come.

      • What’s wrong with gentrification? Do you prefer grime, filth, crime and gangs? There are plenty of neighborhoods and places for that not just in LA but most of the United States. Why shouldn’t the closest neighborhood to downtown LA be clean, crime free and beautiful? Go visit Europe, Canada, Australia and other civilized countries and see how thriving cities can be. Highland Park is NOT a suburb, it’s in the middle of a thriving city and hopefully one day it will be as appealing as Pasadena. We also need more high rises near metro stops.

    • Thank you for sharing.

  3. Erin from Ave 57

    This is awesome news! So happy to hear the space will still be used for a bar, bowling, and live music…what more could you ask for?! I’m a hipster who moved AWAY from the area, but I will be back to check it out.

  4. Stoked about the restoration of theses historical buildings, Figueroa St. side of Highland Park is far and away a better looking street than York. 2016 is all about the Fig side of HLP.

  5. I am very excited to see these gorgeous, old buildings coming back to life. Figueroa has amazing architecture that has been hidden for years. It takes time and dedication to restore these buildings. Kudos to the folks moving in and restoring these old gems!

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