When stereotyping Los Angeles, many rely on a tired adage about how “new” everything is, especially compared to the east coast. Many of LA’s popular tourist destinations – The Capitol Building, The Walk of Fame, Universal Studios Hollywood – were founded in the middle of the last century, owing in part to this stereotype. Comparatively, some of New York’s landmarks are downright ancient: the Empire State Building (1931), Central Park (1857), and Grand Central (1871). That IS an ancient gal.
Of course, Los Angeles has buildings that are equally as old, they just don’t have the same tourist appeal as say, Rockefeller Plaza. I lived in Los Angeles a few years before I learned that some of the old relics still exist, which is one of the saddest things I’ve ever realized about myself, to be honest. It took a friend moving to Lafayette Square before I was like, “Wait. They have large, ancient mansions outside the Beverly Hills area?!” After that, I sought other old places to check out, including Carroll Avenue (which people seem to know about as the set from Charmed).
My next learning experience was visiting Historic West Adams the same way all the other corny 20-somethings do: The Fisher’s Six Feet Under house/funeral parlor is located there! After I went to check it out one day, I quickly learned houses like that are a dime a dozen in West Adams, holy crap. Literal MONSTERS lining every street in the area; three-story story Victorian houses painted every color and gothic-looking craftsmen homes in dark wood. If I’m ever in the area, I always drive by just because. Imagine my horror when I read this on Wikipedia:
“In the 1950s, the construction of the Harbor Freeway destroyed many large homes on the east side of West Adams, while the 1960s construction of the Santa Monica Freeway completely obliterated Berkeley Square, which held significant houses designed by Elmer Grey, and bisected West Adams Heights. Both subdivisions lost many large, beautiful homes.”
Such a shame. Luckily many are now registered as historic landmarks, including several of the homes in these photos. Sydney and I took these a few weeks ago, and I spent many hours salivating over every home (especially the empty brown/peeling house we posted up in front of – you can’t even imagine the interior we saw through boarded windows).
Photos by me; a mixture of 35mm and digital. Thanks again for posing, Sydney!Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: carroll ave, charmed house, historic west adams, los angeles, los angeles history, six feet under house, victorian homes | 5 comments