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Walk in Angelino Heights to see Victorian Mansions & Bar Social Afterwards

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Walk is relatively easy (have to go up a hill though) under 6 miles RT. Bring water, camera, etc . You'll all love Carroll Avenue--lots of Victorian homes and old street lights! Take a step back in time. We'll see Michael Jackson's Thriller House (picture above) and the Charmed House: http://www.iamnotastalker.com/2010/10/28/the-thriller-house/

& http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/carroll-ave-los-angeles?select=FNV7jo5aJnSFYfP3Rr13FQ#FNV7jo5aJnSFYfP3Rr13FQ

Bar social afterwards. Will go to Short Stop Bar(our meeting spot) to hang out afterwards. Many people will be watching the Dodger game inside. May not all be able to sit together. This dive bar is known as the Dodger's bar/cop bar--its connection with the crooked cops involved in the Rampart scandal.

Video: http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2013/04/drinking-up-the-history-of-echo-parks-short-stop-bar/

Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-short-stop-los-angeles

If it gets too crowded, we may go to bar at Taix French Restaurant bar ( up the street on Sunset. 1911 W. Sunset Boulevard).

While known primarily for its Victorian landmarks, Angelino Heights, one of the first suburbs of Los Angeles, has an impressive array of architectural styles, among them: Queen Anne and Eastlake Victorian, Mission Revival, Craftsman/California bungalow, Brownstone, and Streamline Moderne. More than 50 Victorian residences and carriage houses dominate the heart of the neighborhood, which has been referred to by some residents as “the hill.” The highest concentration and best collection of Queen Anne-Eastlake Victorians in the city maybe found on Carroll Avenue. More than a dozen of these homes have been designated Los Angeles cultural historic monuments and the 1300 block is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Carroll Avenue in 1983 was designated as the first historic district (Historic Preservation Overlay Zone) in the City of Los Angeles. The neighborhood has been featured in dozens of films, TV shows, and commercials.

Carroll Avenue Victorian Born During the Boom Angelino Heights was created at the height of the Southern California land boom of the mid 1880s. The completion of transcontinental railroads and a rail fares as low as $1 for a trip from the Missouri River to the West Coast helped trigger a land and population boom in the region. A flood of hysterical buyers and rampant speculation pushed some land prices up as high as 500% in one year. It was a the height of this land boom in 1886 that William W. Stilson and Everett E. Hall filed for the subdivision of the “Angeleňo Heights” tract in what was then city’s lightly populated western fringe. The elevation of the hill offered beautiful vistas and a quiet suburban atmosphere to the upper middle class Angelenos who moved to the subdivision. A nearby cable car line, which ran down Temple Street, then a main east-west artery to the heart of downtown 1-1/2 miles away, served residents. One could hop a car and be downtown a few minutes later or be whisked quickly home from the noise and dust of the city to a game of tennis at one of the three courts located on the hill.

From Boom to Bust Because of the general banking recession of 1888, most construction on the hill came to an abrupt halt, leaving the unique island of Victoriana that remains today. When prosperity returned in the late 1890s, other areas of Los Angeles has become more prominent. The second wave of development in Angelino Heights came between 1900 and 1915, bringing the Craftsman/California bungalow style. Many of these gracious homes were built and may be seen today on the Kensington Road crescent. This was an exciting time for the area. With the first silent film studios operating nearby, many chase scenes of the Keystone Cops could be seen filmed on the hills of Angelino Heights. Photoplayers from the studios and some of the first silent film start lived or owned property in the area.

Mary Stilson From 1915 to 1940, higher-density housing was built to accommodate a new influx of newcomers who moved into the area. Angelino Heights remained relatively intact until after World War II when construction of even larger, multi-unit apartments began and many large homes were converted to multi-family dwellings because of a housing shortage. Beginning in the 1970s, the neighborhood’s historic structures began to enjoy a revival as many began to be restored to their former glory.

LA Conservancy charges for their walks through here. We're going to do it through here FREE