Los Angeles history

angeleno / angelino heights: LA’s first suburb

Which is it? It depends on whom you ask. Some of the signs identifying the neighborhood as LA’s first Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (I took historic preservation in law school so I sort of know what that means) spell it “Angeleno”, which is how it was established in 1886. Today it seems that the spelling in vogue is “Angelino.” Whatever. The neighborhood is amazing. Oh what, do I have a crush on Angelino Heights now too? Actually, my flirtation with it goes back to about 2002, when I saw my beloved Huell Howser tour Carroll Avenue on one of his PBS shows. Watch it.
With its hillsides, incredible views, and Victorian and Craftsman houses, it’s about as close to San Francisco as you’ll get in LA, which is kind of a perfect compromise for me. I mean:

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(Incidentally: Victorian and Craftsman? There was an initial surge of development in the 1880’s (Victorian was cool), then an economic slowdown, and then a decade or so after the turn of the century (Craftsman was cool and so were multi-family income properties), building picked up for a bit, but residential development had already begun to push further westward into new neighborhoods.)

I won’t try to reproduce a tour of Angelino Heights here because 1) you should take the LA Conservancy walking tour for yourself, and 2) there are some really great online tours already. This one from LAist is great.

in April 15, 2012

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