Here’s one of my favorite pastimes–which I don’t get to do often enough these days: Dig up a "home of the week" from the 1908 Times Real Estate Section and see if it’s still standing. Unfortunately, the residences in downtown Los Angeles are gone, but that’s usually not true for homes built in what were once the suburbs. Although Southern California is frequently dismissed as the mecca of suburban sprawl, there are many, many neighborhoods of 100-year-old homes in Los Angeles. Most Angelenos simply doesn’t know about them because some of the areas are a bit iffy. OK, the neighborhoods can be very iffy.
Here’s a good example, The Times Real Estate Section of Feb. 2, 1908, featured the Wattles Mansion, 1824 N. Curson. Today, the mansion is the home of Hollywood Heritage.