Architectural Ramblings

Note: This is a repost of a regular feature I did for the 1947project in 2007 in which I tried to find homes listed in The Times’ Sunday real estate section in 1907. Architectural Ramblings was one of my favorite features because it took me into all sorts of neighborhoods that I would have never visited otherwise and it was a pleasant surprise to discover how many 100-year-old homes have survived in Los Angeles despite development and earthquakes. The homes in what is now downtown Los Angeles, are all gone, of course, but those built in what were the outlying areas are still around, although they typically have lost their brick chimneys, and may have aluminum windows, burglar bars and a coating of stucco.

Feb. 18, 2007
Los Angeles

The buildings featured in The Times for this week have been torn down, but in glancing through the listings, I found the sale by the Althouse brothers of a lot at 3006 S. La Salle.

3006 S. La Salle

3006 S. La Salle


I can’t say the house was particularly interesting, although I was happy to find it still standing. Still, it was an interesting neighborhood to visit and the house at 2921 S. La Salle cries begs out for rehabbing.

2723 S. La Salle.

2921 S. La Salle

3015 S. La Salle

3027 S. La Salle

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4 Responses to Architectural Ramblings

  1. Charles Kjelland says:

    My wife’s grandfather, John Powers, built a home on Manhattan Pl. in 1911, and another on S. Windsor in 1914, both of which are standing and quite nice homes. John Powers owned the Los Angeles Angels from 1915 until 1921. He also built a home in Venice, but that is long gone.


  2. Gary Martin says:

    In my 2005 walking tour of LA I was happy to find in Venice, on the canals, a few of the original craftsman style cottages similar to the one you show here. There are also a few of them in Santa Monica…one that I recall off hand on 6th or 7th street a block or so north of Von’s. But my favorite is at the front of the HI Hostel on 2nd street …the first brick building erected in SM. Its side wall, along the entry to the hostel, is covered with the remnants of many, many, many earlier painted signs …a real “Modern Art” masterpiece.


  3. Joe Vogel says:

    1739 Trinity was still there when Google’s camera car last passed by, though it looked abandoned. It might be gone by now, but appears to have been the old house closest to downtown and inside the freeway loop that was still standing. I think it might have been where the minister of the adjacent church on Washington Boulevard lived. The church is probably gone now, depending on how long ago the camera car went by, as the Google street view shows that it had lately suffered a fire.

    There are still quite a few old houses in the Pico-Union district, some of them very close to the downtown edge of it. The 1300 block of Linwood Avenue, east of Columbia Street (13 blocks west of Main Street and one block south of Seventh Street) has nothing but old houses on it. Most of them appear to have been built as double houses (what the English call “semi-detached”) but the blue one on the corner looks like it was always single family. None of them look very well maintained, though. I was always fascinated by these little enclaves of old houses near downtown. I suppose they’ll all be gone soon, except for those few restored Victorians in the Temple district.


  4. Joe Vogel says:

    Oops. I forgot that Washington Boulevard is outside the freeway loop. Well, I haven’t been to Los Angeles in almost thirty years, and If I went back I’d probably get lost. Getting lost with a Google map in front of me is embarrassing, though.


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