Saturday, June 13, 2009

Pink Saturday - Pink Victorian cottage

Pink Saturday - Beverly, at the blog "How Sweet the Sound" hosts Pink Saturday. Let the color pink inspire you!

Pink Saturday comes in between two installments of posts about Victorian Los Angeles, so I thought I'd share this pink Victorian cottage, located on Kellam Avenue in Angelino Heights in Los Angeles's Echo Park neighborhood.

This pretty little cottage was built in 1899 by German immigrant John Fonnell. Look at the pretty floral wreath carvings and detail.

A few years later, Mr. Fonnell bought another house in the new seaside resort of Venice. Built in 1906, it was one of the first houses built by Abbott Kinney, and is now the oldest house still standing in Venice.

Its Moorish-domed turret once looked over the Cabrillo Canal, plied by gondolas floating beneath an arched Venetian bridge, as shown in this vintage postcard.

Did his family outgrow the tiny cottage on the hill and move to the west side, or did they just want a summer cottage closer to the beach?

Fonnell's Venice house is known today as the Venice of America House, and is located at 1223 Cabrillo Avenue. Its archways echo those of the remaining colonnades on Windward Avenue. The Canal itself is gone, filled in during the 1920s.

It may not have been pink when he bought it - but today it's a pretty color - peachy pink!

Both the Angelino Heights house and the Venice house are named Historic Cultural Monuments fby the City of Los Angeles. The Venice house is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Pretty cool that both of Mr. Fonnell's houses are listed - and even cooler that they are both restored, loved, and lived-in.

Go here to visit more houses in Angelino Heights, and see the vanished Victorian treasures that once graced Bunker Hill. If you'd like to comment please feel free to comment on this post or on the earlier one - I enjoy hearing what you have to say.

Stay tuned for Victorian Los Angeles - Part Two, coming soon.


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love this!! Wonderful homes. I stayed in Venice, CA, a couple of months, during the 1950's, as a teenager. I remember the canals. My mother's cousin lived in one of the tiny cottages.

Happy Pink Saturday!!

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KBeau said...

Those are wonderful example of Victorian architecture. Thanks for posting.

Gabriela said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Love this cottage!

~ Gabriela ~

bj said...

I've never been to Venice, CA but it must be a beautiful place...all these pretty homes there.
Wonderful post..

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

When I saw the first photo, my eyes wonder on those details. Good thing there was a close up on the next photo :-) This house is a darling. Everything just go well together to create this adorable home.

But my fave when it comes to surroundings is his house with that bridge!

Happy Pink Saturday!


♥Mimi♥ said...

Beautiful and fun Pink Saturday blog entry! It's a little gloomy outside today (hope the sun comes out) but your blog and a little cup of tea are giving me a little sun!

Happy Pink Saturday. Sending you good wishes from the tip of Michigan for a special weekend filled with sun, surrounded by those you l♥ve.

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

I love houses. These are absolutely wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing them. Happy Pink Saturday!

Jason, as himself said...

How do you know all this stuff???

Beverly said...

Well, not only did he have great taste in houses, he chose great colors, too.

I spent most of my life in Fort Lauderdale. It has the nickname Venice of the East.

Happy Pink Saturday, Glennis.

stefanie said...

pink houses, it does not get any better!!!!

kcinnova said...

The detailing on those homes is just beautiful.
I love your Pink Saturdays. :)

Cottage Rose said...

Happy Pink Saturday.. What lovely old Victorian homes. I so enjoyed reading about the owner and his family. Such beautiful detail on them. How wonderful that some one found them and are loving them just as he did.... thanks of for sharing them... have a wonderful Pink weekend.


caren said...

Wouldn't you love just to have ONE of these homes? Beautiful! Happy PS!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I love Victorian houses! Happy Pink Saturday ~ I hope you have a great weekend ~ Susan

Sares said...

Thanks for sharing these houses today. I have always loved this type of architecture. It's so beautiful and detailed. You can tell love and care went into building them, you don't find that kind of craftsmen ship much anymore. Happy Pink Saturday and have a loveleigh weekend!

Woman in a Window said...

Pretty in peach. Love the old ones. Can't but help it.

Couture Le Papier said...

OMG! I want that pink house!
Happy Pink Saturday! Inspiring!

Claudia said...

Great post! I love that Victorian - so charming. The detail is unbelievable! Happy PInk Saturday!

Light and Voices said...

Victorian homes are so quaint and easy on the eyes. I appreciate all the history that you support your photos with. I can hardly wait till next week to read Part II.
Joyce M

MiniMadWoman said...

Oh, I just love that little pink bungalow! How pretty! The detail is incredible!

I love to know the history of a house and this was so interesting! Thanks for sharing!

Happy Pink Saturday!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

happy PS! what a great post.. love the houses and great info..

Susie Jefferson said...

These are a revelation. So pretty! Like spun sugar. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!

Life with Kaishon said...

So pretty. Eye candy : ).

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

I love your pink Saturdays.

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