Saturday, December 10, 2011

Pink Saturday - a pink door

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

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 We recently took another stairway walk using Charles Fleming's book "Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles."

This time we walked through the streets surrounding Echo Park Lake, and especially Angelino Heights, a neighborhood of preserved historic Victorian homes.

This house, a classic 1900s bungalow, with its pretty salmon-pink door is on Kellam Avenue.

Its next door neighbor is also pink - I wrote about this little bungalow with carved garlands on a previous Pink Saturday. 

On this visit we found the homeowner out raking her yard, and chatted with her awhile. She's been here for many decades, and told us how local artist and resident Leo Politi used to sit and sketch the houses on the street.

Politi lived nearby, on East Edgeware Road, in a fine old Craftsman-style home hidden behind shrubs, orange trees, and bougainvillea. The City of Los Angeles has designated the Politi home, like many homes in Angelino Heights, a Cultural Landmark. For more about Politi's life in Angelino Heights, visit Big Orange Landmark's page on the Politi home.

We also learned that scenes from the recent film "J. Edgar" were shot at the house on Carroll Avenue behind her home - and that Leo Di Caprio was a real nice guy!

Google Map's street view of Carroll Avenue
 The neighborhood is so frequently used for film and location shoots that when I went to Google Maps to see a street view of the house she mentioned, I found a motor home, blocked-off parking spaces, and a snorkel-lift in the picture.

Kellam and Carroll Avenues have the largest concentration of historic home, with many house-proud owners already decorated for Christmas, like this witch-hat turretted house.

If you've ever longed to buy and restore a Victorian house, this is the place to come to see a collection of styles. From mansard-roofed French Empire to Greene and Greene bungalow, and everything in between, the neighborhood is a living museum of late nineteenth century residential architecture - in a wide variety of conditions.

Some houses are perfectly restored and maintained

Others are being worked on

Some are hidden away behind mature vegetation, offering only tantalizing and mysterious views of their treasures.

While others still are waiting to be rescued.

For a taste of Victoriana you'd never expect to find in Los Angeles, come visit Echo Park and Angelino Heights. You can follow my earlier visits to Angelino Heights HERE.

I bet the Christmas decorations are fantastic!


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

That last house needs a savior!

Lovely pics, Aunt Snow.

P.S. I saw J. Edgar at the Avalon in D.C., near Chevy Chase Circle. I used to go to Saturday matinees there when I was in elementary school.

The Avalon is another beneficiary of a savior.

smalltownme said...

Oh, I love these houses.

Chubskulit Rose said...


Hearty Pink, come and see when you get a chance.

shrink on the couch said...

ooh, favorite pink post of ALL time! love the victorian architecture and the pink door is pinktastic!

Lynn said...

Love the Victorian use of colors on houses. Must have been an lovely walking tour in that area. HPS.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see this neighborhood!
I used to want to live in an old house. I still think they are wonderful, but I don't want old-house problems (or dirt cellars).

Unknown said...

What a fun & beautiful home.
Merry Christmas

The Artful Diva said...

Neat neighborhood to walk through - love that house!

LV said...

What a lovely home, but I would prefer another color for the trim. However, the color it has looks nice.

RobinfromCA said...

I adore that house with the pink door. In true Victorian fashion it has 5 colors - wonderful!