Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of by Charles Fleming

By Charles Fleming

In a urban identified for its speedy vehicles and freeways, this advisor finds a distinct characteristic of the l. a. cityscape: greater than 2 hundred stairways around the hilly sections of the town, a lot of that are remnants from the times whilst so much urban citizens trusted streetcars and buses for transportation. Containing greater than forty walks and targeted maps, this instruction manual highlights the charms and quirks of this essential characteristic of la improvement and chronicles the geographical, architectural, and historic positive aspects of every staircase and the neighborhoods during which the stairs can be found. Rated for length and hassle, the round walks convey stories of old houses, their interesting population, and troves of old trivia—such as the place William Faulkner lived whereas he wrote the screenplay for To Have and feature Not, the place Graham Nash lived, and the place actress Thelma Todd was once murdered—while different walks spotlight dazzling houses through a few of southern California's so much important architects, together with Neutra and Schindler. From jogging throughout the vintage los angeles Loma local in Pasadena and strolling the classic pink automobile Loop in Silver Lake to taking the Beachwood Canyon Hollywoodland hike and having fun with the significant ocean perspectives from the Castellammare district in Pacific Palisades, those staircases current a brand new approach for city explorers to discover a little-known aspect of the town of Angels.

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And go right and downhill. Enjoy good northern views as you pass the turn for Rome Drive. Enjoy the shade of the overhanging oak trees, and the fine old Craftsman at 3923. (If you are a staircase fanatic, walk past Mt. Washington Elementary School and turn left onto Danforth Drive. Walk to the end of the road. There at the cul-de-sac is a beautifully crafted set of stairs and walkways designed to deliver school children to and from the newish development on Marchena Street below. The staircase has no particular application for the purpose of this walk, but it’s an engineering wonder.

It functioned without a hitch for 68 years, when it was dismantled in 1969 to make way for the great Bunker Hill renovation project. ) The funicular was mothballed for 27 years, then restored and reopened with great ceremony. 62 Secret Stairs Then, in 2001, one of the cars slipped its brakes. An 83-year-old passenger was killed, and Angels Flight was closed. For the past several years, the announcements of its “imminent” reopening have been a staple of Downtown gossip. Luckily, however, the renovation designers included a staircase running beside the railway.

Cross the Gold Line subway track at Marmion Way. Walk on, past Monte Vista Street and Malta Street. Then turn left on Lynn Street, and walk to the end of the block. Here, you’ll find your first staircase—dropping down 60 paces over three landings, with handrails and lights, and depositing you at the continuation of Lynn. Walk a block, and turn right onto N. Avenue 49. This is an odd little canyon of tidy, single-family homes, many dating from the 1920s. Walk a block of Avenue 49, and turn right again onto Granada Street.

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