The Angelino Heights Neighborhood
Angelino Heights is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles situated within Echo Park proper and west of Chinatown. This neighborhood is known for its concentration of eclectic architectural styles from three eras: The Victorian, Turn of the Century and Revival eras. The neighborhood's boundaries include the Hollywood Freeway to the south, Sunset Boulevard to the north and east, and Echo Park Lake to the west. Sunset Boulevard is the main thoroughfare that connects and services all three districts.
Originally spelled Angeleno Heights, Angelino Heights is second only to Bunker Hill as the oldest district in Los Angeles outside of Downtown. Founded in 1886, it was originally connected to the downtown mainline (which ran east to west on Temple Street) by the Temple Street Cable Railway and later by streetcars. It is known for its steep hills. The district contains many notable examples of Victorian architecture, particularly of the Eastlake and Queen Anne styles, and though found throughout the neighborhood, they are especially concentrated on Carroll Avenue. Traveling around the neighborhood, one also discovers that many other styles of architecturally significant homes are to be found here, such as Craftsman, Bungalow, Mission Revival, Art Deco, and Colonial Revival, to name a few.
824 East Kensington Road was designated as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument 223 on June 6, 1979. This Queen Anne Victorian home with Moorish and Eastlake influences, was built in 1892. The location was soon the epicenter of the Los Angeles Oil Field and became surrounded by oil derricks. The home was moved to Angeleno Heights in 1900 and was the first home in the neighborhood to have electricity.
A large swath of Angelino Heights was destroyed to build the Hollywood Freeway, which cut it off from Temple Street for an overpass at Edgeware Road. Angelino Heights was the City of Los Angeles' first recognized historic district, or Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ). Enacted in 1983 and spelled out in Angelino Heights' Preservation Plan, this zoning prohibits unsympathetic remodelling of historic houses and requires new construction to resemble original architecture in scale, massing and materials.
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