Entries by Rory

Colonel Griffith’s Observatory

On December 16th, 1896, Griffith J. Griffith donated 3,015 acres of the Los Feliz Rancho to the city of Los Angeles, creating the largest urban woodland park in the country. Today, Griffith Park and the Griffith Observatory are popular destinations for the people of Los Angeles, but the story of their donor is largely unknown […]

Mack Sennett’s Cyclorama

The next time you’re stuck in traffic on Glendale Blvd, try picturing Mack Sennett’s Cyclorama in its original location just behind OJ Plumbing on the southwest corner of Glendale Blvd and Effie. Here’s a short (13 seconds) video that tries to do just that:   Actors ran on treadmills as the matte painted background of […]

The History of Washington Heights, Echo Park

The 3rd installment in the documentary series, “The History of Sunset Boulevard” covers the history of the Washington Heights tract, the residential section as well as the commercial district along Sunset Boulevard.   The impending demolition of the Anna Zacsek Cottage and related buildings has spurred concern for the remainder of historic Sunset Boulevard as […]

The Anna Zacsek Compound – The History of Sunset Boulevard

The 2nd installment in the documentary series, “The History of Sunset Boulevard” covers the Anna Zacsek Compound, some of the oldest buildings on Sunset Boulevard, soon to be demolished to make way for the controversial Sunset Flats development.  It is also linked to at www.myhistoricla.org as part of the SurveyLA effort to document the History […]

“The Cut” — The History of Sunset Boulevard

This post is a new video derived from a story that originally appeared at TheEastsiderLa.com. It is also linked to at www.myhistoricla.org as part of the SurveyLA effort to document the History of Echo Park. If you like, you can register at www.myhistoricla.org so you can vote on “The Cut” and other potential historic resources […]

The Victor Segno School of Success

The Echo Park Historical Society is digging through the archives to bring you tales and photographs unearthed over the past years.  The anonymous authors left their work behind on bulletin boards and in pamphlets.  If you recognize one of the articles as your own, please let us know!    Up first,  “The Victor Segno School […]