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Echo Park Art History
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Artists in Residence
   Echo Park has long nurtured a creative spirit. Not surprisingly, many artists, such as director John Houston and ‘70s rock superstar Jackson Browne, worked in the entertainment business.
     Childrens book author Leo Politi lived in an Angelino Heights Victorian and Carey McWilliams, who chronicled the struggles of the state’s working class during the Depression, resided in a hilltop home on Alvarado.
     Chicano painter Carlos Almaraz captured vivid images of the view of Echo Park Lake from his apartment window.  Edward Middleton Manigault, a World War I veteran who exhibited in the nation's first major exhibition of modern art, found refuge at the top of Elysian Heights in Fellowship Park. Tragically, he starved himself to death while fasting to promote his creative energy.
     During the 1920s, bookseller and art dealer Jake Zeitlin was the center of cluster of Modernist artists, including Elysian Heights neighbor Paul Landacre, a famed wood engraver. Watercolorist Philip Dike, who lived near Elysian Park,  was among California's leading regional painters during the 1930s and 1940s.
     Nearby, one of Los Angeles’ most influential modernist architects, Harwell Hamilton Harris, lived in a tiny house of his own design that can be reached only on foot.
     Musicians, from opera singer Mariyln Horne and her husband, conductor Henry Lewis, to jazz great Art Pepper, were also at home here.


Wood engraver Paul Landacre and his wife, Margaret, were part of an artistic bohemia that lived in the hills of Elysian Heights. His work was considered among the best in the nation. Click to continue.

JAKE ZEITLIN: Cultural Pioneer
     This bookseller and art dealer opened what is considered one of Los Angeles' first contemporary art spaces where he championed the city's pioneering artists.Click to continue.
A Benton house in Angelino Heights
Arthur B. Benton:
 A Master of the Arts & Crafts Movement
       Angelino Heights resident Arthur B. Benton played a major role in promoting the Arts & Crafts movement in California. He was the designer of several notable Craftsman mansions in Angelino Heights and was also credited with designing other regional landmarks, including the the Mission Inn in Riverside. Click to continue. 

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