/smaller>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.