Author Charles Fleming led about 75 stairwalking fans on a variation of walks 12 and 13, from his book “Secret Stairs—A Guide to the Historical Staircases of Los Angeles.” There was also a camera crew of three filming his walk for a documentary to be shown on the internet. I haven’t been able to stairwalk as much as I would have liked to for the past couple of months so I was glad this was rated a 2.5 out of 5. I was able to keep up with the group with no problem.
We covered the areas known as Laveta Terrace and Angelino Heights.
Angelino Heights is one of the first suburbs of Los Angeles and was created during the California land boom during the1880’s. It is bordered by Elysian Park and Echo Park and offers views of Dodger Stadium and downtown Los Angeles.
Angelino Heights consists of more than 50 Victorian style homes and has the highest concentration of Queen Anne Victorians in the city. Nearly all of the homes on Carroll Avenue have been fully restored and in August of 1983 it became the first area in Los Angeles to be designated as Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ.) Because people back then did not have cars, most of these homes do not have garages. Some homes have a carriage house and you can see a few rod iron posts used for tying up horses.
The first Saturday of every month the Los Angeles Conservancy holds tours through these homes and from what I hear it’s a must see for anyone interested in Victorian architecture and history.
My friends and I ended our walk with lunch at Costa Alegre.