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Eclectic architecture on Crescent Heights Boulevard

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It’s a good thing I took some photos the last time I toured the route for the Farmers Market, LACMA, LA Brea Tar Pits walk I am leading for the Sierra Club next Sunday. Once again I forgot to put a memory card in the camera. What is wrong with me?

I particularly wanted to photograph the yummy tropical fruit shrimp and avocado salad I ate for lunch upon returning to Farmers Market after the walk. Next time!

The walk starts at the Farmers Market on the corner of 3rd and Fairfax. Then we will walk down Crescent Heights to Wilshire. So that is the part I am writing this blog post about.

fairfax area

From what I can tell by doing a few internet searches for properties in the area, this neighborhood was mostly built in the 1930s… some buildings as early as 1931 and some as late as 1939. It is a mixture of apartment houses (maybe some condos?) and single family homes.


This is what all steps should look like.

When I was putting the tour together I was looking for a more interesting way of getting from Farmers Market to Wilshire Boulevard. And I discovered this street.


The photo above is more for the hedge than the building… an art deco hedge if ever there was one!


A little bit of French fantasy… complete with a southern California interpretation of the mansard roof…

fairfax area

You know I love tiles in all their manifestations. Perhaps that is one of reasons I enjoy seeing Spanish style/Mediterranean architecture around the city.

fairfax area

This is why I love to walk. We (or at least, I) tend to drive by everything in our cars so intent on getting to our destination—not to mention paying attention to all those other bad drivers out there—that we miss out on all the details.


 Can you say mission style, art deco in the same sentence?

At a later date I’ll post some photos from the next section of this walk.

(Photos copyright roslyn m wilkins)

Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

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