Mt Washington Los Angeles

Mt Washington Los Angeles

Mt Washington Los Angeles

Mt. Washington is a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It is located on a hilltop in the San Rafael Hills, northeast of the city, and is home to a mixed population of working-class and upscale professionals. Mt. Washington is perhaps best known for housing the city of Los Angeles Fire Department Station 29, the Mt. Washington Fire Station is listed on the NationalHow do you pronounce it? US, US*A, US-eye-all, izza*bull? It matters.


Ask anyone in North East Los Angeles, and they’ll tell you that Mt.Washington is a special place. Narrow streets twist and wind up the hill, revealing bold city views and riveting sunsets. With no major thoroughfares and only a sprinkling of small businesses, mountain living provides residents with an escape from the crowded streets of Los Angeles. Over the last 100 years, the community has grown to offer an eclectic variety of architectural styles ranging from original Craftsman homes and Bohemian Bungalows to stunning Mid-Century retreats. The hillside boasts homes by many celebrated designers such as John Lautner, Frank Lloyd Wright, A.Quincy Jones, and Gregory Ain. This diverse community is also home to the coveted Mt. Washington Elementary School, which attracts families who are eager to enroll their young children in the area’s top performing school.

The Mount Washington neighborhood of Los Angeles combines hipster chic with a no-nonsense vibe. Practical, low-rise apartment buildings sit at the base of the hill, and eclectic single-family homes line the curving, sometimes incredibly steep streets of the hill itself. Mount Washington remains a very residential neighborhood, with a few taco stands and coffee houses to choose from when you want to grab a bite close to home or meet up with your neighbors at cutting-edge lounges like Footsies. (Source: www.apartments.com)


Between 1909-1919, the Los Angeles and Mount Washington Railway ferried tourists to and from the Mount Washington Hotel located at the peak of Mount Washington. A rail terminal at the foot of the mountain was located at Avenue 43 and Marmion Way. The hotel closed in 1918. Furniture of the Mount Washington Hotel, including Stickley pieces, was auctioned from 50 rooms on 07/29/1918. Just after closure, the hotel functioned as a boys school. In 1925, the Self Realization Fellowship bought the hotel and operated its international headquarters there.

The Los Angeles City Directory for 1922 indicates that the Mt. Washington Military School occupied the old hotel. In a full page advertisement, it shows a picture of the hotel, describing it as headquarters for the school. The school was established by Colonel William Strover, and the advertisement stated it was "An ideal school for boys and young men in an ideal location. From grammar school through high school. Personal supervision under high-class instructors. Individual instruction if necessary. On a 20 acre campus." Apparently, the Mt. Washington Military School did not last long. Where Colonel Williamson found an additional 13 acres on a nearly sold out hilltop is in question. No doubt a parade ground was located east of the Arroyo which made up the difference in acreage. (Source: www.erha.org)




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