Secret Stairs A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles

ISBN-10: 1595800506
ISBN-13: 9781595800503
Edition: 2010
Authors: Charles Fleming
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Santa Monica Press
Publication date: 4/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

In a city known for its fast cars and freeways, this guide reveals a unique feature of the Los Angeles cityscape: more than 200 stairways across the hilly sections of the city, many of which are remnants from the days when most city residents depended on streetcars and buses for transportation. Containing more than 40 walks and detailed maps, this handbook highlights the charms and quirks of this quintessential feature of Los Angeles' development and chronicles the geographical, architectural, and historical features of each staircase and the neighborhoods in which the steps are located. Rated for duration and difficulty, the circular walks deliver tales of historic homes, their fascinating inhabitants, and troves of historic triviasuch as where William Faulkner lived while he wrote the screenplay forTo Have and Have Not, where Graham Nash lived, and where actress Thelma Todd was murderedwhile other walks highlight spectacular homes by some of southern California's most important architects, including Neutra and Schindler. From strolling through the classic La Loma neighborhood in Pasadena and walking the vintage Red Car Loop in Silver Lake to taking the Beachwood Canyon Hollywoodland hike and enjoying the magnificent ocean views from the Castellammare district in Pacific Palisades, these staircases present a new way for urban explorers to discover a little-known side of the City of Angels.

Charles Fleming is a former Newsweek writer living in Los Angeles.

Introduction
Pasadena and The East
Pasadena-La Loma Road
Eagle Rock
Glassell Park North-York and Beyond
Glassell Park South-Taylor Yard
Mt. Washington
Hermon and Highland Park
Highland Park-Southwest Museum
Highland Park-Highlands
El Sereno Circles
Happy Valley and Montecito Heights
Downtown Los Angeles
Echo Park
Echo Park Lake Victorians
Laveta Terrace
Magic Gas
Avalon-Baxter Loop
Allesandro Loop
Fellowship Park
Silver Lake
Music Box Loop
Silver Lake Circles
Sunset Junction Loop
Silver Lake Terraces West
Coffee Table Loop
Astro Loop
Silver Lake Terraces East
Swan's Way
Cove-Loma Vista Loop
Silver Lake Court
Los Angeles River Loop
Hollywood and Los Feliz
Los Feliz-Griffith Park Loop
Franklin Hills East-Lyric Loop
Franklin Hills West-Radio-Prospect Loop
Fern Dell and Immaculate Heart
Bronson Canyon Loop
Beachwood Canyon
Temple Hill
Whitley Heights
Hollywood Bowl and High Tower Loop
Universal City-Happy Trails
Santa Monica and The West
Santa Monica-Bluffs and Beach Walk
Santa Monica-Rustic Canyon Loop
Pacific Palisades-Castellammare
Pacific Palisades-Giant Steps
Afterword
Acknowledgements

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