Hancock Park is a neighborhood west of Downtown along Wilshire Boulevard that was developed in the 1920s as an elite suburb of LA. Its well-preserved revival architecture makes Hancock Park quite charming to visit. You’ll find many lovely houses in the mock-Tudor style.
The Getty House is one of the main highlights of the Hancock Park neighborhood. Located at 605 S. Irving at the intersection of Sixth Street, the Getty House was originally built in 1920 and served as the mayor’s official residence. It has a green and cream Tudor design. The Getty House is open to the public periodically and is named after the oil magnate, J. Paul Getty, who lived there himself before he donated it to the city in 1975.
The Rothman House at 541 Rosemore Avenue, while not open to the public, is still quite a sight from its grand exterior. It features a half-timbered Tudor jewel.
The Sisson House is a bizarre example of Medieval Norman, and features a three-story tower in a gloomy façade of a package. It is located at Sixth Street and Hudson Avenue.
La Brea Avenue
La Brea Avenue, bordering Wilshire Boulevard to the north and Hancock Park to the west, is one of the city’s trendier shopping districts, full of chic restaurants, designer boutiques, avant-garde galleries, and antique stores.
Larchmont Boulevard is another high-end strip in Hancock Park, full of restaurants and shops. It is located on the northern edge of the neighborhood around Beverly Boulevard.
Park Labrea is a 160-acre community in LA east of Century City, west of Hancock Park, south of West Hollywood, and north of the Rosa Parks Freeway. The community was originally built after WWII and its streets designed to conform to a Masonic grid. Park Labrea was once the largest apartment complex community in the U.S. Once home to several celebrities, the area experienced a decline in the mid 1970s. But it has been recently refurbished and is once again a desirable complex replete with modern amenities.
Museum of Holocaust
The Museum of Holocaust at 6006 Wilshire Boulevard recounts the history of anti-Semitism and is a memorial for the millions who died in the Holocaust. There is an extensive presentation of the thoughts and memories of survivors, including an intricate model of one of the concentration camps created by a survivor.
Dickey, Jeff. Los Angeles, 3rd Edition. Rough Guides, 2003. ISBN: 1843530589.
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