1300 Carroll Avenue – map
This Victorian home was the first house on Carroll Avenue declared a Los Angeles landmark (No. 8, the Foy House, now nearby, got its designation while at its penultimate site, 633 South Witmer Street).
Named for merchant Aaron P. Phillips, the Eastlake/Queen Anne structure was built when Angelino Heights was still wet behind the ears.
An even century later (1987), the Carroll Avenue Restoration Foundation published a brochure called Picture Album of Historic Angelino Heights, offering an overview of “the first suburb of Los Angeles”. Regarding 1300, it reads:
The interior has unusually large rooms connected by massive sliding doors, beautiful mantels with Victorian ceramic tiles, brass hardware throughout, and a generous staircase in the large entry hall.
For what it’s worth, as I’m looking at these pictures: if you’re just a schmo with a camera and want to get decent shots of Carroll Avenue’s southside homes in July, don’t go around mid-afternoon ‘cause that sun’ll kill you and bleach your pictures. Clearly.
The Phillips House is another addition to the handful of Victorian homes – the Houses Foy, Hale, Lewis, and Mooers – on the roster of L.A. landmarks so far. They’ve proven to be some of the more popular entries both here and on the Big Orange Landmarks Flickr page. There are many more such homes on the HCM list, most notably a Carroll Avenue stretch in the 70s (October) and then an Alvarado Terrace run in the 80s (November). So lots of spindles, shingles, and turrets on the way.
Up next: Sessions House