Monday, October 8, 2007
1329 Carroll Avenue – map
The Innes House, built in 1887 in the Eastlake style for real estate developer/shoe store magnate/city councilman Daniel Innes, is the first of seven homes in the 1300 block of Carroll Avenue to be designated a city landmark on February 3, 1971.
Los Angeles’s Department of City Planning’s Zone Information and Map Access System (ZIMAS) lists the year of construction of the Innes House as 1903. If you’ve got the energy to research why there’s the discrepancy between this and nearly every other source I've seen, let me know. I choose to believe the earlier date of 1887.
Barber Dominic Iannorone bought the house in 1920, living there until 1971 (the year of the house’s designation).
The Innes House was one of two homes opened for visiting on a recent Los Angeles Conservancy walking tour of the block ($5 for members – cheap!). The second floor (off limits) is used as a residence, but the first is rented out for filming TV shows and movies like Charmed and Little Women and Of Mice and Men. To see: the sliding door separating the back parlor and dining room (it’s got its original 120-year-old finish), the kitchen’s original floor, the coved ceilings, the slate and cast iron fireplaces fauxed up to look like marble and wood, and the snowflakes etched into the window insets.
Plus, if you take the tour, you walk away with a nice little brochure by Cindy Olnick, Angelino Heights: The Victorians of Carroll Avenue.
Up next: Sanders House