Saturday, November 10, 2007

No. 84 - Cohn House

Cohn House

Cohn House
c. 1902 – Hudson & Munsell
1325 Alvarado Terrace – map
Declared: 7/7/71

Built for clothier Morris R. Cohn, this is the second of the six Alvarado Terrace homes designated city landmarks on July 7, 1971.

Cohn House

After arriving in Los Angeles, Cohn started Morris Cohn & Co., manufacturing overalls, in 1889. He was the first clothier to bring a power sewing machine to the west coast. He died in his Pasadena home in 1941.

His son, Fred Cole, founded the swimwear company Cole of California in 1923.

Cohn gets two Historic-Cultural Monuments named after him. The Cohn-Goldwater Building, HCM No. 119, his former factory on East 12th Street, also carries his name (along with Lemuel Goldwater's).

Cohn House

This house – like all the others on Alvarado Terrace – also stands as part of Los Angeles’s Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA/LA) Pico Union 2 Redevelopment Project, a thirty-one-year-old plan that “sets forth a variety of goals ranging from neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation, public improvements, commercial development and construction of affordable new housing.” The Project Advisory Committee meets the second Tuesday of every month.

Cohn House


“Obituary” Los Angeles Times; Sep 24, 1941, p. 26

Up next: Gilbert House


gc said...

I'm not sure who currently owns the house but for a number of years, this house was owned by Union Rescue Mission. It was used both as an alcohol recovery program (Alcoholics Victories, later named Overcomers), and then later called Bethel Haven, a home for homeless women with children.

My father worked with the men in the recovery programs and so, as a kid, I got to visit the inside many times. I remember gorgeous wood siding and railing, stained glass windows, a giant kitchen and dining room. Truly lovely.

Floyd B. Bariscale said...

Thanks a ton, gc, for this and the other Alvarado Terrace comment.