1902 – Sumner P. Hunt and Wesley Eager
1401 Alvarado Terrace – map
The last of the half a dozen houses designated Los Angeles landmarks on July 7, 1971 (along with a church down the street, No. 89), this home was built for Arthur W. Kinney. McGrew and Julian’s Landmarks of Los Angeles says Kinney owned an iron works and was a director of the Oceanic Oil Company. The lot cost $3,550.
I ran into the owner outside the house when I was there taking pictures. He told me, despite being encouraged to carve up the property into even more units, he’s still got it divided into just four apartments, pretty much the way it’s been since the 1920s.
So, a quick re-cap of these past six homes, all in a row, on Alvarado Terrace.
- They’re listed collectively in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Alvarado Terrace Historic District.
- The group is included in the Pico-Union Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ).
- It’s also part of Los Angeles’s Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA/LA) Pico Union 2 Redevelopment Project.
- The homes sit on the site of Los Angeles’s first golf course, Windmill Links.
Finally, here’s a paragraph from a 1902 Los Angeles Times article describing the Alvarado Terrace development:
No building is allowed to be erected on the tract that will cost more than $4000, and all must be set back forty feet from the street. With the building restrictions, which are to be rigidly enforced, and its fine location, this tract is undoubtedly destined to become a choice site for elegant homes. The street improvements are being made at the expense of the present owners, and are the best, and the plan of having curved streets, which conform to the contour of the gently-undulating hill on which the terraces are laid out, is one that many will find very attractive. Alvarado Terrace street is a wide and beautiful avenue, and at its entrance on Pico street are placed three granite columns, each supporting a lamp. A vacant plot of ground at this entrance is to be planted in palms, grass and flowers, and other attractive features, that will tend to beautify the tract, and must necessarily add to the desirability of the lots as building sites, are being planned by the owners.One last shot, this of the Kinney-Everhardy House along with the Raphael House.
“Doings of Builders and Architects.” Los Angeles Times; Apr 6, 1902, p. A1
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