MT. WASHINGTON

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Founded in 1909 as a subdivision and was home to The Mt. Washington Hotel at the summit of Mt. Washington. This was a famed get-away for Hollywood Entertainment types who needed to feel isolated, private yet just a short rail ride back to the bustling confines of the silver screen industry. The Los Angeles and Mount Washington Railway Company was established as a funicular railway up the hill as an alternative to constructing roads on the area’s steep hillsides. The railway operated until January 1919. As Los Angeles grew outward from its core, Mt. Washington was eventually absorbed into the city proper.

ARCHITECTURE

Mount Washington houses are an eclectic mix of Victorian mansions, California Craftmans, California 1920’s bungalows and architectural masterpieces from the fifties by the likes of Richard Neutra and Rudolf Schindler. Then in the 1950s and 1960s Modernist Mid-Century Architectural homes, similar to those found in the Hollywood Hills were being built along the beautiful hillsides granting them incredible views in all directions. Many of these hillside beauties have views of the San Gabriel Valley and the Los Angeles Basin all the way to the Pacific Ocean on a clear day. The district is generally considered the most affluent area of Northeast Los Angeles and is home to many well-known Artists, Actors, and the Entertainment Industry as a whole. This is truly a great alternative to the over priced hills of the Westside (Sunset Plaza, Brentwood, etc)

PRIMARY THOROUGHFARES:

Division Street, El Paso Dr. San Rafael Dr. Mt. Washington Dr. Figueroa Street and Eagle Rock Boulevard.

BORERING COMMUNITIES:

Glassell Park to the northwest, Eagle Rock to the north Highland Park to the northeast, Montecito Heights to the southeast (across the Arroyo Seco) Cypress Park to the southwest.

ZIP CODE(s): 90065, 90042 mostly 90065, with an eastern

portion in 90042

AREA CODE: 323

FAMOUS MUSEUM

A Mount Washington prime visitor attraction is the Southwest Museum, one of the most extensive and important collections of Native American art and artifacts in the world. In recent years, the Gene Autry Museum of the American West had taken over the operations of the Southwest Museum

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