Friday, September 26, 2008

Earl Street Staircase

Photo: Futterer, Holyland Exhibition, 1934. The Earl Street Staircase zig-zags down the hillside behind the Holyland Exhibition's building. The Holyland Exhibition is on the corner of Lake View Ave. and Allesandro Way. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

While the Earl Street Staircase does not connect directly to the Red Car Property, it was another link in the neighborhood to the Edendale and Glendale Lines of the Red Car Trolley. The trolley stopped nearby at the corner of Whitmore Ave. and Allesandro St.

Dan Koeppel, writer and Silver Lake resident, mapped an 18-mile route of supposedly all the staircases in Silver Lake and Echo Park. The route is complete with directions, number of stairs in each staircase, and includes the Earl St. and Loma Vista staircases in our neighborhood. However, he left out all of the staircases connecting to the Red Car Property. Nonetheless, it is an impressive hike and worth exploring the staircases in person.

The Echo Park Historical Society gives their next Echo Park Staircase Tour on Oct 25.