Who is the Morton in Morton Avenue? Did the late Frank Zappa really live on your block?


 The Echo Park Oral History Program features personal views of the past from long time residents.


Hill Dwellers History
A group of Elysian Heights residents left behind a detailed history of the people and properties on a trio of streets. Click on the following to download histories of Altivo Way, Curran Street and the north end of Echo Park Avenue 

Angelino Heights Album
Photos and History

From Picture Album...

1953 Echo Park Silverlake Welcome Book
Business Directory

1953 Silverlake - Echo Park Welcome Book

Historic Echo Park
History & Landmarks
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    Echo Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, developing at the end of the 19th century and seeing its greatest surge in growth between 1905 and 1935.  Located northwest of downtown Los Angeles, its rolling hills and steep bluffs became a prime spot for clapboard cottages, Spanish-style bungalows and a sprinkling of postwar and Modern homes.

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From evangelists to communists and painters to politicans, Echo Park has been home to wide variety of civic leaders, pioneering artists, colorful characters and even a famous feline. Read more


As one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Echo Park is filled with  landmarks, official and unofficial, that span the decades and architectural styels.  Click here to explore the history of the buildings,  parks and other sites in Echo Park, Angelino Heights and Elysian Heights. Interactive landmarks map.


Explore Your Home's History
Get a first-hand account of how Echo Park resident Matthew Dubois uncovered his Victorian home's past lives and occupants. Find out how you can track down the information about your home's historic past.  Click here for story.


Echo Park History Tools
Search our archives,  link to a handy website, browse our Echo Park reading list and find other items and services to help you finish a research project  or simply satisfy your curiosity.

History Board
Looking for information on Echo Park history?  Then click on the message board below.

Message Board

Useful connections for those interested in finding more about their neighborhood, family or home.

Echo Park History Bookshelf

Here is our recommended reading list for those interested in learning more about Echo Park and area history.



Echo Park Historical Society        (323) 860-8874        P.O. Box 261039, Los Angeles, CA 90026