The Secret Stairs of Silver Lake Terraces East


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Walking through the stairs of Silver Lake is like going back in time when feet were just as important of a consideration as horses or cars. Nearly a 100 years later, things are getting back to those ideals in some ways.

The sidewalks are still in great shape. Those concrete stamps tell you they were built in the late '20s along with the Given-Wolverhaputen steps in 1927. It was a still a short time before many of the historic homes were built, such as The Skinner House and the Vanderpool House - circa 1936 - two of William Kesling's Streamline Moderne residences.

We followed the route provided by Charles Fleming in his wonderful book, "Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los A...

Not only do you get a workout, but you learn about the history of your neighborhood in the context of the current community - all by foot.

Fleming's book can take you all over the city - but it's expertise is Silver Lake, the neighborhood the author calls home. In fact, in the acknowledgements, Fleming credits make Silver Lake residents:  Andy Jelmert and Michael Locke of Silver Lakes News provided the info about the architects.; Bob Herzog gave Silver Lake history while Fleming thanks Silver Lake Neighborhood Council members Jason Lyon, Scott Crawford and Elizabeth Bourgar-Sharkov and Councilman Tom LaBonge for their encouragement.

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Comment by Clint Lohr on November 1, 2012 at 10:19pm

Eddie, I have been on a walking tour of the stairs of Silverlake. It was through the Echo Park Historical Society, and really interesting to learn all the things I did.

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