Thornton Towers (Historic) on 3021 2008

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Circa 1913

Thornton Towers is frequently referred to as the Isadora Duncan building: There are those who say Thornton Towers were built by the Duncan sisters, Isadora Duncan, the mother of modern dance, is said to have lived in the penthouse and danced on the roof.

However, author Jeffrey Stanton insists at his Venice History site that Duncan lived in San Francisco and owned no Venice property.

16 Thornton Ave
Venice, California

Craftsman Bungalow on 3021 2008

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Circa 1912

Example of a craftsman bungalow.

California
Venice, California

Ocean Park City Hall or Town Hall (Historic) on 2920 2008

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Circa 1907

Beyond Baroque, a literary arts landmark in and of itself, now occupies what was once the Ocean Park City Hall or Town Hall.

681 North Venice Blvd
Venice, California

U.S. Island (Historic) on 2920 2008

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Circa 1913

Each house on this former island was named after a state. The taller structure behind the small cottages is a much later addition. Not sure if the any of the cottages are original or not. The island was chopped in half. The cottages on the section north of Andalusia were only recently trucked in and placed.

501 to 519 Altair Place
Venice, California

Kenney House (Historic) on 2920 2008

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Circa 1906

Said to have been located on an original canal.

Venice, California

Venice Branch Library (Historic) on 2920 2008

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Circa 1930

This Spanish Colonial Revival style building once housed the Venice Branch Library. Its entrance still features the original diamond-paned double doors (complete with book return slot) and wrought-iron lamps. The building is now a youth and family community center.

California Ave
Venice, California

Craftsman Bungalow (Historic) on 2920 2008

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Circa 1911

This craftsman bungalow was built by the president of a Venice bank and inhabited by Mr. Hearns of the Southern Pacific Railroad.

California Ave
Venice, California

University of the Arts (Historic Site) on 2919 2008

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1905 by Marsh & Russell

One of the original buildings constructed by Abbot Kinney, the University of Arts was meant to be part of his cultural institution. Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence can be seen in the building’s design.

1304 Riviera
Venice, California

The Castle (Historic Site) on 2919 2008

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Circa 1932

Built by silent screen star Francis X. Bushman. Rudolph Valentino is said to have been a regular guest.

11 Anchorage Street
Marina Del Rey, California

PRIVATE RESIDENCE

Original Muscle Beach on 0212 2008

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This historic stretch of Santa Monica beach — the original Muscle Beach — was the epicenter of the American fitness movement in it’s salad days. Now it’s a veritable cornucopia of sturdy exercise apparatuses and playground equipment. There are balance beams, chinning bars, rings and ropes. The padded play/workout areas are nice, too. There’s also gobs of playground equipment and mock rocks for children to play on, and you’ll generally see plenty of kids here going bonkers (under the watchful eyes of parents and teachers).

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