Ted Hawkins on 3525 2008

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Ted Hawkins had one of the richest, purest, most powerful voices I’ve ever heard. He was a fixture on the boardwalk scene and typified the best of Venice art and music. He performed for the high and mighty, and the lowly and poor. He broke hearts and illuminated minds.

Growing Up Bohemian on 3422 2008

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We moved to Venice in 1960, when I was 10 years old. I didn’t realize it at the time, but my parents were beatniks. I knew that things were somehow looser in my household – that people were tolerated and welcomed there that weren’t welcome in the homes of most of my schoolmates.

Paloma Apartments (Historic) on 3311 2008

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Circa 1913

This historic Ocean Front Walk apartment building, once known as Paloma Apartments, is now home to Venice Phoenix House rehabilitation center.

503 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, California

St. Francis Hotel (Historic) on 3128 2008

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Circa 1904

The St. Marks, designed per developer Abbot Kinney’s directive in “Venitian Renaissance” stlye, was a cornerstone of early Venice.

Venice, California

Apartment Building (Marsh & Russell) on 3025 2008

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Circa 1905

Early Marsh & Russell apartments in the old canal district. Like several other, contemporary Venice designs, the building is evocative of the Prairie School architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and his mentor, Louis Henri Sullivan.

San Juan Ave
Venice, California

Old Craftsman (Historic) on 3025 2008

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Circa 1912

This Market Street Craftsman is a variation on the important, turn-of-the-century (that would be the last century) architectural style.

Market Street
Venice, California

The Haley Hotel (Historic) on 3025 2008

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Circa 1906

The former Haley Hotel (which I know precious little about) is now home to a youth hostel, skateboard shop and various other small businesses.

1516 Pacific Ave
Venice, California

Kinney House (Historic) on 3023 2008

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Circa 1908

This house reportedly stood in the canal district where it was inhabited by the Kinney family from 1908 to 1920. Willed to Irwin Tabor, Kinney’s black driver, upon Kinney’s death, the house was moved to Oakwood because blacks weren’t allowed to live in certain sections of Venice.

Venice, California

Southern Apartments (Historic) on 3023 2008

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Circa 1912

Once an apartment building…

Venice, California

Police and Fire Station of Venice (Historic) on 3023 2008

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Circa 1930

Venice’s old police and fire station is Los Angeles’ only art deco police station and was the first municipal building built after Venice’s 1925 annexation by the City of L.A. This PWA-era building has relief work over the entrance.

North Venice Blvd at Pisani Drive
Venice, California

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