I’m sorry for the late responses, as I’ve been traveling non-stop. This also means no Friday Weekend Guide. I know, I’m bummed about it too. Depending on timing, it should be up next Friday. With the 4th of July holiday coming up, you’re probably going out of town anyway. So lets get down to business. I want to share with you Secret Stair walk #35, Temple Hill.
In 2012 I have to do all 42 walks from my book, “Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of LA” by Charles Flemming. These posts are to (hopefully) convince you to buy the book and get out there to explore the secret stairs around LA. Enjoy!
For this next walk, I parked by Gelson’s on a street off Franklin because the parking there is always very easy. It’s several blocks from the start of this walk, but you’re in it for a walk so why not?
It goes from the cute shops in Franklin Village, to the bustle of everyone trying to get on the 101, to the quiet Hollywood Hills.
This area is known as The Hollywood Dell. It loops around and connects with the Vandeta Society of Southern California. I know there are several around LA and near many Secret Stair walks. This area is very peaceful and quiet despite having the 101 in its backyard.
This walk takes you through this very old Hollywood neighborhood. Charles book gives you a brief history and tells you about neighborhood locals. You get to see a mix of homes, one of which is this odd looking castle.
I love the color of this door and the attention to detail with this funny door handle.
This neighborhood connects with Krotona of Old Hollywood. This apartment complex was generated to house the colony of believers. This whole neighborhood is filled with Moorish architectural influences. It has an entire history that I don’t know much about, but THIS website can tell you more.
Then you know me, I had fun just looking at details around the neighborhood.
This walk looped down back to Franklin, although I decided to stretch it out and look for a local church where nuns make fresh banana bread. I didn’t end up buying the bread, but I got to see more fun along the way.