If there are regular readers of my column here on the Amoeblog, they’ve probably seen some of the hand-drawn and hand-painted maps which I include in my series of Southland explorations I call California Fool’s Gold. Right now a series of new maps are on display at the Los Angeles County Store in East Hollywood. None, except the Los Feliz map, have been the subject of Eric’s Blog entries yet.
The Los Angeles County Store is a great retail shop which features only goods designed and manufactured in Los Angeles County. The opening has already passed but the maps can still be seen in person if you head over there soon — the show ends on 21 September.
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography’s Map of the Mideast Side (3rd Edition)
I refer to the set of paintings as Taste of the Mideast Side — a reference to Taste of the Eastside, a four-year-old food event which despite its name never features restaurants from the Eastside unless you clarify that you’re talking about the Eastside of Central Los Angeles (aka the original Westside). By the way, there is an older pre-existing event called The Taste of East L.A. which as its name correctly suggests, features restaurants from East Los Angeles — a neighborhood actually located in the Eastside.
Anyway, here are the maps included in the show (which you can vote for me to write about here).
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography’s map of Edendale
Edendale was subdivided around 1903. It was the original home of Los Angeles’s film studios, before Hollywood. The first studio, Selig Polyscope Company, was demolished and the arrival of the 2 Freewaymade the neighborhood decidedly less edenic. The old Mack Sennett Keystone Studio still stands behind a Jack in the Box — utilized for public storage. Although the name has faded from most memories (a post office branch still bears it) there have been efforts to play up associations with it as with the Edendalerestaurant and bar (in the Ivanhoe tract of Silver Lake) and the Mabel Normand Stage in Hollywood, which was recently renamed Mack Sennett Studios).
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography’s map of Elysian Heights
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography’s map of Franklin Hills
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography’s map of the Ivanhoe tract
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography’s map of Pico-Union
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography’s map of Solano Canyon
Pendersleigh & Cartography’s map of Victor Heights
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography’s map of Westlake
Westlake Park was originally the old Westside’s counterpart to the Eastside’s Eastlake Park. Eastlake was located in what was then called East Los Angeles but was re-named Lincoln Heights in 1917. Westlake Park was renamed MacArthur Park and although many will argue that the Westlake and MacArthur Park neighborhoods are one-in-the-same although in my experience, the name MacArthur Park is primarily applied to the immediate surroundings whereas, depending on whether or not one lives east or west of Alvarado, they’re almost more likely to claim Downtown or Koreatown, respectively. It’s the second most densely-populated neighborhood in Los Angeles (after Koreatown) and despite it’s declined fashionability, there are many attractions to be experienced (some marked in red on my map).
Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, writer, rambler, explorer, cartographer, and guerrilla gardener who is always seeking writing, speaking, traveling, and art opportunities. He is not interested in writing advertorials, clickbait, listicles, or other 21st century variations of spam. Brightwell’s written work has appeared in Amoeblog, diaCRITICS, and KCET Departures. His work has been featured by the American Institute of Architects, the Architecture & Design Museum, the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Form Follows Function, Los Angeles County Store, Skid Row Housing Trust, and 1650 Gallery. Brightwell has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Magazine, LAist, Eastsider LA, Boing Boing,Los Angeles, I’m Yours, and on Notebook on Cities and Culture. He has been a guest speaker on KCRW‘s Which Way, LA? and at Emerson College. Art prints of his maps are available from 1650 Gallery and on other products from Cal31. He is currently writing a book about Los Angeles and you can follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.