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THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Eagle Rock is a neighborhood in the northeastern part of Los Angeles. It was incorporated as a city in 1911, and the area was eventually annexed to the City of LA in 1923. Centrally located, Eagle Rock is bordered by the city of Glendale, Highland Park on the southeast, Glassell Park on the southwest, and the cities of Pasadena and South Pasadena on the east. Major thoroughfares include Eagle Rock Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard, with Figueroa Street along the eastern boundary. Both Glendale and Ventura Freeways run along the district's western and northern edges, respectively.

The neighborhood is inhabited by a wide variety of ethnic and socioeconomic groups and the creative class. The neighborhood is inhabited by a wide variety of ethnic and socioeconomic groups and the creative class. Over the past decade, the neighborhood has been experiencing gentrification as young urban professionals have moved from nearby neighborhoods such as Los Feliz and Silver Lake.

HISTORY

Prior to the arrival of European settlers, the secluded valley below the San Rafael Hills that is roughly congruent to Eagle Rock's present boundaries was inhabited by the Tongva tribe, who hunted the game that watered at its springs. These aboriginal inhabitants were displaced by Spanish settlers in the late 18th century, with the area incorporated into the Rancho San Raphael. Following court battles, the area known as Rancho San Rafael was divided into 31 parcels in 1870. Benjamin Dreyfus was awarded what is now called Eagle Rock. In the 1880s, Eagle Rock existed as a farming community. The arrival of American settlers and the growth of Los Angeles resulted in steadily increasing semi-rural development in the region throughout the late 19th century, culminating in Eagle Rock's establishment as an independent city in 1906 and its incorporation in 1911. 

The arrival of Owens Valley water via the Los Angeles Aqueduct and the concurrent depletion of the young city's wells ultimately led the city fathers, after considerable pressure and threats from the City of Los Angeles, to agree to annexation by Los Angeles in 1923. Eagle Rock is one of the few cities incorporated by Los Angeles to still have its original pre-annexation City Hall (2035 Colorado Blvd) and Library (2225 Colorado Blvd) still standing. The library, a Carnegie Library built in 1915, has since been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has since been converted into a community center, the Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center. A massive boulder at Eagle Rock’s northern edge contains an indentation which casts a bird-shaped shadow on the rock at certain times of day, giving the neighborhood its name.

HOMES

A core of counterculture writers, artists and filmmakers has existed in the town since the 1920s. Eagle Rock is also home to many historic and architecturally significant homes, many done in the Craftsman, Georgian, Streamline Moderne, Art Deco and Mission Revival style. In the 1950s, newer streets such as Kincheloe Drive were extended into the hillsides for the building of larger homes with a view of the city. Today these streets are dotted with large and expensive homes on wide lots.

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