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Venice in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Venice Canals

 
 
Venice Canals Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, July 28, 2021
1. Venice Canals Marker
Inscription.  
Inspired by the canals of Venice, Italy. Built 1906. Declared 1983, Historic Cultural Monument No. 270, Cultural Heritage Commission, City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Department.
 
Erected 1983 by City of Los Angeles. (Marker Number 270.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
 
Location. 33° 58.997′ N, 118° 27.929′ W. Marker is in Venice, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Dell Avenue just north of Court A, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 242 Court A, Venice CA 90291, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Venice Corner Ball Park (approx. Ό mile away); Venice (approx. 0.4 miles away); Venice of America House (approx. half a mile away); Ray Bradbury House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Saint Florian
Venice Canals Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, July 28, 2021
2. Venice Canals Marker
The marker is on the left side of the bridge.
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(approx. 0.7 miles away); History of Ballona Lagoon (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sturdevant Bungalow (approx. 0.7 miles away); Venice West Cafe (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Venice.
 
Regarding Venice Canals. Venice was founded by wealthy developer Abbot Kinney in 1905 as a seaside resort town. It was an independent city until 1926, when it merged with Los Angeles. After annexation, many canals were filled in and paved over, and the former central lagoon became a traffic circle. In 1993 the existing canals were refurbished, dredged 5 feet deep in the center and 1½ feet at the sides, with open concrete blocks added to the sides and sloped at 55 degrees. Foot bridges and sidewalks were rebuilt. Ocean tidewater flow in the canals was improved. In the years since the improvements, many of the small cottages along the canals have been replaced with expensive multi-story homes. The canals are on the National Register of Historic Places, and the neighborhood is a National Historic District.
 
Road Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, July 28, 2021
3. Road Bridge
Venice Canals image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, July 28, 2021
4. Venice Canals
Pedestrian Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, July 28, 2021
5. Pedestrian Bridge
Street Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, July 28, 2021
6. Street Sign
On Washington Blvd at Strongs Drive.
Abbot Kinney Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, July 28, 2021
7. Abbot Kinney Mural
On Venice Blvd west of Pacific Ave.
Colonnades with Arches image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, July 28, 2021
8. Colonnades with Arches
At Windward and Pacific Avenue, built in 1904 by Abbot Kinney, Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 532.
Venice Postcard, 1909 image. Click for full size.
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9. Venice Postcard, 1909
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 22,750 times since then and 21,573 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 30, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.

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