Los Angeles State Historic Park

Last updated
Los Angeles State Historic Park
Lupine in Los Angeles State Historic Park.jpg
A view of Los Angeles State Historic Park
USA California location map.svg
Red pog.svg
Usa edcp location map.svg
Red pog.svg
Location Los Angeles County, California
Nearest city Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°3′58″N118°14′4″W / 34.06611°N 118.23444°W / 34.06611; -118.23444 Coordinates: 34°3′58″N118°14′4″W / 34.06611°N 118.23444°W / 34.06611; -118.23444
Area32 acres (13 ha)
Established2001
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Los Angeles State Historic Park (LASHP) is a California State Park within the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. Also known as the Cornfield, the former brownfield consists of a long open space between Spring Street and the tracks of the Metro Gold Line. [1] Located outside the main commercial and residential area in the northeast portion of Chinatown, the area is adjacent and southeast of the Elysian Park neighborhood.

Contents

History

This former site of the Southern Pacific Transportation Company's River Station (1876−1901) is considered the "Ellis Island of Los Angeles" where new arrivals from the East first disembarked. [2] [3] [4] Corn leaking from train cars and sprouting along the tracks gave rise to the nickname The Cornfield. [3] The 32-acre (13 ha) site was established as a California state park in 2001. [5]

Park development

In 2001, a five-foot section of the historical Zanja Madre irrigation canal was uncovered. [1] In 2005, the former industrial site was transformed into a productive cornfield for one season as an art project called "Not a Cornfield." [6]

In 2006, a contest was held in conjunction with the California State Parks Foundation to select a design for the park. [7] The preliminary park opened on September 23 of the same year. [8] Hargreaves and Associates of San Francisco ultimately won the contest. [9]

Development of the park has been slow. [10] California's budget deficit forced officials to scale back plans for the park in 2010, earmarking $18 million instead of the planned $55 million. Plans for a bridge, water fountain, theme gardens, an upscale restaurant, as well as an ecology center with restored wetlands were tabled. The tabled features may be added later if funding becomes available. [3] As of 2018, the park is now open; the campfire circle, restrooms and parking lot are available for public use.

Numerous community fairs and gatherings have been held in the park. It also contains several plaques that relate the history of the Cornfield, Chinatown and Downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles State Historic Park panorama.jpg
Los Angeles State Historic Park

See also

Related Research Articles

Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California

Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) is the central business district of Los Angeles, California. In addition, it contains a diverse residential area of some 85,000 people, and covers 5.84 sq mi (15.1 km2). A 2013 study found that the district is home to over 500,000 jobs. It is also part of Central Los Angeles.

Echo Park Neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, US

Echo Park is a densely populated neighborhood of over 43,000 residents in Central Los Angeles. It contains one high school and eight other schools, and has been home to many notable people. The neighborhood is centered on the lake of the same name.

Chinatown, Los Angeles Neighborhood of Los Angeles

Chinatown is a neighborhood in Downtown Los Angeles, California that became a commercial center for Chinese and other Asian businesses in Central Los Angeles in 1938. The area includes restaurants, shops and art galleries but also has a residential neighborhood with a low-income, aging population of about 20,000 residents.

California State Parks

The California Department of Parks and Recreation, more commonly known as California State Parks, manages the California state parks system. The system administers 280 separate park units on 1.4 million acres (570,000 hectares), with over 280 miles (450 km) of coastline; 625 miles (1,000 km) of lake and river frontage; nearly 15,000 campsites; and 3,000 miles (4,800 km) of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Headquartered in Sacramento, park administration is divided into 21 districts. The California State Parks system is the largest state park system in the United States.

Angelino Heights, Los Angeles Neighborhood of Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California, United States

Angelino Heights is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, California, situated within neighboring districts of Chinatown and Echo Park. This neighborhood is known for its concentration of eclectic architectural styles from three eras: The Victorian, Turn of the Century and Revival eras.

Civic Center, Los Angeles Neighborhood of Los Angeles in California, United States

The Civic Center neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, is the administrative core of the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, and a complex of city, county, state, and federal government offices, buildings, and courthouses. It is located on the site of the mostly-demolished business district of the city during the 1880s and 1890s.

Central Los Angeles is the historic urban region of the City of Los Angeles, California.

Not A Cornfield

"Not A Cornfield" was a 2005 art project that transformed a 32-acre (130,000 m2) industrial brownfield into a cornfield for one agricultural cycle. The project took place north of Chinatown.

Hollyhock House Historic house in Los Angeles

The Aline Barnsdall Hollyhock House in the East Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright originally as a residence for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall. The building is now the centerpiece of the city's Barnsdall Art Park. In July 2019, along with seven other buildings designed by Wright in the 20th century, it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is the first time modern American architecture has been recognized on the World Heritage List. The Hollyhock House is noted for developing an influential architectural aesthetic, which combined indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Figueroa Street Street in Los Angeles County, California

Figueroa Street is a major north-south street in Los Angeles County, California, spanning from the Los Angeles neighborhood of Wilmington north to Eagle Rock. A short, unconnected continuation of Figueroa Street runs just south of Marengo Drive in Glendale to Chevy Chase Drive in La Cañada Flintridge.

Cypress Park, Los Angeles Neighborhood of Los Angeles

Cypress Park is a densely populated neighborhood of 10,000+ residents in Northeast Los Angeles, California. Surrounded by hills on three sides, it sits in the valley created by the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco. It is the site of the Rio de Los Angeles State Park, the Los Angeles River Bike Path and other recreational facilities. It hosts one private and four public schools.

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, or Kenneth Hahn Park, is a state park unit of California in the Baldwin Hills Mountains of Los Angeles. The park is managed by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. As one of the largest urban parks and regional open spaces in the Greater Los Angeles Area, many have called it "L.A.'s Central Park". The 401-acre (162 ha) park was established in 1984.

Santa Fe Freight Depot United States historic place

Santa Fe Freight Depot is a quarter-mile-long building in the industrial area to the east of Downtown Los Angeles, now known as the Arts District. The Southern California Institute of Architecture converted the structure into its campus in 2000. The building's use as a school has helped revitalize a neighborhood previously considered "a gritty corner of downtown".

Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel is a chain of hotels headquartered in Los Angeles and New York City. Founded in 1999 in Seattle, it operates hotels primarily in the United States, with locations in Portland, Oregon; Chicago; New York City; Palm Springs, California; Seattle; Pittsburgh; Los Angeles; and New Orleans. It also has hotels in Panama City, Panama and Kyoto, Japan.

Little Joes

Little Joe's Italian American Restaurant was a historic Italian restaurant which once stood in the Chinatown district of Los Angeles, California USA at the corner of Broadway and College Street. The area was once part of the city's Italian American enclave, which preceded Chinatown.

Koning Eizenberg Architecture Architectural firm located in Santa Monica, California, United States

Koning Eizenberg Architecture (KEA) is an architecture firm located in Santa Monica, California established in 1981. The firm is recognized for a range of project types including: adaptive reuse of historic buildings, educational facilities, community places, and housing. Principals Hank Koning, Julie Eizenberg, Brian Lane, and Nathan Bishop work collaboratively with developers, cities and not-for-profit clients. Their work has been published extensively both in the US and abroad, and has earned over 125 awards for design, sustainability and historic preservation.

This article contains a list of the Chinatowns, which are either officially designated neighborhoods or historically important, in the United States. Historically speaking, many of these Chinatowns were formed in the 1800s Chinese diaspora and have served as ethnic Chinese enclaves.

River Station (Los Angeles)

River Station was a Southern Pacific Railroad passenger station location, southwest of the Los Angeles River and north of Downtown, in Los Angeles, California. The site is within the present day Los Angeles State Historic Park.

Lauren Bon is an artist who works with architecture, performance, photography, sound, and farming, to create urban, public, and land art projects that she terms "devices of wonder" to galvanize social and political transformation.

References

  1. 1 2 Rasmussen, Cecilia (2003-07-13). "Pasadena's Gold Line will travel a history-laden route". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
  2. "Los Angeles SHP". California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
  3. 1 2 3 Pool, Bob (2010-12-08). "L.A. State Historic Park plan downsized: State budget deficit prompts more modest project atop old rail yard near downtown". Los Angeles Times.
  4. Cheng, Sophia (2013). "Community Organizing in Los Angeles Chinatown: Historical Case Study of the Cornfields". Asian American Studies 0100. (Thesis). UCLA.
  5. "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 16. Retrieved 2012-07-29.Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. Hernandez, Daniel (2005-09-12). "'Not a Cornfield' idea is food for thought". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
  7. Pool, Bob (2006-07-31). "3 firms are finalists to design park at Cornfield Site in L.A." Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
  8. Lin, Sara (2006-09-24). "'Cornfield' produces park: Hundreds turn out to celebrate the open space where new industrial use had been envisioned". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
  9. Pool, Bob (2006-11-18). "Planting the seeds of a future park: The state names the winner of the design team that will transform L.A.'s 32-acre Cornfield into a swath of green at the edge of Chinatown". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
  10. Amter, Charles (2007-10-06). "This park's a little green". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-29.