1950s L.A. is Alive in Hollywood’s Spaulding Square

How Alissa Walker stepped back in time with one wrong turn

A few nights ago, as one of those 90-degree days was starting to cool down, I accidentally wandered through the Spaulding Square historic district on my way to dinner. The “Square” is an eight-block neighborhood designed by architect Albert Starr Spaulding, who built its homes between 1916 and 1926 for actors and directors working on silent films in studios nearby. On this evening, almost a century later, that small town vibe was palpable. It was like walking through a 1950s film set: Craftsman houses surrounded by white picket fences, big trees with crunchy leaves, pumpkins on front porches, a warm Indian Summer night luring everyone out onto the sidewalks. L.A. has so many secret, special neighborhoods tucked behind our busy streets. Sometimes we need to get lost to find them.

Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink each Wednesday. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.