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Wilshire Park Association’s 2006 calendar

Suzan Filipek
Edition: 12/30/2005

The February poster pin up is a 74-year-old photo of a Prarie Craftsman, while the historic fire station on Norton Ave. is featured in April.

These and other archival shots are highlighted in Wilshire Park Association’s 2006 calendar.

The Arts & Crafts-style calendar was designed and produced by area residents, says Roberta O’Donnell, Bronson Ave.

She made the calendar on her home computer with photos from the Public Library and Los Angeles Times archives, she said.

Other contributors include Stephen Rebello, Percy and Mary Ann Austin and Walt and Katy Becker.

The area, one mile south of Hancock Park, the calendar reads, “is a neighborhood graced by mature deodar cedars, magnolia and jacaranda trees.

“Vintage homes date from 1907 in such architectural styles as Craftsman, California bungalow, Spanish, Mediterranean and Colonial.”

Besides Mr. Weber standing in front of his Prairie Craftsman in 1921, photos include an aerial view of the area, circa 1921, and a 1907 real estate advertisement for “exclusive” Boulevard Heights, (now Wilshire Park).

The 12-month calendar also pictures familiar destinations, such as the Ebell Theater and the Pellissier Building, now the Wiltern Theater.

The Brown Derby and Perrino’s were also popular haunts, while another photo shows a bustling Wilshire Blvd. at Bullocks in the 1940s. Los Angeles High School is pictured before and after a 1970s fire that destroyed the historic building.

A satellite shot of the area was downloaded from Google Earth, adds O’Donnell.

The front page of a camelia flower with a forest green and dark orange design was designed by webmaster Eric Hester and embellished with clip art.

To purchase the $12 calendar, call O’Donnell at 213-739-7898.

Proceeds help benefit neighborhood preservation efforts.