Liz and I just got back from a long weekend in Venice Beach. We flew out for Dwell on Design LA and added on a couple extra days for some vacation time. It was an amazing trip spent visiting museums, discovering some wonderful restaurants, checking out Dwell on Design and exploring the Venice neighborhoods via cruiser bikes. A highlight for both of us was walking the Venice Canal Historic District. We were fascinated by the residential architecture, the uniqueness of each home, the canals, and the overall condition of the area.
Historically, Venice was created to be the "Venice of America" with its man made canals. Unfortunately, most were filled to create more roads in the late 1920's and by the 1940's much of the area went into neglect, remaining in poor condition for decades. In 1993 the canals were renovated, new sidewalks and walls were built, spurring a comeback for the historic canal district.
Today, the area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is successfully living up to its original vision and home to some of Venice's most expensive real estate. - JC