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Venice Canal Historic District

Carroll Ct & Eastern Canal Ct, Los Angeles, California 90293 USA

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The Venice Canals feel totally different from the rest of LA… they feel different from the rest of Venice, even. It’s fun to explore the sidewalks and bridges alongside and over the channels and wonder about the people who live in the adorable houses on the water. It’s such a strange neighborhood that it will definitely have you wondering what it's doing in Los Angeles.

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“even the Venice in California has Canals”

The Venice Canal Historic District is a district in the Venice section of Los Angeles, California. The district is noteworthy for its man-made canals built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney as part of his Venice of America plan. Kinney sought to recreate the appearance and feel of Venice, Italy in Southern California. The canals are roughly bounded by Eastern Court on the east, Court A on the south, Strongs Drive on the west, and Court E on the north. There are four east-west canals: Carroll Canal, Linnie Canal, Howland Canal, and Sherman Canal, and two north-south canals: Eastern Canal and Grand Canal. The beautifully lit canals with gondoliers and arched bridges drew widespread publicity and helped sell lots in the development. However, as the automobile gained in popularity, the canals were viewed by many as outdated, and the bulk of the canals were filled in 1929 to create roads. By 1940, the remaining canals had fallen into disrepair, and the sidewalks were condemned by the city. The canal district remained in poor condition for more than 40 years, as numerous proposals to renovate the canals failed due to lack of funding, environmental concerns and disputes as to who should bear the financial responsibility. The canals were finally renovated in 1992, with the canals being drained and new sidewalks and walls being built. The canals re-opened in 1993 and have become a desirable and expensive residential section of the city. The residential district surrounding the remaining canals was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. However, in recent years, there has been extensive renovation work on many of the old houses, and many large, modern houses have been built.

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AJ Frustaci

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May 22, 2015

The perfect date spot. Spend an hour walking on the paths among the flowers and crossing bridges over the canals. Just be respectful of the backyards you will pass by.

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July 29, 2014
Rated 4.0

Very relaxing walk. Interesting blend of many different architectures and landscaping

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June 22, 2018
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Something you can stop by. Keep the expectation low.

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October 04, 2014
Rated 5.0

What if Venice seems far away to go for the night while in USA? Just visit Venice Canals and fulfill your dreams quickly and inexpensive.

This small "village", full of small cottage houses will make you feel you are in another world. Rent a boat and take the trip through the canals, it will surely relax you.

If you stay until the sun goes down you will love how this place is lit up!!

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Venice Canal Historic District

Carroll Ct & Eastern Canal Ct
Los Angeles, California
90293 USA
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