The railroad price wars in 1886 meant train tickets were only a dollar from Kansas City to Los Angeles. This resulted in an incredible population boom to the greater LA area. Our population doubled between 1890 and 1900 (from around 50,000 to 100,000). This was great news for former governor, John Downey, who, in 1883, had purchased 2000 acres of land just across the river from town. A horse drawn carriage was available to shuttle commuters from the Downey’s development, then called East Los Angeles. The houses were built like they were built in Kansas City, in a Queen Anne Victorian fashion. This meant porches, balconies, decorative shingling, sawn woodwork and complex rooflines. This house, built in 1887 under the ownership of Horace P. Dibble, was no exception though one wouldn’t know it by a 2012 drive down Broadway, once called Downey Ave.
Dibble was a downtown worker at the Pacific Crockery and Tinware Company where he was employed in the shipping department. He is most famous for a dispute he had with a co-worker. One such Mr. Wallace charged Mr. Dibble with an address error, but Wallace was himself in the wrong. Wallace then attacked Mr. Dibble with a hammer, to which Dibble replied with three stabs of a knife resulting in the death of 32-year-old Mr. Wallace. Check here for a detailed account in an 1896 newspaper: http://bit.ly/zSv1O8
HM157 has recently been converted into the Church of Fashion. They host a weekly vegan dinner open to the public as well as the occasional concert. Check here for more info: http://www.thechurchoffashion.com/
Posted on February 2, 2012, in Lincoln Heights and tagged Church of Fashion, Historic Monument 157, Historical Monument 157, HM157, Horace B. Dibble, Horace Dibble, Horace P. Dibble, John Downey, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles Victorian homes. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.