Though the Lincoln Heights Piggyback Rail Yard has a boundlessly romantic mixed-use vision for the development of the LA River, there’s still something about a rail yard that seems susceptible to the grotesque. So on a mission to collect a package from the UPS Customer Center in Lincoln Heights that borders the Piggyback Rail Yard, it’s fair to say I had a fleeting feeling in my belly. This feeling made my encounter with this giant, seemingly abandoned tangle of wire all the more distressing.
It turns out, the Brewery Arts Complex – the world’s largest artist-in-residence community – also shares borders with the Piggyback Rail yard. Artists have colonized a former Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery since 1982. This carousel horse on a shipping container is a marker for the arts complex, and though I went 26 years without knowing this complex existed, the horse effectively communicates its message to the passerby.
The Brewery offers biannual art walks, so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming dates to get a peek inside this place. Read more here: http://breweryartwalk.com/about
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/