issue : 022004

Sometimes, an entire community can be defined by an inanimate object, like a bridge, if it's unique enough. At the eastern end of Franklin Avenue in the Hollywood area, there is a historic community called, 'Franklin Hills Community'. Since 1927, this hillside community has been connected to the rest of the city by a fairytale structure called, 'Franklin Avenue Bridge' or better known as the 'Shakespeare Bridge' (appropriately decorated with eight "Gothic-style" turrets; small tower-shaped projection).

The bridge itself is considered an 'L.A. Historic Cultural Monument #126' and since its inauguration in 1927, this narrow, part pedestrian bridge worked as an entrance gate to Franklin Hills Community. It's one of those odd/interesting places which beckons the vehicle to stop and draws the driverís attention. Walk around a few minutes near the community, Vermont and Franklin Avenue, and will be obvious instead of that many people who live and/or work here are like the bridge; eclectic and expressive.

You can't miss it... this place is so bizarre you have to see it in person to believe something like this exists in Los Angeles or anywhere!

:: REF ::
Franklin Hills Residents Association
LA Gothic
Big Waste of Space Photologue

*simply drive up