Before the Rogers Brothers began to subdivide the land on which sits the Southern California neighborhood of, Garvanza, in 1886, the land previously belonged to the Rancho San Rafael, owned by Jose Maria Verdugo. The name, Garvanza, came from the richly flourishing fields of garbanzo beans that once thrived in abundance in the area. Verdugo first sold the land to Andrew Glassell and Albert Beck Chapman in 1869, who later sold the Rancho to real estate developers, and brothers, Ralph and Edward Rogers.
As early as 1902, the neighborhood of Garvanza had a direct line into Downtown Los Angeles, served by Henry Huntington’s Los Angeles Railway. By 1907 the Garvanza line was extended by Huntington to include two new directions: along York Boulevard and north along Figueroa Street. The neighborhood of Garvanza also became the site of two bridges connecting that area of the city and South Pasadena. The York Boulevard Bridge is one of the most picturesque extensions over the Arroyo Seco in the Arroyo Seco Parkway.
For several decades between the 1940’s and 1990’s the Garvanza neighborhood had seemingly lost its relevance in the every changing city. However, thanks to the efforts of the Garvanza Improvement Association and the Highland Park Heritage Trust, the City of Los Angeles officially named Garvanza, as one of its more than eighty cities, in 1997. Today the community is filled with fun local things to do in Los Angeles like checking out Garvanza Park, the Garvanza Skatepark, The Broad, Autry Museum of the American West, The Los Angeles Zoo, Jerome C. Daniel Overlook above the Hollywood Bowl, Runyon Canyon Park, Watts Towers State Historic Park, and I Ride Like a Star, one of L.A.’s favorite luxury car rentals and attractions.
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