Elizabeth Garrison and Victor Henderson
Pico Blvd. Concrete Stamp
Project Area: Pico Union II
Project: Pico Blvd. Streetscape Improvement Project
Project Location: Pico Blvd. between Hoover Street and the 110 Harbor Freeway
Project Type: CRA/LA Initiated
The Pico Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Project encompasses a 17-block stretch of Pico Boulevard between Hoover Street on the western end, and the Harbor Freeway (California State Highway 110) on the eastern end. The project goal was to improve pedestrian safety and access; create and reinforce neighborhood identity; and create streetscape features that are durable, meet city standards, and need little maintenance. Single-family residences dominate much of the streetscape, reflecting the needs and tastes of both wealthy and working class residents. They range in size from modest, one-story cottages, to the mansions on Alvarado Terrace. Homes were built in a variety of styles including Queen Anne, Craftsman, and Mission and Colonial period revivals. Many of these are National Register-listed or eligible. As a salute to this heritage, the artists conducted a photographic essay of architecturally significant homes in the neighborhood, and had these translated into decorative concrete stamps. While the project appeals to historic preservationists, the artwork has developed a new audience, as neighborhood children occasionally color the houses in with chalk, or use the pavers in games of hopscotch.
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