Venice California was originally conceived of by Abbot Kinney a developer and conservationist. Inspired by the canals in Venice, Italy, Kinney attempted to create a lively cultural center in what was in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s undeveloped land. The original project called 'Venice of America' opened in 1905 and consisted of 16 miles of canals with small bridges which accommodated horses and carriages well. By the 1920’s, with the popularity of the automobile, the canals were no longer practical and by 1929 the majority of the canals were filled up and roads built. What remains today are six of the original canals which were refurbished by the city of Los Angeles in 1994.
Kinney's cultural Mecca did eventually come to fruition in the 1960’s when artist, beatniks and then hippies, gave the Venice Beach area the colorful and eccentric vibe it now boasts.
The homes there now, although small by North American 'Super Size' standards, are stylish and coveted.
I took these photographs not far from where I took these photographs.