Photo Essay: Abbot Kinney’s Venice of America


Do you adore picturesque luxurious waterfront living oozing with charm? Wait. What if all of this luxury is within just a block or two of a spectacular Southern California beachfront? Yep. That’s what I thought. Well then do yourself a favor and take a pictorial stroll with me in my hometown along The Canals at Venice Beach. This is Abbot Kinney’s Venice of America.

First things first…


A gondolier on the Venice Canals, 1909.
Abbot Kinney is the tobacco millionaire, developer and conservationist responsible for bringing Venice, Italy to Southern California in 1905 in his “Venice of America” development.
The Abbot Kinney Festival has taken place every year (since 1984) in Venice, CA.


For a more historical pictorial journey, do yourself a favor and check out KCET’s page dedicated to Venice of America.


Kinney’s Venice of America was much larger in the early 1900s than it is now and started off as a seaside resort town replete with an amusement park and entertainment. Sadly, the canals were filled in 1929 to create roads and by 1940, the remaining canals had fallen into disrepair, and the sidewalks were condemned by the city. The canal district remained in poor condition for more than 40 years but was finally renovated in 1992 and re-opened in 1993. In 1982, the Venice Canals were listed in the National Register of Historic Places. (Source)

What a Difference 100+ Years Makes…


This is Nely Galán’s colorful house along the Venice Canals.
Click here for a glimpse of the interior courtesy of the LA Times.


The thoughtfully landscaped exterior area of Nely Galán’s Venice Canal home.
I just love the soft colors of the succulents.

VeniceCanal38 20130618_185204 20130618_184552 20130618_185435 VeniceCanal34 VeniceCanal14 VeniceCanal28 VeniceCanal29 VeniceCanal4 VeniceCanal23VeniceCanal31 VeniceCanal7 VeniceCanal5 VeniceCanal8 VeniceCanal13 VeniceCanal15 VeniceCanal12 VeniceCanal10 VeniceCanal17 VeniceCanal24 VeniceCanal18 VeniceCanal20 VeniceCanal19 VeniceCanal11 VeniceCanal32 VeniceCanal35 VeniceCanal26 VeniceCanal33


2013-08-26 18.41.38

2 thoughts on “Photo Essay: Abbot Kinney’s Venice of America

  1. I live in Los Angeles but am seeing this neighborhood through different eyes. I always think it’s pretty special when I walk through the Venice canals, but seeing it through your eyes captures the “light” and makes it more special for me.

    • Thank you for that! I’m glad you see the light. *giggle*
      When I moved away from home to the San Francisco Bay Area, I was ready to leave. Once I got to the Bay, I had a newfound appreciation for the very special Southern California lifestyle that I was lucky enough to live. While Venice Beach and The Canals are a tourist attraction for most, they are a part of who I am as an Angeleno who spent nearly all of her free time at the beach.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s