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Know Your City No. 31 – Los Angeles Orphanage

Know Your City No. 31 – Los Angeles Orphanage

December 1955: The tower of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles Orphanage rises above Boyle Heights. 

This photo was published in the Dec. 18, 1955, Los Angeles Times as part of the Know Your City photography series. The original caption reported:

KNOW YOUR CITY, NO. 31 — For more than 60 years, there was girlish laughter around this stately structure. But, now, only the pigeons live here. Even though it is one of the city’s prominent landmarks, can you guess what? You’ll find the answer on Page 18, Part 1-A.

ANSWER: Framed in stately palms by the camera is the tower of the old and abandoned Los Angeles Orphanage at 917 S. Boyle Ave. Operated by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, this home for girls was opened in 1890 and in use until 1953 when it was finally closed and a new home, called Maryvale, was opened in South San Gabriel.

In 1959, parts of south San Gabriel, including the area where Maryvale was located, were incorporated by the city of Rosemead.

July 27, 1950: The Los Angeles Orphange on Boyle ave. between 7th St. and Whittier Blvd. during construction of the Santa Ana Freeway. This photo was published in the Aug. 6, 1950 Los Angeles Times accompanying a story stating the building faces condemnation. The orphanage moved in 1953 to a new building in Rosemead.

July 27, 1950: The Los Angeles Orphanage on Boyle Avenue between 7th Street and Whittier Boulevard is seen during construction of the Santa Ana Freeway. This photo was published in the Aug. 6, 1950, Los Angeles Times accompanying a story explaining that the building was facing condemnation. Credit: Jack Carrick / Los Angeles Times.

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