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The Trolley Took Us There 07.16.10

July 16, 2010

Tracks for the Pacific Electric trolley head past the USC School of the Arts and over the Arroyo Seco in Garvanza. Photo by Charles C. Pierce, 1907 via The USC Digital Library.

The Pacific Electric trolley ran up Figueroa Street from Slauson Junction in South Los Angeles  to South Pasadena, and Pasadena. At this point it had its own bridge built in 1895 that crossed the Arroyo Seco taking it to Cawston Ostrich Farm on the other side. On the right is the University of Southern California’s College of Fine Arts, as directed by founder, Williams Lees Judson. Three years after this photo was taken, the building seen here burnt to the ground. USC rebuilt it and had classes there until the school left Garvanza for their main campus in 1920. The Judson family stayed and used the building just as they do today to house their world-famous stained glass studios.

Robel and Avenue 66 outside the Judson Studios today.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. benjamin permalink
    July 16, 2010 11:22 am

    great picture! i briefly lived in one of those two apt complexes on york that back up to the back of judson studios on thorne street. i never realized the trolley line went through there.

  2. July 16, 2010 6:11 pm

    so are those the hills behind Arroyo Seco stables? This isn’t the same trellis crossing that we have today

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