AKA: Los Angeles Orphanage, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - health and welfare buildings

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1890-1892

4 stories

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917 South Boyle Avenue
Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, CA

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Building History

This enormous Richardsonian Romanesque pile housed children whose parents had either died or abandoned them. In the absence of a foster care system in the 19th century, orphanages like this were necessary for caring for neglected children. Construction began on 02/09/1890 and was completed two years later.

In 1950, shortly after the orphanage had been officially condemned as unsafe, 180 children resided here. Construction of a new orphanage became a major public fund-raising project, with approximately $750,000 raised before 1953, when a new facility, Maryvale School, was opened. About $450,000 had been raised by 02/16/1951.


The orphanage's masonry structure was damaged in the Long Beach Earthquake of 1933, but it took until after 1957 before it could be razed.

PCAD id: 19110