By OLIVIA DIBS
EAGLE ROCK — The Eagle Rock we know today falls under the city of Los Angeles, but did you know that Eagle Rock used to be a city all its own?
The city of Eagle Rock was founded in 1911. Back then, the board of trustees met wherever they could find space–a real estate office, a back room of a bank, storefronts, and various other city buildings, according to Eric Warren and Frank Perrello’s Pioneers of Eagle Rock.
Finally, in the early 1920s, work began on a city hall for Eagle Rock to call its own, and that building still graces the Colorado Blvd. we flock to for artisan cheese and cold-pressed juices today.
At the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Maywood Avenue., Eagle Rock City Hall now houses the field offices for Councilman José Huizar. From the time of its completion in 1922, City Hall has served as a home to a number of cardinal community groups, from the city’s first fire station to an Eagle Rock YMCA.
Most recently in this city hall’s history is a $250,000 renovation, which was unveiled on November 22nd, 2014. These renovations make Eagle Rock City Hall one of the first municipal buildings in Los Angeles to feature drought-resistant landscaping.
“Adding modern amenities like a drought-resistant landscape will help us ensure the Eagle Rock City Hall is poised for the future and continues to be a valued community gem for years to come,” Huizar said in a statement.
While Eagle Rock lost its status as an independent city back in 1923 when it was consolidated into the city of Los Angeles, landmarks like the Eagle Rock City Hall remind us of the community’s unique history and personality that continues today.
Olivia Dibs is a freelance journalist and aspiring TV producer. After moving to Los Angeles from the East Coast, she now calls 90042 home, and hopes to for years to come.