Saturday, February 10, 2007

Carey's L.A. House--A Historical Site?

Yesterday I received an email from Jesus Sanchez of the Echo Park Historical Society. They want to designate Carey McWilliams's house at 2041 North Alvarado "a city cultural historic monument." Carey really liked that house, which he and Iris bought after World War II and rented out while they lived in New York. After he retired as editor of The Nation, he fantasized about living in it again, but by that time they had a nice rent-controlled apartment across from Columbia University, and Iris wasn't driving.

At this point, the inscription at Pershing Square (a long quotation from Southern California Country) is the city's main tribute to McWilliams. This would be another very fitting one.

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