Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monumet No. 501
University Park Historic Preservation Overlay Zone
Michael Shannon Residence, c. 1895
1970 Bonsallo Ave
Villa Park Tract, Lot 31
The Tax Assessor’s Office records indicates a building date off 1895/1901, however the high Victorian style of this Queen Anne/Eastlake home is more indicative of the 1880’s. More than likely, it was moved to this lot. It’s hard to imagine the owners would comission a house with a style 10 years out of fashion.
All this aside, it’s a fabulous example of high Victorian architecture. It stands proud against it’s neighbors, fully restored. It shows what the neighborhood can be, and with the historic protections in place, eventually will be.
In Victoria Circle is the Holmes-Shannon Residence (HCM-885). That home was built for Michael Shannon (the first Los Angeles Traffic Cop, who’s beat was the Temple Street crossing at the intersection of Main and Spring Streets) and his wife Nellie Holmes-Shannon (who was related to the poet Oliver Wendell Holmes). It’s reported in the LA Times (1895) that Michael Shannon would stand at his post and catch speeders with a large hook, pulling them from their horses, and ticketing them with a then-hefty fine of $3. He died with honors in 1931. Whether this home was was the residence of the same Michael Francis Shannon before moving to Victoria Circle is unclear, but it seems a reasonable deduction.
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