Silverlake Bohemia: A History
Since the early 1900s, Silver Lake has been a magnet for
iconoclastic writers, architects and political activists. Famed
architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed the Hollyhock House
for socialist and oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, drew a wave of
visionary modernists to the area. Local civil rights advocate Loren
Miller spearheaded the fight against housing discrimination. Silver
Lake’s Black Cat bar and Harry Hay’s Mattachine Society were
central to the early gay rights movement. Literary artists Anäis Nin
and James Leo Herlihy made the neighborhood their home, as did
other notables like first lady of baseball Effa Manley and “Hobo
Millionaire” James Eads How. Michael Locke and Vincent Brook
chronicle these and other people and places that helped make Silver
Lake the bohemian epicenter of Los Angeles.
208 pages. Paperback.