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The Suffragist Open House

Mar 23, 2016

SH-plasterAs we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month…

The American Colonial Revival home built at 200 North Avenue 66 just north of York Boulevard was home to two early women’s rights activists: Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919) and Cora Scott Pond Pope (1856-1932).

Shaw and Pope bought the land in 1886, though they were still living and working in Boston with the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). Shaw was a physician and the first ordained female Methodist minister in the United States. She was a close friend of Susan B. Anthony and became her personal physician, tending to Anthony as her health deteriorated prior to her death in 1906.

 

Anna Howard Shaw

Anna Howard Shaw

 

By 1908, Shaw served in the leadership of the National Women Suffrage Association (NWSA) and continued to do so until 1915. Meanwhile, Pope created and toured the country with the patriotic tableaux series “American Pageant,” which depicted the active roles women played in the important moments in U.S. history.

 

Cora Pond Pope

Cora Scott Pond Pope. From NPR: The Woman Suffrage Cook Book (1886) was used to raise funds for the cause. Pope contributed her Irish stew recipe and is described as “a militant prohibitionist (she declined fermented communion wine) and real-estate investor who refused to wear a corset starting at the age of 16” (Nina Martyris at NPR.org)

 

Garvanza Suffragist House under construction on the bluff in early 1887

Garvanza Suffragist House under construction on the bluff in early 1887

 

Shaw and Pope’s house was initially used by the WCTU as a woman’s home but, according to cryptic articles published in 1889, may have been the scene of a “secret society” of young women. Shaw and Pope were forced to sell the house in 1897, after the costly failure of an 1896 ballot initiative to allow women to vote in California.

200 North Avenue 66 sits upon a hill overlooking the Arroyo Seco and contains some of the original décor and fixtures.

 

Wide-plank floors that were hidden under huge rugs

Wide-plank floors that were hidden under huge rugs; photo from L34 Group

 

The Suffragist Open House is made possible by the real estate company, L34 Group that has worked with local historian Charlie J. Fisher and local preservationists Charles and Tina Miller from the Garvanza Improvement Association to save, restore and preserve this home for future generations.

 

Original light bulbs from when the house was built—and they still work; photo from L34 Group

Original light bulbs from when the house was built—and they still work; photo from L34 Group

 

Activities Scheduled for April 3, 2016:

  • Noon – 2 p.m. Photo ops with costumed re-enactors.
  • 12:30 p.m. Local historian Charlie Fisher will present an overview of the house’s significance.
  • Noon – 4pm: Tours of the house, refreshments including Lily Tacos, provided by L34 Group.

 

Stair post; photo from L34 Group

Stair post; photo from L34 Group

 

The open house will have food and music, including the Ooh La Laa female barber shop quartet at 2 p.m. Heritage Square docents will be on site to share the history of the home. See the stunning results of the renovation below…

 

The Suffragist Open House
Sunday, April 3rd, noon-4 p.m.
Location: 200 North Ave. 66, Los Angeles 90042
Free event
For more info, visit L34Group.com

(Text, above, gleaned from official press release.)

 

Kari Dyas is the “staging Goddess” responsible for the beautiful interior of the house and the photos are by Martha Benedict…

 

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Interior photographs by Martha Benedict.

 

 

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Beautiful new front porch; photo from Garvanza Improvement Association

Beautiful new front porch; photo from Garvanza Improvement Association

 

 




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