John B. Kane Residence

The John B. Kane Residence is a two-story Queen Anne-Eastlake Victorian house located in West Adams, Los Angeles on Bonsallo Avenue. Built 1892–1893, the house was designated Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #500 in June 1990.

John B. Kane Residence
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John B. Kane Residence, May 2012
Location2122 Bonsallo Avenue,
West Adams, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Coordinates34°01′59″N 118°16′37″W / 34.03296°N 118.27695°W / 34.03296; -118.27695Coordinates: 34°01′59″N 118°16′37″W / 34.03296°N 118.27695°W / 34.03296; -118.27695
ArchitectFred R. Dorn
Architectural style(s)Queen Anne, Eastlake Victorian
Governing bodyprivate
DesignatedJune 12, 1990[1]
Reference no.500
John B. Kane Residence is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
John B. Kane Residence
Location of John B. Kane Residence in the Los Angeles metropolitan area


The residence was designed by Los Angeles freelance architect Fred R. Dorn.[2] Designer of many houses and buildings throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, including the Balboa Pavilion (1906), Dorn would later go on to work as an associate of Stiles O. Clements of Morgan, Walls & Clements.[3][4] One of the house's distinguishing features is the three triangle peaks in sequence on the roof, rare in the neighborhood where other Dorn-designed houses typically feature one or two peaks. Behind the house is a two-horse stable that, according to area Sanborn Maps, was present when the house was completed.

West Adams LocationEdit

The residence is located in the Park Villas Tract of what was then known as "Los Angeles City," part of the greater West Adams neighborhood. Located one mile southwest of downtown Los Angeles, the neighborhood was bisected by the Interstate 10 and Interstate 110 freeways built in the 1950s to the northeast that form a hub of the LA freeway system. However, due to the proximity of the freeways there is a noticeable lack of cut-through traffic in the vicinity. Bordering the neighborhood to the West is the Union St-23rd St. business district. Immediately to the South of the residence is Mount St. Mary's College's Doheny campus in University Park, and further South is USC's Annenberg Research Park and the University of Southern California main campus. Bordering to the East is the Figueroa Corridor and the 23rd St Expo Line station.


  1. ^ Department of City Planning. "Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) List" (PDF). City of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2020-03-12.
  2. ^ City Planning Commission, City of Los Angeles, University Park HPOZ Preservation Plan, 2005.
  3. ^ Taylor, Lisa (April 19, 2018). Balboa Pavilion. Preserve Orange County. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  4. ^ John Steven McGroarty, Los Angeles from the mountains to the sea, 1921.

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