Silver Lake Stares

In the 1920s a network of concrete staircases was built into the myriad hillsides of the Los Angeles district of Silver Lake during its development as a residential neighborhood.  All but a couple of the staircases are still accessible to the public around the clock as they were originally intended.  The staircase that connects Vendome Street to Descanso Drive at the top gained fame when it was featured in the Laurel and Hardy film, The Music Box, which would also become the first recipient of an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short (Comedy) in 1932.  A few of the flights have been painted with unauthorized murals and graffiti, in some cases creating tourist destinations.  For the most part, the staircases have weathered their century of existence quite well with the help of conscientious neighbors.