Spotlight: Historic Inglewood
One hundred and ten years ago this year, on February 8, 1908, Inglewood was officially incorporated as a city. The population was already 1,200, but that number would receive a bump by of all things, a natural disaster. The earthquake of 1920 attracted the curious who traveled here to survey the damage but stayed once they experienced our marvelous climate. For the next five years, Inglewood was the fastest growing city in the United States.
Today, while Inglewood continues to grow and change with an eye toward an ever-improving future, we remember and reflect on our city’s rich history with Anne Cheek LaRose, President of Inglewood Historic Preservation Alliance (IHPA). The IHPA’s mission is to identify and preserve the historic structures of Inglewood. We asked Anne to tell us a little bit about a few of Inglewood’s significant historical places.
The Centinela Adobe, which is the Centinela Valley’s oldest residence, was built by Ygnacio Machado in 1834. Since then, farmers, ranchers, a Scotsman, and Inglewood’s founding father, Daniel Freeman, have lived in the structure. It is the oldest building in the area and has been called the “Birthplace of Inglewood”. We asked Anne about how development over the years has affected the historical site. “The Adobe was connected to Inglewood proper until the construction of the 405 freeway in 1964 cut it off. Now, to reach this Inglewood property, one must go through Los Angeles.
Fox Theatre–1949, Academy (Theatre) Cathedral–1939, Miracle Theatre–1937: Twelve theaters were built in Inglewood between 1915 and 1949. Three of those four are The Fox, which was the last theatre in operation in Inglewood and closed in 1988. The Academy, which became a church in 1975 and the Miracle (originally the Ritz) which was purchased in 2016 and brought back to life as the Miracle Theatre. It now is a rental for stage productions and concerts.
Inglewood’s past is rich with historical significance and these are just a few of Inglewood’s historic sites. We’ll be continuing our coverage of our pivotal past by featuring even more locations and structures, so be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and stay tuned to our site!