If you've been driving around the island, you probably noticed the new “John Nolen Plan" signs. They went up about two weeks ago, thanks to Venice MainStreet, which coordinated the effort to mark the parts of the city that were designed by Nolen, the visionary planner who brought European-style walkable communities to the U.S. in the early 20th century.
The National Register has recognized our city’s plan, only one of three communities to have such a designation.
So good to see the signs because as many times as I’ve written about Nolen, I still have a hard time remembering what streets were in Nolen’s plan and those that came later. Not all of the houses in Nolen's plan are "historic," and many have been torn down and replaced over the years, so it's a bit confusing.
The signs are the most recent step to build awareness for our city’s rich history. Venice Museum & Archives has a Nolen exhibit planned for the fall. It will include lectures and walking tours. Next year, the Museum plans to celebrate Eagle Point’s 100th anniversary. Established in 1916 on land purchased by Bertha Palmer, Eagle Point Camp (as it was called then) opened for a select clientele of wealthy seasonal visitors in 1917. Today, the original clubhouse, nine of the 10 guest cabins, the water tower, and pump house still exist. The community is now an enclave of humble and million dollar homes on Roberts Bay.