THE CITY OF L.A. MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF AN OLD ABBOTT KINNEY DEED FOR VENICE CANALS

Posted: July 4, 2015 in Venice Canals
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Abbott Kinney, Founder of Venice of America, CA

Abbott Kinney, Founder of Venice of America, CA

An old Abbott Kinney deed, buried in the Los Angeles City Archives, has surfaced recently, thanks to the work of two Venice activists (who prefer to remain anonymous). The 1912 deed implies that if the property designated for the Venice canals is not maintained for use as “permanent waterways and canals”, it shall revert back to the Abbott Kinney Company or its successors.

Given that most of the canals were filled in back in the 1920s, does this now mean that the City of Los Angeles is in violation of this deed?  And, if so, does this now mean that the land shall revert back to the AK Company (no longer in existence) or its successors – whoever they may be?

This deed states that:  “If second party [City of Venice], or its successors, shall fail, neglect, or refuse, for ninety days after written notice, to comply with all or any of the beforementioned conditions, then and in that event, this grant shall cease, determine and become void, and the full fee simple title, without encumbrance of any kind by reason of this indenture shall thereupon without any action on the part of the grantor become vested in said first part [Abbott Kinney Company], its successors or assigns.” Click AKDeedCanals 1912 to view complete deed.

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Go here to read more on The Lost Canals of Venice of America from KCET – http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/history/la-as-subject/the-lost-canals-of-venice-of-america.html

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Comments
  1. Christopher Zeller says:

    What a shame. LA ruined another Southland neighborhood in the name of “progress.”

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  2. Cassandra Konrad says:

    Hi,

    I am a Descendant of Abbott Kinney, please feel free to contact our family if there is anything we can assist you with when it come to Venice! Our family loves that there are so many that help to preserve my Grandfather’s legacy. My name is Cassandra Konrad, my Father Jeff Konrad and Grandmother Jackie Konrad participated in the parades every year until her passing. We have donated family heirlooms to museums, so that everyone can enjoy this amazing man I am privileged to call family.

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  3. Rebecca Leech says:

    WHO ARE THE FIRST PARTY?? AND DID THEY CONSENT TO CHANGE??

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    • Only just saw your comment. We’re not sure but believe that the “first party” would be the Abbott Kinney Company and don’t know if they consented to the change. See also Emily Winter’s comment below. Best, SOV

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  4. Emily Winters says:

    Yes, we used this in the 1960’s & 70’s when a small group of home owners on the canals wanted to make the canals into a gated community. We won and started the Canal Festivals in celebration. The first festival I in believe was 1968, we opened up our front lawns and gave out free hot dogs, salads beer etc. with many activities for kids and adults to celebrate our community life style of sharing with our neighborhoods. It happened evey year and became too commerical and too large to accomodate the crowds that we ended it with a Canal Festival Funeral launching a huge paper mache crying duck on the old barge and a parade. T’was very sad indeed.

    Interesting thought about the canals that were filled in!

    Emily Winters

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