The Old LA Zoo

As already established. I’m a lover of abandoned buildings. I love the spookiness that is created when nature begins to reclaim man-made structures, and it is this that sparked my interest in visiting the old Los Angeles Zoo at Griffith Park, which we went to after our turn about the Merry-Go-Round.

The zoo opened in 1912, but most of the structures that are visible today were built in the 1930s by County Relief workers and Works Progress Administration crews (gotta love the ol’ WPA!). In 1965 the zoo moved to its current location, which is still within Griffith Park, just two miles from its original location. When the zoo moved all habitats and cages were left behind, vacant. Over the years portions of the area have been overrun by taggers, but the main, larger structures have remained free of being defaced (or frequently get cleaned), and the place used as a filming location for movies and television shows from time to time. Today, these structures also play a historical role in understanding the development of zoology.

This place is pretty amazing, and extremely interesting and I look forward to visiting again, perhaps when we return to another area of Griffith Park as there is so much to see and do there.

Blouse: Jet Rag, Los Angeles, California
Pink Jeans: Old Glory Antique Mall, Vancouver, Washington
Mocassins: Minnetonka
Purse: Found by my dad
Scarf: ???
Bangles: Here and there
Robin Hood Pin: Disneyland

4 thoughts on “The Old LA Zoo

  1. There is something so strikingly original about this abandoned setting. It’s not your run-of-the-mill factory/hospital/store/crumbling house/etc. To see a zoo in this state is so eye-catching and instantly engaging. It makes me wonder, surely there must be others out there, too, but where and why don’t we see more photos of them? (Are they generally demolished quite quickly?)

    ♥ Jessica

  2. I love the eerie vibe that has just always remained there. I need to visit again myself! I live so close by and I choose to be a potato couch instead. ;___; hahaha
    And your outfit is lovely! Pink is my favorite color.<3

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