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Old Posted Apr 19, 2016, 6:01 AM
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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality View Post
HossC, your post inadvertently answered a question I posted back in September of last year!

This past fall I asked if anyone knew the origins of the building that is currently home to the Los Angeles Leadership Academy. (shown below)

"In a different era, the Lincoln Heights maternity homes served two purposes: to nurture unmarried, pregnant girls and to hide them. That was the case with the Booth Home
for Unwed Mothers (on Griffin Avenue) and the Crittenton Home (on Avenue 33), which operated for decades only a few blocks apart when Lincoln Heights was a refuge
for frightened girls and their children."

"fallen women" was also mentioned, but this outdated term is too cruel to even consider.
The Eastsider, at

Here is the former Booth Home for Unwed Mothers (today it's a charter school)

gsv / Griffin Ave.

"The Booth Home, a Mediterranean-style property, was donated by a wealthy benefactor and was operated by the Salvation Army until 1993.
A booklet from the 1950s details the Booth Home as a place for “Spiritual and Medical aid” for women. In the 1960s the number of beds in Lincoln Heights
was well over 120."

Here's the plaque from this building.

What's strange is...
I haven't been able to find a vintage photograph of either place!

The Salvation Army women's home at 2670 N. Griffith Ave.

Poking around about it I found out the original home opened in 1899, in an exising house the S. A. purchased for an unwed mother's home. The street number was 330 N. Griffin at the time. It could house 24 girls and was run by Adjt. (later Capt.) Nellie Truelove. Many of the stories of the girls were horrifying- really, really young girls too.

By 1903 the street number was 2670 N. Griffith Ave. One of Nellie's kind ads:

LA Herald

Nellie died in January 1904. In November 1904 an annex, called the Truelove Memorial Rescue Home annex opened next to the original home, planned by Nellie before her death.

LA Herald

On May 29, 1925, Salvation Army’s Evangeline (Eva) Booth of New York dedicated the new "Salvation Army Women’s Home" with hospital on the grounds of 2670 N. Griffin. It was Spanish style, with stucco exterior and the could accommodate 65 girls and 35 babies.

lat 5-30-25

In November 1927 the city condemned the original wood-frame building-now called Truelove dormatory- and it had to be vacated. Nearby houses were rented to handle the overflow until an addition could be built. It was being refered to as the Salvation Army Rescue Home for Girls.

May 1, 1929: the new $125,000 addition, with two new wings and a courtyard patio in between were dedicated. It was being called the Salvation Army Women’s Hospital and Maternity Home. Again just a fuzzy newspaper photo:

lat 4-28-29

By 1944 there are references to 2670 as the S.A.'s Booth Memorial Hospital

May 21, 1948, the Salvation Army Corps nurses quarters dedicated at "Booth Memorial Home & Hospital."

May 26, 1962: Groundbreaking for a new hospital building at the Salvation Army Booth Memorial home & hospital

Maybe a photo will turn up under one of the older names.
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