The former residence of Silver Lake patroness Bea Gold: artist, advocate for seniors and for children with disabilities, master gardener and community activist. The home was on the original CSSLR Garden Tour of 1997. Inasmuch as many civic, political and community meetings have been held here, it has become affectionately known as ‘The Elevator House’ due to the prominent elevator at the foot of the property. (The house may also be accessed by staircase).
Born in New York City, Gold attended the High School of Music & Art as an art student and was a scholarship student at the Art Student’s League for 4 years. She later moved to California, met her husband of 53 years, and together raised four children. Jack taught school, and became a school administrator and child psychologist for LAUSD. As a parent participant in the Tarzana Cooperative School, Bea discovered her love of working with young children and was lucky to be able to devote her career to their interest. Bea was the Founding Executive Director of Child & Family Services, recently renamed Pathways, a private, non-profit public service agency providing child care resource and referral services as well as training for working with young children with disabilities. The service area includes Silver Lake. Bea ran for seat vacated by Robert Brooks on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, her first try at public office, and demonstrated her popularity by besting her opponent, former White House aide Nina Hachigian by a 6-to-1 margin. Bea is also an outstanding portrait artist. Her stylistic paintings are to be found in collections throughout the country. In 2014, she moved out of Silver Lake to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
The Bea Gold Residence is located at 2206 Micheltorena Street.