Banana Addition

The Banana Addition to the Monrovia Tract was originally made up of  five parcels of land bordered on the south by Banana Avenue (now  Hillcrest Boulevard); on the east by Charlotte Avenue (now Canyon  Boulevard); and on the west by Myrtle Avenue.  According to the official  Los Angeles County Description, part of the Banana Addition was in the  original Santa Anita Grant given to Hugo Reid in 1845. Rancho Santa  Anita (as it became known as) passed through several owners until Elias  J. (Lucky) Baldwin subdivided it for sale.  This particular section had  been purchased by William Newton Monroe and subdivided into the Banana  Addition to the Monrovia Tract in October of 1887.

The other section of the Banana Addition is described as “...part in Lot  A, Sec. 23 Tp1, NR.11. W.S.B.M...”By 1905, Block C of the Banana Tract  Addition was owned by H.E. Crandall (who built a grand house on the  nothern-most part of the tract) and Block B was owned by Caroline Bowes.   Lot C was subsequently purchased some time in 1906 by A.P. Seymour.

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