The Man Himself...

Abbot Kinney Boulevard honors Abbot Kinney, the late 19th century millionaire entrepreneur and visionary.

He spent his fortune building a replica of his favorite city, Venice, Italy. His β€œVenice-Of-America”, a cultural mecca and massive playground complete with canals, gondolas, pleasure piers, pools, piazzas and colonnades opened in 1905.

More than a hundred years later, Venice's rich, colorful bohemian history, is still in the making.

Read more about the history of Venice here and here.