Jardin El Encanto, Monterey Park, CA (vintage postcard)
Jardin El Encanto (The Enchanted Garden), the building in which the Chamber is housed, was built in 1927 by Peter K. Snyder as a sales office and community center for his ambitious development known as Midwick View Estates. Nestled in a natural valley, it was intended as the Beverly Hills of the East Side. El Encanto is situated across from a series of tiered fountains known as “The Cascades”, which was intended to remind of Mr. Snyder’s Greek heritage.
Sadly, the stock market crashed and the Great Depression that followed eliminated virtually all chances for further development of the city. Fortunately, El Encanto and the waterfall survived, serving as a private residence, community center and even as an USO center during World War II.
Today, this historical treasure is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. If you like to visit this wonderful Monterey Park building in person, come by the Chamber during regular office hours.