Silver Lake is a neighborhood north of Downtown Los Angeles, built around what was then a city resevoir which gives the district its name. The “Silver” in Silver Lake is named for the local engineer who built the reservoir. The resevoir will be drained for a year and a new, underground drinking-water reservoir is being built near Griffith Park to replace Silver Lake and its little northern neighbor Ivanhoe .Silver Lake is known for its restaurants and clubs. The neighborhood has 3 public and 4 private schools.
Silver Lake is inhabited by a wide variety of ethnicities and socioeconomic groups, but it is best known as an eclectic gathering of the creative community. Since the 1990s, it has become the center of the alternative rock scene in Los Angeles and home to The Sunset Junction Street Fair, a major event every August.
During the 1930s, Walt Disney built his first large studio here, at the corner of Griffith Park Blvd. and Hyperion, on the property now Gelson’s Market. Famed architect Richard Neutra, designer of many homes in the area, built his office on Silver Lake Blvd, which is still there.
Silver Lake is bordered by Echo Park to the east and southeast, Atwater Village to the north, Historic Filipinotown to the south, Virgil Village and Koreatown to the south-west,East Hollywood to the west and Los Feliz to the northwest.