Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Architecture & Urban Design

Ready to fork over some money to save the Cindy’s Coffee Shop sign?


EAGLE ROCK — After Monique King and Paul Rosenbluh purchased Cindy’s Coffee Shop  earlier this year, the couple updated the menu but decided to keep and preserve as  much of the Mid-Century features of the Colorado Boulevard restaurant, including the Naugahyde booths, countertops and wallpaper. One of ... Read More »

Boyle Heights vs. Highland Park: A tale of two Starbucks


BOYLE HEIGHTS –  If the new Highland Park Starbucks is a depressing letdown, then perhaps the disappointed latte-lovers in search of more ambiance should visit the equally new Boyle Heights Starbucks. The two new stores, both of which opened last month, share a lot in common: ... Read More »

Fancy brickwork on York

HIGHLAND PARK –  While the design (or lack of) of the new Highland Park Starbucks has some calling for a boycott,  the renovation of the former Verdugo Pet Shop a few blocks away might be more promising. Some fancy brick work and what appears to be ... Read More »

Is the new Highland Park Starbucks really that bad?


The design of Highland Park’s first Starbucks has proven a letdown for many residents. The Eastsider asked architect Catherine Garrison of Highland Park to review the building and figure out where this drive-thru Starbucks took a wrong turn. Read More »

Highland Park Googie-style market gets a Craftsman makeover

Craftsman style Superior Grocers in Highland Park 8-4-2014 2-37-34 AM

HIGHLAND PARK –  The Superior Grocers store in Highland Park now welcomes customers with a Craftsman-inspired facade after the building’s former Mid-Century design was demolished over the objections of preservationists. The new exterior of the 34,000-square-foot building features faux stones, wood columns, rafters and a pointed ... Read More »

Eastside Design: A modern outlook on the bay window

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MOUNT WASHINGTON — When it came to design homes for a pair of neighboring hillside lots, Simon Storey faced several challenges, including  regulations that limited the size of each residence to about 1,000 square-feet.  To get the most use out of the relatively modest-sized, modern-style buildings, ... Read More »

Councilman Cedillo comes out against saving old Riverside-Figueroa Bridge*

First District Councilman Gil Cedillo says a last-minute proposal to save the old  Riverside-Figueroa Bridge, which spans the L.A. River between Cypress Park and Elysian Valley,  is “not feasible” or a “fiscally sound decision” for the city. Cedillo’s position was made public after supporters of the ... Read More »

Will Silver Lake honor architect Richard Neutra with a 100-foot geyser and an Ecology Garden?

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SILVER LAKE — The Modernist homes designed by architect Richard Neutra rise across many of the hillsides of Silver Lake. On Sunday, April 27, the neighborhood will remember the legendary architect with the Neutra Institute’s 4th Run/Walk For Health and tours of several Neutra designed homes, ... Read More »

Echo Park makes room for the new

ECHO PARK  –   The century old bungalows and Spanish Colonial apartments that have long defined Echo Park are getting some new neighbors with a modern sensibility. Not everyone is a fan of the contemporary-style homes and apartments now popping up on hillsides and busy avenues, and ... Read More »

What does a Craftsman-style supermarket look like?


HIGHLAND PARK –  The L.A. Conservancy reports that the Googie-style facade of the Superior Grocers store has been demolished a few months after Councilman Gil Cedillo sided with the property owner and blocked the historic landmark nomination that would have helped preserve the structure. Instead, the ... Read More »