Monday, October 20, 2014

Architecture & Urban Design

Will the Glassell Park Transit Pavilion ever get built?

2004 rendering of transit pavilion created by SciArc students

GLASSELL PARK — It’s been a decade since neighborhood activists and SCI-Arc student architects came up with a plan to build several canopies to shelter bus riders who wait on a  traffic island bounded by San Fernando Road and Eagle Rock Boulevard. The concept and plans ... 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 »

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

Simon Storey homes in Mt. Washington 6-17-2014 1-18-045

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 »