EAST LOS ANGELES -- It’s been three years since a charter school planning to replace the former First Street Store with a new campus agreed agreed to preserve the tiled mural that adorned the front of the former department store. The new school recently welcomed its first students and the installation of the mural .... Read More »
Architecture & Urban Design
BOYLE HEIGHTS — The 150-foot-wide steel arches of the Sixth Street Bridge were perhaps the most eye-catching and photographed part of the structure. This past week, the work of removing the four arches began as part of the demolition of the historic span that crosses over ... Read More »
SILVER LAKE — Architect Rudolph M. Schindler was presented with a challenge more than 70 years ago: come up with a modern design for a four-unit apartment complex on a cramped, triangular lot that sloped uphill and provided little privacy. His solution was a three-level structure ... Read More »
Last month the owners of a Mid-Century office campus located between Echo Park and Downtown let the city know of its intention to demolish the Sunset Boulevard buildings designed by noted Los Angeles architect William Pereira. But now, a developer that owns a swanky apartment tower ... Read More »
BOYLE HEIGHTS – The Japanese Hospital was almost never built. The idea for the hospital was conceived during the 1920s at a time when Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans faced discrimination and sometimes were turned away at public medical facilities. After a group of Japanese doctors ... Read More »
BOYLE HEIGHTS — Passersby have begun to notice the first visible signs of a massive overhaul planned for the landmark Sears building at Olympic Boulevard and Soto Street. Workers have torn down a facade that was added in recent decades on the Olympic side of the ... Read More »
HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN — A project to improve pedestrian safety and beautify a stretch of Temple Street will get an artistic touch. Artist Roel Punzalan has won a design competition to include a decorative element to some of the 54 pedestrian lights that will be installed at bus ... Read More »
BOYLE HEIGHTS — The giant columns that once supported the east end of the Sixth Street Bridge have been coming down, one by one, nearly four months after the demolition of the historic span began. Photographer Kevin Break, who has been chronicling the demolition, shared images ... Read More »
BOYLE HEIGHTS — During the more than 20 years it sat vacant, the former Linda Vista Hospital overlooking Hollenbeck Park was popular with film crews, vandals and ghost hunters who claimed the property was haunted. Now, after an extensive renovation and conversion into senior housing, the ... Read More »
GLASSELL PARK — Work is scheduled to begin this summer on a long-awaited Glassell Park Transit Pavilion that will provide shade and seating for bus riders who wait on a traffic island bounded San Fernando Road and Eagle Rock Boulevard. The idea of the shelter was ... Read More »
LINCOLN HEIGHTS — It has been more than 50 years since anyone has served time in the old Lincoln Heights Jail. The five-story building on San Fernando Road next to the L.A. River has been vacant for much of that time but now the city is ... Read More »
The City Council on Wednesday approved declaring three properties in Echo Park, Elysian Heights and Mount Washington as historic cultural monuments, including the former home of the woman behind Mrs. Cubbison’s stuffing mix and a Mid Century residence designed by influential architect John Lautner. The city’s three newest ... Read More »
HIGHLAND PARK — Things have not go well for the York Boulevard parklet. Last July, a hit-and-run driver smashed into parklet’s benches and planters that had created a public gathering space on the 5000 block of York. The damaged parklet was fenced off for several months ... Read More »
ECHO PARK — The First Street Bridge that spans the L.A. River, connecting Boyle Heights and Downtown, is a grand structure and city historic landmark. That bridge reopened five years ago after an extensive renovation. But there’s another, lesser known First Street Bridge that crosses over a tangle ... Read More »
SILVER LAKE — City officials and community leaders were scheduled to gather this morning to dedicate more than $1 million in street improvements in Sunset Junction. But one of the highlights of that improvement project remains missing: a $125,000 public artwork in the shape of a ... Read More »
BOYLE HEIGHTS -- First Street access to the Benjamin Franklin Branch Library was restored this Thursday with the opening of a redesigned plaza that creators say pays homage to the “rich multicultural influences of the neighborhood.” Read More »
MOUNT WASHINGTON — Yes, there really was a Mrs. Cubbison who helped create Mrs. Cubbison’s stuffing mix. But the popular dressing stuffed into countless Thanksgiving Day turkeys is not Sophie Cubbison’s only accomplishment. Cubbison is credited with designing an adobe-style home that she and her husband, ... Read More »
ECHO PARK — Developed over more than a century, Echo Park’s housing stock includes a wide variety of styles, from Craftsman and Spanish Colonial bungalows to contemporary-style homes and apartments. Two properties now seeking to be declared city historic monuments – a Mid Century home designed ... Read More »
HIGHLAND PARK — With its colorful mosaics, planters and redwood benches, the York Boulevard Parklet turned a strip of the street into a curbside patio where pedestrians could sit and take in the scene. But the parklet has been fenced off since the end of July ... Read More »
Multi-unit housing complexes are popping up all over the Eastside, with smaller, vertical spaces signaling a radical departure from the conventional floor plans found in typical Craftsman bungalows or Mid Century Modern homes found across the area. Some of the new homes that have been built are only 15-feet wide. Designing for and living in these small units requires not only a scaled-down mind-set for both owner and designer but also opportunities to discover new meanings for what a home is all about. Read More »
ECHO PARK - A new, space-age-like chandelier now hangs over the lobby of the historic Jensen's Recreation Center on Sunset Boulevard. The new chandelier may not reflect the brick building's vintage style but it certainly does make for a fancy entrance.
EAST LOS ANGELES -- Parklets - those slivers of public spaces that are turned into micro plazas and gathering spots - have arrived in East Los Angeles. On Wednesday, county officials, including County Supervisor Hilda Solis, gathered on Mednik Avenue outside a burger place to dedicate one of three parklets, which in this case resemble a backyard deck complete with seats, table and potted plants.
HIGHLAND PARK -- After Monica Alcaraz visited the neighborhood's newly opened Starbucks last summer, she left disappointed from the rather bare bones store. "It was not what I thought we were going to get," said Alcaraz of the York Boulevard outlet that was soon derided as the "most depressing Starbucks in America." But on Tuesday, Alcaraz, who is president of the neighborhood council, was back at the Highland Park store after it was remodeled in response to criticism. "It's a huge difference," said Alcaraz.
SILVER LAKE -- City officials on broke ground this week on a $1.75 million Sunset Junction street improvement project that will repair broken curbs and sidewalks and add bump outs and bike racks. But what about that $125,000 public sculpture shaped like a saddle?
HIGHLAND PARK -- Will the Highland Park Starbucks – aka “The Most Depressing Starbucks in America” – go from sad to fab? We will find out soon. The York Boulevard store was recently shut down for renovations designed to address some of the criticism that was directed at the outlet after it opened last summer.