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 »
HIGHLAND PARK — The renovation of old storefronts across Highland Park have revealed pieces of the past that have long been covered up, including forgotten signs, banks of wood windows and ornate brickwork. One recent discovery was made in the 5000 block of York Boulevard earlier ... Read More »
Echo Park property buyer ends up with a 1,000-foot deep hole filled with a bad smell and frustration
ECHO PARK -- Two years ago, Roger Majano bought a dead oil well and didn’t know it. This summer, state regulators are finally have the well permanently sealed, along with another idle well across the street. It's only the latest chapter in L.A.'s 100-year-plus story with oil wells. “I’ve been paying mortgage with no one living there for almost a year,” Majano said. Read More »
LOS FELIZ — The L.A. school board has approved spending $11 million to complete repairs to the Gothic-style main building and tower at Marshall High after the necessary work proved much complicated and costly than originally anticipated. In 2012 the school district approved spending $1.1 million ... Read More »
ECHO PARK — Many of Echo Park’s older homes and commercial buildings reflect a time before the automobile came to dominate Los Angeles. Most shops and commercial buildings, for example, provided no parking at all for customers. If they did, the parking was in the back. ... Read More »
ANGELENO HEIGHTS -- Then one day, you find yourself responsible for a 96-year-old trolley car. That’s where Chris Wabich’s life is now, as he becomes the latest person to spearhead a cause - going on 70 years: Figuring out what to do with an old streetcar that used to run between Angeleno Heights and Downtown L.A. 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 »
Fun fact: If you go to a little parklet by Riverside Drive, you can see where The Hillside Stranglers dumped some of their victims. That, in fact, is one of the first stops on the Echo Park Book of the Dead Tour, which is rolling through Echo Park on Saturday, April 23rd. Read More »
HIGHLAND PARK — The renovation of several commercial buildings along Figueroa Street have revealed historic features and forgotten names that have been hidden for decades behind newer facades. For example, a trio of arched windows and a painted “Highland Park Bowl” sign were recently uncovered as ... Read More »
EAST LOS ANGELES -- Workers have been busy during the past few months at Atlantic Park, giving this small but well-used park some new life some well-deserved attention to an overlooked but decades-old veterans memorial. Read More »
HIGHLAND PARK -- The blue-and-white Frank's camera store sign has loomed over Figueroa Street for more than three decades, above what had been a well-known, family-owned camera shop. But the brick building was sold last October and is now undergoing an extensive renovation. So, what's going to happen to that oval Frank's sign? Don't worry, says the new owner. It's going to stay where it is. Read More »
Miles away from the coast, in a narrow canyon near what is now Dodger Stadium, generations of navy and marine reservists were trained to fight a war at sea. The Naval and Marine Reserve Center, located in Chavez Ravine near Echo Park, opened just before World ... Read More »
ECHO PARK — It has been 80 years since the Lady of the Lake, an Art Deco-style statue created by Ada Mae Sharpless, made its debut at Echo Park Lake. The 14-foot-high cast stone figure has been photographed countless times and was restored and returned to its original, prominent spot at the tip of a peninsula that juts into the lake. But not everyone has been impressed with the goddess-like figure.
HIGHLAND PARK -- The Highland Theatre turns 90 years old this month. To put that into context, Calvin Coolidge was in the Oval Office at the time, and The New Yorker was just starting out on the East Coast. How many movie screenings that equals is anyone’s guess.
ECHO PARK - In 1954 the NBC show This Is Your Life honored film industry pioneer Mack Sennett with a plaque on the site of the Mack Sennett Studio, where such silent film stars as Charlie Chaplin, the Keystone Cops and Mabel Normand churned out slapstick comedies on what is now Glendale Boulevard. It was a nice tribute but for many decades the plaque that proclaims "THIS IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF MOTION PICTURE COMEDY" was installed at the wrong spot.
BOYLE HEIGHTS — It was more than 120 years ago when two prominent Boyle Heights leaders and landowners, William H. Workman and Elizabeth Hollenbeck, agreed to donate 25 acres to create a park in the base of an arroyo. After the city agreed to develop the park and build a dam to create a lake, Hollenbeck Park was dedicated in 1893.
Two hours? Three hours? The reopening tonight of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House has drawn huge crowds to Barnsdall Art Park, where the landmark home will remain open for 24 hours to celebrate the completion of a $4.75 million renovation.
ATWATER VILLAGE -- The local tile and pottery factories of Gladding McBean & Co. at one point churned everything from pipes to the legendary "Desert Rose" dishware pattern sold under the Franciscan label according to a neighborhood history. The 40-acre Gladding, McBean plant on Los Feliz Boulevard was demolished in the early 1980s and replaced with the shopping center that now houses Best Buy, Costco and other retails. But next door on the on Perlita Street is a reminder of Gladding McBean ...
LOS FELIZ — After being closed to the public for several years, the Hollyhock House, the famed landmark designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, will reopen to the public on Feb. 13 after undergoing a $4.75 million renovation. The city-owned home that sits atop Barnsdall Art Park ... Read More »
MOUNT WASHINGTON — The National Trust for Historic Preservation is scheduled to make an announcement on Thursday “about the future” of Southwest Museum, the city’s first museum that has been mostly off limits to the public for about a decade and locked in a lengthy feud ... Read More »
EAGLE ROCK -- The Eagle Rock we know today falls under the city of Los Angeles, but did you know that Eagle Rock used to be a city all it’s own? Read More »
SILVER LAKE — An effort to save a 104-year-old Craftsman home on Coronado Terrace from demolition and development has moved forward after city staff recommended that the building be declared a historic landmark. The city’s Cultural Heritage Commission is scheduled to vote on the recommendation on ... Read More »
Even the city-issued signs disagree about the correct spelling of the Victorian-era neighborhood next to Echo Park. Madalyn Rofer-Choate sent in this photo of the signs at Bellevue Avenue and East Edgeware Road that spell the neighborhood name two ways: Angeleno with an “e” and Angelino ... Read More »
EAST LOS ANGELES — While Whittier Boulevard is synonymous with cruising, the boulevard was also once known as the place to watch a movie. Over the decades, the marquees of theaters with names like The Boulevard, The Jewel, and The Royale shined over the street. But ... Read More »