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 »