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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Neighborhood Fixture

Neighborhood Fixture: The Atwater apartments Gladding McBean built

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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 ...

Neighborhood Fixture: The Shakespeare Bridge of Los Feliz

LOS FELIZ — This past January marked the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake – a quake which shook the Franklin Avenue Bridge to its core. A survey of the structure after the quake showed the bridge required major retrofitting, which  the Franklin Hills Resident Association ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: East Hollywood’s American Storage Building

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The Public Storage facility sitting on the edge of Silver Lake  isn’t like most storage facilities. The building is striking: it’s impressively tall, has Gothic detailing surrounding the building on all sides, and ascends with ‘wedding-cake’ stepped set-backs. The building’s ornate details are clearly a nod ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: Atwater’s Red Car Pylons

Situated next to the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge are the Red Car Pylons, support structures built in 1929 that allowed the Red Cars of the Pacific Electric Railway to shuttle busy passengers between Silver Lake and Atwater Village along its route, which extended into Glendale and culminated in ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: Echo Park’s Big Mama Court

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“Big Mama Court” was the nickname given to this Echo Park Spanish-Colonial style apartment complex by the authors of the 1982 book “Courtyard Housing in Los Angeles” in “honor of its tenacious manager.”  Apparently Big Mama has been replaced by a large network of surveillance  cameras ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: Lincoln Heights Library bends for books

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Photo by Martha Benedict Walking up the front steps of the Lincoln Heights Library. the Italian Renaissance-style building appears ready to embrace patrons as the 100-f00t-long facade bends to form a quarter-circle. The elbow-macaroni shape of what is now the city’s second oldest library was unusual ... Read More »

Neighborhood Fixture: Valley Dairy Co.

The former 80-year-old Van de Kamp Bakery, which was recently restored, has long reigned as perhaps Glassell Park's most well known landmark, with a brick and stucco facade influenced by classic Dutch architecture. Across the street in the 2900 block of Fletcher Drive, sits another well preserved piece of industrial Los Angeles. Read More »