Saturday, August 23, 2014

Garvanza stories, photos and more

Garvanza welcomes the revival of a neighborhood landmark

Saturday’s open house at the Dr. Smith Residence attracted a long line of people curious to see the interior of the Victorian-era home after an extensive renovation and clean up. Until renovation work began last year,  the 1886  home had been a forgotten relic hidden by ... Read More »

Garvanza prepares to celebrate a Victorian-era revival

Garvanza Dr. Smith residence 11-10-2013 5-10-25 AM

An 1886 home  that was once sat neglected behind a jungle of overgrown bushes and trees is now preparing for its public debut after more than a year of renovation. Once a forgotten relic located in the corner of a Rite-Aid parking lot, the Dr. Smith ... Read More »

Coalition of L.A. and Pasadena residents wants a safer and slower Avenue 64

The wide roadway of Avenue 64 is a well-used commuter route through Garvanza, Highland Park and Pasadena for drivers either getting onto or coming off the 110 Freeway. The downward slope from La Loma Road in Pasadena to York Boulevard in Los Angeles naturally speeds up ... Read More »

Neighbors rally to defend Garvanza olive grove

Garvanza Villa Grading-2

Only nine gnarled trees remain of an old Garvanza olive grove that some residents say was planted more than a century ago.   Under pressure from nearby residents,  a developer several years ago agreed to leave the trees alone as part of  an effort to build 16 ... Read More »

Found: White poodle mix in Garvanza


Submitted by Cynthia G We found this lovely young white poodle mix and she is now at the Pasadena Humane Society under A330696. I do believe she has an owner that might be missing her. I hope you’re reading this right now! Want to publish a ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner Report: Silver Lake burger stand now renting for $11k a month; Little Beast opens in Eagle Rock; Garvanza loses a restaurant

Former Ricks Burgers in Silver Lake closing 6-24-2013 10-54-35 PM

Can you spare $11,000 a month? Then you got a shot at leasing the  Tom’s Burgers, the 1970s-era Silver Lake charbroiled burger/pastrami/burrito restaurant that closed this weekend after 40 years in business, reports Eater L.A.   A hand-written sign on the front door says a new tenant ... Read More »

Eagle Rock’s “Good Will Hunting” house and Garvanza home declared historic monuments


The City Council on Tuesday approved declaring the  Eagle Rock home where Ben Affleck and Matt Damon worked on the award-winning movie  “Good Will Hunting” a  historic-cultural monument.  Also granted landmark status was the Donnelly House, a Folk-Victorian home that was moved  to Garvanza from Chinatown ... Read More »

Garvanza house once threatened with demolition now up for landmark status

By Brenda Rees A well-restored Folk-Victorian home that was moved  to Garvanza from Chinatown to save it from demolition is being considered for historic status. The two-story Donnelly House, relocated into the area in 2011, was recently recommended for recognition as a city monument by the Los ... Read More »

Pieces of the past returned to a Garvanza middle school


When Luther Burbank Middle School opened in the late 1920s,  the campus on the border of Garvanza and Highland Park was  hailed as “a marvel of modern architecture,” featuring a then-in-vogue pre-Columbian motif that evoked a Mayan temple. After more than 80 years, however, it’s hard ... Read More »

Brunch with a pan-Latin twist now serving at Garvanza’s

By Valentina Silva By all rights, Garvanza’s should be wildly popular, but its tucked-away location keeps it undercover. The neighborhood restaurant focuses on pan-Latin flavors with an emphasis on high quality local ingredients. The produce is fresh and seasonal, and the service is super friendly. A ... Read More »