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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Will the home of Billy’s Gangplank become Echo Park’s next historic landmark?

The city’s Cultural Heritage Commission voted today to consider declaring the home of art dealer Billy Shire a historic cultural monument. Shire’s hard to miss home -which he once described as having “a tiki-nautical thing going on” – is already an unofficial neighborhood landmark in the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park. The front of the attention getting home is entered through a front-porch structure, dubbed “Billy’s Gangplank,” that was created and built by his brother and neighbor, sculptor Peter Shire. The Shires consider Billy’s Gangplank a work of art but city inspectors have expressed a different view on the matter. Read more in Home & History.



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