Murray Burns – tall, skinny, long gray hair and often wearing sandals – looks more like an aging surfer than someone interested in the prim and proper Victorian era. But it was while riding his bike through Angeleno Heights more than 35 years ago that Burns fell in love with the Victorians- or at least their architecture. He soon purchased and restored one of the neighborhood’s Victorian homes. Since then, Burns and his wife Planaria Price have been credited with saving more than 30 historic homes, which also include Craftsman-style mansions as well as Victorian-era properties, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy. On Monday, the conservancy, the area’s largest historic preservation group, announced that Burns was one of the recipients of its 30th Annual Preservation Awards. Said the conservancy of Burns:
More than just restoring his homes, Murray protected them for future generations through landmark designation, Mills Act property tax relief contracts, and conservation easements. He has long been a source of advice, encouragement, and even materials, for new neighbors restoring their own homes. He trains workers and students on preservation techniques. He wrote the first script for the Conservancy’s walking tour of Angelino Heights, and he’s opened his homes to countless tourgoers.
Burns and the other award winners will be honored at a May 12 luncheon.