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Architecture & Urban Design

Spotlight shines on “Long Lost” John Lautner house in Echo Park

ECHO PARK —  It was  once referred to as the “Long Lost Lautner,” a small, neglected Mid Century home designed by legendary architect John Lautner.  But the modest hillside home has become much more well known since designer Trina Turk and husband Jonathan Skow bought the place in 2014 for more than $1 million. Since then, the couple have had ... Read More »

A new look on Temple Street

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN — Many new large apartment buildings are often derided as “stucco boxes.” Well, you can’t say that about Cactus, one of the new apartment buildings that been built along Temple Street. Tenants have begun to move into the four-story, 47-unit apartment complex that stretches across the entire block between Coronado and Carondelet streets. Designed by Patrick Tighe Architecture ... Read More »

The first steps are being taken to make Avenue 26 more pedestrian friendly

LINCOLN HEIGHTS -- Los Angeles, as many walkers will tell you, is not the most pedestrian-friendly city. The streets near Cypress Park-Lincoln Heights Gold Line station is a typical representation of the problems pedestrians face: narrow sidewalks, speeding cars, freeway on/off ramps and poor lighting. Some improvements, however, are in the works. Read More »

East Los Angeles bank building lands on National Register of Historic Places

EAST LOS ANGELES — When it came to opening its first branch, the Pan American National Bank  established a bold presence with a building that combined a forward-looking Mid-Century style and a mosaic mural with pre-Columbian imagery.  The branch symbolized the ambitions of its founders — which included Romana Acosta Bañuelos, a tortilla maker  who went on to become U.S. ... Read More »

Report recommends landmark status for Echo Park bungalow court [updated]

ECHO PARK — A report by the Planning Department recommends that a 1920s bungalow court threatened with demolition should be declared a city historic landmark. A final decision has yet to be made, but declaring the Wurfl Court, built by a Hollywood prop master, would make it much more difficult to replace the Mediterranean Revival-style bungalows with up to 12 ... Read More »

Will aging millennials leave the Eastside behind?

A wave of gentrification and change has left many Eastside neighborhoods awash in craft beer, yoga mats and $1,500-a-month studio apartments.  But now there are signs that the millennials who descended on inner cities across the country as young twentysomethings will increasingly be looking to move on and out to (gasp!) the suburbs.  The shift comes as the economy improves ... Read More »

Silver Lake house designed by Richard Neutra declared a National Historic Landmark

SILVER LAKE — Richard Neutra’s VDL Research House was today named a National Historic Landmark, with the well-preserved Mid-Century-home serving as “among the key properties to understanding the national significance of Richard Neutra.” The home, located across from the Silver Lake Reservoir in the 2300 block of West Silver Lake Drive, was one of 24 new national historic landmarks announced ... Read More »

Eagle Rock residents planning to revive Richard Neutra-designed rec center

EAGLE ROCK — The Eagle Rock Recreation Center, a 1950s-era clubhouse designed by legendary Modernist architect Richard Neutra, may finally be getting some long overdue attention and restoration, according to the L.A. Times. A pair of local residents who have been working on the problem for three years are now talking with the architect’s son, Dion Neutra, and are slowly ... Read More »

Preservationists seeking to save “East Asian Eclectic” home from demolition

HERMON  —  Preservationists want a home that is slated to be demolished declared a city historic landmark. That would complicate plans to knock down the home, built in 1938 in the “Far East Asian Eclectic” style, to make way for the construction of eight homes under the city’s under  small-lot development ordinance. The Cultural Heritage Commission is scheduled to decide on Thursday, ... Read More »

Artists raise concerns about completion of East L.A. mural project

EAST LOS ANGELES -- It’s been three years since a charter school planning to replace the former First Street Store with a new campus agreed agreed to preserve the tiled mural that adorned the front of the former department store. The new school recently welcomed its first students and the installation of the mural .... Read More »

Disassembly Required: Taking apart the Sixth Street Bridge arches

BOYLE HEIGHTS — The 150-foot-wide steel arches of the Sixth Street Bridge were perhaps the most eye-catching and photographed part of the structure. This past week, the work of removing the four arches began as part of the demolition of the historic span that crosses over the Los Angeles River. Photographer Kevin Break was on hand as crews began cutting ... Read More »