Sunday, October 23, 2016

Historic Preservation

El Sereno historic district comes up for review

EL SERENO ––  The Cultural Heritage Commission is scheduled to review a proposal later this week to create the neighborhood’s first historic district that would protect several blocks dotted with Craftsman-style homes and other historic buildings. Some of the first structures in the proposed El Sereno-Berkshire Craftsman ... Read More »

Jensen’s meets Jetsons

modern chandelier at Jensen's Recreation Center 6-1-2015 1-54-13 PM

ECHO PARK - A new, space-age-like chandelier now hangs over the lobby of the historic Jensen's Recreation Center on Sunset Boulevard. The new chandelier may not reflect the brick building's vintage style but it certainly does make for a fancy entrance.

What do Eastside house flippers have against molding?

In defense of molding | Kendyl Young/Flickr-C.C. 2.0

For lovers of old homes, the flipper is often a foe when it comes to preserving a building's historic charm and character. In addition to ripping out original built-in cabinets and tile, one of the most common old house features to wind up in the dumpster is molding - the decorative wood or plaster trim found around doorways and at the top and bottom of walls. Now, urban homesteader and Root Simple blogger Erik Knutzen of Silver Lake wants flippers to think twice before they rip out that molding.