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 »

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 »

Highland Park’s historic Lummis Home left in limbo

HIGHLAND PARK — It has been nearly 2-1/2 years since the city began negotiating with Occidental College about managing and restoring the Lummis Home, a city and state historic landmark built out of arroyo stones.  However, the city and college have yet to reach an agreement, leaving one of Northeast L.A.’s most important historic and cultural sites to sit idle ... Read More »

Meet you for sandwiches at Eastside Market Square?

VICTOR HEIGHTS –– The Eastside Market Italian Deli is hidden away in Victor Heights, where densely packed homes and apartments rise up a steep hill north of Sunset Boulevard near the 110 Freeway. Despite being tucked into a mostly residential neighborhood, come lunch time hungry customers descend on the corner market on narrow Alpine Street and deli to line up ... Read More »

The Middle Ages never went out of style at this Echo Park school

ECHO PARK ––  After studying the Middle Ages, the fourth graders in Rick Powels class at Clifford Math & Technology Magnet recently dressed up in costume and celebrated with a Medieval feast.  But it turns out Powels’ students were not the first at Clifford to dress up like knights and ladies.  A few days after his students’ celebration, Powels came ... Read More »

Silver Lake remembers The Black Cat protests

SILVER LAKE — Well over 100 people attended a Saturday night reenactment of The Black Cat gay rights protest, which took place 50 years ago outside a Sunset Boulevard gay bar. It is regarded as the nation’s first major gay rights demonstration. Tonight’s marchers held up signs with some of the same messages presented in 1967 — “End Illegal Entrapment” ... Read More »

Silver Lake honors the 50th anniversary of a historic gay rights protest

SILVER LAKE –  It was 50 years ago this coming Saturday that hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Sunset Boulevard gay bar named the Black Cat to protest police brutality and entrapment of gays. Accounts of the day said it was a peaceful event, and photos show men, some dressed in coat and tie, and women holding up protest signs. While ... Read More »