Episode #32: Ranchos & Rubber Plants

Join us this week as we visit with Alison Bruesehoff, Executive Director of the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, to talk about 18th century rancho life and the site’s prominent role in early California aviation. Then we meet Southern California’s tile expert, Brian Kaiser, at the former Firestone Rubber Plant in South Gate, to learn about the lobby’s custom tile murals illustrating rubber production, from the jungle to the factory floor.

Plus, Case Study Houses finally added to National Register, Jane Anderson’s play “Defying Gravity” staged at the old Downey Space Plant, the disturbing trend of modernist tear downs on the west side, the Huntington acquires Charles Flecther Lummis’ love offering to Susanita, and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell pushes for public notice of pending demolitions. All this and more, as Kim & Richard usher in the week of August 19th, 2013.

Photo: Tile panels from Firestone Rubber Plant Lobby by Gladding McBean.

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Southern California Case Study houses finally added to National Register.

Defying Gravity, a play by Jane Anderson (staged Sunday, September 22).

West L.A. tear down trend devours modernist houses. 

Charles Fletcher Lummis’ photo album for Susanita acquired by The Huntington Library.

Councilman Mitch O’Farrell pushes for public notice of pending demolitions.

Roebling Bldg.‘s Batchelder Tile Tour

Union Recue Mission Skid Row history walking tour and Of Scrap & Steel screening (Thursday, October 10)