Episode#37: A Gypsy’s Palace in Downey (by way of Tunis)

Join us this week as we focus on the history of the landmark Parley Johnson House in Downey. We’ll visit with Florence Towers, President of the Downey Assistance League, to learn about the League’s stewardship of the 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival hacienda, which was designed by Roland Coate and gifted to the League by Mrs. Gypsy Johnson. Then we’ll join Brian Kaiser on the veranda to hear the incredible tale of how an ancient Persian ceramic glazing technique found throughout the house came to Mexico by way of Tunis and the Spanish Conquistadors.

We’ll also discuss the uncertain future of former LAPD HQ Parker Center, the upcoming opening of the Valley Relics Museum of historic signage and ephemera, and a modest proposal to save the endangered Riverside-Figueroa Bridge. All this and more as Kim and Richard usher in the week of September 30th, 2013.

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

The Downey Assistance League website.

Los Angeles Conservancy page about the Casa de Parley Johnson facade easement.

Photosetpage of the Casa de Parley Johnson house.

Contact form for Brian Kaiser.

Draft EIR for the engangered former LAPD HQ Parker Center.

Valley Relics Museum opens soon.

Hazard Park won’t be bisected by USC’s proposed road.

A modest proposal for the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge: we call it the Frogtown High Line.

LAVA’s October Monthly Sunday Salon

Broadway On My Mind Walking Tour #4, right after Salon.

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