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

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Johnson House, main entrance

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Join us this week as we focus on the history of the landmark Casa de Parley Johnson 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.