Episode #107: Clever Gifts and Nihilist Olympics: Two Unique Slices of L.A. Life

Join us this week as we talk with 99-year-old Margaret Freed about her adventures running the legendary gift shop at Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Elysian Park. We’ll also visit with Elisha Shapiro, L.A.‘s very own Nihilist performance artist.

This week we’ll also discuss ongoing Ellis Act protests at Hollywood’s historic Villa Carlotta apartments, the city of Norco’s attempts to preserve the endangered Lake Norconian Club resort, a controversial “street art” event inside a West Adams mansion and updates from our efforts to restore Pershing Square and get Angels Flight Railway moving again. All this and more as Kim & Richard usher in the week of November 16th, 2015

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

This Episode’s Interviews

Elisha Shapiro’s Nihilist’s Corner website

Margaret Freed’s Barlow Sanitarium Guild House Gift Shop webpage is still online, as is the announcement (with photos) of the going out of business sale.

Closely Watched Trains

Visit our On Bunker Hill history blog to see its new look.

Inventive protests at the Villa Carlotta apartments.

Norco hopes to preserve the Norconian. (PDF of historic survey on the site.)

Our open letter to the semi-finalists in the Pershing Square Renew design competition

West Adams Heritage Association op-ed on Hanksy “street art” installation in a Harvard Boulevard mansion.

We built a new website for Angels Flight Railway and hosted a fundraiser to “help keep the lights on.”

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Margaret's husband, Arthur, as a patient as Barlow in 1930.

Margaret’s husband, Arnold, as a patient as Barlow in 1930.

Field Marshall Shapiro in 1984 Nihilist Olympics

Field Marshall Shapiro in 1984 Nihilist Olympics

His candidacy for Los Angeles County Sheriff in 1992.

His candidacy for Los Angeles County Sheriff in 1992.