Shows El Aliso (and by extension the Vignes property). Attributed to Henri Penelon

Shows El Aliso (and by extension the Vignes property). Attributed to Henri Penelon

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Once Upon A Time in French-Speaking Los Angeles & Early Days of Angels Flight on Old Bunker Hill

Join us this month as we talk with C.C. de Vere, creator of the Frenchtown Confidential blog, who pulls back the velvet curtain to reveal the deep yet forgotten Gallic roots of the city of Los Angeles, the subject of her free LAVA Sunday Salon and walking tour on September 24. We’ll also visit with Nathan Marsak, star of the viral video series The Cranky Preservationist, about the re-opening of Angels Flight Railway and the lost landscape of old Bunker Hill, the funicular’s original home.

We’ll also discuss:

Angels Flight Railway’s starts and stops. Our preservation petition helped get it going again.

Family bankruptcy puts Richard Neutra’s lyrical post-and-beam Chuey House (1956) at risk of demolition.

Concerned Palisades neighbors hope to landmark John L. Kennedy House, the 1930 Spanish gem bought by notorious landlord Jerome Nash. (PDF link)

Hollywood Heritage files landmark application for (Chaplin-owned?) Formosa storybook cottages Casler Village Court, whose pretty neighbor was just demolished. (PDF link)

Daffy midcentury charm alert: the world’s first Cinderella Home is on the market in Downey.

The Cranky Preservationist Episode 8: Los Angeles Times Parking Garage Historic Bas Relief Blues Blues (Facebook, YouTube).


LAVA Sunday Salon (September 24)

LAVA Sunday Salon (October 29)

The 1910 Bombing of the Los Angeles Times with Detective Mike Digby

Forensic Science Seminar: From the SLA to DNA

Richard’s 49th Birthday Bus Tour – In Search of Imperial California