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Join us this month as we visit with Gregg Sutter, who for 33 years was the researcher and assistant to writer Elmore Leonard, to learn about the motivations behind the new Esotouric bus adventure, Elmore Leonard in Hollywood.

We’ll also talk with Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans (members of the band Yacht), Tom Carroll (Tom Explores Los Angeles), Carmen Zella (creative director of Now Art LA) and legacy systems software engineer Doug Dunn, about their long, shared road to restore and reactivate The Triforium, Joseph Young’s polyphonoptic 6-story interactive multimedia installation, dedicated in 1975 at Fletcher Bowron Square in the heart of the Los Angeles Civic Center.

Plus a reprieve for the endangered Pickle Works, re:code LA goes rogue and long, a stealthy announcement for the Civic Center Design Guidelines public meeting, the tragic demolition of Parker Center begins, Wilshire Boulevard Temple gets a tilted neighbor, celebrating the bicentennial of Redlands’ zanja irrigation system, city to open a women’s shelter in Julia Morgan’s Hollywood Studio Club, demo permit sought for landmarked Lytton Savings, Bob Wolfe’s California voter guide, newly landmarked CBS Television City sold and classic comedy lover Chris Bungo spreads the word about Councilman Paul Koretz’ campaign to save the Our Gang house on Motor Avenue.

So stay tuned.

URLs for Interviews

LAVA Sunday Salon: Preservation in L.A.’s Civic Center – Joseph Young’s Triforium & Topographic Map & Richard Neutra’s Hall of Records (October 2017) – video link

Elmore Leonard in Hollywood Bus Tour (debuts November 10)

Triforium Project website

Now Art LA Triforium page

Curbed L.A. reports on activating the Triforum

Friday’s Triforium concert (ticket link)

Upcoming Events

Forensic Science Seminar: Arson & After

Closely Watched Trains

The Pickle Works is saved!

Re:code LA update: 948 Pages of Power Grab – City Planning Commission hearing

There is no official URL for the Civic Center Design Guidelines Public Meeting happening November 8th at 6:00pm (project link, meeting notice image, take the survey)

A long goodbye for a very fine building: Parker Center, deconstructed. Los Angeles, you shouldn’t have!

OMA-Designed expansion to break ground at Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Redlands’ zanja irrigation system turns 200 with tours coming in March

Women’s homeless shelter to open in 1920s Hollywood landmark designed by Julia Morgan

Townscape Partners files papers seeking to demolish the Historic-Cultural Monument Lytton Savings. They didn’t even have the class to offer the community an opportunity to move it somewhere else, or at least salvage the art, stained glass and other valuable elements.

Our friend Bob Wolfe, who drafted the brief that helped knock the destructive Proposition #9 (splitting California in 3) off the ballot, weighs in with a very detailed California voter guide.

File under: this is why we landmark. CBS Television City reportedly selling to Hackman Capital for over $700M. But this Pereira (previously) in Peril is partially protected by its recently obtained HCM status.

Help save the Our Gang Tabor House on Motor Avenue: send an email to Councilman Paul Koretz, who nominated the demolition-threatened charmer for protected landmark status. We did!