Episode #116: Miracle Mile and a Mid-Century Master

Aaron Green's Anderson Residence in Palos Verdes

Aaron Green’s Anderson Residence in Palos Verdes

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And we’re back from hiatus! Join us this month as Alan Hess, architect and architectural historian, walks us through his Palos Verdes Art Center exhibition on Aaron G. Green’s mid-century modern organic architecture.  We’ll also visit with land use consultant Bill Christopher, Principal at Urban Concepts, for a deep pe into Wilshire Boulevard development history.

We’ll also discuss Onni Group’s plan to demolish William L. Pereira’s  1973 addition to Times Mirror Square, the disappearance of the Calvin Hamilton plaque from the Bunker Hill pedway, Los Angeles Magazine’s list of essential Twitter accounts and our ongoing Tenth Anniversary celebrations.

Closely Watched Trains & Our Guests

Onni Group’s plans to demolish a Pereira in Peril. See also, our Pereira preservation campaign.

Calvin Hamilton plaque shenanigans.

Los Angeles Magazine: 50 Twitter Accounts Everyone in L.A. Should Follow.

Esotouric’s Tenth Anniversary Schedule

Our guests

Alan Hess’ website & his Aaron G. Green exhibition

Bill Christopher’s website

Upcoming events

Poem Noir LAVA Sunday Salon (2/26)

Making Sense of Parker Center LAVA Sunday Salon (3/26)

Special Event: Esotouric at Los Angeles Breakfast Club (3/29)

Special Event: Palos Verdes Ancient & Modern (4/8)

Forensic Science Seminar: From The Crime Lab To The Coroner’s Office (4/23)

Special Event: Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits’ L.A. (6/3)

Episode #115: Hollywood Book Culture & Downtown’s Chimney Swifts

Alex In Wonderland  (1970) - Hollywood Blvd w/ Jeanne Moreau

Alex In Wonderland (1970) – Hollywood Blvd w/ Jeanne Moreau

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Join us this month as we talk with acclaimed Hollywood historian and preservationist, the recently deceased Bob Birchard, about his golden youth spent treasure hunting in Hollywood Boulevard’s legendary bookshops. (Bob was honored this past weekend when the Cinecon film festival was dedicated to his memory.) We’ll also talk with Kimball Garrett, the ornithology collection manager and Jeff Chapman, manager of interpretation and training, both at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, about Vaux’s Swifts and their peculiar roosting habits during their twice-yearly migration, which have become a downtown phenomenon.

We’ll also discuss the possible demolition of Thomas Mann’s house, the old yellow car #1435 leaves downtown as its sheltering Pacific Electric Railway Company’s historic trolley shed is demolished, the coffee pot-shaped Hot Cha Café in Long Beach is restored, the pending return of the vintage hot dog-shaped Tail O’ The Pup building and some spinoffs, Bunker Hill dweller Betty Markoff turns 100, the Downtown Community Plan draft nears completion, a California Condor perches alongside Angels Flight (stalled for three years today) and photos of the newly discovered quack medical clinic time capsule above the Dutch Chocolate Shop.

Upcoming events

The Ukulady hosts the September LAVA Sunday Salon

Cultural Heritage Commission landmarking hearing for William L. Pereira’s Metropolitan Water District

Broadway on My Mind walking tour on historic downtown jails

 

Closely Watched Trains & Our Guests

The uncertain future of Thomas Mann’s house.

Los Angeles Transit Lines yellow car #1435 is scattered to the winds.

Demolition comes to the Pacific Electric Railway Company’s historic trolley shed.

Hot Cha Café before and after photos.

Tail O’ The Pup plans revealed.

Betty Markoff turns 100. Our podcast interview with the Markoffs about life on Bunker Hill.

Downtown Community Plan Draft nears completion.

Angels Flight gets an ugly new friend.

Above the Dutch Chocolate Shop, a mysterious Los Angeles time capsule.

Vaux’s Swifts return to downtown, 2010.

Ornithology Department of the Natural History Museum.

Jerry Beck’s obituary for his friend Bob Birchard.

Books by Bob Birchard: Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood, Early Universal City, Silent-Era Filmmaking in Santa Barbara, Lone Pine in the Movies: The Early Years: Celebrating Lone Pine and the Silents and King Cowboy: Tom Mix and the Movies.

 

Episode #114: Lures and Snares of Old Main Street

Vintage Tatto Flash

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Join us this month as we talk with Jonathan Shaw, influential tattoo artist and novelist, as he shares his current projects, including the new exhibition and book documenting a century of tattoo flash art rescued from old school American ink parlors. We’ll also visit with BIOLA professor Paul Rood to learn about Orson Thomas “O.T.” Johnson, a 19th century citrus pioneer, temperance advocate, entrepreneur, founding Occidental College trustee and owner of the late, lamented Westminster Hotel at 4th & Main in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

We’ll also discuss developer CGI abandoning unpopular plans to turn the historic Villa Carlotta into an hotel, a destructive redevelopment proposal floated for Route 66 landmark Barney’s Beanery, groundbreaking scheduled for the tower at 4th and Broadway and the city’s circulation of a request for proposals for reactivating the Lincoln Heights Jail. All this and more as Kim and Richard usher in the month of August 2016.

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Villa Carlotta hotel plans nixed

Barney’s Beanery redevelopment concept floated.

4th and Broadway tower groundbreaking scheduled.

New ideas for the old Lincoln Heights Jail.

LAVA’s Lit Fest at the King Eddy featuring Jonathan Shaw (video link).

Jonathan Shaw’s novel Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes is available from the author (email jsfuncity(AT)gmail(DOT)com); Vintage Tattoo Flash: 100 Years of Traditional Tattoos from the Collection of Jonathan Shaw is on Esotouric’s curated Amazon shelf.

Upcoming Events:

LAVA‘s Sunday Salon for August 2016

LAVA‘s Broadway on My Mind Walking Tour: Lost Tunnels of Hill St & Broadway

Public Site Visit to William Pereira’s endangered Metropolitan Water District Headquarters and Discussion: Pereira in Peril

Episode #113: Pereira in Peril

MWD building Pereira 1963

MWD building Pereira 1963

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In this special mid-month episode, we’ll talk with Alan Hess, architect and architectural historian, about the imminent threat to two important William L. Pereira buildings: the 1963 Metropolitan Water District headquarters on Sunset Boulevard just west of Downtown, and the 1973 Times Mirror corporate headquarters at 1st and Broadway. Joining us is Leo Wolinksy, former executive editor at the Los Angeles Times, to discuss the possible fate of the Pereira building should the entire newspaper compound be sold to a developer. All this and more as Kim & Richard host a special episode for the week of July 15th, 2016.

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This Episode’s Interviews

Alan Hess’s website

Video: Alan Hess and Richard Schave visit the Metropolitan Water District headquarters.

Rare interior photos from the Los Angeles Times corporate headquarters.

The agenda for the next Cultural Heritage Commission meeting (7/21/16) includes the potential landmarking of the Metropolitan Water District headquarters. (PDF link)

The public can submit feedback by emailing:

Melissa Jones – melissa.jones@lacity.org

Los Angeles Department of City Planning

Office of Historic Resources

http://preservation.lacity.org/

Upcoming Events

July’s Broadway On My Mind #15 Walking Tour

July’s LAVA Sunday Salon

Episode #112: Elysian Park Activists: Preserving Sacred Ground

Elysian Park

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Join us as talk with Michael Weinstein, President and co-founder of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, about his work in helping to establish the Chris Brownlie AIDS Hospice at Barlow Sanitarium in Elysian Park, the first such hospice in Los Angeles County.   We’ll also visit with Sallie Neubauer, past president of the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park and an activist and advocate for the park for more than three decades.

We’ll also discuss the disappointing winning design in the First and Broadway Park competition, an out of state developer’s proposal to gut the 1924 Cecil Hotel, concerns about the unlandmarked Los Angeles Times compound as rumors of a sale circulate, our preservation campaign saves Boyle Heights’ Peabody-Werden House, the last Van De Kamp’s windmill sign is restored, and confusion about the ground lease for Angels Flight Railway.

All this and more as Kim & Richard usher in the month of July 2016.

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This Episode’s Interviews

Michael Weinstein’s organization AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Formal closing ceremony for the Chris Brownlie AIDS Hospice (news story, photos).

Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park

USC’s Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park history.

Sallie Neubauer protests the renaming of Elysian Park Avenue.

Closely Watched Trains & Upcoming Events

Mia Lehrer’s design chosen for First and Broadway Park.

Developer proposes gutting the 1924 Cecil Hotel.

L.A. Times sale rumored, no landmarking in place (see our interior photos).

Peabody-Werden house, our fastest ever historic preservation success story, is moved.

Arcadia’s Van De Kamp’s windmill sign spins again.

Confusion over Angels Flight’s ground lease; see it in 3D.

July’s Broadway On My Mind #15 Walking Tour

July’s LAVA Sunday Salon

Upcoming Bus Tours

Episode #111: The Wild World of Wallace Berman

Verifax Collage by Wallace Berman

Verifax Collage by Wallace Berman

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Join us this time for a special episode dedicated to the influential Los Angeles artist Wallace Berman (1926-1976). Our guests are Hollywood gallerist Michael Kohn, who walks us through the retrospective exhibition “Wallace Berman—American Aleph,” on view at Kohn Gallery through June 25, 2016, and the artist’s son, the author and publisher Tosh Berman, talking about his father’s craft and character, and his importance in the mid-century West Coast cultural scene. On Saturday, June 4 at 4pm, join Tosh, Michael and the exhibition’s curators at Kohn Gallery for an intimate, free guided tour of the exhibition.

We’ll also discuss the campaign to Save The Smell and with it the last remnants of the early 20th century Main Street entertainment zone, a lost episode of Huell Howser’s “California’s Gold” reminds us that Lummis House needs a lot of help, a troubling proposal to gut the Cecil Hotel and a new campaign to ensure Pershing Square’s historic monuments don’t fall by the wayside if the park is redesigned. All this and more as Kim & Richard usher in the month of June, 2016.

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This Episode’s Interviews

Kohn Gallery exhibition Wallace Berman-American Aleph, on view through June 25, 2016. Exhibition catalog with introduction by Tosh Berman. Our photos from the show.

Tosh Berman’s imprint, Tam Tam Books.

Tosh Berman’s book, Sparks-Tastic: Twenty-One Nights with Sparks in London.

Closely Watched Trains & Upcoming Events

Main Street demolition notices target The Smell and neighbors.

Lost episode of Huell Howser’s California’s Gold features Lummis House.

New Cecil Hotel leaseholder plans to gut the 1924 structure.

Pershing Square Restoration Society petition campaign to preserve the park’s historic monuments.

Curatorial walk-through of “Wallace Berman: American Aleph” with Claudia Bohn-Spector, Sam Mellon and Tosh Berman

June’s Broadway On My Mind #14 Walking Tour

June’s LAVA Sunday Salon

Upcoming Bus Tours

Episode #110: El Pueblo to ELA

Jean Bruce Poole & Miriam Matthews in El Pueblo in 1983 at the dedication for the plaque commemorating the original settlers of Los Angeles in 1781.

Jean Bruce Poole & Miriam Matthews, City Librarian, in El Pueblo in 1983 at the dedication for the plaque commemorating the original settlers of Los Angeles in 1781.

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Join us this week as we talk with Jean Bruce Poole, historic museum director of El Pueblo from 1977-2001. We’ll also visit with Don Swickard, whose family ran the Strand Theatre in East Los Angeles from 1930-1952.

We’ll also discuss the explorable 3-D scan of the Barclay Hotel’s lobby, basement and service tunnels, publication of our new guide to Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles, proposed budget cuts to Office of Historic Resources, public outcry halting the secretive public-private partnership in Runyon Canyon, the release of 2015 emails between the City of Los Angeles and the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID) and a proposed makeover for the low-rent Mark Twain Hotel in Hollywood. All this and more as Kim & Richard usher in the week of May 2nd, 2016

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This Episode’s Interviews

Eastside Babylon tour with Don Swickard (May 7, 2016).

Swickard’s Strand Theatre on Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles in historic photos and a video tribute.

Jean Bruce Poole’s book El Pueblo: The Historic Heart of Los Angeles.

Closely Watched Trains

Budget cuts proposed to Office of Historic Resources.

Public-Private partnership in Runyon Canyon gets closer scrutiny and a red light.

2015 email archives between City of Los Angeles and DCBID released.

Mark Twain Hotel in Hollywood is proposed a makeover.

Barclay Hotel 3-D scan.

Our new Haunts and Havens of Charles Bukowski chapbook.

Upcoming Events

LAVA Sunday Salon and Broadway on My Mind Hill Street walking tour (May 29, 2016).

Rituals: Sacred and Profane forensic science seminar (June 5, 2016).

Upcoming Bus Tours