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Whither the Peabody-Werden House?

Whither the Peabody-Werden House?

Earlier this month, concerned by social media chatter about trespassers and trash around the Peabody-Werden House in Boyle Heights, we renewed our attempts to get someone at ELACC, the low-income housing developer that moved the house two years ago, to update us on...
The King Edward Hotel: Empty No More

The King Edward Hotel: Empty No More

Yesterday, we attended an event at the stately King Edward Hotel (John Parkinson, 1906) in the heart of historic Skid Row, where Michael Weinstein of AIDS Healthcare Foundation introduced the new Healthy Housing Foundation model of housing L.A.’s homeless and...

Raymond Chandler, survivor

Our Kim Cooper has a knack for rooting out facts about Raymond Chandler that other scholars miss. New on her The Kept Girl blog, war archives reveal Chandler to be one of the fortunate survivors of the Spanish flu pandemic.
A Map of the Presidents’ Heads (1789-2003)

A Map of the Presidents’ Heads (1789-2003)

In these trying hours, it’s helpful to remember that there once was a time when American politics was not the focus of every waking thought, and to console ourselves that one day it will once again be the boring sport of wonks. To that end, we bring you this Map of...
Going back in time on Santa Cruz Island

Going back in time on Santa Cruz Island

Last week, we decided we had to get a break from the relentless 2017 news cycle. Which was convenient, because the unseasonably cool weather made it the perfect time to explore one of Southern California’s most inaccessible natural and historic attractions, Santa Cruz...

Save Parker Center

REDEVELOPMENT PLANS HALTED • June 16, 2020 – “it became apparent that the… Project may no longer be in the best interest of the City.” – Bureau of Engineering report (PDF link) BREAKING NEWS: FORGET IT, JAKE… THE FIX WAS IN! •...

Pershing Square is 150 Years Old Today!

On December 11, 1866, Cristobal Aguilar, the Mayor of Los Angeles, a town of about 5000 souls still recovering from the brutal upsets of the Mexican-American War, signed an ordinance concerning a swampy patch of land due South-West of the Plaza: “Lots from Nos. 1 to...
Angels Flight Railway graffiti removal

Angels Flight Railway graffiti removal

Early on Thursday we got the word, via a Twitter photo posted by the good folks at DTLA Walking Tours, that Angels Flight Railway had been hit with a major graffiti bomb. The rest of the day was a blur of emails and calls, seeking out the people who could do something...
Pereira in Peril – The Race to Save William L. Pereira’s Metropolitan Water District HQ (1963), LACMA (1965), L.A. Times (1973, landmark altered by City Council) & CBS Television City (1952, landmarked!)

Pereira in Peril – The Race to Save William L. Pereira’s Metropolitan Water District HQ (1963), LACMA (1965), L.A. Times (1973, landmark altered by City Council) & CBS Television City (1952, landmarked!)

eFOR THE LATEST ON LACMA, L.A. TIMES BUILDINGS, ETC. SCROLL DOWN TO PRESS CLIPS RECENT ACTIONS: On December 3, 2019, Save LACMA board members gave public comment at Los Angeles City Hall opposing the gift of air rights over Wilshire Boulevard for the new LACMA...
The Peabody-Werden House makes a move

The Peabody-Werden House makes a move

You have to get up pretty early in the morning to see a 121-year-old Victorian duplex moved across the road, and luckily for you, we do. We arrived at First and Soto Streets to find the crew from Brandt House & Building Movers staging the dirt in front of the...
Save the Smell & Save the Victory Cafe!

Save the Smell & Save the Victory Cafe!

Earlier today the Smell, the legendary all-ages club in Los Angeles’ historic Skid Row, shared a photograph of a demolition permit application notice posted on their building. Even at the start of a holiday weekend, the response from incensed patrons...
The Hotel Californian neon is alive, alive!

The Hotel Californian neon is alive, alive!

It was 1995 when arson claimed the derelict Hotel Californian at the corner of 6th and Bonnie Brae in the Westlake District. But before the grand old H-shaped structure was demolished, the city removed its massive twin neon roof signs and placed them behind a chain...