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An ode to the Valley before it changes - Curbed LA
The San Fernando Valley reminds me of the Los Angeles I knew as a child
sanfernandovalley  thevalley  losangeles  curbedla  photography 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Finding Yaangna, the Ancestral Village of LA's Native People
Los Angeles has the largest Native American population in the US, but of all the tribes represented here, the fewest people belong to the region's own Gabrieleno/Tongva communities. "The first nations people of the Los Angeles Basin covered a significant expanse of territory, reaching north to Malibu, traveling into the southern sectors of Orange County and east into Riverside County, including the four Southern Channel Islands," writes Cindi Moar Alvitre in her LAtitudes essay "Coyote Tours," but their "principal ancestral village" was Yaangna, which "moved along the Los Angeles River for countless generations, before the water was confined and silenced within a concrete sarcophagus, separating the people from that which gives life."
curbed  curbedla  losangeles  yaangna  nativeamericans  history 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Creation of Beachwood Canyon's Theosophist "Dreamland"
In 1918, LA Times reporter Grace Kingsley went to visit Krotona, the national headquarters of the Theosophical Society. This idealistic community of around 300 or so was nestled in the hills of Beachwood Canyon, above the expanding village of Hollywood.
curbed  curbedla  beachwoodcanyon  theosophism  krotona  hollywood  hollywoodhills  spirituality  religion 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
An Architectural Walking Tour of South LA's Stately and Historic West Adams Boul...
West Adams Boulevard runs through what were the some of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Los Angeles at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Doctors, successful entrepreneurs, lawyers, and well-off widows commissioned houses here in styles ranging from Italian Gothic to Alpine Craftsman, and though those neighborhoods have, like the rest of the city, seen highs and lows, there are still so many grand homes that have survived along the boulevard.
curbedla  history  architecture  walkingtour  losangeles  california  westadams 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Touring the Soriano-Designed Lukens House, Miraculously Back From the Near-Dead
When we first saw the Lukens House back in July 2010, it was, judging by photos, pretty well trashed, and had been abated as a nuisance and taken over by the city. Today it's been beautifully and sensitively restored and is making a very pleasant home for its new owner, real estate agent Mike Chapman (he moved in in November last year).
curbedla  architecture  design  losangeles  midcentury  renovation  lukenshouse 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Map: The Strange and Wonderful Lost Amusement Parks of LA
Once upon a time, from the early days of the city until as late as the 1970s and '80s, Los Angeles was home to dozens of more freewheeling amusement parks, where new attractions were added every season and you could ride an alligator, see a macaw on rollerskates, descend into Dante's hell, watch a Civil War sea battle reenactment, drink free beer, and even get medical care for your baby, in between riding the rollercoasters and eating cotton candy.
curbedla  amusementparks  losangeles  history  maps 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
People Were Actually Excited to Drive Down the Hollywood Freeway When it Opened ...
LA City Clerk's Youtube account uploaded this video from the December 27, 1950 ceremony which shows the first cars to drive on the new pavement, including the way that, "Immediately afterward traffic began pouring over the freeway," as an LA Times account of the ceremony said.
video  losangeles  freeway  1950  curbedla  transportation 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Mt. Washington's Famed Modern Pilot House Asks $1.125M
Before architects A. Quincy Jones and Whitney Smith, and engineer Edgardo Contini went to work on Brentwood's renowned Modern architecture community Crestwood Hills, they built this aptly named Pilot House in Mt. Washington (itself an "architecturally blessed" enclave) to show "how well-designed homes could be built on steep hillside lots."
curbedla  realestate  architecture  mtwashington  losangeles  history 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
25 Photos of the Los Angeles River Before It Was Paved in 1938
This is the year and especially the summer of the Los Angeles River--on January 1, it officially became a river again (not just a flood control channel); this May it opened for recreation for the first time in 75 years; at the end of this month the Army Corps of Engineers will announce their plans for some kind of enormous makeover that could involve unpaving large sections; and it finally just feels like there's a critical mass of politicians, planners, architects, and plain old Angelenos who are working to make the river great.
history  losangeles  photographs  curbedla  losangelesriver  river 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Who Will Revive Old Hollywood's San Berdoo Resort Getaway?
The six-story Art Deco resort where Hollywood elites went in the '30s and '40s to honeymoon, enjoy the natural hot springs, and frolic in a wavy-edged pool is poised for a long-awaited revival in glorious San Bernardino, says the LA Times.
curbedla  losangeles  history  architecture 
february 2015 by brendanmcfadden

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