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NEWS
February 11, 1990 | RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He didn't set out to erect a new landmark on the Westside. In fact, those who know him say that rocket scientist-turned financial wizard Dennis A. Tito is not the flamboyant type. But there it is, a 30,000-square-foot mansion alone on a hilltop in Pacific Palisades that overlooks, well, just about everything, from Santa Monica Bay to the snow-capped San Bernardino Mountains. Even among local residents somewhat used to seeing mega-homes being built by the rich and famous, the place turns heads.
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REAL ESTATE
May 3, 1992 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
JACLYN SMITH--one of TV's "Charlie's Angels" who went on to make about 20 movies or miniseries, including the January NBC movie "In the Arms of a Killer"--has purchased a Bel-Air home for $4.5 million, sources say.
REAL ESTATE
April 30, 2006 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
ONE morning three months ago, Italian architect Renzo Piano met with a handful of LACMA trustees in one of the museum's conference rooms. After a few minutes of small talk, Piano motioned the group over to a large table and picked up a stack of cards about 4 inches wide and 6 inches high. He began tossing them onto the tabletop, as if he were dealing blackjack. As the cards skidded to a stop, each revealed a picture of a building, an architect or a piece of furniture from the 1950s and '60s.
REAL ESTATE
November 5, 1989 | LEON WHITESON, Whiteson is a Los Angeles free-lancer who writes on architectural topics.
"The ranch house is everything a California house should be . . . to serve the California life style of informality, outdoor living and sunshine." This typically simple statement came from the father of the California Ranch House style, Cliff May, who died recently in his Brentwood office at the age of 81.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 1991 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"The rebel in me will touch the rebel in you," Jimmy Cliff sang at the Coach House on Monday, and the Jamaican singer's ability to touch and inspire an audience indeed seems only to grow stronger over the years. Cliff first entered a recording studio in 1962, a year before the Rolling Stones cut their first record. But, unlike the moribund, pre-programmed marketing event that Mick Jagger & Co.'
NEWS
May 21, 1995 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Admirers of vintage Southern California architecture will have an unusual chance to visit four private homes in Santa Monica Canyon today. For $30 a ticket--the money goes to benefit the L.A. Conservancy and the 101-year-old Canyon Charter School--visitors are invited on a walking and driving tour of houses that express what organizers call "the California dream"--comfort, informal elegance and easy access between indoors and out.
MAGAZINE
May 22, 2005 | Robert Lloyd, Robert Lloyd is a Times television critic and a native Angeleno.
Of all the modern marvels a house may possess--intercoms, clap-on-clap-off lighting, dumbwaiters--none is more marvelous than the deceptively simple but aesthetically complex sliding glass door, whose job it is to be there and not there, permeable, impermeable. Its nature is tripartite: door, wall, window, indivisible, invisible. It mediates between interior and exterior, belonging to both, joining even as it separates.
HOME & GARDEN
July 22, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Screenwriter, film director and bestselling novelist Nicholas Meyer has listed his Pacific Palisades house at $7.3 million. The two-story Cliff May design, built in 1937, has been his family home for 15 years. Used for entertaining, family weddings and Meyer's work, the courtyard-style house has nearly 7,000 square feet and sits on more than three quarters of an acre — plenty of room for himself, his wife, three daughters, an office assistant and dogs. "It's a house that allows one to do all these things and for a lot of people to be sort of swallowed up because the amount of the grounds," Meyer said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
Over the last couple of weeks, a tiny monochromatic skyline has been growing in my kitchen. Since opening Lego's new “ Architecture Studio ,” my two daughters (who are 9 and 4) and I have been putting together, dismantling and redesigning a group of about 10 buildings. We've kept the results on display on a shelf above the sink. Because the Architecture Studio includes bricks in just two shades - white and transparent - the buildings we've created all seem to be related, at least distantly, to modern architecture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1985 | NANCY RAY, Times Staff Writer
About $375,000 in Coastal Conservancy funds will be granted this summer to restore three major beach access points along the Encinitas and Leucadia bluffs, including a new stairway to the popular Swami's surfing area.
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