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May 4, 2007 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
With architectural photographer Julius Shulman helping to plead the case for the home of Dutton's Brentwood Books, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted Thursday to consider declaring the complex a historic-cultural monument. Four commissioners voted to follow a staff recommendation that the building warranted further investigation as a well-preserved example of mid-20th century California modern architecture.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2007 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
With architectural photographer Julius Shulman helping to plead the case for the home of Dutton's Brentwood Books, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted Thursday to consider declaring the complex a historic-cultural monument. Four commissioners voted to follow a staff recommendation that the building warranted further investigation as a well-preserved example of mid-20th century California modern architecture.
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OPINION
January 21, 2007
Re "No one wants this L.A. classic to end," Jan. 17 I am dismayed to read about the possible closing of Dutton's Brentwood Books. It is the only bookstore I can walk into and simply say, "I need something to read," and someone will help me find just the right thing. It is the only bookstore where I can order a book and receive a phone call within three days telling me it is in and will be held for me for two weeks. Charles T. Munger, a multimillionaire and partner of Warren E. Buffet, surely does not need to wipe out this important neighborhood literary gathering place and symbol of community.
OPINION
January 21, 2007
Re "No one wants this L.A. classic to end," Jan. 17 I am dismayed to read about the possible closing of Dutton's Brentwood Books. It is the only bookstore I can walk into and simply say, "I need something to read," and someone will help me find just the right thing. It is the only bookstore where I can order a book and receive a phone call within three days telling me it is in and will be held for me for two weeks. Charles T. Munger, a multimillionaire and partner of Warren E. Buffet, surely does not need to wipe out this important neighborhood literary gathering place and symbol of community.
BUSINESS
July 20, 1997 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS
Few employers can match the resource center that Doug Dutton provides for his workers: It's called Dutton's Brentwood Books. Imagine an entire bookstore at your disposal to help you figure out why the baby won't sleep through the night, what to expect when an elderly relative has a stroke or how to get your puppy to stop chewing your shoes. That's just one of the unusual perks for the 40 full-time and part-time employees of Dutton's, where in among the books dwell actual babies.
MAGAZINE
March 9, 1997 | Jill Sharer
In most days you can find Yetive Moss behind the nonfiction counter at Dutton's Brentwood Books, perched on a metal stool, phone in one hand, pen in another, calling customers about special orders. She uses a voice that, despite her 92 years, is less grandmotherly than authoritative; soft-spoken and formal, it causes people to pay attention. Her daily uniform, if one can call it that, consists of plain slacks, blouse and sweater vest.
OPINION
May 13, 2008
You could write an anthology of sad stories about iconic bookstores across Southern California. Problem is, they'd all have similar plots: Individuals who struggle to nurture a vision of what bookstores can mean, not just to readers but to communities. Debts that grow instead of sales. Landlords with ambitious new plans. Over the last few months, three extraordinary shops have either closed or are in dire danger. Less than a year ago, this page was celebrating the survival of Dutton’s Brentwood Books after the property owner reconsidered his plans for new development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 | By Martha Groves
After years of wrestling with Brentwood activists, billionaire investor Charles T. Munger has pulled the plug on plans to redevelop the San Vicente Boulevard site that was the longtime location of Dutton's bookstore. Brentwood Community Council Chairwoman Nancy Freedman said Munger's insistence on razing the landmarked structure, known as the Barry Building, to install extensive underground parking and a new retail center raised activists' ire. “We encouraged him to incorporate the landmark,” she said.
BUSINESS
July 20, 1997 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS
Few employers can match the resource center that Doug Dutton provides for his workers: It's called Dutton's Brentwood Books. Imagine an entire bookstore at your disposal to help you figure out why the baby won't sleep through the night, what to expect when an elderly relative has a stroke or how to get your puppy to stop chewing your shoes. That's just one of the unusual perks for the 40 full-time and part-time employees of Dutton's, where in among the books dwell actual babies.
MAGAZINE
March 9, 1997 | Jill Sharer
In most days you can find Yetive Moss behind the nonfiction counter at Dutton's Brentwood Books, perched on a metal stool, phone in one hand, pen in another, calling customers about special orders. She uses a voice that, despite her 92 years, is less grandmotherly than authoritative; soft-spoken and formal, it causes people to pay attention. Her daily uniform, if one can call it that, consists of plain slacks, blouse and sweater vest.
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