June 22, 2011 |
With a $6.6-million construction grant at stake, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday endorsed the Autry National Center of the American West's plan to reconfigure galleries at its museum in Griffith Park, creating permanent displays of Native American artifacts. The proposal, which would be routine for most other museums, became contentious last month because it dovetails with the larger, longstanding question of whether turning the Griffith Park site into a home for the Autry's Native American collection spells the end of the Southwest Museum in Mount Washington.
June 19, 2011 |
The historic Van Griffith estate in Los Feliz is suited to the homeowner who values privacy but wants to be close to city life. Built in 1925 by the son of Griffith Park benefactor Griffith J. Griffith, the Mediterranean-style home is set back from Vermont Avenue by a double gate and a long elevated driveway that create a peaceful, enclosed space for residents. The property includes a main house and guesthouse, which are separated by a driveway. The main house is reached by a short walk up outdoor stairs.
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June 17, 2011 |
A proposal to replace 835 oak, sycamore and walnut trees with 199,000 new interment spaces at a prominent Hollywood Hills cemetery near Griffith Park is at the heart of a controversy over the future of what little remains of the Los Angeles area's undeveloped wildlife habitat. Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries wants to develop 120 acres of its grounds because its existing expanse of carefully manicured lawns has nearly run out of room for interments in grassy havens with names like "Ascending Dawn" and "Vale of Hope.
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June 12, 2011 |
In today's celebrity culture, there's no shortage of big names who ride the rollercoaster of success and shame. Just look at Charlie Sheen or Arnold Schwarzenegger. But those outsized celebs have nothing on Colonel Griffith Jenkins Griffith, the man who bequeathed to the city what is now Griffith Park. Griffith charmed the city of Los Angeles with his generosity, only to shock it later with an act of unhinged violence. Although he would grant Los Angeles two more major gifts, Griffith never completely resuscitated his reputation.
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April 19, 2011 |
Heading to Griffith Park through an equestrian tunnel under the 134 Freeway, horse riders emerge to an unusual sight: huge yellow earth movers chomping into 15 acres of dirt between the freeway and the park. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is building underground reservoirs that will hold 110 million gallons of water and help eliminate the city's reliance on open-air reservoirs, including Silver Lake Res- ervoir. When complete, the two side-by-side Headworks reservoirs will be hidden beneath a new open-space recreation area along For- est Lawn Drive near Zoo Drive.
March 20, 2011 |
It's no easy job, being the lungs of Los Angeles. But Griffith Park, the foremost green space in a city notorious for meager parkland and abundant smog, endures bravely, maybe even heroically. Venture into the park, or nearby Elysian Park, or one of the creative neighborhoods in between, and you'll find not only beloved landmarks such as Griffith Observatory and Dodger Stadium, but also happy surprises, such as the time-travel supply shop, or the cafe where cops dine daily to the sound of echoing gunfire, or the Korean greetings that echo at dawn every day atop Mt. Hollywood.
March 20, 2011 |
WHERE TO STAY Lodging options are slim around Griffith Park, perhaps because there are so many rooms in nearby Hollywood. But there are a few spots, including these. Hotel250, also known as the Hollywood Silver Lake Hotel & Suites, 250 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles 90004; (213) 639-1920, http://www.hotel250.com . This former Holiday Inn, set on a hillside south of the 101 Freeway, has 65 rooms, free Wi-Fi, parking and continental breakfast and an unheated outdoor pool.
February 27, 2011 |
Just above the Greek Theatre, on the edge of a sloping field adjacent to Vermont Avenue, sits a pump. To the layperson ? to this one at any rate ? it looks like a big ugly hunk of metal on wheels, one that bears the signs of age and weather. To those who know about such things, this is a 4-inch, high-head, trailer-mounted, diesel centrifugal booster pump, and it serves an important purpose: to boost water pressure and flow for fire protection in Griffith Park. So, it is noble, this pump, an integral weapon against the potential destruction of the park, including its beloved observatory and the Greek Theatre.
February 2, 2011 |
When producers of the ABC game show "Downfall" needed a building from which to hurl dishwashers, gumball machines and other "prizes," they settled on a warehouse on the east side of downtown Los Angeles. The six-story building on Terminal Street, near the corner of 7th and Alameda streets, was among the most popular on-location filming sites in the region in 2010, along with a long-closed hospital in Boyle Heights and a faux Route 66 pit stop on the edge of the Mojave Desert, according to a recent survey by the nonprofit group FilmL.
November 8, 2010 |
Griffith Park isn't just the home of Griffith Observatory, the Greek Theatre, the Los Angeles Zoo and train rides. It's also long been a favorite backdrop in films, including "The Terminator," "Back to the Future," "Transformers" and even "The Birth of a Nation. " D.W. Griffith shot battle sequences in the park for his controversial 1915 Civil War epic. But perhaps the most famous film to use Griffith Park is Nicholas Ray's 1955 teen drama "Rebel Without a Cause" starring James Dean.