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April 8, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman
The calls from America kept coming but Paolo Paolucci's answer stayed the same: "Gabriella is dead." A sigh, a gasp, and in the near distance Tuesday, the sounds of hands and clawed machines digging at the stone, mortar and splintered wood of broken homes and crumpled bell towers scattered for miles in eerie heaps beneath mountains thick with snow. Paolucci's elderly mother and sister, Gabriella, were two of the deceased as the toll from Monday's magnitude 6.3 earthquake rose to 228.
April 7, 2009 | Martha Groves
With Los Angeles' long-awaited citywide survey of structures well into the pilot stage, Katherine Harris wants to be sure that historians and planners know all about "the Onion," the domed North Hills hall of the 100-member Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society. The building has a distinctive look as well as a history of social action. Back in 1970, when other venues balked, the Onion invited radical Chicago Seven lawyer William Kunstler to speak.
March 4, 2009 | Richard C. Paddock
A saloon in California's Gold Country that is said to be the oldest continuously operating bar west of the Mississippi River is in danger of closing because of the downturn in the economy, a co-owner of the establishment said Tuesday. The Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, which includes the Golden Gate Saloon, is likely to close Monday unless a buyer steps forward, said managing partner Jim O'Brien. "We are losing money every day we are open," he said.
December 25, 2008 | BLOOMBERG NEWS
Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said he would block plans by the Emir of Qatar to renovate a 17th century mansion on the French capital's exclusive Saint-Louis island, saying it's "a real threat" to the city's heritage. "This is a real threat to a gem of Paris' heritage, the only private house from the end of Louis the XIII's reign that remains untouched," Delanoe wrote in a letter to Culture Minister Christine Albanel this week. "I want this plan to be reconsidered, taking the time for a thorough examination."
December 23, 2008 | Cara Mia DiMassa
The acoustic tiles on the walls are worn, the carpeting is threadbare in some places, and a note posted along the edge of the Pasadena Ice Skating Center rink reminds skaters that "our nostalgic facility is very old." Hockey parents complain that the boards don't bounce right and that the puck often gets lost during games. But on a recent "free skate" night, the magic of the ice was still alive and well.
November 9, 2008 | Karl Zimmermann, Zimmermann is a freelance writer.
Early on a bright, clear May morning, bracing and brilliant in a way I've always associated with the American West, I stepped down from Amtrak's Southwest Chief at the trim adobe depot at Winslow, in northeastern Arizona. The rambling, Spanish-Colonial-Revival La Posada was adjacent. I entered the original front door, on the railroad side of the building, and found a lobby, lounges, restaurant and guest rooms that were handsome and redolent of the past.
October 26, 2008 | Jay Jones, Jones is a freelance writer.
Karen Zorn and her boyfriend fled their cozy bed-and-breakfast earlier this year. It wasn't that the place was dirty or the neighbors noisy. Zorn says they grabbed their bags and left for a nearby motel after discovering that, apparently, some of the other guests were ghosts. The couple had just finished checking in to the B&B in Fall River, Mass., when things started to go awry. "We went up to the room and it was freezing cold. It was the coldest room in the house by far.
August 14, 2008 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles city officials are seeking help to pinpoint historically important homes and structures in a 2 1/2 -mile-wide swath of Hollywood that includes some of the entertainment industry's most significant sites. But some in Hollywood are questioning the sincerity of the preservation effort as they complain that officials seem to be in a headlong rush to modernize the area and pack more people in.
July 28, 2008 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
CK Arts Inc. has done a good job cementing its future to the increasing interest in Southern California's historic buildings by putting in place many of the basics needed to position the small business for growth, financial consultant Maryellen Galuchie says.
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