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May 10, 2007 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
Historian Stan Poe squinted upward at the castle-like Villa Riviera on Wednesday, pointing out what's been lost and what's about to be restored to the 1929 Long Beach landmark. "The interior has been altered considerably," said Poe, a member of the Long Beach Cultural Heritage Commission, who should know: He was given the Villa's original brocade ballroom drapes by someone who bought them decades ago.
May 6, 2007 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
Pasadena City Hall can be characterized as a beaux-arts rendition of a Renaissance-style palace, topped like a wedding cake with a Spanish Baroque dome. And it's back in the limelight after a $117-million renovation and seismic retrofit. The landmark has appeared in movies and TV shows, portrayed as a mental institution, a police station and even the Supreme Court building.
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.
April 18, 2007 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
The faux French-Normandy style Hollywood Tower apartment building in Hollywood, a familiar sight to drivers on the Hollywood Freeway, has been sold for $34.5 million to a Phoenix landlord that plans to build more units next to it. "It has been a major landmark since it was built," Hollywood historian Marc Wanamaker said. "Even before the freeway, it was a landmark on that hill." The tower at 6200 Franklin Ave.
April 15, 2007 | Maggie Barnett, Times Staff Writer
Long Beach pioneer and civic leader Irwin M. Stevens distinguished his home by adding three bathrooms with hot and cold running water to the second story -- a rare feature in 1929 when construction began. Stevens, who owned a laundry business, had the 12-room home plumbed with a recirculating water system that, even in winter, immediately delivered hot water to the second floor. According to Stevens' daughter, Jean Stevens Romer, her hard-working father never left work before 6 p.m.
March 27, 2007
Work continues on the third major renovation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House, the famed architect's first Los Angeles project. Crews seismically retrofitted the upper portion of the landmark 1921 home and repaired most of the 22 leaky roofs. As the period landscaping progresses, the city seeks a $2.5-million matching grant to complete a second phase of earthquake modifications.
March 25, 2007 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
As downtown's new residential conversion marches deeper into old Los Angeles, architects and developers are tapping into history, paying homage to pioneers and perhaps to a tree. Some of the building names -- Brockman, Blackstone, Douglas -- were practically forgotten in the years when downtown sank into decay. Now, many of the buildings are enjoying a revival as they're converted into high-end lofts and condos.
March 25, 2007 | Avital Binshtock
WHAT The Luther Burbank Home & Gardens WHERE Santa Rosa and Sonoma avenues in Santa Rosa, Calif. GETTING THERE From San Francisco, take U.S. 101 north and exit toward downtown Santa Rosa; turn right on 3rd Street, then right on Santa Rosa Avenue. WHY TAKE A DETOUR If you've ever eaten a French fry, you've probably tasted Luther Burbank's work -- the Burbank potato. The famous horticulturalist lived and worked here until he died in 1926 (although he was a Massachusetts native).
March 18, 2007 | Valli Herman, Times Staff Writer
BEFORE I was ushered into the elevator at the US Grant near downtown's Gaslamp Quarter, the bellman asked me to gaze at the lobby floor. There, beneath a small, square plaque, lay the contents of a new time capsule containing parts of the hotel's 96-year history. But when I looked up again, I realized the plaque was too small. The whole hotel is a time capsule.
March 11, 2007 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
In the hot Southern California real estate market, the Flores Adobe might be considered a fixer-upper. But the 19th-century house still has style, space and a story to tell. After the final California battle of the Mexican-American War more than 160 years ago, the defeated californios met in this house under the command of Gen. Jose Maria Flores.
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