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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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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.
BUSINESS
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.
REAL ESTATE
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
WORLD
March 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Masked demolition workers protected by police tore down a Copenhagen building that served as a makeshift cultural center for Denmark's anarchists and disaffected youth, ignoring sobs and screamed obscenities from a crowd of young people. Four days of riots followed the owner's decision to evict squatters from the building. The violent demonstrations were Denmark's worst in a decade and drew people from across Northern Europe. More than 650 people were arrested and 25 injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2007 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
To paraphrase Clark Gable in "Gone With the Wind": Frankly, my dear, they didn't give a damn. That's the view of the state Court of Appeal on how West Hollywood officials acted when residents tried to protest a plan to turn a residential landmark nicknamed "Tara" into a 35-unit senior housing complex. Justices ruled Feb. 21 that city officials brushed aside locals' objections to the redevelopment project by obtaining federal funding for it before required public hearings were held.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2007 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Fire Battalion Chief Ray Gomez could tell instantly that the two downtown buildings ablaze early Monday were old -- at least by Los Angeles standards. The mortar between bricks was soft, made before the 1933 introduction of reinforced concrete, making the buildings more vulnerable to heat and water -- and to collapsing on firefighters.
NATIONAL
December 25, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A state judge has spared a Westport home, designed by renowned architect Paul Rudolph, from demolition -- for now. The 4,200-square-foot stucco house, designed by Rudolph in 1972, is an elongated series of interconnecting cubes with cantilevered panels that hang above large windows. Rudolph, who died in 1997, was dean of the Yale School of Architecture in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
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