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September 1, 2007
Germany's largest synagogue, featuring golden mosaic tiles and a star-spangled blue dome, reopened Friday after more than a year of renovations to restore its beauty following decades of neglect. Rabbi Chaim Rozwaski praised the synagogue's revival as "a miracle" to a crowd that packed the temple, which can hold more than 1,000 people. "We have come back from death to life," he said at the service kicking off Berlin's annual 10-day Jewish culture festival.
August 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Fire crews shored up defenses around a century-old lodge built by Buffalo Bill Cody, houses and cabins outside Yellowstone National Park as a 29-square-mile fire continued to push closer through mountainous terrain. The Columbine fire, which began with an Aug. 9 lightning strike, was threatening the 1904 lodge and part of the Pahaska Tepee Resort.
July 13, 2007 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the San Vicente Boulevard building that houses Dutton's Brentwood Books be designated as a historic-cultural monument. The matter will next be considered by the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee, or PLUM, and then by the full council. After the 4-0 commission vote (with one abstention), about 50 supporters broke into cheers and applause in a 10th-floor City Hall hearing room.
June 30, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
The Royal Festival Hall, London's first major public building erected after World War II and an iconic structure in British Modernist architecture, has long been a royal pain. "An expression of a way of life in which we believe" was how one official in 1951 described what the 3,000-seat concert venue was meant to be. Designed with the goal of making all seats equally good (despite the inclusion of a royal box), it proved a magnificent symbol of Britain emerging from postwar austerity.
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.
April 2, 2007 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
It was a picture-postcard day as the small crowd stood Sunday outside an ornate 131-year-old wood-frame home in Montecito Heights. There was a cloudless blue sky overhead and a cool breeze fresh with the scent of spring swirling down from the nearby hills. If you let your imagination flow, the traffic noise on the nearby Pasadena Freeway could have been the roar of April rain shower runoff rushing down the Arroyo Seco.
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