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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
December 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
In a bid to lure casino mogul Steve Wynn back to New Jersey, state Sen. William L. Gormley has proposed gutting Atlantic City's historic Boardwalk Hall to house a $3-billion retail mall and hotel casino. The plan would preserve the facade, but as a shell. The Depression-era arena has played host to The Beatles, the 1964 Democratic National Convention and dozens of Miss America crownings.
December 17, 2006 | Gayle Pollard-Terry, Times Staff Writer
Myron Hunt designed this grand Colonial Revival villa in 1916 in Pasadena's Oak Knoll neighborhood, described in The Times' stories of the day as "the Crown City's beautiful and fashionable suburb," replete with paved streets and "ornamental electric lights on classic bronze pillars." Even if you don't recognize the Pasadena architect's name, you've probably seen or been in one of his many local landmarks.
December 3, 2006 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
The Alfred Newman musical clan gathered the other day to say their goodbyes to a Pacific Palisades home that has played host to many musicians since it was built in 1948. The house, designed by architect Lloyd Wright (son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright), was the site of family get-togethers -- concerts, horseback rides, avocado picking. The composer, winner of nine Academy Awards for musical scores, died in 1970. His widow, Martha, died in 2005.
November 19, 2006 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
In the early 20th century, part of Los Angeles' golden era was founded on copper. Take the Higgins Building at 2nd and Main streets. The 10-story showpiece was built in 1910 by copper tycoon Thomas Higgins. Its marble walls and brass fittings mirrored the glamour of pre-World War I downtown. Tenants included Clarence Darrow, General Petroleum, the chancery office of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and noted architect Albert C. Martin Sr.
November 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The old chestnut tree visible from Anne Frank's attic window that comforted the Jewish teenager as she hid during the Nazi occupation of Holland is rotten and must be cut down, the Amsterdam City Council said Tuesday. The Anne Frank House Museum, where the tiny apartment has been preserved, said grafts and a sapling from the original have been taken and it hopes to replace the once-towering tree with its progeny. The chestnut is familiar to readers of "The Diary of Anne Frank."
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