February 1, 2012 |
In 1949, Eugene Kinn Choy built his family a home in Silver Lake. Deftly set in a narrow hillside lot, it was praised as a model of modernism, photographed by Julius Shulman and its merits noted in national architecture magazines. And yet the house might not have been built at all, if not for Choy's ingenuity and resolve. When racial covenants had threatened to keep him out of the area, he went door to door, seeking neighbors' permission before he moved in. "Even after he got an OK to purchase the land, no mainstream bank would offer financing," says Steven Y. Wong, the curator at the Chinese American Museum.
July 23, 2000 |
The small, polished lobby of the old Subway Terminal Building in downtown Los Angeles suggests neoclassical splendor: columns, marble, a copy of Rodin's "The Thinker," potted palms. Directly adjacent to the lobby is a massive room--actually, a ruin--with additional classical columns. But these have been stripped of their adornments, about one-third of the way down each column, so that the bare interior of the column is left exposed.