L.A. Conservancy Offers Rare Glimpse into Historic Garden Apartments

The “mansionization” of Los Angeles and other southland communities has frustrated and angered many residents over the years, as new, large homes replace smaller ones on modest lots, blocking light and views and towering over their neighbors. There was a time in the not too distant past, however, when L.A. saw a completely different type […]

The Los Angeles Conservancy launches a new website and historic preservation in LA takes a big step forward

One of my favorite local organizations, The Los Angeles Conservancy, recently launched a long overdue redesign of its website. Normally I wouldn’t cover such an event, but in this case I want to let the Curating Los Angeles community know how much more preservation related information is now available online.

MyHistoricLA Launches and Seeks Public Input for SurveyLA


As I reported in an October 2010 post, the Los Angeles Planning Department’s Office of Historic Resources is undertaking an ambitious program called SurveyLA, which is the first comprehensive effort to identify historic resources throughout the city. Now the Office of Historic Resources has launched an innovative public engagement program called MyHistoricLA, which is intended to get the public directly involved in the survey process through the use of an online technology platform developed by MindMixer.

Historic Tustin Blimp Hangar Closer to Becoming Centerpiece of New OC Regional Park


Last week the Orange County Parks Commission voted unanimously to approve a reuse plan for one of the landmark blimp hangars at the former Tustin Marine Corps Air Station. The approved concept plan involves restoring the north hangar and transforming the surrounding 84.5 acres into a regional park that will feature playing fields, tree lined trails, playgrounds and picnic areas. Future uses may also include water polo and ice hockey facilities. Due to its poor condition, the southern hangar is slated for demolition.

Discover LA’s Hidden Stories at the 6th Annual Archives Bazaar


Once again USC will host the Archives Bazaar, a daylong event that offers Los Angeles history buffs, Californiana enthusiasts, and academics the opportunity to learn about new information sources and research methods, exchange ideas, share new findings, and celebrate their passion for the city’s local history. The event is presented by LA as Subject, an association “dedicated to preserving and improving access to archives and collections that document the history of Los Angeles’ diverse peoples, languages, cultures, and geography.”

Step Back in Time at The Eames House


In a September 24th post, I wrote about how a team from The Getty and LACMA has temporarily relocated the Eames House living room to LACMA for the exhibition ‘Living In a Modern Way: California Design 1930-1965.’ That exhibit is the first major study of California midcentury modern design and is part of Pacific Standard Time, a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California that have come together to tell the story of the LA art scene’s birth.

The Charles and Ray Eames House – Conserving an Icon / Exhibiting a Living Room


Today the Los Angeles Times published two interesting articles about Case Study House No. 8, more commonly known as the Eames house. Completed in 1949 by Charles and Ray Eames, the landmark Pacific Palisades house is an icon of modern design and a favorite building of mine in Los Angeles.