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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2016-01-12 20:30:08
The People's Guide takes a page from Curbed SF and offers tours of LA's neighborhoods, led by loyal readers, favorite bloggers, and other luminaries of our choosing. We kick off Curbed LA's inaugural episode by welcoming a resident of the Curbed Cup's 2015 Neighborhood of the Year, West Adams—communications director (and former president) of the West Adams Heritage Association John Patterson. …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-12-15 22:00:39
Image via Michael Locke There is something about the holidays that makes one think of Victorian houses, those gingerbread-style confections of multi-colored gables, towers, and spires that look like they could be home to Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It was during the Victorian era (1837 to 1901) that Los Angeles transformed from a small, dusty Mexican outpost into a Gilded Age American …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-12-01 06:48:24
Gehry's plans for the Grand Avenue Project Starchitect and generally feisty dude Frank Gehry has been working in Los Angeles for more than 50 years, and is still going strong with a handful of big new projects underway in the city. He doesn't seem to be slowing down, but 50 years in the field has provided more than enough material for a …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-11-18 00:02:36
West Adams Boulevard runs through what were the some of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Los Angeles at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Doctors, successful entrepreneurs, lawyers, and well-off widows commissioned houses here in styles ranging from Italian Gothic to Alpine Craftsman, and though those neighborhoods have, like the rest of the city, seen highs and lows, there are still …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-11-06 23:53:02
Images via The Wexler House Donald Wexler pretty much invented the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic of Palm Springs that everyone knows today, arriving for a six-month assignment in the early 1950s and staying for decades, meanwhile pioneering the steel-framed Modernist houses the city's known for today. Now the Mid-Century Modern Palm Springs house that he built for himself and his family back in …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-10-16 03:46:43
This weekend (October 17 and 18), Found LA will be taking over the city, offering free, public tours of little-known and under-represented segments of Los Angeles's history and culture. Tours will look at a partially-built bicycle freeway, the roots of LA's LGBTQ's faith communities, LA's history as a cow capital, and more. A less-than-beautiful building that will be featured on the tour: …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-09-17 05:17:32
The last ribbon was wrapped around the Petersen Automotive Museum's exterior last month, and with reopening scheduled for December, we need to talk about what is happening on Wilshire Boulevard. Is it fair to critique a building before construction is done? If I haven't been inside the revamp? Probably not, but this particular jeremiad is JUST about the mostly completed exterior …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-07-22 02:46:42
[Image via Dean Cheng] Googie is the architectural equivalent of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's definition of obscenity?you may not know how to define it, but you know it when you see it. The Norms on La Cienega? That's a Googie. The Union 76 station in Beverly Hills? Googie. That spaceship-looking thing outside of LAX? Googie. Googie architecture got its name from architect …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-05-21 20:54:15
Design by HMC Architects and Populous Los Angeles has needed to update the LA Convention Center for a long time and for a while there it thought it might have a solution: LA Live developers AEG promised to completely overhaul the aging venue as part of their plan to build an NFL stadium nearby. But that project fell completely apart and so, …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-05-20 19:10:16
Architect Barbara Bestor has been all over lately—she designed the new second-most expensive house in Silver Lake and is restoring the first—and now her firm Bestor Architecture, which scored a national AIA award last week for the Beats by Dre headquarters, has been selected by the Silverlake Conservatory of Music to handle the redesign of its new campus. Founded by Red …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-05-09 03:38:29
[Kahlua apartments near Rosemead via Howard F.] This week, Tiki-Ti, the classic Los Feliz tiki bar, shocked its loyal patrons with the news that it is closing indefinitely. Fans cried into their Uga Boogas and swarmed the bar's Facebook page with well wishes. (Fortunately, it turns out that "indefinitely" only means a couple of a weeks and Los Angeles won't be losing …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-04-29 17:00:36
[Image via Ryan Ward] Los Angeles is full of fantastic residential architecture in styles running all over from Spanish Colonial Revival to Streamline Moderne. But the Modernist Case Study Houses, sponsored by Arts & Architecture and designed between the mid-1940s and mid-1960s, are both native to SoCal and particularly emblematic of the region (thanks in huge part to photographer Julius Shulman). The …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-03-25 07:47:44
[Photos from May 2014 by Elizabeth Daniels] Prolific Los Angeles Modernist Rudolph Schindler designed dozens of timeless duplexes, apartments, houses, and office buildings, but he only ever designed one church. Bethlehem Baptist Church in Central-Alameda was built in 1944 for a small, black church congregation. Now, just after a much-needed restoration to what was for many years a pretty rough-looking building, the …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-03-24 18:51:34
Swiss starchitect Peter Zumthor has been in the process of designing a brand new LACMA campus, in the form of some kind of elevated blob, for close to two years now. The first iteration was a little too cozy with the neighboring La Brea Tar Pits, which the design mirrored; the second wound away from the pits and over Wilshire Boulevard, …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-02-16 19:50:12
[Photo by Elizabeth Daniels] Los Angeles is already madly in love with the Hollyhock House, Frank Lloyd Wright's first Los Angeles house, a prototype for California Modernism, and a pretty magical hilltop spread with beautiful views of Griffith Observatory and Hollywood. After a five-year restoration, the city-owned house reopened Friday afternoon for a full 24 hours of tours, as Friday the 13 …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-01-31 03:15:06
[H&H via Rod Ramsey] If you've been to the Hollywood & Highland Center and have a working knowledge of silent film history, you may have noticed that the hulking mall's design has been lifted with mixed success from the Babylon set in DW Griffith's 1916 epic Intolerance. (An influential and ruinously expensive feat of filmmaking in which Griffith calls out critics of …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-01-27 07:48:50
[Photos by Elizabeth Daniels] Early this month, the company that owns the Norms diner on the border between Los Angeles and West Hollywood received a permit to demolish the building. Diners are kind of special to Angelenos, though, and that outpost of the local Norms chain happens to be an especially beloved local landmark and one of the best extant examples of …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-01-22 18:30:41
[Image via Michael Locke / Curbed LA flickr pool] Six years ago, another round of restorations began on the Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Art Park, the first house Frank Lloyd Wright designed in Los Angeles, built in the early 1920s for bohemian oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, and a public museum since the mid-1970s. Now, finally, the work is winding down and the …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-01-21 02:16:54
The landmark Joseph Kun Residence in Nichols Canyon—designed by the great Modernist architect Richard Neutra for Los Angeles Examiner printer Joseph Kun and finished in 1936—has come up for sale for the first time since wrapping up a thorough restoration. The seller is Devo singer and bassist Gerald Casale, who bought the house in 2007 and devoted the next seven years …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-01-20 19:20:36
[Photo by John King Tarpinian via File 770] Last week, demolition began (or at least began to be noticed) at the sunny yellow, three-bedroom house in Cheviot Hills that science fiction writer Ray Bradbury called home for more than 50 years. And it turned out that the property's new owner—the person who had ordered the demolition—is renowned architect Thom Mayne, the founder …


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