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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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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2015-01-16 23:35:26
[Googies on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. Completed 1949. Image via Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images] This week, Los Angeles erupted in public outcry against the possibility that the iconic La Cienega Norms restaurant might be razed (a demolition permit was issued but there are no immediate plans for the site), and the drama has brought the disappearing Googie architectural style …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-12-31 20:32:40
[Photo by Gary Leonard] The facade of Bunker Hill's The Broad museum was officially unveiled this morning as workers removed the last of the exterior scaffolding, and things are not looking quite as originally envisioned. The design, by starchitects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, was originally advertised as an "innovative veil" that will activate "two-way views that connect the museum and the street"; …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-12-25 02:35:33
Photos of butterfly roofs throughout southern California by Elizabeth Daniels. Atop thousands of houses in the warm western regions of the United States are roofs that turn the traditional housetop silhouette on its head. Two panels meet in the middle of the roofline and slope upward and outward, like butterfly wings in mid-flap. This similarity gave the "butterfly roof" its name, and …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-11-06 22:13:14
LACMA announced an incredible gift this morning: "reclusive billionaire" and former Univision CEO Jerry Perenchio will donate "at least 47 works" to the museum, including pieces by Monet, Léger, Magritte, Manet, and Picasso, as well as "a very unique mixed-media Degas," as reported by the LA Times. LACMA won't get the works until after Perenchio dies (he's 83), but the donation …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-10-25 02:38:07
It's Cults Week at Curbed LA! Join us. Possibly the world's oldest fraternal organization, Freemasonry dates back to the 1400s and has been a rich source of fodder for conspiracy theorists pretty much ever since. It's not a cult or a religion, but it is a close-knit, very old, and historically mysterious organization, with close ties to power. Further causes for suspicion …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-10-17 03:14:08
[Photos by Elizabeth Daniels] This past weekend, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture held its MAK Games tennis tournament at the Sheats-Goldstein House, one of the sexiest properties in all Los Angeles (the Beverly Crest house was designed by John Lautner and played pornographer Jackie Treehorn's house in The Big Lebowski, hosted a real porn, and most recently served as the …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-10-09 23:03:18
There's been a lot of drama this year over Italian starchitect Renzo Piano's work on the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, an adaptive reuse of the 1939 May Company department store building at Wilshire and Fairfax that also includes the addition of a giant glass sphere (which will house an enormous theater and viewing deck). In May, rumor's popped up that …


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