Category Archives: Architecture

Hansel and Gretel Storybook Architecture: The Witch’s House of Beverly Hills

I like to show people this house. It is known as the Spadena House, but more commonly referred to as the Witch’s House, and as of late, Beverly Hills Landmark #8. It was originally built in Culver City in 1921. … Continue reading

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25 Years Ago The Northridge Earthquake Rocked LA

Just the facts, from John Martin, engineer (JAMA) “At 4:31 A.M. (local time) on Monday, January 17, 1994, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake woke nearly everyone in southern California. The earthquake epicenter was beneath the San Fernando Valley, 20 miles west-northwest … Continue reading

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LA Through a Cracked Lens: Fairytale House

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Lawrence English New Public Sound Artwork Installation ‘Seirá’ Incorporates Cold War Era Air Raid Sirens During ‘AxS Festival’

Do you remember the sound of the air raid sirens that went off like clockwork at 10:00 a.m. on the last Friday of every month during the Cold War in Los Angeles? Those of us lived at the time to hear … Continue reading

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Photo Gallery: 2018 Bullocks Wilshire Open House

Designed in 1929 by Los Angeles architects John and Donald Parkinson with interior design by Jock Peters, the Bullocks Wilshire Building in Koreatown operated as a luxury department store for over 60 years, closing in 1993.  Its last owners, Macy’s, … Continue reading

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