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by PreserveLA
Thu May 08, 2008 8:56 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: 1950's Painted Aluminum Tiles
Replies: 0
Views: 481

1950's Painted Aluminum Tiles

A subscriber to PreserveLA.com recently contacted me to say that she has several boxes of original 1950's painted aluminum tile wrapped in paper. Each 4x4 package covers about 5 square feet. They are made from pressed metal that once adhered with mastic or adhesive caulking can cover a wall space in...
by PreserveLA
Mon Dec 12, 2005 5:03 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Sunset Vine Tower?
Replies: 24
Views: 6141

See http://www.preservela.com/archives/000692.html for the last information I'd heard about the building, which is consistent with Mr. Nichols' post. Sorry for not sharing it here sooner.
by PreserveLA
Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:46 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: A-frames
Replies: 33
Views: 8239

What about the A-frame on the east side of the Hollywood Freeway as it goes through Cahuenga Pass? It looks vacant, and gets hit with graffiti all the time. Its in plain view from the freeway.
by PreserveLA
Thu Aug 18, 2005 8:32 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Gershwin/Clooney House gone
Replies: 3
Views: 902

The original Beverly Hills Survey was conducted in the 1980s on an old Kaypro computer. I know, because I recently transferred the survey data from old pre-DOS 5 1/4 floppies to current media. Its my understanding that the City of Beverly Hills is gearing up to conduct a new survey, which will in pa...
by PreserveLA
Thu Aug 18, 2005 5:05 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Cool website!
Replies: 6
Views: 1483

Yes, I am in fact known to troll the postings here from time to time. Thanks for the support!

Drop me a line anytime...

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by PreserveLA
Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:38 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Echo Park Boathouse (1932) being restored
Replies: 2
Views: 955

The intial rehab of the boathouse is nearly complete. I conducted a 50% walk-through of the project a couple weeks ago. Under the guidance of LA BOE, the current project has involved rehab of the dock, including restoration of the hand-hewn beams and columns and structural repairs on the submerged s...
by PreserveLA
Thu Jul 14, 2005 10:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Neutra Maxwell House - Commission meeting June 29
Replies: 3
Views: 1184

Is there any news on this? What happened at the meeting?
by PreserveLA
Thu Jun 16, 2005 8:27 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Tower of Wooden Pallets (1951)
Replies: 16
Views: 3809

What exactly does it take to demolish each of the three types of monument? Each government entity has its own regulations concerning the treatment of designated historic properties. This includes rehabilitation as well as demolition. The actual regulations vary, depending on what program and/or lev...
by PreserveLA
Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:13 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Sunset Vine Tower?
Replies: 24
Views: 6141

A renovation of the building as housing is currently underway. Its possible the developers may pursue landmark designation of the structure, as well.

Sunset & Vine Tower Fire (with some history & photos)
http://www.preservela.com/archives/000464.html
by PreserveLA
Tue May 17, 2005 1:07 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Neutra (Bailey House) in Trouble?!
Replies: 70
Views: 21437

I think it is very important to correctly identify those projects that are being restored or preserved vs. those that are being updated or remodeled. Remodeling can be done well, it can be done within the original vernacular, or it can be poor and be badly executed. This type of value cannot be app...
by PreserveLA
Wed May 11, 2005 2:14 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Neutra (Bailey House) in Trouble?!
Replies: 70
Views: 21437

This is a timely subject for me, as I am in the early stages of an investigation into the apropriateness of reproducing significant residential architectural designs. I am interested in hearing, particularly from archiects, on this subject. On this subject, I would recommend checking out Ada Louise...
by PreserveLA
Wed May 11, 2005 12:22 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Neutra (Bailey House) in Trouble?!
Replies: 70
Views: 21437

Your thoughts remind me of an art history seminar on Modern/Postmodern art I had in college. We spent the entire semester discussing the question "what is art?" Is it defined by the intent of the artist, by the art critics, the audience, or something else? I don't think we ever came to a satisfactor...
by PreserveLA
Wed May 11, 2005 11:44 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Neutra (Bailey House) in Trouble?!
Replies: 70
Views: 21437

I see no benefit in being able to point to a piece of wood -- which might have been so rotten that it had to be back-filled with epoxy putty and reinforced with hidden glass fiber, etc etc, in order to make it function -- just to say, "that was the original door-jamb" (or whatever). The material in...
by PreserveLA
Tue May 10, 2005 12:40 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Ennis-Brown House in Trouble
Replies: 69
Views: 15556

This just came through from the "Skunks of Los Feliz:" "The Ennis-Brown house may finally receive the funding necessary to stabilize and restore the earthquake and rain-damaged structure. Councilmember Tom LaBonge has inserted a request for FEMA money to be used to repair the home and grounds into t...
by PreserveLA
Tue May 10, 2005 12:21 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Neutra (Bailey House) in Trouble?!
Replies: 70
Views: 21437

Thanks for the quote Craig! For anyone who is interested, I just posted a photograph forwarded to me by a recent visitor to the property. You should take a look. Speaking quite frankly, I find the amount of original material that has been removed to be absolutely astounding. See the photo: http://ww...
by PreserveLA
Tue Apr 19, 2005 9:53 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Neutra (Bailey House) in Trouble?!
Replies: 70
Views: 21437

Good to know. Still makes me wary, though. The extent of the actual construction is considerable, and I have enough experience to know that many projects waving around the Secretary of the Interior's aren't always as "compliant" as one might think. You mention that the project is a 'rehabilitation' ...
by PreserveLA
Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:05 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Neutra (Bailey House) in Trouble?!
Replies: 70
Views: 21437

Had a chance to peek at the Bailey House a week or so ago. The word I received from reliable sources isn't good. The house's new owners are advertising the work, which is currently underway, as a "restoration." In my opinion, what they are doing is far from it. The plans call for stripping the exist...
by PreserveLA
Wed Mar 30, 2005 8:22 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Tiles, chandeliers stolen from historic theater
Replies: 1
Views: 460

I don't think this has hit the press yet, but word is circulating that the stolen items have been recovered.
by PreserveLA
Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:10 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Case Study Houses
Replies: 5
Views: 1434

A context for the Case Study houses, including an NHL nomination for the Eames house, is currently under consideration by the National Park Service. For more information, you may want to contact the NPS Pacific Great Basin Support Office, which is handling the review. NPS Pacific Great Basin Support...
by PreserveLA
Wed Feb 23, 2005 11:55 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: PreserveLA
Replies: 5
Views: 1086

Thanks for the support! Its much appreciated.
by PreserveLA
Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:22 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: A-frames
Replies: 33
Views: 8239

nichols wrote:Ooh, look at this exciting BASKIN ROBBINS store!


I remember seeing a building very similar to this one on the east side of Glendale Avenue in Glendale, just south of downtown. Its a combination Mexican food/hamburger stand restaurant now.
by PreserveLA
Mon Feb 07, 2005 6:28 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Edward Fickett
Replies: 17
Views: 2916

Since there has been more activity on this thread, I thought I would provide a follow-up to my original posting. After some newspaper and tract map research, and some extremely useful information from Mr. John English, I was able to identify several Fickett designed tracts in the Valley. They includ...
by PreserveLA
Mon Dec 20, 2004 9:13 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Algemac's - Glendale
Replies: 3
Views: 1148

Is there any more news on this development?
by PreserveLA
Wed Dec 01, 2004 8:56 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Restoration - how far do you go?
Replies: 43
Views: 9619

These guidelines make a lot of sense, but I'm wondering about this one: 3. Each property will be recognized as a physical record of its time, place, and use. Changes that create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural features or elements from other historic properties, ...
by PreserveLA
Fri Nov 19, 2004 9:35 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Restoration - how far do you go?
Replies: 43
Views: 9619

Re: Restoration - how far do you go?

Where is my users manual! Simple things, like keeping my bathtub which was original, don't worry me near as much as the gaping hole where there was a sink! I'm interested in what everyone thinks of as their personal guiding principal for restoration, or if you have found any great advisors or resou...
by PreserveLA
Fri Nov 19, 2004 8:52 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Reality Show To Kill Buildings?
Replies: 5
Views: 1336

Reality Show To Kill Buildings?

"A new 'reality' show in the UK asks viewers to name their most hated piece of architecture. At the end of the season the building will be demolished. "The show's announcement has triggered a paroxysm of designating. All over Britain, architects and civic associations have singled out for eliminatio...
by PreserveLA
Fri Nov 05, 2004 6:05 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Beginning restoration of 1943 modernist home
Replies: 6
Views: 2005

I'm with Joe. The fireplace doesn't look all that out of place for the period and character of the residence. The fact that the brick matches the chimney facing on the exterior portion is another indication of an original condition. Someone would have gone to a lot of work to make it all match. How ...
by PreserveLA
Fri Nov 05, 2004 5:50 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Where can I find some examples of MidCentMod railings?
Replies: 5
Views: 1262

Why not install a new railing that is based on the design you want, but tweaked slightly so that it has the necessary measurements to meet the code requirements? It should be just a matter of inches. Another consideration is that you aren't trying to replicate something originally on the house. Rath...
by PreserveLA
Wed Sep 22, 2004 2:03 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Help! Can you help Identify the Architect?
Replies: 9
Views: 1640

The response I received from my inquiry with the Glendale city staff was similar. The Architectural Review Board does keep a lot of the single-family home plans which required DRB approval. However, the DRB hasn't been around for too many years, so any plans they've retained are only so old - there ...

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