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by Nathan
Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:50 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Los Angeles Broadway makeover
Replies: 12
Views: 2060

I'll be very, and pleasantly, surprised to see the 1941 marquee in San Luis Obispo. I'll be even more surprised if the blade in the "Renaissance" rendering is returned to the facade. Don't get me wrong, I think they're doing very good work in recreating this http://farm4.static.flickr.com/...
by Nathan
Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:46 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Intact '62 Rochester MidTown Plaza Doomed
Replies: 7
Views: 907

Rochester is a nice college town with some sections that are much like LA's Melrose -- Park Avenue, Monroe Avenue -- but the people there, and of the lovely Corn Hill, just abandon shopping downtown for the suburbs. Everyone does. Pittsford Plaza rules Culver Road. The freeway cut off downtown, in t...
by Nathan
Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:37 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Los Angeles Broadway makeover
Replies: 12
Views: 2060

The Roxie and the Cameo without their marquees? Do-gooders. People with "jobs" who think they have to "do something." Better look busy. Oh, and it's for the good of the people . Oh, I know, we'll get rid of this stuff . http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2277/2299928435_13bbcc54ec_o....
by Nathan
Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:35 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Los Angeles Neon Sign Updates/Alterations/Losses
Replies: 60
Views: 22045

Once upon a time, in the year of nineteen hundred and forty-six, some nice folk decided to build this: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2240/2283022618_d3896bbbd1_o.gif And someone at some point thereafterward added this: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3116/2283022630_326cce1267_o.jpg http://farm4.sta...
by Nathan
Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:27 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Leed's Shoes 6350 H'wood
Replies: 6
Views: 1777

I’ll certainly concede that it was a light, positive bitchy post; I blame the influence of those What the Buck youtube videos – Buck, who pointed out that if you do not say Eva Longoria- Parker , she WILL correct you. So I left out Parker. Because I am wicked. Moreover, I thought “Evil Ongoria...
by Nathan
Wed Feb 20, 2008 6:29 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: The Hollywood Sign
Replies: 3
Views: 1329

Woops. Bad link indeed. Should have looked like this: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A mountaintop property located near the Hollywood sign and once owned by Howard Hughes is up for sale. A group of Chicago investors is putting the 138 acres of land just west of the "H" in the sign on the market Wedne...
by Nathan
Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:49 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Intact '62 Rochester MidTown Plaza Doomed
Replies: 7
Views: 907

Intact '62 Rochester MidTown Plaza Doomed

First of all, watch this -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtG2CfAwMGE http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2065/2271986926_f171f75067_o.gif Witness the recent pic in its wiki page -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midtown_Plaza_%28Rochester%29 -- and the note that it's being knocked down soon. More on its ...
by Nathan
Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:02 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Canoga Park, CA - Darby's Coffee Shop remodeled
Replies: 1
Views: 1157

http://www.flickr.com/photos/usonian/83851832/

And the neon signs...dumpster'd...we must assume. Perhaps recoverable like this guy? http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... 7922.story

The color peach...barely belongs on peaches.
by Nathan
Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: The Hollywood Sign
Replies: 3
Views: 1329

The Hollywood Sign

Now, I like to think I can understand most things if I really try, but on the other hand, I've been keeping my head in the ground all ostrich-like of late, so perhaps I've missed some fundamental shift in human development, but seriously, explain this to me: Here's the Hollywood Sign, and ok, note t...
by Nathan
Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:31 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: 1962 gold geodesic dome in Tempe, AZ threatened
Replies: 2
Views: 828

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2196/2262157240_b066806aa7_o.gif Gold domed roof spared in ASU construction Pat Kossan The Arizona Republic Feb. 11, 2007 A crane quietly lifted off the gold domed roof of a 45-year-old building on Arizona State University's campus Saturday morning, before heavy machi...
by Nathan
Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:55 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Leed's Shoes 6350 H'wood
Replies: 6
Views: 1777

Leed's Shoes 6350 H'wood

Here's Leed's shoes, 1935. Here's all you need to know: the tower is supposed to look all shiny like this -- http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2234/2242979001_264848f355_o.jpg --because it has groovy tile on it like this -- http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2071/2242978993_ff668a15aa_o.gif Although now so...
by Nathan
Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: louisiana Bucky Dome razed
Replies: 3
Views: 1592

http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=2511

Well, hooray for KCS. Doing to Louisiana what Katrina couldn't.
by Nathan
Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:32 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Los Angeles Neon Sign Updates/Alterations/Losses
Replies: 60
Views: 22045

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2035/2102576318_5fe4838281_o.jpg That the Sears Roebuck neon is gone, of that we know, as mentioned here -- http://flickr.com/photos/79761301@N00/1255128790/ -- but now we say goodbye to this -- http://flickr.com/photos/79761301@N00/1370556346/ -- it was just such a l...
by Nathan
Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:43 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Jack Colker’s 76 threatened?
Replies: 7
Views: 1465

Some good news from intrepid man-in-the-field James Freedner: Hi, all, Well, it finally happened....a red 76 "small ball" was installed at Jack Colker's 76 in Beverly Hills this morning (the station with the famous Luckman Pereira architecture). I didn't have a camera with me, darn it - as...
by Nathan
Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:54 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Albertson's in Highland Park threatened
Replies: 19
Views: 9308

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by Nathan
Tue Nov 06, 2007 7:01 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Los Angeles Neon Sign Updates/Alterations/Losses
Replies: 60
Views: 22045

Jinkies! Well, I take it back then. Of course, until such time as I see the blade back up there, I'll file it in the I'll believe-it-when-I-see-it file. And I hope they don't go the usual red and white. Or blue and white. C'mon already. And not that I don't love neon...but there's something of the p...
by Nathan
Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:16 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: 1969 Dodge Charger, modern car?
Replies: 8
Views: 2459

Your definitions will indeed vary...certainly the 30s Tatras, if not the Airflows, ooze oozy Modernism... ...but as long as we're on the subject of IMHOs, please allow me to throw in my very H and extremely subjective O: I've always had a thing for the 70 Coronet. Don't know why. Ok, I do know why. ...
by Nathan
Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:57 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: La Fonda restaurant closing Oct. 28
Replies: 6
Views: 1693

If you haven't gone, go. What's important about La Fonda is that it opened in 1969 and inside it still emanates 1969, that ever heart-quopping design year. From http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-culture13oct13,0,5335044.story?coll=la-headlines-calendar -- The exposed brick columns, wrought-...
by Nathan
Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:58 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Los Angeles Neon Sign Updates/Alterations/Losses
Replies: 60
Views: 22045

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2328/1536689696_a6b08eb98c_o.gif http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2234/1536689692_60a88bb283_o.gif http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2362/1536689686_bc9f517870_o.gif (flickr) This signage is gone. Can only assume it's been dumpstered, as the El Dorado returns to its former...
by Nathan
Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:52 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Los Angeles Neon Sign Updates/Alterations/Losses
Replies: 60
Views: 22045

Geo. E. Spain has be deneoned and painted over.
by Nathan
Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:00 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: First Nuke Towers Demo'd
Replies: 0
Views: 362

First Nuke Towers Demo'd

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=484709&in_page_id=1770 http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/5175275.html Towers Blown Up At World´s Oldest Nuclear Plant Fifty years of British industrial history were reduced to rubble within a couple of minute...
by Nathan
Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:04 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Been through this? You will...
Replies: 0
Views: 578

Been through this? You will...

HOW TO BUILD WHATEVER YOU WANT To shove that project past the local opposition, just follow these easy steps. By Garret Keizer September 5, 2007 Progress without strategy is regress. Time and again a new Wal-Mart or airport runway that would enable investors to make as much money as they want or con...
by Nathan
Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:34 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Los Angeles Neon Sign Updates/Alterations/Losses
Replies: 60
Views: 22045

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1271/1337399768_3744e57819_o.gif http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1334/1336497715_400633a946_o.gif According to the gal answering the phone there, they've got new owners, and as far as the Kaiser sign goes, "the old owner kept it." When asked if there was any ...
by Nathan
Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:23 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Los Angeles Neon Sign Updates/Alterations/Losses
Replies: 60
Views: 22045

Geo Spain -- Sunset Blvd

Not gone yet. But with that "for rent" sign in the window, how much longer do we think this has? http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1164/1261663674_6fc10a56fe_o.gif http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1183/1261663676_df305880f2_o.gif http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1071/1261663598_601cc0ed5c_o.gif h...
by Nathan
Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:54 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: Vintage LA Neon Signs -- for YOU!
Replies: 0
Views: 450

Vintage LA Neon Signs -- for YOU!

http://cgi.ebay.com/TWO-Vintage-Neon-Si ... dZViewItem

Seriously, how can you pass these up? Can't you hear how they're calling you...calling you...

mmmmmm....
by Nathan
Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:45 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: New Orleans dispatch
Replies: 17
Views: 3390

Remember Rep. William Jefferson? Whose district includes New Orleans? Recently indicted for racketeering, soliciting bribes, wire fraud, money-laundering, obstruction of justice, conspiracy and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act? He's actually one of the less corrupt politicians down th...
by Nathan
Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:31 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: 5877 West Third Pride Uniform (deco tower bldng)
Replies: 5
Views: 1135

5877 West Third Pride Uniform (deco tower bldng)

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1400/1260453904_762498378e_o.gif I've always loved this building -- the corner windows! the tower! north side of Third, at Poinsettia Place -- and haven't really worried about it until they built all those giant Tuskan Palace condo-apartment-whatever's across the stre...
by Nathan
Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:42 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Save the 76 Ball! designer Ray Pedersen "SAVE MY BALLS&
Replies: 48
Views: 20422

6th and La Brea...

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1173/1259400441_8e15b1f9e3_o.gif ...I'm sure a lot of Angelenos are familiar with this lovely lady (but being a ball, is it male? Anyway...) -- a stalwart, faithful holdout of the CP campaign, at the corner of Sixth & La Brea. But as soon as you see that orange pl...

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