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by Lynxwiler
Wed Apr 02, 2003 12:02 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Miracle Mile: Desmonds tower redux, Mullen & Bluett loss
Replies: 36
Views: 35525

I checked the email address and I think you're right: Comment@planning.lacity.org If someone can't get their letter in the mail on time, this looks like the appropriate email address to send a copy to. Just remember to include the project title code(ENV-2002-7017-MND) so the Planning Dept folks know...
by Lynxwiler
Tue Apr 01, 2003 5:09 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Miracle Mile: Desmonds tower redux, Mullen & Bluett loss
Replies: 36
Views: 35525

Sorry megamail but there's no email address to write to that I can find. The best bet is snail mail to the LA City Planning Dept. The address is listed above. As for Becket's Prudential Building at 5757 Wilshire, it was designed in a Late Moderne architectural style akin to the Mullen and Bluett bui...
by Lynxwiler
Tue Apr 01, 2003 4:53 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Sunset Palms Motel
Replies: 3
Views: 509

It went bye-bye over the weekend. So long "Sunset Palms", we will miss your bright, white light. Gone are the little signs too: "Free TV", "Sorry No Vacancy", and "Air Conditioning". All that's left is the vertical "MOTEL".
At least we were warned.
by Lynxwiler
Fri Mar 28, 2003 1:50 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Johnie's Coffee Shop on Wilshire
Replies: 26
Views: 5422

I just drove past Johnie's Wilshire tonight and it's gorgeous! I have never seen it all lit up before. Every piece of neon was in working order as well as the two pole signs. Every bulb was flickering away. What a facade! Everything on the outside is in great shape, but nothing is happening to the i...
by Lynxwiler
Thu Mar 27, 2003 10:53 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Miracle Mile: Desmonds tower redux, Mullen & Bluett loss
Replies: 36
Views: 35525

Mullen and Bluett opening day article

The following is a Times article on the opening of the Mullen and Bluett store... Los Angeles Times February 25, 1949 Mullen and Bluett New Wilshire Store Opens "With customary ribbon-cutting ceremonies, Mullen & Bluett yesterday noon opened their new store at 5570 Wilshire Boulevard in the heart of...
by Lynxwiler
Thu Mar 27, 2003 10:51 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Miracle Mile: Desmonds tower redux, Mullen & Bluett loss
Replies: 36
Views: 35525

Miracle Mile: Desmonds tower redux, Mullen & Bluett loss

The Mullen and Bluett department store opened at 5570 Wilshire Boulevard in 1949. Stiles Clements designed this streamlined example of our car culture's influence on architecture and placed it in the heart of the Miracle Mile. Legacy Partners of Irvine has filed for a demo permit citing that there i...
by Lynxwiler
Wed Mar 26, 2003 5:19 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Giant objects
Replies: 77
Views: 20864

How about The Darkroom camera supply store located at 5370 Wilshire Boulevard? Built 1938 by Marcus Mill, it was constructed of black vitrolite in the shape of a giant camera.
by Lynxwiler
Fri Mar 21, 2003 9:31 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: bekins neon bastardization
Replies: 7
Views: 1110

I had no idea. Even national landmarks can disappear overnight.

I've already written a letter to the Pasadena Heritage Foundation and will hope for a response and answer to the question, why? Heads should roll for this one. Let's see what we can do Nathan.
by Lynxwiler
Fri Mar 07, 2003 1:38 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Johnie's Coffee Shop on Wilshire
Replies: 26
Views: 5422

And you think you're joking?
That might be a reality.
Stay tuned...
by Lynxwiler
Fri Mar 07, 2003 1:36 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Norm's Neon re-lit also in Santa Monica
Replies: 2
Views: 624

The sign relighting is being paid for by the Norms restaurant chain. I'm thrilled they're paying attention to these roadside beacons and giving them a little overdue attention and maintenance. It's about time!

So go buy a club sandwich and say thank you!
by Lynxwiler
Wed Mar 05, 2003 1:41 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Johnie's Coffee Shop on Wilshire
Replies: 26
Views: 5422

Let there be light!
And there was light, twinkling all over the facade of Johnie's! Hooray!

Following the recent paint job, the twinkle bulbs are at it again. There were some folks fixing them the other day and it looks wonderful, day or night.

Come back Johnie's!
by Lynxwiler
Fri Feb 21, 2003 1:04 am
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: MONDO VEGAS Tour / MONDO TIKI on Passover/Easter Weekend!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1259

I'm interested! Drop me an email and we'll chat about it. Sounds great!
- Eric
by Lynxwiler
Thu Feb 20, 2003 5:09 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Johnie's Coffee Shop on Wilshire
Replies: 26
Views: 5422

While driving past Johnie's today, I noticed there's been another change. Now that the paint job is dry, it appears that all of the little light bulbs gilding the roofline are being reinstalled.

I'm not used to good news like this. Where's the cloud on all of this silver lining?
by Lynxwiler
Tue Feb 18, 2003 5:19 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Johnie's Coffee Shop on Wilshire
Replies: 26
Views: 5422

Thanks for the info Chris. I'll have to take you up on your offer and get some of those graphics from you. --Eric
by Lynxwiler
Tue Feb 18, 2003 3:25 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Johnie's Coffee Shop on Wilshire
Replies: 26
Views: 5422

Johnie's Coffee Shop on Wilshire

Ok, I must have blinked. Suddenly Johnie's Coffee Shop at Wilshire and Fairfax went from red and white to blue and white. What's with the paint job? Does anybody know if the new color scheme is for a new tenant or a movie location? Another Johnie's question: When this building was first constructed ...
by Lynxwiler
Tue Feb 11, 2003 10:22 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Norms La Cienega, "Flying Diamonds" neon relit!
Replies: 4
Views: 855

Norms La Cienega, "Flying Diamonds" neon relit!

Get your cameras because I think this one is a milestone in neon sign restoration. Norms coffeeshop on La Cienega has finally refurbished their neon signage. It's a flashing and blinking miracle as well as the only neon "flying diamond" sign in working order -- anywhere. Even if you're not fond of N...
by Lynxwiler
Tue Jan 28, 2003 3:32 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Rumor Mill: Leon's Closing
Replies: 18
Views: 2589

Ah crud. Not another Walgreen's.
Am I the only person boycotting them and their desire to demolish all that is good in the world?
by Lynxwiler
Wed Jan 08, 2003 3:30 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Gas Company - Downtown Los Angeles
Replies: 1
Views: 574

I'm glad to hear all four buildings on the site will be retained. That's different news than what I heard a year ago which claimed all but the 1925 structure would be demolished. Although the news seems good, I'm going to keep a wary eye on the project.
by Lynxwiler
Wed Jan 08, 2003 3:22 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Circular glass bank in Beverly Hills
Replies: 3
Views: 793

I walked past the old bank recently and the prominent vault has already been ripped out. The first floor and the former fishbowl vault are slated to become a gym.
by Lynxwiler
Mon Nov 18, 2002 4:38 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: It's not the Asahi Building anymore
Replies: 2
Views: 635

It's not the Asahi Building anymore

The neon sign stood high on the corner of La Brea and Wilshire on the eastern end of the Miracle Mile and shouted "Asahi" in all directions. Yet the neon billboard is now just a memory. It was completely removed last week and nothing remians. For those of you who recall the Mutual of Omaha signage t...
by Lynxwiler
Thu Oct 03, 2002 12:50 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Where DO we put Santa?
Replies: 9
Views: 13288

Letter online to Preservation Magazine

Dear Preservation 911, Opponents of roadside vernacular architecture, chortling "Bah Humbug," appear to be sneaking up on yet another victory in Carpinteria, Calif., 10 miles south of Santa Barbara. Carpinteria's 52-year-old 18-foot Santa is scheduled for oblivion on Jan. 23, 2003. After looming ove...
by Lynxwiler
Fri Sep 20, 2002 4:21 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Valley Neon Cruise Tonight! 9-20!
Replies: 0
Views: 515

Valley Neon Cruise Tonight! 9-20!

Mary-Margaret Stratton will host this evening's neon cruise through the San Fernando Valley. It's the last valley cruise for 2002 so don't miss out! Start your evening with Eric Lynxwiler as he guides you on a walking tour of the historic neon signage of CityWalk. The walking tour meets at 7pm by th...
by Lynxwiler
Fri Sep 20, 2002 2:28 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Disneyland Scale Model
Replies: 3
Views: 2041

Sorry not Disneyland, but close...

I regret to inform you that the Z scale model railroad in Walt Disney's barn at the Los Angeles Live Steamers Society is not of Disneyland. The scale model is of Walt's personal, backyard railroad and is supposed to allow guests to imagine the original Disney barn in its original Disney setting. Che...
by Lynxwiler
Sun Sep 15, 2002 5:25 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Any info on "French Cafe" Whittier Blvd, Montebell
Replies: 2
Views: 464

Any info on "French Cafe" Whittier Blvd, Montebell

Can anyone tell me about "Jeanne & Marcel's French Cafe" at 2113 Whittier Blvd.? It's been empty for ages and I have no idea what the history of the place is. Sitting on the corner of Whittier Blvd and 22nd Street in Montebello, it's a small brick building with huge neon signage. The building is pro...
by Lynxwiler
Sun Sep 15, 2002 1:44 am
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Possibilities for ModCom meetings
Replies: 28
Views: 5409

I vote for the Hollywood Wax Museum! They have some of the best papier mache (sp) that I've ever seen, and I've seen very little. Without a doubt, The Last Supper immediately followed by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a lack of transition not to be missed. Does anyone know if the space now occu...
by Lynxwiler
Sun Sep 15, 2002 1:37 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Where DO we put Santa?
Replies: 9
Views: 13288

I hate to say it but it sounds like our treasured Santa doesn't have many options in Santa Barbara. The fact that Santa Barbara let Santa off his chimney at all is a sorry fact and shows little respect for him. If cities such as Nipomo, Crestline and Newhall, CA can give Santa a respectable home, th...

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