LA Weekly: What we lost in 2007

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LA Weekly: What we lost in 2007

Postby nichols » Tue Jan 01, 2008 3:10 pm

By MODCOM's own chair, Adriene Biondo:

LA WEEKLY

L.A. ARCHITECTURE: WHAT WE LOST IN 2007
In a tear-down city, bulldozers and redesigners reigned

BY ADRIENE BIONDO

Wednesday, December 26, 2007 - 10:58 am
THE QUESTION USED TO BE “WHY,â€￾ but now it’s simply “whenâ€￾ a piece of Los Angeles’ history will suddenly disappear. Even back in the 1970s, residents were fighting to save the Central Library (built in 1926), and in the mid-1990s, activists saved one of the City of Angels’ oldest structures, the Cathedral of St. Vibiana’s (1876). More recently, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House (1924) is undergoing major restoration, the Barry Building (home to Dutton’s Bookstore) was landmarked, and the Parasol restaurant was saved, becoming Mel’s Drive-In, Seal Beach.

But thanks to development, changing demographics and other factors, demolition fences are becoming much more familiar sights than architectural gems. Taken individually, each loss may seem small, but those losses are taking a toll on L.A....

http://www.laweekly.com/news/news/la-ar ... 007/17965/

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Postby nichols » Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:51 am

In addition to the places highlighted in Adriene's article, here are some others we lost (to closure or demolition) in 2007:

Leisure World globe
Linda Lea Theater
Monty’s Pasadena
NuWilshire Theater
Crenshaw Ford
Valley Music Center
Sunset Vine Tower
Wings of Healing sign
Pacific Hastings
Rialto Theater
Nabisco plant
Genio’s Restaurant
Reuben E. Lee restaurant
Cole’s PE Buffet
Levitz
76 balls
5900 Wilshire (Pereira)
Paul R. Williams in BH
Loof’s carousel roof
Seven Seas sign
Aku Aku Motel
Monrovia Public Library
Dreger Clock at Knott’s Berry Farm
Pasadena Convention Center
Money Tree
Clearman’s Village, Galley & Steak ‘n Stein
Original Fatburger

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Postby Mark London » Mon Jan 07, 2008 2:11 pm

Heck of a list Chris.

I guess we can also add Studio City Camera, which now resembles an Urban Outfitters for zen porn stars...loads of "tuscan" paint, buddha statues and overpriced "rock star" clothes (skull's & computer distressed old english lettering a plenty!)

Barone's Pizza on Ventura (thankfully moved to a new & well-suited location with square pizza recipe intact!)

A new owner with a heart saved Papoo's Hot Dog Show, but saddest of all is the new generic "signage" being presented all through the city...an creative plague which I've named "my nephew can work a computer" syndrome.

Anyway, Happy New Year to all and thanks for the informed posts Chris...I always look forward to those "nichols" tags!

~ ML ~

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Postby Tony » Mon Jan 07, 2008 4:42 pm

Mr. Nichols,

Well, that's a depressing list!

What happened to 5900 Wilshire?

In Palm Springs we lost in 2007:

Potter Clinic Building, E. Stewart Williams
Premier Apartments, Albert Frey
Strebe Theatre Building, John Porter Clark

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Postby ChrisLAXEncounter » Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:32 pm

I am saddened to hear about the Leisure World globe.
I had thought it had been saved.

I pass by Clayton's sign every night, disappointed it is no longer there.

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Postby nichols » Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:58 am


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Postby ChrisLAXEncounter » Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:40 pm

Although I welcome the demise of the uninspired brown interiors, what is the new owner planning for the lovely open air spaces?

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Postby nichols » Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:01 am

a new lobby and retail
http://www.5900wilshire.net/

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Postby Lynxwiler » Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:53 am

Thanks for the article Adriene. I didn't realize the Johnie's fiasco has already had an anniversary.

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