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Survey LA - submit YOUR historic sites

Postby nichols » Tue May 20, 2008 12:19 pm

The City of Los Angeles is gearing up for the big (partially) Getty funded SURVEY LA. This has been in the works for SO long and it's SO anticipated. PLEASE click and add your favorite historic building. I just did Pann's!
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http://preservation.lacity.org/survey/identify

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Postby Adriene » Sat May 24, 2008 5:08 pm

Yes, this is a great opportunity and everyone's invited to submit their favorite buildings. I just submitted Chris N' Pitts No. 4 in Bellflower with a friend. (FYI, this was an error--SurveyLA will cover City of L.A. only, not County)

I hope you'll all join us for the next Modcom meeting, I've invited Ken Bernstein to screen the new SurveyLA film for us!
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Postby nichols » Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:09 am

The SurveyLA video is up on YouTube!
Here's part 1 of 3

http://youtube.com/watch?v=UNzlU_RBXg4

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Postby Adriene » Sat Jun 28, 2008 6:33 pm

Laura submitted a building we're interested in preserving at 2121 San Fernando Road, an industrial building with stunning WPA style relief panels.

Originally we'd heard this was a sewing machine factory (and it may have been at some point), but she found out it was Capitol Records' pressing plant:

http://www.oneyearinla.com/2121%20N.%20 ... 20Road.htm

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Postby nichols » Sat Jun 28, 2008 6:47 pm

2121 San Fernando Road

From Cruising Industrial Los Angeles
Hemphill Diesel School
2121 San Fernando Road

Architect: Unknown for original building. 1923; remodel: Norstrom & Anderson architects, with Myer Bros. Engineer, 1932-36
An existing lumber shed was transformed into this modest but striking 1 1/2 story example of industrial Art Deco by adding (to the front of the existing building) a 17-foot deep section of office spaces. A pronounced band of glass panes emphasizes the horizontality of this small structure and sets off a short tower capped by a rocket-like copper lamp. Above the glass is a narrow, but richly detailed relief, which spans the entire facade of the building, and which features trains, planes, ships, highways and even zeppelins, Art Deco favorites. Note the stylized "2121" above the door. The building was purchased in 1936 by Hemphill and was used from 1940 to 1946 as a school for mechanics. From 1946 to 1948 it was used as a recording studio by Scranton records and later by Capitol Records.

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Postby nichols » Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:20 pm

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Los Angeles begins survey of historic buildings

Getty Conservation Institute helps fund pilot studies in the Valley and Boyle Heights, and along former streetcar corridors to identify structures worth preserving.

By Martha Groves
April 7, 2009

With Los Angeles' long-awaited citywide survey of structures well into the pilot stage, Katherine Harris wants to be sure that historians and planners know all about "the Onion," the domed North Hills hall of the 100-member Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society.

The building has a distinctive look as well as a history of social action. Back in 1970, when other venues balked, the Onion invited radical Chicago Seven lawyer William Kunstler to speak. He drew an overflow crowd of 5,000 who sat on the lawn and listened to him over loudspeakers.

Rich threads like this are exactly what preservationists and planners hope to unravel as they chronicle the 465-square-mile patchwork quilt that is Los Angeles....


http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... 6606.story

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Postby ChrisLAXEncounter » Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:58 pm

"The Onion" is a great looking building!
I never knew it existed - I need to cruise by.


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