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Sunday, October 11, 2009

The changing of the guard at the Libby House

Back in May, The Eastsider published a story about longtime Angelino Heights resident and community leader Peggy Levine, who lost the landmark Victorian home she spent 30 years restoring as part of a foreclosure. On Thursday night, the new owner of Levine's former home, known as the Libby House, met many of her new neighbors for the first time. Retired teacher Roberta Kirkhart appeared before a meeting of the board that oversees the Angelino Heights historic district. Kirkhart, who came with samples of the shingles and copper gutter she wants to install on the 122-year-old home, lives a few blocks away in Echo Park on Grafton Street. "I was just thrilled," she said of her purchase of the East Edgeware Road house. "These homes don't turn over very much."

Levine remains a member of the Angelino Heights preservation board, but she did not attend Thursday night's meeting. So, the past and current owner of the Libby house did not meet. But, Kirkhart asked the board members to pass along a message to Levine: "She will always be welcomed."

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