Saturday, August 29, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Photo from the Clarence Inman Collection/Corralitas Red Car Property
Monday, August 24, 2009
The cover of the September issue of Westways magazine features the black-and-white print of a well known local landmark - the Glendale-Hyperion bridge - created by an artist far fewer residents will recognize: Paul Landacre. The legacy of the artist who lived in the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park - or, as Westways describes it, "east of Silver Lake" - has been mostly forgotten by the general public. But Landacre (1893-1963) was at one time regarded as one of the nation's top wood engravers, whose dramatic black-and-white prints were featured in Westways and other publications (the September Westways story is not yet online).
Landacre carved wood blocks by hand in his home and studio, a small cabin on a narrow, winding street called El Moran. He and his wife, Margaret, moved into the house in the early 1930s and lived their until they died more than 30 years later, according to the Echo Park Historical Society. The wooded hillsides provided Landacre not only refuge but inspiration for his environmental pieces. The house was declared a City of Los Angeles Cultural Historic Monument in 2006.
* Engraver Paul Landacre profiled. LA Weekly
Sunday, August 23, 2009
He was obviously proud of the hilltop house on Lemoyne Street because it showed up in some of his published photos, including the cover of House Beautiful. Parker also used his family as well as neighbors in the shots, according to the Echo Park Historical Society:
Top image from HistoricEchoPark.org
Monday, August 17, 2009
A new Angeleno Heights condo project is going to test the health of the local real estate market with penthouse units in the renovated brick building topping the $1 million mark. But will buyers overlook the fact that the still-under-construction Brownstone Lofts overlook the 101 freeway right next door?
Not surprisingly, the agent for Brownstone Lofts said the proxmity of the 55-unit building to the freeway won't be an issue. A sound wall will help absorb the traffic noise, said Millie Radkovich, who said she once sold units next to the much nosier 405 Freeway. "With the sound wall ... it shouldn't be a problem," she said. There will also be a pool, spa, roof top decks and other amenities to attract buyers to the 1928 building.
The units, which are expected to start $399,000 for singles, are not on officially on the market yet as work - including a parking garage - continues on the former Bellevue Avenue apartment house in the eastern fringe of Angeleno Heights. But the owner is taking reservations on homes and a model unit is expected to be ready by next month, Radkovich said.
The prices might seem a bit steep in light of the fact that so many nearby downtown condo projects have gone into foreclosure or have been turned into rental housing. But Radkovich said the demand for new housing in neighborhoods just outside of downtown seems ready to pick up and there has been little in the way of new construction.
"I think the market is a little bit on an upswing."
Thursday, August 6, 2009
It was 100 years ago when a group of artists, craftsman and architects living along the Arroyo Seco in Highland Park, Pasadena and other nearby communities published the first issue of the Arroyo Craftsman. The issue featured stories on the "Fundamental of Landscape Gardening" and "Collecting Indian Baskets." Unfortunately, the October 1909 was the only issue ever printed.
But current day Arroyo Seco residents can still buy reprints of the book, published by Highland Park's own Judson Studios, at the newly discount price of $10 via American Bungalow magazine. Here's a description:
"The Arroyo Guild of Fellow Craftsmen-a group of artists, architects and other craftsmen who flourished on the banks of the Arroyo Seco in the Pasadena/Los Angeles area-published one issue only of their magazine, the Arroyo Craftsman. Reprinted by The Judson Studios, a fourth and fifth generation stained-glass business and art gallery, the two-color, 84-page book has original 1909-era ads, essays and practical articles.
Monday, August 3, 2009
"This was given to me by a Angelus temple member about 10 years ago when I was a member, they knew of my great interest in Aimee. It measures 15" tall & 15 1/2" square. When I got it it had no paint left, I saw faint traces of paint & re-painted it in the colors I believed were original. It had a few surface cracks in it that didn't effect the integrity of the piece, but I filled them with epoxy glue to keep from getting bigger. The inside is marked as "USA" made, has a drain hole at the bottom. This is a very heavy piece, so I don't want to put it up on Ebay and have to mail it. Local pick-up only on this."
Photo from Craiglist. Thank to Kevin Kuzma for the tip.