226 N. Berendo St.

My Lord, who stuccos a house anymore? Seriously, I thought that nonsense disappeared years ago, like kids selling crack or approaching you to replace your pea stone with tar macadam. So here is 226 North Berendo a few years ago, looking like she needs a paint job, but a lovely little house nonetheless. Nice horizontal… Continue reading 226 N. Berendo St.

How We Do Our Demolitions

As we’ve countless impending demolitions, let’s take a quick look at how we so nobly perform the activity. Here’s a typical example. Its location is 2642 South Brighton Avenue. That’s down in the thick of West Adams, just south of Adams near Normandie. 2642 was built in 1905. Yes, I know it’s been stucco’d. There’s… Continue reading How We Do Our Demolitions

The Face of the Ellis Act

Ah, you thought you were going to see the faces of those souls cast into the streets by the Ellis Act. Well this isn’t that kind of blog. I show you pictures of threatened buildings, not threatened people. But this is Los Angeles, and the lines blur. You can’t talk about buildings without making mention… Continue reading The Face of the Ellis Act

1723 N. Wilcox

People sure hate courtyard living in Hollywood. Or they love it; that is, at least, they love tearing it down. In October 1922, Eloise A. Williams pulled permits to build five two-story flats arranged around a central courtyard. The architect was William L. Williams, her husband. Granted, 1723 isn’t going to make the cover of… Continue reading 1723 N. Wilcox

950 S. Wilton Place

In December of 1916 it is announced that Andre H. Cuenod—a Swiss lumberman who came to Los Angeles in 1891—was putting up this nifty Colonial he’d designed himself. The two-story, seven-room $4000 frame residence would feature a concrete foundation, shingle roof, hardwood floors, hardwood and pine trim, and mantel. (The picture above from a January… Continue reading 950 S. Wilton Place

The House of Spirits

In February 1958, one Mr. Norman Leibow bought Carmen’s Garage (U. J. Gray, 1924) at 1314 Echo Park Avenue. Leibow tore off the front thirty feet facing Echo Park and rebuilt it, converting the whole works into the House of Spirits. To advertise his new venture, Leibow called up Mueller Brothers Neon Company of 1229… Continue reading The House of Spirits

And We’re Back!

We launched and were going gangbusters there for a little while, when all went dark…because the City of Los Angeles decided to halt all demolitions, making this blog obsolete! (Well, maybe not. I just had to go do some dumb things and get them out of the way. Trust me, there’s plenty to talk about.… Continue reading And We’re Back!

Let’s Talk About Taix

Taix Restaurant, at 1911 West Sunset, has not had her demo permit pulled. Yet. But it will happen. As recently reported, Taix is not long for this world. Curbed readers, being Curbed readers, reacted as Curbed readers generally do. Other people, however, reacted differently. Full disclosure: I dig Taix the most. In fact, when installed… Continue reading Let’s Talk About Taix

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371 N. St. Andrews Update

Well, this is how we learn. R.I.P. Los Angeles is not an exact science, yet. In my defense, the blog was in its infancy when I posted that 371 North St. Andrews Place was not long for this world; I had the Planning Dept info on that corner and I found no demolition permit on… Continue reading 371 N. St. Andrews Update