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

Pacific Bowling Center/Dancing Waters Club, 1331 S. Pacific Ave.

A nice piece of San Pedro Streamline is going away. And with it, a big chunk of Southland history. 1331 South Pacific Avenue began life as the brainchild of Nick Pericich. In 1940 Pericich hired local architect William F. Durr and spent $19,000 to build the ten-room Pacific Bowling Center. The most modern in the… Continue reading Pacific Bowling Center/Dancing Waters Club, 1331 S. Pacific Ave.

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Los Angeles was sold to me, as she had been to countless others, on the booster’s promise of light and air and orange trees. That I would move here and live in a charming little Spanish stucco fourplex until such time as I’d be able to get a house in the ‘burbs with a yard… Continue reading Greetings