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109 minutes | 6 months ago
YCES in Quarantine Episode #138: Embedded with Kemal Cilengir Documenting the Black Lives Matter Protests in Los Angeles
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/YCES-138.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! You Can’t Eat the Sunshine returns with an all-new Quarantine format, inviting folks who are passionate about Los Angeles history and historic preservation to join us for a conversation about the places that matter more than ever, as much of Los Angeles shelters in place under Mayor Eric Garcetti’s "Safer At Home" directive. Our special guest on June 5th, 2020 is Kemal Cilengir, a street photographer and activist who has spent the past week running on adrenaline and fumes, documenting the Black Lives Matter protests in Los Angeles following the murder of George Floyd. If you’ve ever wondered what compels a regular Angeleno to charge into the heart of a chaotic and dangerous street protest, camera in hand, then tune in for a bare knuckles trip into the Spring 2020 action, from Downtown Los Angeles to the Fairfax District to Santa Monica–and back again to document the emotionally tough scenes of the morning after. Kemal loves his native Los Angeles, and has dedicated himself to telling stories that are overlooked by the mainstream media, even as network reporters phone it in from the safety of a helicopter or behind police lines. His Black Lives Matter protest photo essays paint astonishing scenes of strife, hope and courage in the heart of our city. Weird fact: Kemal was in the same Santa Monica High School class as, and ran track with, Donald Trump’s policy advisor Stephen Miller. It’s probably nature and not nurture, but even his erstwhile classmate Kemal doesn’t know what that guy’s freaking problem is. Links to learn more about our guests, the episode’s topics, and us: Kemal Cilengir is the creator of Streetwise L.A., a documentary blog that included a remarkable collaboration with formerly homeless Skid Row journalist Amos (aka Chicago). You can follow Kemal’s work on Instagram and L.A. Taco. Esotouric is our historic Los Angeles tour company, presently not operating due to the pandemic. We have a newsletter, a YouTube channel, a selection of books and maps celebrating Los Angeles history, and can be followed on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Closely Watched Trains Our campaign for transparency around the American Cinematheque’s proposed sale of the Egyptian Theatre to Netflix. Petition update: In a pandemic, as rioters fill the streets, Netflix quietly purchases the Egyptian Theatre. Our Richard Schave is quoted in this Indiewire piece that doesn’t just reprint the corporate press release, but digs deeper into a troubling Hollywood land grab. Nine years after the low income tenants were evicted and Robert Stacy-Judd’s National Register Aztec Hotel entered a period of anxious uncertainty, Monrovia’s Planning Commission says it can welcome nightly guests. (Aztec discussion begins at 16:50.) Good Eats in Isolation Zonzon Organic produces small batch Tunisian tomato sauce and shakshuka in its Arts District cannery. For orders of $35 and up, they will deliver in Los Angeles.
101 minutes | 6 months ago
YCES in Quarantine Episode #137: Judson Studios’ 123 Years of Innovation in Stained Glass
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/YCES-137.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Welcome everyone, and thank you for listening to our podcast, You Can’t Eat The Sunshine, for the week of May 25th, 2020. We are on day 69 of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Safer At Home Directive. Our guest this week is Dave Judson, the 4th Generation owner-operator of Judson Studios, crafting stained glass in the Garvanza section of Highland Park since 1897. With most of the studio’s hands-on work paused by the coronavirus, we’ll talk with Dave about the recent release of his book Judson: Innovation in Stained Glass, the history of the family business, how the landmark studio building has evolved, our shared adventures in the field seeking lost Judson glass installations in landmark buildings, and the new South Pasadena workshop where artisans bring their medieval craft into the 21st century with computerized kilns for crafting massive fused glass panels for commissions around the world. We’ll also talk about: the wild Los Angeles City Planning Commission hearing when the fate of our threatened landmark Los Angeles Times buildings took an astonishing turn, corrupt councilman Jose Huizar twists in the wind, the ghastly new proposal to demolish Taix French Restaurant for the world’s worst mixed use project and why we think it’s not for real, how to score primo organic California olive oil without breaking quarantine and stray musings on LACMA redevelopment. So stay tuned! Links to learn more about our guests, the episode’s topics, and us: Judson Studios’ website is here , with recent work on view. This is the website of Judson’s in-house glass fusing master Narcissus Quagliata. You can order Dave Judson’s new book Judson: Innovation in Stained Glass on Bookshop (supporting independent booksellers) or from Amazon. Here’s a 3-D tour of the King Edward Hotel interiors, while we eagerly await the installation of the restored stained glass awning. Times Mirror Square landmarking is just one of the campaigns under the Pereira in Peril umbrella, which includes the Save LACMA nonprofit. Learn more about the recent off-the-rails Planning Commission hearing in our newsletter and blog post. See Richard, and our little white cat Numa, talking about land use and public corruption on Spectrum 1. Here are photos of the threatened buildings created for the Historic American Building Survey (HABS). Taix Square redevelopment is also discussed in our newsletter, and on R.I.P. Los Angeles. Sign the Friends of Taix petition here. Bella Vista Farms in the foothills of the Diablo Mountain range is our source for organic extra virgin orchard blended California olive oil in bulk. What is Richard Reading? In a Dark Wood Wandering: A Novel of the Middle Ages by Hella S. Haasse, available on Bookshop (supporting independent booksellers) or from Amazon. Esotouric is our historic Los Angeles tour company, presently not operating due to the pandemic. We have a newsletter, a YouTube channel, a selection of books and maps celebrating Los Angeles history, and can be followed on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
89 minutes | 7 months ago
YCES in Quarantine Episode #136: The Larry Edmunds Bookshop & the (Nearly) Lost World of Hollywood Book & Memorabilia Dealers
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/YCES-136.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! You Can’t Eat the Sunshine returns with an all-new Quarantine format, inviting folks who are passionate about Los Angeles history and historic preservation to join us for a conversation about the places that matter more than ever, as much of Los Angeles shelters in place under Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Safer At Home ” directive. Our special guests on May 8, 2020 are rare book dealer and historian Howard Prouty, Vintage Los Angeles curator Alison Martino and Jeff Mantor, proprietor of the historic Larry Edmunds Bookshop on Hollywood Boulevard. The episode takes us through Hollywood’s literary and retail history to highlight the importance of the Larry Edmunds Bookshop, which is today the last store standing on what was once a legendary Bookseller’s Row. The shop is the beneficiary of a flood of worldwide goodwill since the recent launch of its GoFundMe campaign. We begin with Howard Prouty’s reminiscences of his 1970s visits to Hollywood bookstores, as a wide-eyed kid from Nebraska who had already built a relationship with the Larry Edmunds Bookshop as a mail order customer. He hops in the time machine to give us a sense of 1930s Hollywood bookland, populated with legendary characters like Louis Epstein (Pickwick Books), the genial salon host and rotten businessman Stanley Rose, and Rose’s one-time partner Larry Edmunds, plus cameos from celebrated patrons like Nathanael West and Raymond Chandler. Then check in on Jeff Mantor, proprietor of the Larry Edmunds Bookshop, a Hollywood landmark now in its 82nd year. Jeff shares his personal history with the shop and other lost bookstores on the Boulevard, lets us know how the GoFundMe campaign is going, and shares plans for bringing “The Lare” into the 21st century to create a virtual community where film fans around the world can mingle until the lights come on again, and afterwards. And we talk with Alison Martino of Vintage Los Angeles about the Larry Edmunds Bookshop’s role as a key location in the recreated urban landscape in Quentin Tarantino’s, “Once Upon A Time in… Hollywood,” some of the other legacy businesses featured in the film that are currently struggling to survive, and memories of being a pre-teen memorabilia collector, sneaking into Hollywood to score rare posters and books from Larry Edmunds, and to the great Westwood shops, too. Links to learn more about our guests, the episode’s topics, and us: Jeff Mantor is the proprietor of the Larry Edmunds Bookshop. The store has a GoFundMe campaign, two Instagram accounts (LarryEdmunds1938, the_larebrary and a website. Join Leonard and Jessie Maltin for Cinephile Game Night in support of the bookshop on Saturday, May 9, 2020. Howard Prouty is a dealer in rare and cool books, trading as ReadInk, Specializing in Unusual, Uncommon and Obscure Books in many (but not all) fields, with particular interest in American Culture [Popular and Unpopular], Art, Literature, Life and People from the 1920s through the 1960s. (ReadInk on Facebook. He has a pretty interesting day job sleuthing and reeling in acquisitions for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library. Alison Martino manages the Vintage Los Angeles Facebook page, where Angelenos have strong feelings about thedemolition ofLACMA’s Bing Theatre and theloss of Stan’s Donuts. You’ll also find her celebrating historic L.A. landmarks on Spectrum’s weekly SoCal Scene. Her website is AlisonMartino.com Hollywood Reporter: “Quentin’s Really Into Margaritas” – A Guide to Tarantino’s L.A. Secrets in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ The Way it Was: Fifty Years in the Southern California book trade with Louis Epstein of Pickwick Books, including his last memories of Stanley Rose. Video from our debut LAVA Literary Salon at Musso & Frank Grill with Dan Fante. Esotouric is our historic Los Angeles tour company, presently not operating due to the pandemic. We have a newsletter, a YouTube channel, and can be followed on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
85 minutes | 7 months ago
YCES in Quarantine Episode #135: Hollywood’s Historic Preservation Heroes & Villains
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/YCES-135.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! You Can’t Eat the Sunshine returns with an all-new Quarantine format, inviting folks who are passionate about Los Angeles history and historic preservation to join us for a conversation about the places that matter more than ever, as much of Los Angeles shelters in place under Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Safer At Home” directive. Our special guest on May 5, 2020 is the preservation juggernaut John Girodo, who recently stepped down from his post on the board of Hollywood Heritage to spearhead the landmarking activities of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. The episode is a wide ranging ramble through the history of historic preservation in Hollywood, highlighting notable activists, lamenting public corruption, sharing redevelopment horror stories and the addressing the challenges facing quarantined Angelenos who love the history and landmark buildings of this threatened community. On the agenda: Thoughts about the GoFundMe campaigns of the scrappy Larry Edmunds Bookshop and Arena Cinelounge and the well-heeled Amoeba Music, and the late lamented Aron’s Records. LeFrak’s project proposed to surround the Art Deco Attie Building (Playmates) and its beloved “You Are The Star” mural. The campaign for transparency around the American Cinematheque nonprofit’s efforts to sell the landmark Egyptian Theatre to Netflix. Proposed restoration of the Earl Carroll Theatre’s jaw dropping neon facade. How the CitizenM Hotel and Hollywood Center (formerly Hollywood Millennium). mega project stand to overwhelm the Capitol Records building and concerns about fast tracked permitting during the pandemic. John Girodo’s dream to turn the overgrown ruins of the Little Community Church of Hollywood (HCM #567) into a pocket park and the mysterious disappearance of essential pages in the landmarking file. The threatened garden court apartment buildings at 6220 Yucca, the incredible work done in his second floor apartment by performance art citizen activist John Walsh, life and death Metro Red Line whistleblowing, how history is whitewashed when free weeklies disappear from the internet and the literal collapse of Hollywood Boulevard. The abiding influence of Hollywood Heritage’s one-man un-wrecking crew Robert Nudelman. And what we all learned while helping to clean out John Walsh’s apartment after his death. It’s a long, candid conversation, and one you won’t want to miss if you love Hollywood and care about keeping this unique corner of Los Angeles cool and culturally vibrant, despite the relentless efforts of international development, chain retail and our corrupt City Hall. Links to learn more about our guest, the episode’s topics, and us: John Girodo’s efforts ensured the landmarking of Musician’s Union Local 47 and the Earl Carroll Theatre, both designed by L.A. Times architect Gordon B. Kaufmann. He previously joined us for Episode #127: Fighting For the Soul of Los Angeles. Have a Hollywood preservation problem and need to talk to John? We’ll pass a message along. Esotouric is our historic Los Angeles tour company, presently not operating due to the pandemic. We have a newsletter, a YouTube channel, and can be followed onTwitter, Facebook and Instagram. As the American Cinematheque nonprofit seeks to sell the public resource Egyptian Theatre to Netflix; we seek transparency. Related: Oscars eligibility rules are changing in the face of coronavirus crisis. Attie Building’s You Are The Star mural (Thomas Suriya, 1983) Susan Goldsmith’s 1998 New Times feature about John Walsh’s work rooting out corruption in the Los Angeles subway project, “The Freak Who Stopped The Subway.” Kim’s big score from John Walsh’s record collection: The Dream World of Dion McGregor, He Talks in His Sleep (background, hear it.) Earl Carroll Theatre restoration project. John Girodo’s efforts ensured the landmarking of Musician’s Union Local 47 and the Earl Carroll Theatre, both designed by L.A. Times architect Gordon B. Kaufmann. He previously joined us for Episode #127: Fighting For the Soul of Los Angeles. Have a Hollywood preservation problem and need to talk to John? We’ll pass a message along. Esotouric is our historic Los Angeles tour company, presentlynot operating due to the pandemic. We have anewsletter, a YouTube channel, and can be followed onTwitter,Facebook andInstagram. As the American Cinematheque nonprofit seeks to sell the public resource Egyptian Theatre to Netflix; we seek transparency. Related: Oscars eligibility rules are changing in the face of coronavirus crisis. Attie Building’s You Are The Star mural (Thomas Suriya, 1983) Susan Goldsmith’s 1998 New Times feature about John Walsh’s work rooting out corruption in the Los Angeles subway project, “The Freak Who Stopped The Subway.” Kim’s big score from John Walsh’s record collection: The Dream World of Dion McGregor, He Talks in His Sleep (background, hear it.) Earl Carroll Theatre restoration project. Little Country Church of Hollywood Historic Cultural Monument Application (#567) — Incomplete 1601 N LAS PALMAS Project being built in the parking lot behind the Egyptian Theatre. Calls for the demolition of the Arena Cinema building (originally a market converted to multiple screens as extension of the Egyptian theatre in the 1980s). The project calls for retention of the brick storefronts (Baroque Books) on the West side of Las Palmas; with new construction on top.
49 minutes | 7 months ago
YCES in Quarantine Episode #134: Last Stand on Koreatown’s Little New York Street with Carolyn Zanelli, Spencer Jones, Steven Luftman and Nathan Marsak
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/YCES-134.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! A note on the audio quality: this episode is a bit tinny, due to the learning curve on setting up multi-guest remote podcasting, and the present difficulty in quickly obtaining alternate mics and mixers. Please be patient with us. We’re working on it! You Can’t Eat the Sunshine returns with an all-new Quarantine format, inviting folks who are passionate about Los Angeles history and historic preservation to join us for a conversation about the places that matter more than ever, as much of Los Angeles shelters in place under Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Safer At Home” directive. Our special guests on April 21, 2020 are Carolyn Zanelli and Spencer Jones of Save Normandie Avenue, Nathan Marsak (The Cranky Preservationist / RIP Los Angeles) and Steven Luftman (Friends of Lytton Savings / Dept. of Urban Secrets), talking about the challenges of fighting to preserve the architectural integrity of their landmark “Little New York Street” (the 700 block of South Normandie) during quarantine, hopeful signs of cooperation from developer Jameson Properties, and how you can help save a unique L.A. time capsule by simply emailing City Council (instructions below). Plus, Nathan riffs on his long fantasized zombie apocalypse, density and Yimbyism in post-pandemic Los Angeles. Links to learn more about our guests, the episode’s topics, and us: Carolyn Zanelli and Spencer Jones are longtime residents of the 700 block of South Normandie, Koreatown’s Little New York Street. When they learned that a massive, modern building was planned for the surface parking lot opposite their apartment, they launched Save Normandie Avenue, an advocacy organization seeking an historically appropriate design for the infill project proposed for the block. Nathan Marsak is an architectural historian, writer and preservationist. His current blog is RIP Los Angeles home of the Cranky Preservationist videos, and you can whet your whistle for his forthcoming Bunker Hill book by poking around the On Bunker Hill blog. Steven Luftman is a preservationist and community activist. His website is the Dept. of Urban Secrets, with information about campaigns to Save Lytton Savings and to landmark the Mendel & Mabel Meyer Courtyard Apartments, Wallace Beery House and South Genesee Duplexes. Esotouric is our historic Los Angeles tour company, presently not operating due to the pandemic. We have a newsletter, a YouTube channel, and can be followed on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The Cranky Preservationist Visits Carolyn and Spencer on the 700 Block of South Normandie. Want to help Save Normandie Avenue? Please visit this link as soon as possible (before April 29), to give emailed Public Comment. A sample email is below. For more info, see the City Council file: Los Angeles City Council File: 20-0087 – 738 South Normandie Avenue / Categorical Exemption (CE) / California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) / Appeal Sample email for Public Comment (feel free to add to this, or simply copy it and sign your name): Dear City Council, The proposed development by Jamison Properties at 738 South Normandie potentially jeopardizes the historical significance of the entire street, because it is entirely out of character with the existing block, which has not had any new construction in eight decades. The block, which sits in the Normandie Mariposa Historic District, was built at the same time as the Ambassador Hotel, a landmark which was demolished after a long preservation battle. Today, it is one of the city’s most popular film locations, due to its time capsule appearance. I am asking that CD10 Councilman Herb Wesson and the rest of City Council allow the CEQA appeal for 738 South Normandie, to help preserve the historic fabric of the block by ensuring that any new construction respects the existing historic structures and blends in, rather than standing out. Please do the right thing and help preserve Koreatown’s Little New York Street. Sincerely (My name, my zip code)
50 minutes | 7 months ago
YCES in Quarantine Episode #133: Stan’s Donuts & LACMA with Alison Martino, Rob Hollman and Steven Luftman
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/YCES-133.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! A note on the audio quality: this episode is a bit tinny, due to the learning curve on setting up multi-guest remote podcasting, and the present difficulty in quickly obtaining alternate mics and mixers. Please be patient with us. We’re working on it! You Can’t Eat the Sunshine returns with an all-new Quarantine format, inviting folks who are passionate about Los Angeles history and historic preservation to join us for a conversation about the places that matter more than ever, as much of Los Angeles shelters in place under Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Safer At Home” directive. Our special guests on April 16, 2020 are Alison Martino (Vintage Los Angeles), Rob Hollman (Save LACMA) and Steven Luftman (Friends of Lytton Savings / Dept. of Urban Secrets), talking about how to be a preservationist while under quarantine, and about the recent loss of two iconic Los Angeles landmarks: Stan’s Donuts in Westwood Village, shuttered forever due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and LACMA’s Bing Theatre, the first of William Pereira’s 1965 buildings to be demolished for museum director Michael Govan’s reckless, unpopular and unfunded redevelopment scheme. Video interludes: Visiting with Huell Howser at Stan’s Donuts “The Death of LACMA’s Bing Theatre” by artist Gary Baseman Pereira in Peril: LACMA campus tour with Alan Hess & Richard Schave (October 2016) Save LACMA Board Members Oppose Wilshire Air Rights Gift To LACMA (November 2019) City Hall Testimony Against LACMA Crossing Wilshire and Barton Phelps critiques Peter Zumthor (December 2019) Links to learn more about our guests, the episode’s topics, and us: Alison Martino manages the Vintage Los Angeles Facebook page, where Angelenos have strong feelings about the demolition of LACMA’s Bing Theatre and the loss of Stan’s Donuts. You’ll also find her celebrating historic L.A. landmarks on Spectrum’s weekly SoCal Scene. Her website is AlisonMartino.com Steven Luftman is a preservationist and community activist. His website is the Dept. of Urban Secrets, with information about campaigns to Save Lytton Savings and to landmark the Mendel & Mabel Meyer Courtyard Apartments, Wallace Beery House and South Genesee Duplexes. Rob Hollman is President of the California Public Benefit Corporation Save LACMA, and you’ll want to subscribe to receive his spicy newsletter updates. Esotouric is our historic Los Angeles tour company, presently not operating due to the pandemic. We have a newsletter, a YouTube channel, and can be followed on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Our advocacy for preserving LACMA’s historic campus is just one part of the broader Pereira in Peril campaign. Visit the webpage for links to reporting on all the threatened Pereira buildings and videos from walking tours and landmarking hearings. Esotouric: South L.A. LACMA Satellite Site in Violation of Sweetheart City of Los Angeles Lease? Esotouric Scoop: Before The April 9 Vote, Increasingly Urgent Citizen Emails Beg County Supervisors To Reconsider Govan/Zumthor LACMA Plan
123 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode #132: Illuminating Los Angeles: Elmore Leonard & The Triforium
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/yces-132.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we visit with Gregg Sutter, who for 33 years was the researcher and assistant to writer Elmore Leonard, to learn about the motivations behind the new Esotouric bus adventure, Elmore Leonard in Hollywood. We’ll also talk with Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans (members of the band Yacht), Tom Carroll (Tom Explores Los Angeles), Carmen Zella (creative director of Now Art LA) and legacy systems software engineer Doug Dunn, about their long, shared road to restore and reactivate The Triforium, Joseph Young’s polyphonoptic 6-story interactive multimedia installation, dedicated in 1975 at Fletcher Bowron Square in the heart of the Los Angeles Civic Center. Plus a reprieve for the endangered Pickle Works, re:code LA goes rogue and long, a stealthy announcement for the Civic Center Design Guidelines public meeting, the tragic demolition of Parker Center begins, Wilshire Boulevard Temple gets a tilted neighbor, celebrating the bicentennial of Redlands’ zanja irrigation system, city to open a women’s shelter in Julia Morgan’s Hollywood Studio Club, demo permit sought for landmarked Lytton Savings, Bob Wolfe’s California voter guide, newly landmarked CBS Television City sold and classic comedy lover Chris Bungo spreads the word about Councilman Paul Koretz’ campaign to save the Our Gang house on Motor Avenue. So stay tuned. URLs for Interviews LAVA Sunday Salon: Preservation in L.A.’s Civic Center – Joseph Young’s Triforium & Topographic Map & Richard Neutra’s Hall of Records (October 2017) – video link Elmore Leonard in Hollywood Bus Tour (debuts November 10) Triforium Project website Now Art LA Triforium page Curbed L.A. reports on activating the Triforum Friday’s Triforium concert (ticket link) Upcoming Events Forensic Science Seminar: Arson & After Closely Watched Trains The Pickle Works is saved! Re:code LA update: 948 Pages of Power Grab – City Planning Commission hearing There is no official URL for the Civic Center Design Guidelines Public Meeting happening November 8th at 6:00pm (project link, meeting notice image, take the survey) A long goodbye for a very fine building: Parker Center, deconstructed. Los Angeles, you shouldn’t have! OMA-Designed expansion to break ground at Wilshire Boulevard Temple Redlands’ zanja irrigation system turns 200 with tours coming in March Women’s homeless shelter to open in 1920s Hollywood landmark designed by Julia Morgan Townscape Partners files papers seeking to demolish the Historic-Cultural Monument Lytton Savings. They didn’t even have the class to offer the community an opportunity to move it somewhere else, or at least salvage the art, stained glass and other valuable elements. Our friend Bob Wolfe, who drafted the brief that helped knock the destructive Proposition #9 (splitting California in 3) off the ballot, weighs in with a very detailed California voter guide. File under: this is why we landmark. CBS Television City reportedly selling to Hackman Capital for over $700M. But this Pereira (previously) in Peril is partially protected by its recently obtained HCM status. Help save the Our Gang Tabor House on Motor Avenue: send an email to Councilman Paul Koretz, who nominated the demolition-threatened charmer for protected landmark status. We did!
104 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode #131 : Happening at The Huntington: From Architectural Artifacts to Zen Buddhism
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/yces-131.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we meet some of the interesting people working at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. We visit with Tsuha Roshi, an 86th generation Zen Master at the newly established Fusho Zen Institute, who uses music as a tool to help understand and realize human potential. We also talk with Erin Chase, assistant curator of architecture and photography at The Huntington, about her upcoming jewel box of an exhibition, Architects of a Golden Age: Highlights from The Huntington’s Southern California Architecture Collection, our November bus tour about the show, and the history of the collection, which parallels the rise of the historic preservation movement. We’ll also discuss unexpected threats to historic rent-controlled buildings under L.A.’s new transit density policy, Alhambra’s Fosselman’s Ice Cream Parlor gets a new look for the company’s centennial, Alan Hess advocates for William Pereira’s Chandler Wing at Times Mirror Square and our landmark nomination for Times Mirror Square wins a unanimous yes vote from the Cultural Heritage Commission, Peter Adum’s new novel about pre-redevelopment San Pedro, our State Department invitation to speak with journalists from 20 nations about this podcast, change comes to Monterey Park’s Venice Room and an update on the Arts District’s derelict and endangered 19th century Pickle Works building. So stay tuned! URLS for Interviews & Upcoming Events Fusho Zen Institute (upcoming events, Zen and Music) Richard’s Birthday Bus for 2018 Exhibition: Architects of a Golden Age: Highlights from The Huntington’s Southern California Architecture Collection Forensic Science Seminar: Arson & After Closely Watched Trains Are older rent-controlled buildings in trouble under LA’s new transit density policy? Fall Exhibition: Architects of a Golden Age: Highlights from The Huntington’s Southern California Architecture Collection Alhambra’s Fosselman’s Ice Cream to get new look for 100th birthday Op-Ed: It’s time to recognize Pereira’s LA Times building Landmark effort for Times Mirror Square breezes through cultural heritage commission A New Day Yesterday by Peter Adum Is this the end of the Venice Room as locals know it? Pickle Works update (Division 20 Portal Widening & Turnback Facility Project Final EIR) Group photo after our talk to the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles
99 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode #130: Once Upon A Time At Times Mirror Square
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/yces-130.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with Harry Chandler about his family’s newspaper empire and our upcoming Historic Cultural Monument hearing seeking to landmark the Los Angeles Times compound. We also visit with Carolyn Strickler, who was company historian and manager of the Los Angeles Times History Center from 1979-1990, for a crash course in the personalities and powers of the postwar L.A. newspaper world. We’ll also discuss the Tower Theatre’s new chapter as an Apple store, possible redevelopment of Langer’s Deli, a partner files suit to force a sale of the L.A. Weekly, new life for Chinatown’s Golden Pagoda / Hop Louie, a shakeup at the Gamble House, memorializing Parker Center on the eve of its likely demolition, City Controller observes L.A. has little to show for $1 Billion in developer tax incentives since 2005, In Skid Row SRO news The Baltimore Hotel is purchased and the King Edward’s stained glass is being restored, Tail o’ the Pup isn’t a museum piece after all, Los Angeles Times Globe Lobby emptied of historic resources ahead of landmark hearing, PLUM Committee rejects four recognized landmarks clearing the way for a huge Hollywood redevelopment project, renovation work visible at West Adams’ Fitzgerald House, ASU leases Julia Morgan’s Herald-Examiner Building, and “True Love / True Crime on an American Bus” receives the Special Jury Prize at the Sidewalk Film Festival. So Stay Tuned! Upcoming Events Chester Turner Forensic Science Seminar Closely Watched Trains Derelict Tower Theatre on Broadway leased as an Apple store. Troubling rumblings from Langer’s Square suggest the historic deli may not be around much longer, despite the owner’s attempt at positive spin. Those of us who have been boycotting the L.A. Weekly suspected much of this, but this week’s lawsuit by one of the previously anonymous owners lifts a rock concealing a whole lot of sleaze. Legalized weed attracts such lovely people. The spirits of old Chinatown are smiling: the Golden Pagoda / Hop Louie, closed since 2016, is coming back to life! After 28 years, Gamble House director departs over unspecified “differences of approach” with USC. Controller: L.A. has OK’d $1 Billion in tax incentives to developers since 2005. That assistance needs more scrutiny. As demolition began pending a judge’s determination on preserving the building, our Richard Schave went on Take Two to talk about what made Welton Becket’s 1955 Parker Center such a progressive LAPD HQ. (interview starts at 40:00). See also, this history lesson. As the half-empty Skid Row landmark Baltimore Hotel is purchased by the Healthy Housing Foundation and reactivated, come take a time travel trip through a site packed with weird history. The L.A. Times Bomber, Tiger Woman and Rolling Stones were here! (Across the street at the King Edward, the stained glass is being restored.) When Tail o’ the Pup was donated to Valley Relics—a San Fernando Valley museum with no connection to the Hollywood landmark—we felt blue. Now 1933 Group has acquired the iconic storefront, and is looking for a place to install it. A little confused how it went to a non-profit, then to a business, but happy the Pup is coming back to town. Los Angeles Times Globe Lobby emptied of historic resources ahead of landmark hearing. The Cultural Heritage Commission determines which Los Angeles buildings merit preservation designation. City Council’s PLUM Committee (somewhat mysteriously) makes land use decisions. But last week, PLUM played judge, jury & executioner for four recognized landmarks, clearing the way for a huge Hollywood redevelopment project. The Cranky Preservationist, who loves Los Angeles and HATES what you’re doing to it, returns! Episode 16: Fitzgerald House Blues, in which a wrecked West Adams landmark finally get shown a little love! (On YouTube and Facebook) The short documentary about our L.A. history tours and preservation activism, “True Love / True Crime on an American Bus” (directed by Nicholas Coles) received the Special Jury Prize at the Sidewalk Film Festival! We hope to be able to invite folks to an L.A. screening soon.
116 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode #129: Preserving Dynastic Los Angeles County Landmarks in the 21st Century: The Chandlers’ Times Mirror Square & The Bixbys’ Rancho Los Cerritos
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/yces-129.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with architect and historian Alan Hess about the ongoing Pereira in Peril campaign and our work together seeking to landmark Times Mirror Square, which from 1935 until just last month was headquarters of the Los Angeles Times. We’ll also talk with Alison Bruesehoff, director of Rancho Los Cerritos in Bixby Knolls, Long Beach, joined by her colleagues Tessa Cavenah (Annual Fund Manager) and Sarah Fitzgerald (Historical Curator), to learn about their recently launched “Open Doors” campaign. This campaign aims to raise six million dollars over the next three years to increase public access to the historic 1844 adobe home and gardens; present new exhibits; preserve archives; and raise additional support for educational programs that weave history, social sciences, arts, and STEM-focused initiatives for the 6000+ students it serves every year. We’ll also discuss how Times Mirror Square landmarking nomination clears first hurdle, new plans for Downtown streetcar see costs rise to $300 Million, the ugly forced closure of historic Ports O’ Call Restaurant has taken a tragic turn, proposal for West Hollywood hotel project would obliterate Route 66 roadhouse Barney’s Beanery, the “preservation settlement” with The Committee to Defend Roosevelt High and Councilman Gil Cedillo is a demolition, Hollywood’s Silent Movie Theater gets a remodel, “Peace on Earth” sculpture is moved as part of Music Center Plaza remodel, the City of Los Angeles wants to hire a Tourism Czar, Cerro Gordo, the ghost town in eastern Sierras is sold, LACMA’s Michael Govan update on progress for fundraising on Peter Zumthor’s proposed museum redesign. So Stay Tuned! URLS for episode Alan Hess’ website Pereira In Peril City commission will consider bid to declare Los Angeles Times buildings historic-cultural monuments HCM application Times Mirror Square Rancho Los Cerritos The Virtual Tour of the Children’s Room at Rancho Los Cerritos Rancho Los Cerritos Kicks Off “Open Doors” Fundraising Campaign Upcoming Events Chester Turner Forensic Science Seminar Closely Watched Trains Pereira in Peril status report: Times Mirror Square landmarking nomination clears first hurdle, as historic resources are removed from the Globe Lobby. Also, Curbed L.A. published a list of the most endangered buildings in L.A. which included several of our Pereira causes and stated “Led by groups like the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, and Esotouric, LA has a strong community dedicated to historic preservation.” New plans for Downtown streetcar see costs rise to $300 Million The ugly forced closure of historic Ports O’ Call Restaurant has taken a tragic turn, as the general manager takes his own life. Shame on the Port of L.A. for treating the legacy tenants so shabbily. Peace to Jim Ryan and those who loved him. Proposal for West Hollywood hotel project would obliterate Route 66 roadhouse Barney’s Beanery The “preservation settlement” with The Committee to Defend Roosevelt and Councilman Gil Cedillo is a demolition, which is why no legit preservation group seeking to save Roosevelt High School’s landmark Building R has signed off on it Hollywood’s Silent Movie Theater gutted as owners attempt to rebrand the venue, which became toxic after Cinefamily staff spoke out about abuse. It’s not a protected landmark, so there’s no requirement to preserve historic resources Jacques Lipchitz sculpture “Peace on Earth” is moved as part of Music Center Plaza remodel CIty of Los Angeles wants to hire a Tourism Czar Cerro Gordo, the ghost town in eastern Sierras which funded Los Angeles’ growth in the late 19th century is sold The Department of Public Works envisions the Los Angeles River in 20 years LACMA’s Michael Govan weighs in on progress for fundraising for Peter Zumthor’s proposed museum redesign nbsp; nbsp;
115 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode #128: Chronicling Mid-Century Modern Long Beach and Lomaland’s Lovely Relics
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/yces-128.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with Dr. Louise Ivers, architectural historian and preservationist, about her new book, The Remaking of a Seaside City: Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Long Beach, California. We also visit with Kenneth Small and Robert Ray, Head of Special Collections and University Archives at San Diego State University, to hear about their exhibition, “Revisiting Visionary Utopia: Katherine Tingley’s Lomaland – Theosophy in Contemplative Community, Education and the Arts.” We’ll also discuss the return of the Los Angeles Times to local, private ownership, Hollywood’s Villa Carlotta reopens for short-term tourist rentals as evicted tenants protest, the city reveals the much higher true costs for the Parker Center demolition project, a nice piece in Los Angeles Magazine about our forensic science seminars, West Hollywood approves the enormous Robertson Lane project (which moves and carves up the National Register landmark Factory building) and the developer launches a misleading website using the name of the Save the Factory preservation campaign, your chance to be the owner of the legendary Cerro Gordo silver mining ghost town, we’re not pleased by Frank Gehry’s relentless attempts to demolish Kurt Meyer’s lyrical, landmarked Lytton Savings Bank, the Wiggins Settlement ensures that half the Hotel Cecil remains low-income housing, CBS Television City moves off the Pereira in Peril list and is now a protected city landmark and Thomas Mann’s house was saved from demolition and now it has a library once again. The Prodigal(‘The Kingdom of Heaven is Within You’)Reginald Machell (1854-1927)Oil on two separate canvases, c. 1895Hand-carved frame by the artistReginald Machell placed the Hermetic axiom “The knowledge of IT is a divine silence, and the rest of ^ all the senses” centrally in his painting, “The Prodigal.” URLs for podcast Revisiting Visionary Utopia exhibit Revisiting Visionary Utopia exhibit press release Enso Meditation Robert Ray contact page Ken Small’s email fohatdharma [AT] gmail.com Dr. Louise Ivers’ new book The Remaking of a Seaside City: Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Long Beach, California is available from The Historical Society of Long Beach. UPCOMING EVENTS September 23 forensic science seminar on the Chester Turner cold case investigation. Closely Watched Trains The Los Angeles Times returns to local, private ownership. The future of the paper’s unlandmarked historic Downtown campus remains uncertain. Villa Carlotta was a special Hollywood community, its tenants protected by rent control. This week, the building reopened as a transient joint. Evicted residents protested the ribbon cutting. Our podcast about Villa Carlotta, when tenants were being made miserable in their homes is here. The enormous, true costs are revealed for the proposed replacement tower on the Parker Center site as the city fast-tracks removal of the protected artwork, including Joseph Young’s great “Theme Mural of Los Angeles,” ahead of proposed demolition (video). Our Save Parker Center campaign is here. Some nice press for our grimmest events: Los Angeles Magazine: Inside the Forensics Seminars Where Laypeople Learn About L.A.’s Most Gruesome Crimes – Esotouric’s Forensic Science Seminars are not for the faint of heart. West Hollywood approves the enormous Robertson Lane project, which moves and carves the National Register landmark Factory building into a meaningless morsel. The developer also registered a website using the name of the preservation group the fought to “Save the Factory” from such insensitive development. Cerro Gordo silver shaped the west. Now you can shape the ghost town’s next century—if you’ve got $925,000 and a dream. We hope this unique time capsule finds another great steward to follow in the Patterson family’s footsteps. Shame on Frank Gehry, who has gone to the courts to secure permission to demolish Kurt Meyer’s lyrical, landmarked Lytton Savings Bank. Meyer put his architecture career on hold to save Central Library; this fine architect and Angeleno deserves better. Our podcast interview about Meyer and Lytton is here. Thanks to the Wiggins Settlement and the efforts of LA CAN, the Hotel Cecil will remain a schizophrenic building, with just over half the rooms dedicated as SRO low-income units and the remainder renovated hotel rooms. Elisa Lam sleuths will meet some interesting people. (PDF link.) File under Pereira in Peril, and otherwise: CBS Television City is now a protected city landmark. Cheers to our pal Alan Hess, who wrote the LA Conservancy’s landmarking nomination, and to CBS for coming to the table to craft a preservation solution for the future of its historic broadcast production campus. And the citizens of Fullerton aren’t taking the risk to their Hunt Branch library lightly. Can this gorgeous gift from Norton Simon be saved? Thomas Mann’s house was saved from demolition, and now it has a library once again.
119 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode #127: Fighting For the Soul of Los Angeles
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/yces-127.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with preservationist John Girodo about his struggles to preserve Hollywood’s historic built environment as that small neighborhood experiences hyper-gentrification. We’ll also visit with social justice advocate Adrian Riskin of MichaelKohlhaas dot org, to discuss his satirical exploration of the shadowy world of Business Improvement Districts and how BIDs influenced the controversial recent defeat of a Skid Row Neighborhood Council. We’ll also discuss the fate of the Peabody-Werden house, Richard Neutra’s Chuey House, a proposed aerial tram for Dodger Stadium, the Healthy Housing Foundation’s purchase of the nearly empty King Edward Hotel, Jill Stewart of the Coalition to Preserve L.A. on the challenges facing Los Angeles, L.A. Times art critic Christopher Knight laments Brookfield’s selling off public art on Bunker Hill, the L.A. Times’ dedicated historian Darrell Kunitomi’s long goodbye to the newspaper’s historic downtown home, a set of newly digitized photo albums from the Cuffe movie ranch in Lone Pine, Burbank’s Book Castle – Movie World bookstore closes its doors after 51 years, peril for Arts District landmark the Pickle Works Building, and the developer who plans to demolish the exquisite streamline moderne Dr. Jones Dog and Cat Hospital in West Hollywood is arrested on Federal bribery and public corruption charges. So stay tuned. . . URLs for Interviews Michael Kohlhaas dot org Los Angeles Poverty Department exhibition: Zillionaires Against Humanity: Sabotaging the Skid Row Neighborhood Council Hollywood Heritage Upcoming Events September LAVA Forensic Science Seminar Closely Watched Trains Fate of the Peabody-Werden house, moved to make way for a Boyle Heights housing development, remains uncertain. Richard Neutra’s Chuey House, which was mysteriously pulled from landmark consideration by the Los Angeles Conservancy, is back on the market–but not as a teardown this time. Aerial tram proposed for Dodger Stadium. The Healthy Housing Foundation purchased the nearly empty King Edward Hotel with the aim to renovate rooms and fill it by mid-summer. Curbed interviewed Jill Stewart of the Coalition to Preserve LA on the challenges facing Los Angeles. We like her idea of turning Parker Center into homeless housing rather than tearing it down. L.A. Times art critic Christopher Knight laments Brookfield’s selling off public art on Bunker Hill: “This Miró masterpiece will be sold to the highest bidder. It belongs in a museum instead.” (The price realised at the May 15 auction was $9,425,000). We’re broken up about Brookfield’s demolition of the Halprin atrium, too. The L.A. Times’ dedicated historian Darrell Kunitomi is on Facebook saying a long goodbye to the newspaper’s historic downtown home, and offering guided tours of the building until the threatened move to El Segundo. A set of newly digitized photo albums from the Cuffe movie ranch in Lone Pine contains amazing snapshots of C.B. DeMille’s 10 Commandments ancient Egyptian film set in the Guadalupe dunes. In vanishing independent bookstore news, Burbank’s Book Castle – Movie World closed its doors after 51 years. The Pickle Works Building, an Arts District cultural landmark, is in peril from an expanding MTA project. The public Comments for DEIR for the Division 20 Portal Widening and Turnback Facility project just closed. (PDF link.) The developer who plans to demolish the exquisite streamline moderne Dr. Jones Dog and Cat Hospital in West Hollywood was just arrested on Federal bribery and public corruption charges. Who else was paid off and how many landmarks lost?
85 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode #126: From Show Caves to Palm Canyons: Treasures of Southern California’s Desert State Park System
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/yces-126.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we get an education from two devoted parks interpreters: LuAnn Thompson shares her favorite things about the landscape and creatures found in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and Andy Fitzpatrick introduces us to the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area, including the Route 66 roadside attraction turned State Parks resource, the astonishing Mitchell Caverns. UPCOMING EVENTS LAVA Forensic Science Seminar: The Grim Sleeper URLS FOR GUESTS AND CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Providence Mountains State Recreation Area Recommended Reading: Anza Borrego Desert Region: Your Complete Guide to the State Park and Adjacent Areas of the Western Colorado Desert by Lowell & Diana Lindsay Keepers of the Caves: A True Account of Twenty Years of Modern Pioneering by Jack Mitchell Hollenbeck Park Lake in Boyle Heights slated for a major makeover. In rent control news, Costa-Hawkins repeal supporters say they will qualify for November ballot. Landmarking makes all the difference: Crossroads of the World mega-project now plans to incorporate historic Hollywood Reporter building (no word on the gorgeous 1930s garden apartment buildings that are also under landmark consideration). The huge development surrounding Capitol Records returns from the grave. Church of the Angels moves forward after vandalism. Developer in Dispute with Community Stakeholders Warns, ‘I’ll Use My AR-15.’ The parcel was subsequently landmarked. The L.A. Times might move to… El Segundo? We made the trek so you don’t have to! City of Los Angeles following the lead of AIDS Healthcare Foundation in turning old motels into permanent supportive housing. This is good for people experiencing homelessness and for the preservation of the historic built environment. Pasadena plans new anti-suicide barriers for the National Register Colorado Street Bridge, with design recommendations to come. They can’t be uglier than the current chain link solution. . .we hope!
92 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode #125: A Farewell to the Caravan Book Store & The Challenges Facing L.A.
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/yces-1251.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with Donald Spivack, former Deputy Director of Policy & Operations for the CRA-LA, about the two biggest challenges facing Los Angeles: Homelessness and Open Space. We’ll also visit with Leonard Bernstein, second-generation proprietor of Caravan Book Store, which is closing at the end of this month after nearly 56 years. It is the last shop left on Downtown’s historic Booksellers Row. We’ll also discuss the unwelcome sale of the Japanese-American landmark Historic Wintersburg for a possible self-storage facility, the Vermonica problem, big changes at the Los Angeles Times as the reporters unionize and a new era of local ownership begins, with the Save 7500 Sunset petition the community rallies to save Parisian Florist and other historic Sunset Boulevard small businesses from an out-of-scale redevelopment project, Tom Bergin’s on the ropes again, hope for retaining some of William Pereira influence in the new development proposed for his Metropolitan Water District HQ, sleuthing the shock demolition of Lawrence Halprin’s taxpayer-funded Crocker Court on Bunker Hill, Malibu’s surfing zone is added to the National Register and we hope this is good news for the neglected Adamson House, outrage and organizing as the Port of L.A.’s redevelopment arm breaks promises made to the Ports O’ Call tenants and San Pedro community and changes to San Gabriel’s outdated preservation policies. UPCOMING EVENTS February Sunday LAVA Salon: Poem Noir March Sunday LAVA Salon: The Los Angeles Mall Reconsidered LAVA Forensic Science Seminar: Wrongful Convictions: Investigatory Case Studies From the California Innocence Project URLS FOR GUESTS AND CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS RIP Caravan Book Store (1954-2018). The last survivor of Downtown L.A.’s bookseller’s row is closing on 2/24, and with it goes a big piece of Los Angeles’ literary heart. See the 3-D scan. Caravan Books Betrayal of preservation promises at Historic Wintersburg, a significant Japanese-American landmark in Huntington Beach. Can Street Art Be Moved Without Destroying It? Atlas Obscura tackles the Vermonica problem. The Cranky Preservationist stops by, too: Episode 15: Not Vermonica Blues. Big changes at the Los Angeles Times: the reporters have unionized, then the inept Chicago owners sold the paper to a local owner. The looming question: will the Times be able to remain in its namesake building, which it no longer owns? A petition is launched to “Save 7500 Sunset” seeking to preserve two blocks of small businesses in Hollywood, including Parisian Florist, one of the finest vintage storefronts we’ve got. Tom Bergin’s is on the ropes, again. Renderings released for proposed redevelopment of William Pereira’s Metropolitan Water District HQ: much demolition, but also partial restoration of the low-rise building at the heart of the complex. The sunscreens, removed, we believe, to stymie the landmark nomination, are back. A civic disgrace: Department of Building and Safety issued a demolition permit in TWO DAYS just before Christmas, then Lawrence Halprin’s significant, taxpayer-funded Crocker Court was destroyed with no public notice. And of course the Cranky Preservationist has something to say about it: Episode 14: Bunker Hill Re-Redevelopment Blues. Southern California culture spreads its influence around the globe. And now Malibu’s surfing zone is on the National Register, for layers of significance ancient to modern. Maybe now the state will invest in proper restoration of the magnificent tiled Adamson House, which needs some love. Outrage and organizing as the Port of L.A.’s redevelopment arm breaks promises made to the Ports O’ Call tenants and San Pedro community San Gabriel, rich with history, gets L.A. Conservancy recognition for beefing up its outdated preservation policies.
97 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode #124: The Symbionese Liberation Army & A Vintage Arcadia Xmas
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/yces-124.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with author Brad Schreiber about his book Revolution’s End: The Patty Hearst Kidnapping, Mind Control, and the Secret History of Donald DeFreeze and the SLA and the upcoming Esotouric bus tour inspired by his research. We’ll also visit with Linda Jensen and her son Adam Wadlow, multi-year winners of an Arcadia Beautiful Holiday Decoration Award for their astonishing display of vintage, illuminated Blow-Mold plastic figures. (October 2018 update: Hallowe’en decoration photos!) We’ll also discuss: our 2017 Los Angeles historic preservation survey, design problems emerge with Agence Ter’s proposed Pershing Square revamp, the Los Angeles Conservancy and Zev Yaroslavsky advocate for preservation of William Pereira’s endangered CBS Television City, the mysterious demolition of Lawrence Halprin’s atrium in Wells Fargo Tower, developer seeks to demolish William Kesling’s fine streamline moderne Wallace Beery house, encouraging news about Sheila Klein’s lost public art installation Vermonica and the collapse of the restored Van De Kamp’s windmill sign on the Arcadia Denny’s. UPCOMING EVENTS January’s LAVA Sunday Salon featuring Nathan Marsak on the Aesthetics of Bunker Hill (Sunday, January 28) Two Days in South LA: The 1974 SLA Shootout tour (Saturday, February 10) Wrongful Convictions: Investigatory Case Studies From The California Innocence Project (Sunday, March) URLS FOR GUESTS AND CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS Brad Schreiber’s author website. Brad’s book Revolution’s End. Esotouric’s 2017 Los Angeles Historic Preservation Survey Pershing Square: attempts to give L.A.’s oldest public park a high-tech revamp are stymied by parking garage topography. An impassioned plea from Zev Yaroslavsky to preserve William Pereira’s endangered CBS Television City. Why has a public garden on Bunker Hill been mysteriously demolished? The Cranky preservationist objects to the loss of Lawrence Halprin’s only atrium design. Wallace Beery’s streamline modern house at risk. Encouraging news about beloved public art piece Vermonica. After just 18 months of service, the restored Van De Kamp’s windmill fell off its tower. We just saw it in action.
70 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode #123: The Triforium + Topographic Map: Preserving Joseph Young’s Mid-Century Marvels in the Heart of Downtown Los Angeles
Triforium by Joseph Young https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/yces-123.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month for a special episode dedicated to the iconic Civic Center artworks created by Joseph Young (1919-2007), and the various ways that the City and County of Los Angeles are maintaining them. We talk with Clare Haggarty, Deputy Director of Collections for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, about the restoration of Young’s mosaic fountain Topographic Map, on the north side of Neutra and Alexander’s Hall of Records building. We also talk with Cecily Young, one of the artist’s daughters, to learn about The Triforium, his visionary multimedia installation located a block away on the city’s Los Angeles Mall. We’ll also discuss the city’s removal of Sheila Klein’s Vermonica, East Hollywood’s greatest civic attraction (May 5, 1993-November 21, 2017), two new videos from the Cranky Preservationist, Musicians’ Union Local 47 passes the first hurdle to becoming an Historic Cultural Monument, the proposed demolition of Welton Beckett’s Parker Center, Echo Park’s Jensen’s Recreation Center rooftop sign restored, Grand Central Market’s new owner announced, somewhat encouraging changes to the development plans for William Pereira’s neglected Metropolitan Water District HQ, concerns that the 75-year-old Silent Movie Theatre isn’t closed for long in the wake of Cinefamily’s implosion and the last days of Beverly Hills stationer Francis-Orr (since 1924). Closely Watched Trains Esotouric gift certificates are on sale thru 12/24 A statement from Sheila Klein about the removal of her artwork Vermonica. RIP to the beautiful Urban Candelabra, East Hollywood’s greatest civic attraction (May 5, 1993-November 21, 2017). The Cranky Preservationist, who loves Los Angeles and HATES what you’re doing to it, returns! Episode 12: Sweet Sidewalk Blues (on Facebook or YouTube) and Episode 13: Golden Arch Hawk Taco Blues (on Facebook or YouTube). Musicians’ Union Local 47, a landmark of Hollywood and civil rights history, passes the first hurdle on the road to becoming an Historic Cultural Monument. City estimates about half a billion dollars to tear down Welton Becket’s iconic Parker Center. Adaptive reuse would save millions, and a landmark. Meanwhile, Welton Becket’s young associate Louis Naidorf asks why Los Angeles would demolish a pleasant, adaptable office building like Parker Center. One of L.A.’s coolest animated signs, the Jensen’s Recreation Center bowler, lives, in its latest restoration by Paul Greenstein. Grand Central Market celebrates its centennial, quietly changes hands. What’s next for L.A.’s historic breadbasket? Although the project description remains nebulous, hints of adaptive reuse and respect for William Pereira’s legacy are perhaps on the menu as SOM and James Corner are hired to rework the architect’s neglected Metropolitan Water District HQ in Victor Heights. Learn more about our Pereira in Peril campaign here. Cinefamily has officially shuttered. Their tenancy is just another blip in the 75-year history of the Silent Movie Theater, and we hope this Los Angeles landmark isn’t dark for long. Beverly Hills stationer Francis-Orr (since 1924) is closing forever on 12/30. URLs for interviews: The Triforium Project The Los Angeles County Arts Commission
106 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode #122: Bunker Hill & The French Village: Two Lost Los Angeles Neighborhoods Taken By Eminent Domain
6655 Alta Loma Terrace. 1923. Ray G. Smith, architect. https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/yces-122.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with Gordon Pattison, Bunker Hill native son, about the reopening of Angels Flight Railway and other ways in which his lost Victorian neighborhood survives. We’ll also visit with Elona Anthony, to hear about how her late husband Steven took on the Los Angeles establishment in a one-man battle against the eminent domain seizure that threatened his beloved storybook cottage. Hollywood museums, land grabs, ideological zealots, police surveillance, historic preservation: The Siege of Fort Anthony is a complex and powerful story that is as relevant today as it was in 1964. We’ll also talk about the L.A. Weekly’s 2017 Best of L.A. selection of this show as “Best Podcast About L.A. History” (yay!), concerns raised about the proposed Crossroads of the World mega-project, tenants complain of alterations to Rudolph Schindler’s landmarked Sachs Apartments, Craig Sauer’s new 3-D scan of Lloyd Wright’s Sowden House, how the interior of John C. Austin’s 1902 Hiram Higgins house was ruined, Ports O’ Call shopkeepers suing over redevelopment evictions, public outcry against rezoning threat in Burbank’s sleepy Rancho District, a modest proposal to do something more public with the 1870 Merced Theater, CBS Television City is the newest Pereira in peril and the historic 1920s El Cid facade is partially demolished. Plus two exciting new videos from The Cranky Preservationist, who is cranky about Parker Center’s pending demolition, and the loss of public access to Kay Martin’s Bunker Hill paintings. Closely watched trains: L.A. Weekly 2017 Best of L.A. – Best Podcast About L.A. History is our own You Can’t Eat the Sunshine Preservationists and Cultural Heritage Commission express concerns about proposed Crossroads of the World mega-project. Tenants raise the alarm over alterations to Rudolph Schindler’s Sachs Apartments, a city landmark. Explore an L.A. landmark in 3-D #6: Lloyd Wright’s Sowden House, Mayan Art Deco marvel or Black Dahlia crime scene? If you ever wondered why Los Angeles needs an interior landmarking ordinance, the ruin of John C. Austin’s 1902 Hiram Higgins house tells the tale. In the face of redevelopment, the historic Ports O’ Call shopkeepers are fighting, and suing, to protect their livelihoods. The Port of L.A. can afford to help these little fish. Burbank’s sleepy Rancho District under rezoning threat as longtime Pickwick Bowl / Viva Cantina owners seek to cash out. Petition link. Since funding has stalled for the plan to turn the 1870 Merced Theater into a modern TV studio, why not aim for a more public use. Restaurant? Hostel? More on the theater here. File under: (yet another) Pereira in Peril. CBS Television City to be redeveloped? Eater LA picked up on our scoop on the demolition of a third of El Cid’s historic facade, got a quote. The Cranky Preservationist, who loves Los Angeles and HATES what you’re doing to it, returns! Episode 10: Have You Hugged Your Parker Center Today Blues (on Facebook or YouTube). Episode 11: Kay Martin’s Lost Bunker Hill Paintings Blues (Facebook, YouTube). Upcoming Events: We Celebrate Our Tenth Anniversary From The SLA to DNA–November 5th Forensic Science Serminar Wrongful Conviction Workshop–March 4th Forensic Science Seminar October LAVA Sunday Salon–Public Art In The Civic Center Richard’s Birthday Bus–November 25th
95 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode #121: Once Upon A Time in French-Speaking Los Angeles & Early Days of Angels Flight on Old Bunker Hill
Shows El Aliso (and by extension the Vignes property). Attributed to Henri Penelon https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/yces-121.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Once Upon A Time in French-Speaking Los Angeles & Early Days of Angels Flight on Old Bunker Hill Join us this month as we talk with C.C. de Vere, creator of the Frenchtown Confidential blog, who pulls back the velvet curtain to reveal the deep yet forgotten Gallic roots of the city of Los Angeles, the subject of her free LAVA Sunday Salon and walking tour on September 24. We’ll also visit with Nathan Marsak, star of the viral video series The Cranky Preservationist, about the re-opening of Angels Flight Railway and the lost landscape of old Bunker Hill, the funicular’s original home. We’ll also discuss: Angels Flight Railway’s starts and stops. Our preservation petition helped get it going again. Family bankruptcy puts Richard Neutra’s lyrical post-and-beam Chuey House (1956) at risk of demolition. Concerned Palisades neighbors hope to landmark John L. Kennedy House, the 1930 Spanish gem bought by notorious landlord Jerome Nash. (PDF link) Hollywood Heritage files landmark application for (Chaplin-owned?) Formosa storybook cottages Casler Village Court, whose pretty neighbor was just demolished. (PDF link) Daffy midcentury charm alert: the world’s first Cinderella Home is on the market in Downey. The Cranky Preservationist Episode 8: Los Angeles Times Parking Garage Historic Bas Relief Blues Blues (Facebook, YouTube). EVENTS LAVA Sunday Salon (September 24) LAVA Sunday Salon (October 29) The 1910 Bombing of the Los Angeles Times with Detective Mike Digby Forensic Science Seminar: From the SLA to DNA Richard’s 49th Birthday Bus Tour – In Search of Imperial California
73 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode #120: Boyle Heights Blossoming: Everything’s Different at Ray & Roy’s Market
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/yces-120.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month for an episode dedicated to the vibrant, historic and soulful neighborhood of Boyle Heights, centered on the southeast corner of 4th Street and Camulos. We’ll talk with Yolanda Diaz, who recently purchased Ray & Roy’s Market, which was founded by a Japanese father and son after internment. Yolanda has a fresh new vision for this community hub, which includes inviting 15-year-old Isabel Peinado to create an ambitious, hand-painted mural about female empowerment on the market’s long west wall. What won’t change? The vintage walk-in freezer, which famously serves the coldest beer in Boyle Heights! We’ll also discuss: the pending revival of Angels Flight Railway, East L.A. roadside attraction The Tamale back on the market, Downey’s neglected band-owned Rives Mansion to be sold, the rededication of Victory Memorial Grove in Elysian Park, concerns about Onni Group’s out-of-scale Afton & Vine project, another suspicious fire on the historic southern campus of Rancho Los Amigos, the awful new Bringing Back Broadway-funded LED lighting scheme on the Bradbury Building and Los Angeles Magazine only tells part of the story about the troubled Gage Mansion in Bell Gardens. Introducing The Cranky Preservationist, who loves Los Angeles and HATES what you’re doing to it. Catch all the rants on Facebook or YouTube and RSVP to attend his LAVA Sunday Salon in search of lost Art Deco. Angels Flight is coming back, and soon will have a tall, shiny neighbor. But how will the new tower treat the past? Back on the market: the world’s biggest tamale, delighting travelers along East L.A.’s Whittier Boulevard for nearly a century. Victory Memorial Grove: after a lot of elbow grease, a neglected corner of Elysian Park is once more a place of honor and reflection. Afton & Vine: Hollywood development aims to move historic bungalows around like pawns on a chessboard, demolish 1930 Deco market. Downey finally does something to protect its National Register Rives Mansion, which badly needs an owner who cares. It will be listed for sale shortly. More suspicious fires at Rancho Los Amigos. We’re as sad to lose historic buildings as we are that our homeless neighbors aren’t housed in them. Los Angeles Magazine takes a look at the Gage Mansion preservation problem, but fails to cover all the drama of our ongoing public access battle. We have been visiting, and more recently being denied access to visit, the Gage Mansion for the past decade on our twice-yearly South Los Angeles Road Trip tour. The preservation and public access problems are even more dramatic than this piece suggests, and it’s important to note that, while surrounded by private property, the historic house is held in the public trust. To get the scoop, join us on the bus in February The awful new Bringing Back Broadway-funded LED lighting scheme on the Bradbury Building facade. (Corner view. Third Street view.)
70 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode #119: Secrets of Llano del Rio and Utopian Los Angeles
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/yces119.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month for an episode dedicated to Llano del Rio, the socialist cooperative experiment that hosted its final May Day celebrations in the Antelope Valley one hundred years ago this month. Our guests are historian Paul Greenstein & artist-archivist Karyl Newman, who co-host a special Esotouric bus adventure, Desert Visionaries, on Saturday, June 17. We’ll also talk about the judge’s decision that may save Kurt Meyer’s ladmark Lytton Savings from being demolished, a status report on attempts to reactivate the city’s neglected Lummis House and the latest from the Sinatra Bungalow preservation efforts. OUR GUESTS Karyl Newman’s website. Paul Greenstein’s book, Bread & Hyacinths: The Rise and Fall of Utopian Los Angeles. SELECT UPCOMING EVENTS Subject: Los Angeles Lovers at Bob Baker Marionette Theater (5/12) LAVA Sunday Salon: S.A. Griffin on Charles Bukowski (5/28) Siege at Fort Anthony at Central Library (6/8) Esotouric’s Tenth Anniversary calendar
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