FROM Alan Hess
Saving Pereira's buildings Los Angeles architect William Pereira designed the former Metropolitan Water District headquarters in Echo Park, opened in 1963, as well as three buildings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, opened in 1965. Both are threatened with demolition. We talk to those who want them removed as well as those who want them preserved.
Fifty Years of LACMA When Michael Govan took over LA County's Museum of Art in 2006, it was a bastion of old money. This past Saturday night, the 50th birthday gala demonstrated how much he has made it the darling of the entertainment industry. Nobody disputes LACMA's renaissance over the past 10 years. Mayor Garcetti calls it proof that this is "LA's second golden age." But Peter Zumthor's building does have some people grumbling. To make way for the Zumthor Building , three buildings designed by William Pereira are scheduled to come down. See more models and details of Zumthor's proposed new building for LACMA
Silvertop For Sale Silvertop, an iconic hillside residence that embodies the quintessential L.A. showpiece home, is on the market for the first time since 1974. We take a look at the history of the home, and the legacy of the architect behind it, John Lautner. Lautner created dramatic, space-agey homes all over Southern California from the late ‘40s through the ‘80s and was a leader during the region’s golden age of modernist design. Image: John Lautners Silvertop Residence in Silver Lake, Los Angeles
Alan Hess Alan Hess, a historian and writer of many books on California architecture, believes that at minimum we should study Pereira’s legacy carefully, before willfully demolishing his buildings at LACMA. He tells DnA why he found the LACMA show frustrating and why we should consider the past as we imagine the future on the Miracle Mile.
In Memoriam: John Chase Last Friday, the local design community was shocked to hear of the passing of John Chase. As West Hollywood's urban designer for 14 years, Chase made a profound impact on the city and its residents. Ann McIntosh, director of community development for the City of West Hollywood points out some places in the city where you can find his mark (we've compiled a list with addresses and a map) . One of them is Formosa 1140, an apartment building designed by Lorcan O'Herlihy, which carved out part of its property into a public pocket park. Richard Loring, the developer responsible for the project, speaks about Chase's influence in making the park a reality. In addition to his work in West Hollywood, Chase was also an accomplished critic and writer on the urban experience. Margaret Crawford, co-authored Everyday Urbanism with Chase and John Kaliski, and architectural historian Alan Hess explain his legacy. The Chase family will hold a public memorial on Tuesday, August 24 from 4pm to 7pm at Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood. Chase's impact was widespread and the internet is awash in tributes. Curbed LA posted a note which has garnered many lovely comments and remembrances, as well as a eulogy by former Curbed editors Marissa Gluck and Josh Williams. Friend and ollaborator John Kaliski writes about Chase as " A Substantive Design Man ." Writers who Chase mentored remembered his enthusiastic guidance: Mimi Zeiger focused on all that glitters ; Alissa Walker crowned him king of public space . The LA Forum posted a tribute which includes a link to Reyner Banham's review of Chase's Exterior Decoration : Hollywood’s Inside Out Houses . Tibby Rothman says LA will not be the same . The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports on John's impact on the city where he lived and attended school. Christopher Hawthorne writes the obituary for the Los Angeles Times . There are additional stories at LA Observed and the LA Weekly . Chase's Facebook page has also become a memorial filled with tributes. We invite you to add your memories and stories of John Chase in the comments below. Sierra Bonita Apartments for people with low-incomes and special needs, designed by Patrick Tighe 1200 N. Sweetzer Condos designed by Aleks Istanbullu for Urban Moment, Inc.
Felix the Cat Becomes Permanent Fixture in L.A.’s Cityscape Rome has the Coliseum, Paris the Eiffel Tower and Washington the memorials to various presidents. Last week, LA history buffs were delighted when the Cultural Heritage Commission designated Felix Chevrolet a cultural monument—because of the rooftop sign featuring the comic character Felix the Cat.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.