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Fairy godmothers are rarely the subject of history and you have to look hard to find Mary Schmidt’s name among the giants of architecture. She is not mentioned in Nathan Marsak’s history of the Architects Building at Fifth and Figueroa, which she financed and had built,[1] nor is her work as the organizer of the […]

Figure 1 Wing Monument

Los Angeles City Councilman Gilbert Lindsey roared at the demonstrators who filled the council chamber, “I don’t care what you do, just shut up!” Lindsey’s anger had been aroused on behalf of members of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the other “real people of America,” who wanted to erect a veterans […]

The Health Administration Building in 2016. Photo by author.

The sewage seeping through the walls was absolutely the last straw. With a leaking roof, peeling plaster and weak gas lighting, the City Health Department Building at Spring and Temple Streets was no longer functional. The building had been described as “unhealthy” as early as 1939. However it wasn’t until September 3, 1953 when the […]

Figure 1: The Prebles Restaurant, now IHOP at Figueora and Ave 26. Under the blue paint is a late Googie coffee shop

An icon of mid-century architecture at Figueroa and 26th Avenue? Today it doesn’t really look like much, but the IHOP located just off the 110 freeway’s Figueroa exit in Cypress Park may be something special (figure 1). Designed by the firm of Armét and Davis, the building was briefly the fourth location of the Preble’s […]

From Nov 4-8 approximately 400 historians and urbanists will be at the Biltmore for the 16th SACRPH conference

Lately I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from the blog – but with very good reason. For the last year or so, I’ve been part of a group planning a large national conference here in LA. Now about a week away, the event brings together about 400 planning historians at the Biltmore Hotel […]

Figure 2: the gates of the Zanja Madre public art installation

History is best experienced in situ and so I was excited to join a group earlier this month for a mother’s day walk along Figueroa Street. Organized by Victoria Bernal of @LAHistory, our journey included an overview of sites associated with the famous, but mostly not so famous, women of Los Angeles. Bits and pieces […]

Figure 3:  For most of the twentieth century, oil derricks and small family farms lined much of the strip. Photo of Figueroa Street near 134th. Source: Los Angeles Public Library, Security Pacific National Bank Collection 
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Have you ever wondered why the city of LA looks the way that it does? With that bulbous north west growth atop a long skinny stick, it’s always reminded me of a droopy lollypop or perhaps a lopsided barbell. Over the years, the city that began in 1781 as a perfect square clearly morphed into […]

Figure 3: A photo of the Signal Film Company from March 24, 1917 at the Los Angeles and Salt Lake railway yards in downtown Los Angeles at 1st Street. Source: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection, number 00073773

As a genre, the action film has a long pedigree. The massive explosions, thrilling chases and courageous heroes who barely, but inevitably, defy death to win the day have been the backbone of Hollywood cinema since its inception. Today, we typically think of these films as largely created by, and for, men but this wasn’t […]

Figure 1: Photograph by Charles Beam. For much of its early history Sycamore Grove Park remained relatively wild. Source: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection,  	http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics20/00019809.jpg

A brief and cryptic paragraph in the October 11, 1910 edition of the Los Angeles Herald caught my eye. Sandwiched between a story about a restaurateur cited for allowing patrons to shoot craps with “dice made of lumps of sugar” and the previous night’s bowling scores, was the headline, “Japanese Will Prepare Plans for Park […]

Figure 1: Los Angeles City Councilman John Holland (seated) in 1967 with aide Art Snyder who would later succeed him as the representative of the city’s 14th district.  Source: Los Angeles Public Library, Shades of L.A Photo Collection, 00002471

More than 53 years after opening day and 36 years after the site was supposed to become a park, the Scholl Canyon Landfill apparently needs more room. The landfill has had a complicated history and I wonder what the original advocates and opponents would think about the current plans to expand. The landfill’s creation pitted […]

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