Monthly Archives: June 2011

Bertram’s Last Drive – The Arlington Hotel Tragedy

Just after lunch on Sunday June 28, 1925, Bertram Deane Hancock jumped behind the wheel of his shiny roadster and turned out of the driveway of the family home at 3189 Wilshire Boulevard, no doubt waving a cheerful goodbye to … Continue reading

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At Shark Tooth Shoals – An Oil Man’s Unique Seaside Cottage

Beach houses are a lot like golf clothes, much more colorful and relaxed than their weekday counterparts and that can make them so much more interesting. Recently, one of these houses caught my eye – down in the seemingly unlikely … Continue reading

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Did London Come to Hollywood?

Tucked down the tiny little Hollywood side street of La Vista Court, a street so small you might easily mistake it for an alley, is a very unusual old building with a very unusual story to tell. They call it … Continue reading

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Beautiful Magazine Art – The Architect and Engineer February 1928

A beautiful engraving of Santa Barbara’s magnificent Mission was chosen as the cover art for The Architect and Engineer for February 1928, no doubt, in honor of its recent restoration after the devastating 1925 earthquake had nearly destroyed the historic … Continue reading

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Populuxe Palace – The 1957 Research House

Between 1945 and 1966, a series of “Case Study” houses were built inĀ the Los Angeles area that were intended to serve as something of a laboratory for new ideas and methods in modern home construction and design. TheĀ brainchild of John … Continue reading

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Book-plates from Old Hollywood

One of the great pleasures of collecting old books is finding interesting things in them that were left behind by their former owners. Like old houses, old books often retain pieces of those who once owned and loved them and … Continue reading

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