Monthly Archives: May 2012

Miracle on Bel-Air Road!

It’s Christmas in May! Not long ago, lovers of MCM architecture were delighted by the news that the beautiful 1956 Schumacher/Linkletter Estate @ 1100 Bel-Air Road had come on the market for the first time in decades, a house that not … Continue reading

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Blessed Buildings – Hollywood’s Historic First Presbyterian Church

For this installment of Blessed Buildings, we feature one of Hollywood’s most notable historic churches – the First Presbyterian @ 1760 North Gower Street. The Presbyterians were Hollywood pioneers, coming here the same year Hollywood gained it’s brief cityhood in … Continue reading

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Paradise for Sale – A Few Interesting Southland Homes on the Market

For a very long time now I’ve wanted to highlight on the blog some of the historic properties that come up for sale in Southern California, but ADD has long gotten in the way. But since we are in lockdown … Continue reading

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Lost Hollywood – A John De Lario in the Hills of Beverly

Today we remember architect John De Lario for the fine work he did throughout the picturesque Hollywoodland development in the 1920′s. He did so many notable homes there it is easy to forget that De Lario also designed homes and businesses in … Continue reading

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Beautiful Magazine Art – Arts & Decoration for March 1938

Arts & Decoration was always unabashedly a magazine for the 1%. Even in the midst of the Great Depression, with millions of unemployed haunting the streets, this high-end, high class publication cheerfully ran articles on such weighty topics as the … Continue reading

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Meet the Ladies of Paradise Leased!

Lately, there’s been a passel, an absolute passel I tell you, of curiosity regarding “the staff” at Paradise Leased. Well, my dedicated cadre of helpmates are a bit publicity shy to be sure, but I think some sunshine might do … Continue reading

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Blessed Buildings – The Little Church at the Base of Pound Cake Hill

This week’s “Blessed Building,” is one of the very first churches ever built in Los Angeles – the old St. Athanasius Protestant Episcopal Church at the corner of Temple and New High Streets at the base of Pound Cake Hill. … Continue reading

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A Sophisticated Georgian Manor in the Hills of Bel-Air

In his nearly half century of architectural practice, Douglas Honnold F.A.I.A. (1901-74) left an impressive legacy of design throughout Southern California, both singularly and in partnership with others such as George Vernon Russell; John Rex and John Lautner with a … Continue reading

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A Great Event on May 14th – And You’re Invited!

You are cordially invited to attend the latest lecture presented by Aaroe Architectural as part of its ongoing monthly series this May 14th. Lecture #10 features architect Tim Campbell who will discuss the challenges and rewards of finding the delicate balance … Continue reading

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Three Cheers for The Down East Dilettante!

If you are familiar with the blog The Down East Dilettante then you know he does for historic East Coast residential architecture, history, people (plus lots of extra fun stuff) what I only dream of being able to do on Paradise … Continue reading

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