IF ONLY WALLS COULD SPEAK!People often think of history as an impersonal collection of facts and dates, a dusty inventory of data without relevance to modern life.But the past can get quite personal when looked at as the stories of people like us and how their actions and feelings influenced, and sometimes left…

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Restoring An Architectural Treasure

Restoring An Architectural Treasure In 1911, upon the completion of the magnificent home at 2508  9th  Avenue,  the Los Angeles Herald Examiner referred to it as "House beautiful . . . no duplicate in Southern California".   Custom designed in an impressive “high” Arts-and-Crafts style by the renowned Heineman architectural firm for Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Adams,…

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What Is An HPOZ?

What Is An HPOZ?Many communities in CD10 are now or are in the process of becoming historic districts. With this designation neighborhoods are able to preserve the distinctive character and beauty of their respective communities, which in turn will preserve the rich cultural and architectural history for future generations.Historic districts in Los…

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Re-Inhabit Inhabits West Adams

Re-Inhabit  Inhabits West AdamsDescribing itself as a “boutique real estate development firm whose main goal is to enrich Southern California housing by integrating mature homes back into the current market,” Re-Inhabit focuses on rehabilitating dilapidated period homes.Previously focusing on the communities of Atwater Village, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Hollywood Hills, Glassell Park,…

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David Raposa Wins 2014 Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award for Starr Dairy Farmhouse In Jefferson Park

David Raposa Wins 2014  Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation  Award for Starr Dairy Farmhouse In Jefferson ParkWhen the Los AngelesConservancy, which  recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation, announced the recipients of its 33rd Annual Preservation Awards in June, West Adams’ own David Raposa received one of the awards for the restoration of the Joseph Lee Starr Dairy Farmhouse located on Arlington Avenue in Jefferson…

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Landmark Bekins Building Facade Threatened

Landmark Bekins Building Facade ThreatenedThe historical integrity of the landmark Bekins Building, which sits on the corner of Pico and Crenshaw,  is currently being threatened by proposed changes to its iconic Art Deco façade. West Adams neighbors attended a hearing regarding the 12 4-G cellular antennas that AT&T wants to install on the former Bekins…

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A Dairy Farm in Jefferson Park

A Dairy Farm in Jefferson ParkOriginally Published Issue #29 April/May 2013- UPDATEDDairy farmhouse and Jefferson Park – not two phrases often heard together. However, tucked away in the crowded neighborhood along Arlington south of Adams Boulevard is a remnant of L.A.’s agricultural past - the Starr Farmhouse, a Victorian cottage built from 1887 to 1888.…

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Kite Coffee Shop (Vintage Hollywood)

Kite Coffee Shop (Vintage Hollywood)The little building at the southwest corner of Washington Boulevard and 10th Avenue with the odd-shaped roofline is a place that is familiar to all, yet completely unknown. Its current name is Vintage Hollywood. But long before it was a nightclub showcase, it was a coffee shop which served the…

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The Mary A. Briggs Residence

The Mary A. Briggs ResidenceThe Mary A. Briggs residence is the third grand home along West Adams Blvd. to be purchased and carefully restored by the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA). First was the elegant Guasti Villa (Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens) at 3500 W. Adams, now serving as MSIA offices and retreat…

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Saving Bank of Tokyo

Saving Bank of TokyoA Remnant of Jefferson Park’s  Japanese American Heritage The Bank Of Tokyo building (currently the Union Bank) at the corner of Crenshaw and Jefferson has historic roots in the Japanese American community.This mid-century modern building designed by a pair of noted architects, Tosh Terasawa and Arthur O’Leary, was erected to remedy…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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