The Durfee Mansion at St. John of Gods

The Durfee Mansion at St. John of Gods “It is probably the finest example of the purely English type of dwelling in this city,” the L.A. Times wrote in 1909 in a full page article marking the home’s completion. The Durfee Mansion,located at 2425 S. Western Ave., just north of Adams Blvd., and set back off the…

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Paul Revere Williams

Paul Revere Williams  Mid-City is the proud location of a noteworthy example of local International-Moderne style in the personal residence of architect Paul Revere Williams, situated in Lafayette Square. Known as “architect to the stars” Williams (1894-1980) was one of the city’s most successful and popular designers, building impressive homes, commerical and…

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Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building a Historic-Cultural Monument

Golden State  Mutual Life Insurance Building  a Historic-Cultural MonumentBuilt in 1949 and located at the intersection of Adams Boulevard and Western Avenue in the West Adams area, the five-story Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building (GSM) is Los Angeles’s newest designated landmark. This commercial building exhibits character-defining features of the Moderne style, and was designed by architect Paul R.…

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Jefferson Park HPOZ Update Oct 2010

Jefferson Park HPOZ Update Oct 2010   Jefferson Park is widely known to have one of the best collections of early 20th century Craftsman bungalows in the country. The district is bound by Adams, Western, Jefferson, Arlington, Exposition and 7th Avenue. Recently the proposed Jefferson Park HPOZ (Historic Preservation Overlay Zone) got a few steps closer…

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The Kurtz Residence

The Kurtz Residence In 1908 private developer George E. Van Guysling purchased undeveloped land which he subdivided and turned into Gramercy Park. It was bordered by the gated enclave of Berkeley Square on the north and the elegant mansions of West Adams Boulevard on the south.  This house, built in 1910 and currently…

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The Lucy E. Wheeler, Greene and Greene Residence

The Lucy E. Wheeler, Greene and Greene Residence The Lucy E. Wheeler Residence, a 1905 Craftsman Bungalow home in Harvard Heights, is a significant and rare local architectural treasure designed by Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, masters among master architects. The original owner, Lucy Emery Wheeler, was a pioneer in…

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The Guasti Villa

The Guasti Villa  In 1910 Mr. Gausti an Italian immigrant who helped develop one of the first California vineyards into one of  the world’s largest, commissioned Hudson and Munsell to design this Adams Blvd. mansion in the Beauz Arts/Italian style.The impressive home features most of the original lighting fixtures, doors and moulding,…

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Jefferson Park. Preserving It's Heritage

Jefferson Park. Preserving It's HeritageResidents of Jefferson Park have intensified their efforts over the past few weeks to gain Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) protections from the City for their classic “California bungalow” architecture. Frustrated by what they perceive to be indifference from city officials, including Council District 10 (CD10), the Planning Department, and…

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"This Old House" magazine sites West Adams as Cal. Best Place to buy an old house.

In their third annual search for the best places to buy an old house, "This Old House" magazine editors selected one neighborhood from every state "populated by people who share an appreciation of finelycrafted homes that have plenty of past and lots of future." In California, the West Adamsarea of…

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The Helen & Fredrick Booker Residence

The Helen & Fredrick Booker ResidenceSugar Hill     Date:  1903Style: Mission Revival MediterraneanArchitect:  A.M. EdelmanThe work of designer James Cuzner, a partner in the Cuzner-Kerkhoff lumber firm, is manifest in this spectacular home’s detailed woodwork in oak, Douglas fir and redwood.  Edelman was a prominent architect at the turn of the century, designing many homes…

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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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