LC Real Estate 04 2023

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Suzanne Rheinstein’s book — a tribute to modern elegance — is published just days before her passing. Page 3


Make puppets, hunt for eggs, and hear stories at local libraries. Page 10


Meet the architect of the Holocaust Museum of Los Angeles expansion project. Page 11

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The ‘Places’ — Wilton, Gramercy, St. Andrew’s and Manhattan

As we continue our study of Greater Wilshire’s potential historic districts, let us head east to look at two surviving pockets of our community’s earliest developments that survive along that noble sounding thoroughfare of St. Andrew’s Place. The Gramercy Place-St. Andrew’s Place Residential Historic District (between 2nd and 3rd streets) and the smaller St. Andrew’s Residential Historic District (between Council and 1st streets), are two high Craftsman remnants of what were originally among the area’s first neighborhoods along the “Places,” which included neighboring Wilton Place, as the city jumped its boundaries over Western Avenue into Rancho La Brea. They were identified by SurveyLA as among the most intact clusters of our community’s residential development from this early period.

According to Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times, Western Avenue was laid out by the county in 1853 and at that time was the horizon of the city, far away from the bustle of the old Pueblo and the rough and tumble of Downtown. By the turn of the last century, the city was rapidly expanding, and the

On Preservation

street had become an unofficial western boundary of the city (Hoover Street being the actual boundary until 1896 when the annexation of the Western Addition pushed the boundary to Arlington Avenue, followed by the annexation of Colegrove in 1909 which pushed the boundary roughly to June Street).

As the population of Los Angeles grew and the reach of the Pacific Electric expanded, the wide plains and vistas of the now accessible Rancho La Brea beckoned developers looking to cash in. In 1901, W.G. Nevin took advantage of 1899’s third relocation to the west of the Los Angeles Country Club (to Pico Boulevard and Western Avenue) — today’s Country Club Park neighborhood — to plant his flag over the border and start his western subdivision. Here Nevin laid out these twoblock-long “Places:” Manhattan Place, Gramercy Place, Wilton Place, and, in a nod to

the Los Angeles Country Club, St. Andrew’s Place, named for the oldest golf course in the world, the Old Course at St. Andrew’s, Scotland.

The “Places” would move north (and south) helping define new subdivisions in what had originally been the eastern half of Plummer Square, between Temple Street (Beverly Boulevard) and Second Street (Third Street). Many of these new subdivisions decided to riff on the idea of the new “west,” with names such as Westfields (1909), Westminster (1907) and Western Place (1906), with the exception of Wilton Place (1907) and Barton Heights (1909). These subdivisions were soon filling up with new oneand two-story craftsman style homes of the finest quality. Developed in a very suburban manner, the parcels of these subdivisions were arranged on rectilinear streets with uniform setbacks and detached garages as well as concrete sidewalks, driveways and steps.

These earlier neighborhoods were soon eclipsed as new tracts were opened up including the subdivisions of Windsor Square, Fremont Place, Ridgewood Park, Country Club Park and

Wilshire Crest, all further removed from Western Avenue. By the 1930s, many of the single-family homes along the “Places” began to give way

to multifamily residences to take advantage of the Western Avenue streetcar including such buildings as 210 N. St. (Please turn to page 13)

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WEST OF WESTERN, historic “Places” include Gramercy and St. Andrews, as well as Ridgewood and Wilton.

Suzanne Rheinstein (1945-2023): Elegance endures in new book

Windsor Square’s own Suzanne Rheinstein passed away on March 20, the week following the publication of her third book, “A Welcoming Elegance,” in which the legendary interior designer calls on her decades of experience melding modernity and timeless elegance.

Rheinstein died of cancer just days from her 78th birthday.

The book showcases six residences among the final projects of Rheinstein’s lengthy career.

Each room featured is a welcoming mix of antiques, furnishings, art and textiles.

They include a traditional Georgian library done in an untraditional lacquered green, a San Francisco town house redo that includes a “California” room filled with Moroccan rugs and rattan chairs, and a serene guesthouse evocative of the bohemian 1970s.

Rheinstein’s own Montecito retreat also is featured.

The 256-page hardcover book is published by Rizzoli.

Written by Michael Boodro with photography by Pieter Estersohn, the book captures Rheinstein’s career as a style maker and legendary designer.

Longtime locals know her as the owner of the popular Hollyhock shop founded and

located on Larchmont Boulevard for 10 years. As reported in the Chronicle in 2019, Rheinstein opened that antique furniture and one-of-a-kind shop at 214 N. Larchmont Blvd. in 1988, later moving to West Hollywood and then to La Cienega Boulevard. (Hollyhock closed in 2018.)

Rheinstein’s first best-selling book, “At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past” (Rizzoli, 2010), was followed by “Rooms for Living” (Rizzoli, 2015).

Gardens were a passion of Rheinstein’s, who lived in one of Los Angeles’ oldest neighborhoods in a home built in 1913.

Charities that she supported include the Garden Conservancy and Friends of Robinson Gardens. She was on the National Advisory Committee for The Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville, an annual charity event raising funds to improve the lives of children and families in the greater Nashville area.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the former Suzanne Stamps was an English literature major at Tulane University, and she was managing editor of the school newspaper.

Rheinstein also supported LA Opera 90012, a program initiated by her late husband, Frederic Rheinstein, which every year provides free opera tickets to dozens of high school students (and a parent for each) who have entered an essay contest.

Rheinstein and her work have been featured in numerous lifestyle publications and blogs. She was part of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and the Elle Decor A-List. She received the Legacy Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture, Southern California, and she received the New York School of Interior Design Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is survived by her and Fred Rheinstein’s daughter Katherine Brodsky, Kate’s

husband, Alexander, and their three daughters, Beatriz, Frederica and Delphine, Suzanne’s brother Odom Stamps and his wife Kate and daughter Emma, and Fred Rheinstein’s daughter, Linda C. Rheinstein, and son, David A. Rheinstein. Fred, a pioneer in the postproduction industry, died in 2013.

“Living well everyday is much more important than getting your house together only for special occasions,” she wrote on her website,

“Suzanne Rheinstein: A Welcoming Elegance” is available at Chevalier’s Books on Larchmont Boulevard.

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you won't have to hunt for the hidden treasures... Janet Loveland We found the Golden Eggs for you ! Sue Carr Anne Loveland LOVELAND CARR/GROUP 323.460.7606 GLOBAL LUXURY RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE CalBRE# 01467820
PUBLISHED LAST MONTH is Suzanne Rheinstein’s third and final book. PHOTO © Pieter Estersohn SUZANNE RHEINSTEIN at a luncheon in her Windsor Square backyard. Photo by Martha Welborne

Bringing attention to people-powered transport: CicLAvia

ple-powered transportation. Participants can stop to shop at local businesses and enjoy seeing up close our diverse and lively communities.

The Metro event, in partnership with Accelerate Resilience L.A., is free and

will feature three hubs of activities and programs along the route. Show up anywhere along the route between La Brea Avenue on the west and Hoover Street on the east. For more information, visit

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Design for Living 2023
“Mid City Meets Pico Union” is the theme when CicLAvia once again rolls, walks and jogs into town Sun., April 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This
will connect four miles of car-free streets for peo-
44th CicLAvia event
CICLAVIA route extends
THE WESTERN portion of the CicLAvia route on April 16 is just south of Greater Wilshire.
from Pico Union to Mid
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Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce hears TV City pitch

At its March 9 meeting, approximately 40 members and guests of the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce made their ways through the busy hallways of the historic CBS Television City to a sound stage all decked out for lunch.

With large posters and a video screen on two sides and a buffet on the third, the attendees heard from the new owners and developers of the historic 25 acres surrounded by The Grove, the Original Farmers Market, Fairfax Avenue, Beverly Boulevard and the

Broadcast Center Apartment project (with its Erewhon Market).

Hackman Capital Partners senior vice president Zach Sokoloff and others described the “TVC Plan,” the company’s proposal to obtain approval from the City of Los

Angeles for a Specific Plan for the property that Hackman purchased from CBS Corporation in late 2018.

The Draft Environmental Report for the project is being revised to address comments received about Hackman’s plan that would allow buildings with heights up to approximately 20 stories as well as sound stage, office and other uses.

A main thrust of the presentation that preceded extended walking tours of the existing studio facilities was the de-

velopers’ rebuttal to concerns raised in opposition to its proposals by local community groups such as Neighbors for Responsible TVC Development, as reported in last month’s Larchmont Chronicle.

Joining those in presenting the TVC 2050 case were Hackman Capital Partners executive vice president for development and planning Brian Glodney and consultant Lisa Trifiletti, whose firm is providing management of the city approval process and community outreach.

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ON A SOUND STAGE at the historic CBS Television City, members and guests of the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce heard from Hackman Capital Partners senior vice president Zach Sokoloff (speaking), accompanied by Brian Glodney and Lisa Trifiletti.
Condominiums 315 S. Hudson Ave. $13,550,000 365 S. June St. $6,225,000 634 Rimpau Blvd. $5,957,000 534 N. Martel Ave. $3,498,000 613 N. Citrus Ave. $3,000,000 150 N. Fuller Ave. $2,670,000 522 S. Bronson Ave. $2,347,000 112 N. Martel Ave. $2,100,000 582 N. Bronson Ave. $1,640,000 854 S. Cochran Ave. $1,610,000 116 N. Manhattan Pl. $1,370,000 672 N. Gramercy Pl. $1,100,000 681 S. Norton Ave., #105 $1,100,000 820 S. Wilton Pl., #301 $949,000 5826 W. Olympic Blvd., #202 $929,000 820 S. Wilton Pl., #201 $893,000 801 S. Plymouth Blvd., #103 $751,380 981 S. St. Andrews Pl., #202 $535,000
SOLD: This home at 365 S. June St. in Hancock Park sold for $6,225,000 in February.
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family homes

Hancock Park Masterpiece on South Hudson Avenue

Nowfor sale on the most prestigious street and block in sought-after Hancock Park is a gated estate featuring more than 13,000 square feet of living space. Situated on the gently rising hillside above Hudson Avenue, the four-story main house, of approximately 11,000 square feet, boasts 6-7 bedrooms, 8 luxurious bathrooms and 3 powder rooms. The two-story entry leads to a formal living room and a dining room (with a showcase butler’s pantry), an elegant library (with a fireplace and an intimate dining area), and a fabulous open gourmet kitchen with walk-in pantry and family room and breakfast area. The library and the kitchen / family room extend out through chic glass doors to the rear patio and yard.

Upstairs in the main house, the ultimate-in-luxury primary suite — with vaulted ceiling and fireplace — has two separate walk-in closets / dressing rooms, each with its own gorgeous spa-like bath. The top floor hosts a tiered theater and an office / bedroom with a hall bath plus an en-suite bedroom and bath with a finished storage room. A multi-purpose great room is on the basement level, along with a laundry room and a half bath, and that level has convenient direct access to a side yard. Another laundry room and maids’ room off of the kitchen and three more ensuite bedrooms on the second floor complete the main house.

Above the three-car garage is a 2-bedroom / 1 bath guest apartment. That structure also features the massive pool house great room with another, separate guest bedroom and 1.5 baths — all for a total of another approximately 2,400 square feet.

The deep lot of manicured grounds includes a pond fountain, a grand central swimming pool with pool cover, entertaining patios next to an outdoor kitchen with pizza oven and fireplace, and the tennis court area which was split into a sport court plus a huge grassy area for parties and play dates. No expense was spared on this estate.



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Indulge in gooey cheesiness for Grilled Cheese Month

The Australians call them jaffles. In Brazil, they’re bauru. In Italy, panini. The British name is toasties. Käsetost is its moniker in Germany. And we Americans call them grilled cheese sandwiches.

A Florida woman sold a grilled cheese with a burn mark resembling the Virgin Mary to a Las Vegas casino for $28,000 in 2004. Competitive eater Joey Chestnut once set a record in 2007 for eating 47 of them in 10 minutes.

Most of us associate these ooey, gooey grilled cheeses with our youth. But admit it, who doesn’t crave one now and again? In fact, according to “Daily Dish Magazine,” “three-fourths of people who buy sliced cheese make at least one grilled cheese sandwich a month.”

April has the honor of being designated National Grilled Cheese Month; April 12 is officially dubbed National Grilled Cheese Day. Now is the time to indulge your craving.

Although grilled cheese recipes appeared in ancient Roman texts, it wasn’t until the 1960s that the sandwich we know and love took its present form. For most of its history, grilled cheese consisted

of only one piece of bread topped with melted sliced or grated cheese and called a melted cheese or toasted cheese sandwich.

Patent and slicing

According to the Cheesy Street Grill restaurant, two events greatly advanced the lowly melted-cheese-andbread combination: James L. Kraft’s 1916 patented process for pasteurizing cheese so it could travel without spoiling, and the invention in 1928 of the automatic bread slicer by Otto Frederick Rohwedder. See

Pasteurized cheese made it possible for World War II navy ship cooks to carry cheese for extended durations. The Committed Pig restaurant reports that navy cooks used government-issued cookbooks to make open face “American Cheese filling” sandwiches. See

“Farmers Almanac” states that, during the Great Depression, these inexpensive “cheese dreams” were served in tomato sauce. By 1949, a second, top slice of bread was often added.

In 1950, Kraft began distributing individually wrapped slices of American cheese to supermarkets everywhere,

making it even easier to slap together a melted cheese sandwich. These sandwiches were served in schools with tomato soup to boost vitamin C, which probably accounts for the popularity of that classic soup and sandwich combination.

In the 1960s, we finally settled on two slices of bread and the name “grilled cheese sandwich.”

At its simplest — American cheese, bread and heat

— grilled cheeses are still satisfying, but there are many variations, from fancy cheeses to add-ons like tomatoes and bacon or guacamole.

Chefs’ recipes

Local Chef Eric Greenspan, author of “The Great Grilled Cheese Book: Grown-Up Recipes for a Childhood Classic,” won the 2008 Grilled Cheese Invitational with “The Champ,” a butter-sautéed Taleggio cheese sandwich on raisin bread with arugula and

a homemade chunky relish of dried apricots, capers, Dijon mustard and olive oil.

“Today Show” regulars The Grill Dads (Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey — Anderson lives in Idaho, but Fey lives just west of Fairfax Avenue) favor cooking their roasted poblano grilled cheese on a gas grill, as described in their cookbook, “The Best Grilling Cookbook Ever Written by Two Idiots.” Between thick slices of white bread, they add grilled poblano pepper strips, sliced grilled yellow onions, shredded queso quesadilla and Oaxaca cheeses and a small handful of crushed black bean tortilla chips for texture. They spread mayonnaise on the grilling sides of the bread, rather than butter. Mayonnaise has a higher smoke point, so it will be less likely to burn.

To celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month the easy way, try one of the following local restaurants with grilled cheese on their menus.

Tom Bergin’s serves a grilled three-cheese sandwich with tomato soup, $17. 840 S. Fairfax Ave. 323-936-7151.

Musso & Frank Grill features a grilled cheese on bri-

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Bacio di Latte brings a taste of Italy to Larchmont

At the end of April, Larchmont Boulevard will get a little taste of Italy in the form of authentic Italian gelato. Bacio di Latte’s owners signed a lease for the spot at 141 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd. in March of 2020. Just weeks later, COVID-19 hit. Needless to say, the team is very excited that its vision is finally becoming a reality.

NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL BY POST & BEAM, the new restaurant at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, was welcomed March 15th by, from left in front, City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, County Supervisor Holly Mitchell, NHM President and Director Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga and Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer and, in back, South La Café founders and new NHM food service managers Joe and Celia Ward-Wallace, Chef John Cleveland and Roni Cleveland (who are operating the museum’s new casual concept restaurant) and City Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr.

Holey Grail Donuts opens its taro-based treats shop on Blvd.

Larchmontians queued up on Saturday, March 11 for the official launch of Holey Grail Donuts. Despite drizzly weather, patrons enjoyed tunes spun by DJ Blk Soap outside the shop and sampled tiny cups of rich Hawaiian cacao chocolate milk, one of many cold and hot beverages available, while they perused

the fried-to-order $4 taro dough donut selection, which included such flavors as passionfruit, cardamom and saffron snickerdoodle.

Holy Grail Donuts was started by siblings Nile and Hana Dreiling in 2018. The Larchmont Boulevard store is their second in the Southland.

Holey Grail Donuts, 148 N. Larchmont Blvd.

We talked with Max Olper, cousin of owners Edoardo and Luigi Tonolli. Olper joined the business several years ago. He has been actively working to get the inside of this new location ready for the past three months.

“We always loved Larchmont,” said Olper. “It’s very difficult, in Los Angeles, to find a street where you can walk. Larchmont is one of those where there’s a European vibe. It’s such a charming street and the neighborhood is amazing.”

This reporter got a sneak peek at the interior of the store. It is light and clean, with shelves reminiscent of an inviting Italian kitchen. The line to order will take customers past tantalizing flavors in swirled mounds tempting them from within the display case. And, through a glass window further back, visitors

will be able to see the gelato-making process in action.

When asked about sharing the street with two ice cream shops, Olper said, “We love love Jeni’s and Salt and Straw. I believe we can happily co-exist because our products are different. Ours is more European, so we have a certain type of flavor. Gelato is kind of a light version of indulgent.”

Every 20 days, and also seasonally, Bacio di Latte will launch a new flavor. The gelato will be made fresh daily, and the team prides itself on using organic milk, cream and sugar, as well as fresh fruits.

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A park-like gated community with 24 hr. security guard. Step inside to a stunning 2 -story entry. Exceptionally elegant and charming home on a nearly 1 - acre corner lot located in the middle of the west side street. Extraordinary provenance abounds in this truly special, architecturally designed beauty! Offers warm woods, hardwood floors, large marble fireplaces in the living room, family room and upstairs bedroom, and natural light throughout from an expanse of French doors and windows. The gourmet kitchen has stone floors, marble countertops, coffered ceilings, beveled stained glass windows, with built -in subzero refrigerator, microwave oven, double oven, double dishwashers, double clay sinks and coffee station. The kitchen door leads to the side back yard with built -in BBQ, limestone fireplace and limestone table which seats 12. 3 kingsize master bedroom suites with en -suite full bathrooms, and a library room upstairs. French doors from the second floor and master open to a terrace with circular stairs down to a second patio and lush backyard. The maid's room/office has a bathroom and shower. Laundry inside, breakfast room, dining room, family room leading to the beautiful and expansive backyard with mature trees and swimming pool with jetted spa. Guest house over the garage. Parking spaces available for nearly 20 cars on the private street owned by the subject property.

With the many flavors that will be available, this reporter wondered about tasters. Oh yes. “Tasters are available — no limits,” said a smiling Olper. “Very important — part of the experience.”

The store will be open every day, and plans are for opening hours to be earlier than might be expected. Larchmont seems to be an “early-bird community,” said Olper. “We will have some espressos, coffee, cappuccino, affogato (a gelato that comes with espresso) — not a big menu,” but a bit of Italy for more than one type of taste bud.

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Create puppets, engineer cars, play Italian La Lotteria



Read with a STAR volunteer: Listen to STAR volunteer Kathy read stories every Monday at 3 p.m.


Book club: Gather ‘round to discuss “The Keeper of Lost Things” by Ruth Hogan on Mon., April 17, at 11 a.m.

Adult literacy: Get questions answered about English spelling, pronunciation and conversation. First come, first served, Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

English conversation: Every Saturday at 11 a.m. and every Monday at 4:30 p.m., improve your English speaking skills.

All ages

Book Sale: Browse used books every Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. All sales support the library branch.

Indian music: Listen to a live musical performance of songs that hail from Northern and Southern India on Tues., April 25, at 4 p.m.



Play La Lotteria Italiana: Win prizes and play this game on Mon., April 3, at 4 p.m. in honor of Día, a celebration of both Children’s Day and Book Day.



Story time in the park: Drop in to listen to stories and

sing songs in Memorial Park adjoining the library every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool painters: Budding artists get messy with paint at 11 a.m. on Mon., April 24.


Puppet workshop: Use your imagination to create a puppet to take home. All upcycled materials and craft supplies provided on Mon., April 3, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Egg hunt: Look for colorful eggs in the park after listening to a story about spring on Sat., April 8, at 10 a.m.

Reading to the rescue: Let your child read aloud to an adorable rescue dog on Wed., April 12, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Kids & Teens

Eco vehicles with 2BitCircus: Learn to engineer a tabletop car using upcycled material. Then, put your engineering skills to work for a big race on Thurs., April 6, at 4 p.m.

Drop-in tutoring with Steve: Need a refresher on some ac-

ademics? Stop by Thursdays this month from 3 to 5 p.m. for one-on-one assistance with any subject or drop in to make a future appointment.


Teen program: Thursdays teens gather to partake in different activities from 4 to 5 p.m. April 13 is anime club, April 20 relax with tea and April 27 play board games with friends.

Teen council: Get involved with the community and learn leadership skills on Sat., April 8, at 2 p.m.


Book club: Discuss a book on Fri., March 31 at 1 p.m.

Art class: Color or paint with peers every Wednesday at 3 p.m.

B.Y.O. needle arts: Bring your own needlecraft to work on while sitting with others every Monday at 1 p.m.

All ages

Chess club: Every Friday, from 3 to 5 p.m., play chess or learn how.

Book sale: Buy your next favorite read every Tuesday 12:30 to 5 p.m. and every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. All proceeds support the library.



Story time: The littlest ones listen to stories in the library at 4 p.m. on Fri., April 14.


Story time: Listen to stories, sing songs and stretch with Sybil Fridays, April 7 and

14, from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Kids & Teens

Chocolate Roses: Make a bouquet of chocolate flowers using Hershey’s kisses on Thurs., April 27,, at 4 p.m. All supplies provided.

Teens & Adults

CPR training: A nurse will give instruction about how to perform hands-only CPR on the second and fourth Wednesday of this month from 1 to 3 p.m.

Ask a nurse: A nurse from the Department of Public Health will be available the second and fourth Saturday of this month from 2 to 4 p.m. to answer any health and wellness questions.


Poetry Workshop: Learn some poetry writing tips from published poet Bonnielee Kaufman on Sat., April 15, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

All ages

In-person woodwind ensemble: The UCLA Gluck Woodwind Quintet will perform chamber music on Sat.,



161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191

JOHN C. FREMONT 6121 Melrose Ave. 323-962-3521

MEMORIAL 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732


149 N. St. Andrews Pl. 323-957-4550


Mon. and Wed., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues. and Thurs., noon to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

April 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day and National Poetry Month: Write a poem and make a collage from recycled paper images anytime between Sat., April 18 and Sat., April 25.

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Architect, author discuss Holocaust Museum’s expansion

will talk with author Greg Goldin about the Holocaust Museum

LA’s “Building Truth” expansion project.

The conversation will take place on Sun., April 30, at 5 p.m. at the museum, 100 The Grove Dr

The museum is getting ready to break ground on an expansion of the Jona Goldrich Campus, whose original building, designed by Museum board member and award-winning architect Belzberg, opened in 2010.

According to museum officials, the museum has insufficient capacity, especially during school hours.

The expansion will double the museum’s footprint without taking away any green space from Pan Pacific Park, where the museum is located on the northwestern edges. The expansion facilities will include a learning center pavilion, 200-seat theater and the USC Shoah Foundation’s Dimensions in Testimony exhibit — a collection of 3D interactive genocide survivor testimonies. The expanded campus also will include outdoor reflective spaces, a 2,500-square-foot special exhibit space and a new pavilion — built on top of the

original — to house an authentic boxcar found outside a death camp in Poland.

While Belzberg’s father es-

caped from Poland in 1932, the architect subsequently lost family members in the Holocaust. Belzberg will be interviewed

Clay LA takes place at Craft

Contemporary on April 1, 2

All things clay will be offered at CLAY LA, Sat., April 1, from noon to 5 p.m. and Sun., April 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Craft Contemporary, 5814 Wilshire Blvd. Meet ceramic makers in the Los Angeles area, shop and take part in hands-on activities. Make your own keepsake at

an air-dry clay activity offered both days from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The annual sale and fundraiser showcases emerging and established ceramic makers. The event is free with museum admission, except for a ticketed preview breakfast. Visit for more information.

by Goldin, an architecture critic and author, who is working on his new book, “The Phaidon Atlas of Never

Built Architecture,” to be released in the fall. Goldin also is the president of the Miracle Mile Residential Association.

Block party on Bronson, April 29

A Larchmont-wide block party, organized by the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association, will take place on Sat., April 29.

The event on the 500 block of North Bronson Avenue, will feature food trucks, live music, an egg toss, face painting, water play, arts and crafts, tarot card readings, a bike and scooter course, local

businesses and vendors and more.

Stop by between noon and 5 p.m. to attend. For more information, email annieorourke@ A GoFundMe page has been set up in conjunction with the party. All proceeds will go to Alexandria House, a transitional home for women and children. Visit

EXPANDED MUSEUM will include outdoor reflective spaces.
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Rendering: Belzberg Architects

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Titanic exhibit sails to Beverly Boulevard venue

Having sold out in Macau, Moscow, Riga, Latvia, Perth and Sydney, “Titanic: The Exhibition” has landed in Los Angeles.

This immersive, interactive tour includes recreations of the ill-fated ship’s interior and exterior, hundreds of artifacts from the White Star Line (Titanic being one of the company’s ships) and props and costumes from James Cameron’s Oscar-winning “Titanic” movie.

A visit to the exhibit becomes personal as each patron receives a boarding pass and takes on the name of a real-life passenger allowing the discovery of individual stories. Visitors can take part in a virtual reality experience that dives four kilometers beneath the ocean to see the wreckage


of the iconic ship.

A visit to the exhibit, located at 4327 Beverly Blvd., at Kingsley Drive, can be expected to take about an hour.

Adult tickets start at $29.50.

The exhibit’s run may be extended, but to reserve tickets through the official closing date of April 16, visit feverup. com/m/119839.


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Modernism on tour April 22, 23

Barbara Bestor to renovate the property, which boasts expansive views of the city.

For tickets and more information, visit usmodernist. org/la.

Benefitting nonprofit USModernist, America’s largest open resource for Modernist architecture, the weekend event takes place April 22-23.

An opening night cocktail party is at the Harvey House on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Designed by Lautner in 1950, the Harvey House is now owned by actress Kelly Lynch and producer Mitch Glazer, who restored the house with Lautner principal architect Helena Arahuete.

Timed tours are on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Silvertop residence.

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Silvertop was designed by Lautner and built by Wally Niewiadomski, but sat unfinished for a decade until, in 1974, Jacklyn and Phillip Burchill engaged Lautner to complete it. In 2014, new owners of the iconic house tapped architect

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Local artist’s work on view at TAG, The Artists Gallery

Local artist Melinda McLeod of South Sycamore Avenue is having her artwork displayed at TAG, The Artists Gallery, 5854 Wilshire Blvd. The exhibit begins Wed., April 5, and continues through Wed., April 28.

The show, titled “Girl Gets Around,” was inspired by the artist’s walks with her two dogs around her Miracle Mile North neighborhood and in Hancock Park. McLeod is passionate about bulls, which are prominently featured in her very colorful paintings.

On Preservation

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Andrew’s Pl., designed by the first woman to become a registered architect in Los Angeles, Edith Northman. This trend would intensify in the ensuing decades until entire neighborhoods bordering Western had been transformed by apartment buildings. Today between Beverly and Third, about 50 percent of the buildings are multifamily.

While having changed significantly from its original single-family craftsman character, the “Places” still contain a wealth of historic resources — from the Wilton Historic District, along with its six individually designated City of Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monuments (HCMs), to the collection of other HCMs along the “Places.” Those include the Ganahl House by A.C. Martin (1913); the J.A. Howsley House by Henry J. Knauer (1914); as well as the B.H. Hiss House (1916) and the Borgmeyer Residence (1912). To these we now add the Sur-

The gallery is hosting a free reception on Sat., April 15, from 5 to 8 p.m.

veyLA-identified St. Andrew’s Place Residential Historic District, described as a “significant concentration of Arts and Crafts residential architecture in the Wilshire area, with high quality design and craftsmanship conveyed by individual homes.”

Also, a Gramercy Place – St.

Andrew’s Place Residential Historic District is an “excellent example of early 20th century streetcar suburbanization in the Wilshire area, developed due to its proximity to streetcar lines that historically served the area.”

Preservation of this area would be difficult under any scenario. As long as the city continues to act as if Historic Preservation Overlay

Zones (HPOZs) run afoul of 2019’s State Senate Bill 330, preservation protections are not currently an option. As with my previous suggestion about Ridgewood Place, it would be optimal to add the Gramercy Place – St.

Andrew’s Place Residential Historic District to the Wilton Place Historic District because they share a common border, similar periods

“Maya: The Exhibition” opens Sun., April 2 at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Dr.

This interactive exhibit highlights the rise and fall of the ancient civilization through artifacts and science exhibits.

Included are a 9-foot sculpture of a warrior wearing a jaguar mask, other ornate masks and additional notable artifacts. Visitors will get the chance to decipher hieroglyphs, touch replicas of artifacts on display and watch “Mystery of the Maya,” an IMAX movie that takes viewers on a trip through Maya culture and history.

The 24th annual Discovery Ball is Sat., April 1. Be among the first to journey the Mayan exhibit, and be among the last to see the Endeavor space shuttle at its current location. For more information, visit

of significance and development patterns. The small St. Andrew’s District would either require revisiting its boundaries and contributors to make it also contiguous with Wilton Place or be its own mini-district. But as its stands now, the easiest way to add some level of preservation would be the creation of two National Register or California State Districts, or a combination of the two. This is part of a series on neighborhood areas deserving historic preservation status.

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Witness startled by suspects in N. Plymouth home during burglary


When asked about crime in the area, Senior Lead Officer Joseph Pelayo said that residential burglaries are a crime trend that is plaguing the Larchmont Village area. He encourages residents to remain vigilant and to report all suspicious persons and activity to 911.

BURGLARIES: Two suspects jumped a fence at a home on the 400 block of

North Plymouth Boulevard on March 6 around 10:15 p.m. They kicked open the rear glass door and ransacked several rooms. They left the home with property and got in a getaway car driven by a third suspect.

A 72-year-old woman was asleep in her home when a male intruder entered through an unlocked front door on the 600 block of South Gramercy Place between 10

p.m. on March 6 and just after midnight on March 7. The suspect stole credit cards, her purse and her wallet.

Two suspects entered a home through an unlocked back door on the 500 block of North Plymouth Boulevard at 1:15 p.m. on March 8. The two men wandered around the home until they ran into a witness, who screamed. The two fled through the front door and left the area in a vehicle driven by a third suspect.


A suspect observed his neighbor in a verbal dispute with another neighbor and got involved with the dispute. The suspect then brandished a firearm at the victim, who walked away. This occurred on March 10 at 12:30 p.m. on the 5100 block of Raleigh Street.

BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE: A catalytic converter was stolen from a grey Toyota Prius parked on the 500 block of South St. Andrews Place between midnight and 3 a.m. on March 10.


AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: A woman was at Beverly Boulevard and La Brea Avenue when a man called her a racial slur and pepper sprayed her at 6:30 p.m. on March 7.

BURGLARIES: A suspect entered a home on the 500 block of South Lucerne Bou-


Furnished by Senior Lead Officer

Joseph Pelayo


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levard through a rear upstairs window on March 1 between 1 and 5:30 p.m. The suspect ransacked the home, took a safe and left through the rear garage door.

A Black female suspect entered a victim’s home through an unlocked door on March 4 around 6:30 a.m. on the 300 block of North Sycamore Avenue. The suspect took the victim’s property to the garage of the multi-dwelling complex. The victim saw the suspect, who then fled with the victim’s purse.

A suspect entered a home through the second story patio door on the 300 block of South Plymouth Boulevard on March 10 between 10 a.m. and noon. The suspect ransacked the home and fled the location with money and a safe.

GRAND THEFTS AUTO: There was a rash of auto thefts in the area. The evening of March 5 to 6, a Honda Civic was stolen from Rosewood Avenue and Lucerne Boulevard. Between March 7 and

Accused assailant in Plymouth attack awaits evaluation

Ever Martinez, charged with attacking a 72-year-old woman twice in the same morning near Eighth Street and Plymouth Boulevard, is awaiting an evaluation of his competency to stand trial, said Los Angeles County Public Defenders Office division chief Michael Suzuki.

Martinez was arraigned and had a preliminary hearing following the incident in December. The proceedings are on hold. His case was sent to the Mental Health Court on Jan. 4 to evaluate his competency to stand trial.


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Dave Cordova


Twitter: @lapdwilshire

8, another Honda Civic was stolen from the 100 block of South Sycamore Avenue. On March 8 to 9, a Chevy Suburban was stolen from the 100 block of South Las Palmas Avenue. On the evening of March 10 to 11, an Audi was taken from the 5000 block of West Fourth Street.

A Hyundai was stolen from the 100 block of North Detroit Street at 3 a.m. on March 8. Luckily, the vehicle was recovered, but the victim noticed property was stolen from the trunk of the car.

BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE: A catalytic converter was taken from a white Toyota Prius on the 400 block of North Sycamore Avenue between 4 p.m. on March 1 and 9:30 p.m. on March 2.

THEFTS: Packages were taken from a porch on the 500 block of North Mansfield Avenue between 7:30 p.m. on March 3 and 1 p.m. on March 4.

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Burglar on Irving retains attorney

Three burglars broke into a home on the 300 block of South Irving Boulevard Thanksgiving Day. One of the suspects, Anthonee Banks, was apprehended by LAPD. Banks is currently out on bail and has retained a private attorney, Austin Dove, to defend him against the pending criminal charge of burglary with the intent to commit a felony. Banks pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in December and is awaiting trial, scheduled for March 30. The Chronicle reached out to defense attorney Dove several times for comment but has not heard back. The other two burglars are still at large.

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Fashion’s hidden word origins from top of head to stilletto

Threads, clothes, duds, garb, gear, vesture, habiliments. Designer Miuccia Prada once mused, “Fashion is instant language,” and I couldn’t agree more. Let’s slip into something a little more comfortable as we undress words of a sartorial nature.

Starting from the top: from the effortless cool of a baseball cap to the raw exuberance of a 10-gallon Stetson, most of us have chosen to partake at one point or another in accessories that sit atop one’s noggin. Millinery, the design and manufacture of hats, traces its roots to the demonym “Milaner,” meaning “a native or resident of

Grilled Cheese

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Joan’s on Third has an oversized buttery $14.50 version and also a sophisticated fromage d’affinois with apricot glazed ham on a pressed ficelle (skinny baguette), $8.95. 8350 W. Third St. 323655-2285.

The Melt is dedicated to all things cheesy, including a melty macaroni and cheese sandwich, $9.49. 7111 Santa Monica Blvd. 213-344-4906.

Swingers Diner stuffs its grilled cheese with Jack and cheddar cheeses, guacamole, tomatoes and grilled onions on grilled sourdough, $15.95. 8020 Beverly Blvd.

Police Beat

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A couple of suspects entered a victim’s garage at 6:30 a.m. on March 10 and fled with property from the 400 block of North Sycamore Avenue.

Milan.” Now considered one of the “Big Four” fashion capitals of the world (along with New York, London and Paris), the northern Italian city has been a hub of Europe’s fashion industry as far back as the Middle Ages, when it was a famous purveyor of straw works, silks, ribbons and bonnets.

Picture for a moment that our imaginary mannequin is wearing a classic white button-up shirt — long sleeves, button cuffs, relaxed fit and a curved shirttail hem. The shirt gets its crisp, structured appearance from its material — poplin. This simple everyday fabric is tradition-


Alas, one must travel to New York City for the grilled cheese that holds the 2019 Guinness World Record for most expensive sandwich.

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Word Café by Mara

ally fashioned into blouses and breezy sundresses, but its etymology is steeped in a grander affiliation. The plain weave material originally hails from the town of Avignon in the Provence region of France, which was the pope’s residence from 1309 until 1408. Initially made from silk thread, the fabric was called papalino in the Provençal dialect, meaning “of or belonging to the pope.” What better complement to a timeless poplin button-up than a perfectly worn-in pair of jeans? Though many of us are familiar with the late 19th-century popularization of the utilitarian closet sta-

ple in California and beyond, thanks to one Levi Strauss, the sturdy cotton textile from which blue jeans are cut was first produced thousands of miles away in the city of Nîmes, France. Called serge de Nîmes in French, the material’s designation evolved into the English contraction “denim.” In the port city of Genoa, Italy, a similar fabric, dyed blue with indigo traded from India, was being used to outfit dockworkers and the Genoese navy. Exported by the French as “Blue from Genoa,” or bleu de Gênes, they are known to us today simply as “blue jeans” or “jeans.”

Let’s linger in Italy a while as we draw our mind’s eye to the footwear of this outfit. The stiletto heel is as ergonomically flawed as they come, but few can deny its ability to instantly take an outfit from vanilla to va-va-voom. This vertiginous shoe sports a tall, thin heel named for its resem-

blance to the Italian stiletto, a knife with a long, slender blade and needle-sharp point dating back to the 15th century. The weapon derives its name from the Latin stilus, a word describing a stylus or pencil used for writing on waxen tablets. If the sword is mighty, and the pen mightier, is it fair to suggest that a pair of vampy heels is mightiest? Whether fashion is what you eat, breathe and sleep, or simply something you participate in to avoid getting arrested when going out in public, it’s worth noting that each of its shapes, colors and textures tells a story. (See Meryl Streep’s infamous lecture on the color cerulean in the 2006 film “The Devil Wears Prada” [written for the screen by Windsor Square’s Aline Brosh McKenna].) So next time you throw open those wardrobe doors, scan your racks for ready-to-wear fare that might hold more than meets the eye.

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