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Landmark status for Miracle Mile building moves forward

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& Mitchell, represented the property's owner and argued against granting HCM status. “We don’t believe this property embodies ‘distinguishing’ characteristics. And we don’t believe this is a notable work by Ms. Northman,” he said. Freedman told commissioners that the building’s nomination was a reaction to the property being removed from the neighborhood’s proposed historic preservation overlay zone (HPOZ) efforts, and he noted that efforts later got the parcel back into the HPOZ. (More on that below.) “It is now in the HPOZ and is already preserved,” he said.

Freedman’s view was supported by architectural historian Margarita Jerabek Ph.D., cultural resources director at Environmental Sciences Associates (ESA), who told commissioners that she finds the property “not eligible as a HCM under all four criteria.” Jerabek says there are better examples of both the architect’s work and the architectural style in the area that are not under HCM consideration. “In conclusion, this property does not meet any HCM criteria. It is common in style and is a ubiquitous property type. We recommend that the

property retain its status as a contributor of the HPOZ, but not as a HCM,” she said. In deliberation, commissioner Jeremy Irvine said he was “not loving” the BergerWinston building. “I feel like this building is not calling out as something that rises to the level of a monument,” he said. Commissioner Gail Kennard disagreed: “I have been on this Commission for six or seven years now and this is only the second female architect that we’ve seen… If the women who contributed to the architecture of our city aren’t recognized, what does that say about us?” The Commission voted 4-1 to take the Berger-Winston building under HCM consideration. Following a site-visit, commissioners will make a final decision on Aug. 3. Background The Berger-Winston building has been at the center of controversy for most of 2017. In January, the building’s new owners submitted a demolition permit to the city; shortly thereafter residents were offered “cash for keys” to leave the property voluntarily. The owners were planning to replace the historic six-unit rent-controlled building with

ARCHITECT Edith Northman was one of the first female licensed architects in Los Angeles.

a new 19-unit market-rate apartment building. At the same time, the debate over the Miracle Mile HPOZ was raging. At first, the property was included in the HPOZ boundaries, but was later excluded, potentially leaving the property unprotected. Fearing demolition, the Miracle Mile Residential Association (MMRA) submitted an application for HCM status to the Cultural Heritage Commission on March 10. Less than three weeks later, the original HPOZ boundary was reinstated, which included 744 S. Ridgeley Dr., providing protections to the property.

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Local architect drawing Harvey House final touches By Suzan Filipek Last month we asked our readers to send us their memories of the Fred Harvey Room at Union Station. While we didn’t receive any reminiscences about one of the last Harvey Houses in operation before it closed in 1967, we did hear from Richard Herman, A.I.A., the architect working on the site’s renovation. “It’s been a real interesting project and a lot of integration with a big team,” said Herman, who lives on S. Wilton Pl. with wife Debi King. Microbrewery on tap The historic Art Deco site is set to open within a year as an 11,000 square-foot microbrewery and gastropub, depending on landlord Metro’s construction timetable, estimated to be about eight months after the go-ahead from the city regarding building permits. Beer will be made in three large vessels, under the restaurant’s three-story-tall geometric-designed arched ceiling, and filtered into 18 tanks to ferment up to 6,000 gallons of ale at a time. “It’s a fantastic space,” said Herman. He and his threemember staff have been drawing plans for about a year. As the Chronicle went to press,

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electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and building permits were expected to be before the city Building and Safety Dept. “Because it’s extremely historic, we can’t do anything to existing walls,” Herman explains. The original kitchen, which had five exhaust fans, will have one large exhaust fan. A basement, which had shower facilities for the “Harvey Girls” waitresses who lived on site, will store grain and tank coolers and have offices. Opened in 1939, Harvey House was part of the 80-plus restaurant chain at railway stations throughout the country. Most were designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, the architect who also designed buildings in national parks. Patrons paid 75 cents, according to a 1943 menu, for “broiled fish almandine, potatoes O’Brien and Hawaiian (Please turn to page 15)

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Explore these local historical sites with seaside views In last month’s issue, the Chronicle’s inquiring photographer asked strollers on Larchmont Boulevard: “What is your idea of the perfect vacation?” “A beach” said one; “being somewhere with friends… probably at the ocean,” said another. “Somewhere with warm weather in a city that is rich in history and culture,” said a third. By now, you know that I view the world through a particular lens, and that worldview got me thinking what I could recommend for summer activities that would pique the interest of Chronicle readers in search of warm climates, ocean views, and history and culture. Summer is a season to try a slower pace and take in our environment in a more relaxed way. There is no shortage of opportunities here to explore historic environments with great views, recreational

themes, and the smell of the ocean. Here’s a sampling, a “tasting menu” if you will, of sites which lend themselves to summer exploring. Californians have always loved their coastlines, and oceanside attractions and residences are a time honored part of the state’s development. For summer day trips to historic sites, several in Santa Monica are not to be missed. While the Annenberg Beach House programs activities year round at the site of the William Randolph Hearst / Marion Davies estate, summer is what the place was intended for. Score a lounge chair for the day beside the Julia Morgan designed swimming pool, and close your eyes. Imagine yourself as a guest in the 1920s. A visit to the Guesthouse, also built by Morgan, provides a look into life on the property. Santa Monica

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Christy McAvoy Conservancy docents at the Guesthouse are well-trained and passionate in their story telling; their tours provide a respite from the sun, as does lunch at Back on the Beach Café, an adjacent beachside eatery. A stroll in Palisades Park as part of a walking tour or independently will give you a view of the fabled Gold Coast residences adjacent to the Annenberg, as well as the fabled Pier with its historic carousel. Not into sunbathing? Drive a little further north to Malibu, and check out the Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon

Museum. This former private residence was the home of Rhoda (Rindge) and Merritt Adamson, members of prominent Los Angeles families whose primary residences were in Hancock Park. It is an exquisite place to view the uses of Malibu tile (one of the Adamson businesses along with the Adohr dairy farm), which so many of our neighborhood residences contain. Nearby is the Malibu Pier with its destination restaurant perched on the end. Catalina Island has historically been a place where Angelenos go to unwind. Two of my favorite venues are the historic Wrigley mansion, now operated as the Inn on Mount Ada, and the Casino. The views from Mt. Ada are spectacular, and the accommodations and cuisine provide instant relaxation. Lunch on the terrace is a real treat! The Casino

perched on the water’s edge, is the island’s most prominent cultural landmark, with a full summer schedule of movies and events. Many of the island’s Avalon accommodations and attractions are in historic buildings, and there’s something for every price range. Whether you arrive on your own yacht or on the ferry (which is free on your birthday), you’re sure to find enough to occupy you for a day or a week. Further up the coast, the seaside communities of Ventura and Santa Barbara also offer recreation and accommodations in historic venues. The Ventura pier and Main Street shopping district provide a respite from urban living and are just a couple of hours away. Try the 1950s themed Busy Bee Café or beach tacos on the Pier. The Mission and neighboring museum offer glimpses of the past.  Santa Barbara attractions are too numerous to recount fully, but the outstanding architecture of the Courthouse and its gardens are always an oasis downtown, as are the Four Seasons Biltmore’s oceanside facilities and El Encanto’s hillside opulence. Whether you spend the night, or just stop in  for lunch, you are steeped in the ambiance of this premier resort which dates back to the early 20th century. Recommended reading: any one of TC Boyle’s books set in town or on the Channel Islands. Recent slides and closures along Highway 1 will prevent us this season from enjoying California’s most scenic drive, but the Hearst Castle designed by Julia Morgan remains accessible from the south, and the 101 will get you to her other coastal masterpiece, Asilomar in Pacific Grove, just outside Monterey. California’s premiere female architect designed residences for the wealthy, but also provided a series of recreational spaces in her YWCAs for use as retreats and sports facilities. Asilomar, the camp she designed under the direction of Phoebe Hearst (William Randolph’s mother), is a Craftsman masterpiece. Now a state park, the facility is open to all. I recently spent the night in a small room basically outfitted with a twin bed, a dresser, and a writing table. The light from the two windows was magnificent, and the sound of the ocean very soothing. I thanked Julia profusely for the thoughtful design of the buildings and their extraordinary setting. (Most rooms are larger, of course, with many of the lodge buildings boasting huge fireplaces and shared common

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(Cont. from Sec. 1, page 1) “The purchase had to be voted on by the parliament in Warsaw,” he says. After acquiring the property, the developers were faced with the question of what exactly to build on the lot, which is protected by the Park Mile Specific Plan (PMSP) and zoned for office use or for up to seven residential units. “We were fascinated by the question of how to capitalize on the energy of Wilshire Blvd. and to take advantage of the beauty and prestige of Hancock Park,” explains Penini.

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In Orange County, state parks have given us the Crystal Cove cottages, tourist facilities from the 1920s that are much in demand today. And nearly every city with an ocean front has restored its recreational pier. Some still have oldfashioned attractions; nearly all have restaurants and fishing facilities. If you’re not a boater, you can still feel the ocean at your feet on these extended walkways which used to play a vital role in California’s economy when more of our goods arrived in each community by boat. Happy exploring! I’m planning to visit as many of these coastal landmarks as my schedule permits. Part one: next month, we visit nonbeach options.

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A small-lot project seemed liked the right fit. “We find small-lots really interesting,” he says, “You get all the benefits of a single-family house while still providing density.” Why density matters Increasing local density is a cause célèbre for faculty at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. In a recent article in the “Luskin Forum” publication, Prof. Joan Ling cites studies demonstrating that people keep moving to Los Angeles. “So where are these people going to go?” she asks. Adding that “a city can only sprawl so far.” Ling and her UCLA colleagues, in this instance, argue that “the only way to handle a constantly growing population is to set aside our neighborhood-based ideals and look at the region as a whole.” Prof. Paavo Monkkonen argues that planning decisions should be made at a state or metropolitan scale, not a neighborhood scale.

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That’s a hot topic for local communities, but it’s not one related to The Sevens, which followed the hyper-neighborhood-oriented PMSP instead of seeking statewide density bonus benefits. Inside The Sevens Designed masterfully to complement the architectural significance of Hancock Park, Penini says they “tried

not to compromise anywhere.” Each residence features four bathrooms, a two-car garage, 10’ ceilings, large windows throughout, Viking appliances, filtered skylights, wide-plank White Oak flooring and a rooftop terrace with mountain and city vistas. Penini says that it was important for BLDG Partners to not only get the interior design

right, but to also work with neighbors to design an exterior that works for the community: “One of the things we did very early on was get the neighbors involved.” For that reason, the project was designed without back decks or patios to maintain the privacy of its neighbors, and a six-foot common wall was constructed on the rear property line to provide additional privacy and protection. Windsor Square resident and local real estate broker Diana Knox, of Partners Trust, says she is “very excited” to bring the development to market. “Each unit is a house without the hassle,” describes Knox, who notes that she is getting an “incredible amount of buzz” about the project. Knox says she anticipates releasing three units first, and then more as they sell. The Sevens are priced from $1.6 to $2 million. For more information, contact diana. knox@thepartnerstrust.com.

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Negative Doubles can take care of problems for you (Part I) At its basics, a Negative Double is a double by you when your partner has opened the bidding with a minor suit (Clubs or Diamonds) and your Right Hand Opponent (RHO) has overcalled a major (Hearts or Spades). Your double tells your Partner that you have exactly four cards in the unbid major and a certain number of High Card Points (HCP). It also implies support in the other unbid suit, but this is not an absolute requirement. One level Negative Doubles Let's say you're in third seat and the bidding has gone 1 Diamond by your partner, 1 Heart by your RHO and you hold the following: ♠ KQ75

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When your RHO overcalls in this situation, the Negative Double takes care of that problem for you. If you have at least five Spades and this hand, you bid 1 Spade. But if you have this hand, with four Spades, you Double! This is a conventional bid that doesn't mean what it says. It is not a penalty double. You aren't saying to your partner, "Hey, pard, we got 'em. We can set this baby, so I'm doubling!" No, it doesn't say that at all. Instead, it says, "Partner, I have at least six HCP and exactly four Spades in my hand. Not five Spades. Not six Spades. Not three Spades. Exactly four Spades." The requirements for a one level Negative Double, that is,

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a Negative Double that allows your partner to make a bid and stay at the one level, are as follows: 1) At least six HCP; 2) Exactly four cards in the unbid major. Two level Negative Doubles The requirements become more stringent as you force your partner to higher levels of bidding. So, look at the following hand: ♠ T97 ♥ KQ85 ♦ 73 ♣ KT64 Bidding goes like this: P RHO You 1♦ 1♠ ? Now, you know you can't bid a new suit at the two level without at least ten HCP. If you were to bid a new suit with this hand at the two level you would be lying to your partner. And you don't want to have one of those conversations when she takes action on your promised strength only to find out you lied. So what are you to do? Your hand isn't bad and you do have four Hearts, which your partner might like to know about. What to do? Ah, you're probably way ahead of me. Negative Double! In this hand you have four Hearts and eight HCP, exactly what you need to make a Negative Double which forces your partner to bid at the two level. The Negative Double is a terrific way to tell your partner what you have without lying to her. You might have more than six HCP when you make a Negative Double at the one level and more than eight HCP when you make it at the two level, but you are promising

that you have at least six HCP at the one level and at least eight HCP at the two level. Again, I am going to stress that you cannot lie to your partner. If, instead of the hand above you had the following: ♠ T97 ♥ KJ85 ♦ 73 ♣ QT64 and the bidding went as above, 1 Diamond by Partner and 1 Spade by your RHO, you may not make a Negative Double because, if you did, you would be forcing your partner to bid at the two level and you do not have eight HCP. Your bid here would be to Pass. Partner has another bid so you have no obligation to keep the bidding open. You can't bid a new suit at the two level because you don't have ten HCP and you can't bid 1 No Trump because you don't have Spades, your RHO's bid, stopped. So all you can do is Pass. I know a lot of players who would be tempted to make a Negative Double with this hand, even though they don't have enough HCP. But I hope you are not one of these. Don't lie to your partner. Following is a chart showing point requirements for Negative Doubles: Level HCP 1 6 2 8 3 10 More on Negative Doubles next month. Grand Slam is the nom de plume for an author of a bestselling book on bridge, an ACBL accredited director and a Silver Life Master.


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MUSEUM ROw CAFAM reception on Rimpau; Japanese animation on calendar JAPAN FOUNDATION— "In This Corner of the World," screens Sat., July 1 at 1:30 p.m. Director Sunao Katabuchi and producer Taro Maki will take questions after the screening, at 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Free. RSVP required.

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CAFAM Betye Saar exhibit had a reception for the artist in June at Janet Clayton and Michael D. Johnson's Rimpau Blvd. home. The hosts are left with CAFAM Executive Director Suzanne Isken, right. Artist Betye Saar and arts advocate Merry Norris, above right.

um chief curator Leslie Kendall is Tues., June 27 at 7 p.m. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323903-2277; petersen.org. ZIMMER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM—Supersonic arts and crafts and a Superhero Training Academy are July 2. Celebrate Chocolate Day July 9. National Ice Cream Day is July 16. Hear about aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart July 23 and make bracelets July 30 for International Day of Friendship. All events are on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100; 323-761-8984; zimmermuseum.org. LA BREA TAR PITS &

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WSHPHS seeks volunteers for St. Andrews Place tour The Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society (WSHPHS) is looking for volunteers to help tours on St. Andrews Pl. Sun., Sept. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. The tour is being cochaired by Richard Battaglia and Jane Gilman, and

includes approximately six homes and a garden. The WSHPHS is looking for people to help as greeters, docents and speakers. Preparation Every house has a story and researchers and writers are needed to write them for

both the guidebooks and the scripts used by the tour docents. These writers will also be responsible for putting together the copy needed for the docents as they lead people through the tour. The guidebook created for (Please turn to page 11)

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(Continued from page 10) the tour raises money for the WSHPHS, which this year is fundraising for the garden at Wilshire Branch Library at St. Andrews Pl. and Council St. Volunteers also are needed to sell ads for the guidebook. Day of the tour On the day of the tour, about 40 to 50 docents will be required to guide people through homes on two-hour shifts. Approximately six greeters, also in two-hour shifts, will be needed. Greeters get a chance to sit between visitors. In addition, speakers on period architecture, area history, furnishings and other aspects of local history are wanted. Family friendly Bring your kids and grandkids, as this year’s tour promises to be child friendly. The street will be blocked off, and parking will be available at St. Brendan School’s parking lot on Manhattan Pl. Bob Baker Marionette Theatre will be at the event, as well as Salt and Straw Ice Cream. If you are interested in helping with the WSHPHS tour, would like to attend, or would like any more information, contact Richard Battaglia at 323-422-7886. Visit their website at windsorsquarehancockpark.com.

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Brookside 2017 block party pony riders included Pearl Rudnick and Nikka Gueler.

By Nina Adams Brookside residents were set to gather on June 25 on the 800 block of Muirfield Road to enjoy their 38th annual summer block party. The event was to include a barbecue, a bounce house, face painting, pie-eating contests and a live auction featuring items such as passes to the Magic Castle. The party was sponsored by residents of Brookside as well as BMW, Trejo’s Tacos, CIM Group, and Salt and Straw.

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Ruth Rose: the writer who lost her way into history en’s history of Hollywood. But Ruth Rose (1896-1978) — who wrote the final screenplay for the great American film icon, “King Kong” — is known by only a few hard-core “Kong”-heads. Instead, Edgar Wallace is, in the general culture, credited. Wallace, a famous English writer, was hired by David O. Selznick to write a screenplay based on producer Merian C. Cooper’s treatment about a big — a really big — ape, a sea voyage, a girl, and an island. Wallace came to Hollywood to report for work in

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(Continued from page 12) Ruth Rose brought the script to life; she did indeed put her husband and his pal into the final script of “Kong.” Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) has the showman characteristics of Cooper; Jack Driscoll (Bruce Cabot), the romantic good looks and tenderness of Schoedsack; and the shipboard love that blooms between Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) and Driscoll seems to be based on that of Ruth and Monty. Cooper said later that 90 percent of the final dialogue was written by Ruth Rose. Ruth wrote several more Cooper-Schoedsack scripts, and over the years worked as a script doctor.

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The Schoedsacks’ life together was challenging. Their beloved child was born with special needs, and, in the early 1940s, as Monty was testing a new plane for the Army, his goggles slipped down in the unpressurized cockpit. Monty lost his sight and his livelihood as a cameraman. I heard an interview from the 1970s with the two of them, loaned to me by the

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Summer songs, world music, jazz Enjoy some midweek summer concert series, from jazz and world music to smooth dj tunes, this month at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Tuesday nights will feature world rhythm music and dance performances for all ages beginning at 6 p.m. Bring

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Coming Soon in Miracle Mile

First Time on Market in 40 years

Get Sold With The Woodwards Nobody knows it better Over 5,000 Homes Sold

BRE: 00513357, 00811870, 01128275

Calabasas 172 acres. $ 6,950,000 Granada Hills 52 acres $ 1,560,000

2400 THE STRAND

Manhattan Beach Highly coveted beachfront property

Land

5 Generations in Hancock Park

(323) 762- 2570

email: Andrew@TheWoodwardTeam.com www.TheWoodwardTeam.com

LC Real Estate 07 2017  

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