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Sip champagne and tour the Ebell at an open house this month.

Union Station and the Grand Canyon. Who do they share in common?

Hear about famed English garden, Sissinghurst.

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Real estate / enteRtainment Libraries, MuseuMs HoMe & Garden

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yard garden, the setting for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and a variety of special events. The tour includes one of Los Angeles’ only Broadway-style theatres, which seats 1,270. Vintage fashions from the Ebell closet and artwork by Ebell members will also be on display. “Our membership is our most precious asset; members learning from each other, enjoying each other’s company and working together for our philanthropies, programs and projects,” said Loyce Braun, Ebell president. “We are excited to welcome visitors and encourage open house guests to explore this beautiful building and become part of our community and legacy.” The Ebell is dedicated to (Please turn to page 3)

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See Craftsman-style homes from the early 20th century, watch a marionette show, hear a barbershop quartet and enjoy refreshments at the homes tour and block party on St. Andrews Pl. between Second and Third streets Sun., Sept. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. “An Afternoon on St. Andrews Place” — sponsored by the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society — features docent-led tours of restored homes. Children’s activities will include games, a zoo booth and the Bob Baker Marionette show. There will also be speakers discussing architecture and renovation.

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service, philanthropy and education. The club supports 10 charities serving women and children, and it awards close to 80 college scholarships annually. Attendees will learn about the club’s multiple committees and ways to get involved. The Ebell’s programming line-up features speakers from a wide range of civic and cultural fields. The club’s founding by women in 1894 was

Pl., as well as at St. Brendan’s Church, at the southeast corner of Third St. and Wilton, from 1 to 4 p.m.

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A barbershop quartet will provide music while guests enjoy refreshments. The event has been organized by Historical Society members Richard Battaglia, Jane Gilman, Beate McDermott, Judy Zeller, Myrna Gintel and Fluff McLean. Free parking will be available at St. Brendan’s School parking lot, 238 S. Manhattan inspired by Dr. Adrian Ebell, a professor from Yale, who believed passionately in higher education for women. Event chairs are Rebecca Hutchinson, Linda Dean, Kristan Giordano and Stephanie Striegel. Free parking is available on the club lot on the east side of Lucerne Blvd., just south of Wilshire and directly across from the building. For more information and to reserve, visit ebelloflosangeles.com or call 323-931-1277 x131.

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Preservation policies are strong, leadership is lacking We have a process, but . . . How do we as citizens help to preserve the iconic individual structures and significant historic neighborhoods in Los Angeles? Seems a simple question, right? Provide processes for protection and make sure that advocates and the city work together to achieve preservation goals in adopted plans and policies. Make the processes accessible and educate the public as to the quality of life and economic benefits of said endeavors. In Los Angeles, we’ve been working on this for over 50 years.  Each decade has seen improvement from policy, process, and educational standpoints. Just over 10 years ago, the preservation process was fragmented, with Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) designation the responsibility of the Cultural Heritage Commission housed in the Cul-

tural Affairs Department, and the administration of Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs) in the Planning Dept. Consolidated at last The creation of the Office of Historic Resources (OHR) in the Dept. of City Planning and the move of the administration of the Cultural Heritage Commission to Planning, consolidated preservation planning in Los Angeles. The 2000 adoption of the Cultural Heritage Master Plan, changes in CEQA, Los Angeles becoming a Certified Local Government, and the creation of HistoricPlacesLA, or HPLA (the city’s historic resources inventory and management system), provided a framework to make protection of historic resources throughout the city a (seemingly) achievable goal. As Janet Hansen, deputy manager of OHR, stated

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Christy McAvoy recently in the Los Angeles Conservancy’s newsletter, “HPLA is now the most advanced historic resources management system in the United States… and makes historic resource information fully accessible and searchable.” Resources can be mapped, evaluated within a particular theme/context or time period, and their significance included in project review and planning. Current efforts for the adoption of the Hollywood Community Plan include a chapter on preservation planning. We can be truly proud of these achievements.

Problems persist HPOZ districts. And yet… even with all this, Marcello Vavala of the Los it seems increasingly difficult Angeles Conservancy states, these days to save a historic “As we’ve seen repeatedly in building, get property owners recent years, the Mayor’s prothe incentives they need to posed annual budget regularcare for their properties, and ly fails to allocate necessary designate identified properties funds for the continued staffthrough the HCM or HPOZ ing and expansion of planning process. Currently, it takes staff in OHR’s HPOZ unit.” well over six months to proThe Conservancy, Hollycess an individual HCM nomi- wood Heritage and others connation, tinuously and years HPLA is now the most advanced a d v o c a t e to formufor more historic resources management preservalate an H P O Z . system in the United States… tion posiStaff can t i o n s . only process enough applica- There certainly is not a lack tions for the Cultural Heritage of trained professionals to do Commission to meet once a the work; USC’s Heritage Conmonth. Nothing nefarious is servation program and othat work here. There are simply ers across the country gradtoo few people assigned to the uate scores of students per task. OHR has a staff of five; year. There are over a dozen there are currently too few historic preservation private HPOZ planners to service the consulting firms in the city, needs of homeowners in the and at least that many individual architectural historians who can prepare nominations, assist the city in evaluation, or review Mills Act applications. Nonprofits invest considerable resources in providing training for people to write nominations or even hire professionals themselves. In short, more people are trying to use the process, and they are becoming increasingly frustrated. Relief is needed And yet, the logjam persists. Rather than attacking the efforts of the current staff, we need to explore how to provide relief. Each City Council district now contains hundreds of identified yet currently undesignated resources. The Council should work with the Planning Department to find solutions to this dilemma. Buildings are at risk. Neighborhoods which qualify for HPOZ status continue to have contributors demolished. Many neighborhoods which used to qualify now no longer do so because too many contributors have been demolished and replaced with new construction. The resources are identified; the policies and processes are in place. But it’s just not enough to acknowledge the existence of these buildings and to provide a process on paper without the people in place to do the work. HPLA, as the most advanced system in the U.S., should not be known in a few years for its ability to document the attrition. Better to document preservation. Where is the leadership on this issue? Christy Johnson McAvoy, a former president both of the Los Angeles Conservancy and the California Preservation Foundation, as well as an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, founded Historic Resources Group in Hollywood.


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Architect brought Pueblo Deco to Union Station every traveler to Albuquerque or Santa Fe or Winslow, not to Home mention Gallup, Kansas City, and Chicago, to fall in love Ground with America’s Native heriby tage. The Harvey Company’s Paula Panich version, that is. What is important about Colter, I think, is that she was readied for a microbrewery part of a quartet who essenand a gastropub, pending city tially invented the idea of the approvals. Southwest and of Santa Fe — Colter wouldn’t have mind- and in a way, may be its most ed. Her work for the Fred influential member. Thanks Harvey Company and to the Harvey Houses the Santa Fe Railroad built between 1902 (the two entities split and 1940, millions of her salary) always people saw her work, involved comflocked to stay in merce. rooms in Harvey She was first hotels, and carried hired to design away the beautiful the interior of the handcrafts of Native “Indian Building,” peoples. (The othwhich stood next to er three? Architects the 1902 Alvarado Charles Whittlesey, Hotel (razed 1970) at of the Alvarado and the Santa Fe Railway El Tovar; Rapp & Rapp; station in Albuquerand king of Pueblo Mary Jane Colter que. Revival elegance, circa 1892 The Indian BuildJohn Gaw Meem.) ing was a museum and showThroughout her long design room of the Native arts and career, Colter drew in a delicrafts of New Mexico, Arizona, cious and heady mix of influand elsewhere. Her brilliance ences — from the Hopi and at showcasing these objects, Navajo people, from the Caliand their makers, who dem- fornia Mission Revival (she onstrated weaving and other graduated from the California work on site, caused just about School of Design in the late

1880s), the Arts and Crafts Movement, the Spanish Colonial Revival, Art Deco, Pueblo Deco, Mission Moderne, Streamline Moderne — I leave it to you to imagine these. Didn’t she live and work in interesting times? If you have been to Santa Fe, you have been to La Fonda Hotel (Rapp & Rapp and Hen-

rickson, 1920); five years later, Colter redesigned the interiors. I sat in its lobby recently, wondering what is left of her work. Plenty. The wrought iron alone is dazzling. Colter’s iconic buildings at the Grand Canyon, Hopi House (1905); Hermit’s Rest and the Lookout (1914); and (Please turn to page 6)

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Local graduate remembers Home Ground (Continued from page 5) Harvey House, blueberry pie the Watchtower (1932), look

We asked local readers to let us know about memories they have about the Harvey House Restaurant at Los Angeles Union Station. Below is Joanne Dallas’ memory. “After graduating from Benjamin Franklin High School (Highland Park) in 1955, I was waiting to board the Super Chief bound for Chicago (which still runs daily). I was tagging along with my boyfriend’s family and pretending to be his sister to benefit from

the family plan discount. “We wandered and waited. The restaurant looked inviting. We didn’t have resources to buy a whole meal, but opted for dessert and coffee. “The copper, tile and arched ceiling was appealing in a quaint and old fashioned way. We sat in a raised booth and enjoyed blueberry pie. It seemed an appropriate start to the trip. I had no understanding of my environment, but was impressed. The room had an effect.”

as if they have been there since the beginning of time. She hired Hopi artist Fred Kabotie to paint the Snake Legend in the Hopi Room in the Watchtower. In 1945, Kabotie became the first Native person to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. She served as both architect and interior designer for the 1929 La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Ariz., restored in 1997. Reportedly, it was the project closest to her heart.

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Revelations on autism; yee-haw country ‘Honky Tonk’ The Tony Award-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon, is a revelatory theatrical event that brings you close to the perspective the autistic individual has of the world, while at the same time being enormously entertaining. From the moment you enter the Ahmanson Theatre to view the three-walled set, all several-story-high walls and floor covered in a lighted grid (scenic and costume design by Bunny Christie, lighting design by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross), and view the rather large dead dog impaled by a pitchfork center stage, you know this evening will be different. Adam Langdon plays Christopher Boone, an autistic math whiz (played at the matinees by Benjamin Wheelwright). He’s the teenage protagonist of the play, and Langdon leads a gifted cast as he journeys through his life trying to adjust to the vagaries of family changes, distracting train stations, loud noises, unwanted touches, lost pets and more, all the while trying to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington the dog. Langdon is on stage for all of the play — this is a splendid performance by a talented young actor. Di-

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Patricia Foster Rye rector Marianne Elliott has brought Christopher’s world to life and the choreography by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett punches the action effectively. An intriguing evening at the theater. Through Sun., Sept. 10. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., 213-972-4400, centertheatregroup.org. 4 Stars ••• Yee-haw and alleluia! If you love country music, Honky Tonk Laundry, written and directed by Roger Bean, is full of iconic songs from “These Boots Were Made for Walkin’,” to “Stand by Your Man” plus 22 more. Performed by multi-talented performers Bets Malone, who plays Lana Mae Hopkins, owner of the Wishy Washy Washiteria, and Misty Cotton, who plays Katie Lane Murphy, new friend and employee, these talented triple-threats sing their hearts out. The thin plotline involves cheatin’ husbands and boyfriends and frustrated singing careers that cul-

minate in a second act “show” with audience interaction that is pure entertainment. Time to feel good again. Through Sun., Sept. 17. Hudson Mainstage, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., 323960-7773. honkytonklaundry. com. 4 Stars • • • A spooky, deserted cabin in

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Rebel in the Rye (9/10): Writer-director Danny Strong tries to explain why J.D. Salinger (a believable Nicholas Hoult) ended up a recluse after such a boffo start as author of the classic “Catcher in the Rye.” The film starts with the story of his falling head over heels in love with coruscating teenager Oona O’Neill (Zooey Deutch), when she was 17 and he 22, and how devastated he was when he discovered after he went to war in World War II that she ran off at age 18 to marry Charlie Chaplin, age 54. The production design in re-creating the New York City and the Stork Club and the fashions of those years is excellent. This is a convincing portrait of the elusive Salinger that had me mesmerized. Wind River (9/10): Highlighted by exceptional cinematography, set on an Indian Reservation in frigid, snowpacked Wyoming (but filmed in Utah), the tension in this thriller never lets up as tracker Jeremy Renner and FBI agent Elizabeth Olsen must find out who raped and killed a woman found in the snow. Detroit (8/10): Filmed cinéma vérité style using hand held cameras, this is engrossing. Maybe I took it

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madness, life after Bond

another fine performance. The older Brosnan gets, the better actor he becomes, and the better looking, too. He might have been a washout James Bond, which he was, but he’s come into his own now playing older men. Unlocked (2/10): A tremendous disappointment, this too-full-of-twists thriller is nothing more than modern day agitprop. Instead of the bad guys being America’s enemies, as during World War II, when movies always showed Nazis and Japanese as the bad guys, today’s Hollywood cowers before today’s actual enemies, Islamic terrorists, and makes the evil terrorists nondenominational American(s). That’s bad enough, but this movie has the most idiotic motive for why the villain does what s/he does in the history of intelligent thought.

Theater Review (Continued from page 7) oms from illogical fantasy to gratuitous conclusions and loses the credibility that showed such promise via the mystery set up at the beginning. Through Sun., Sept. 3. Skylight Theatre, 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave., 213-761-7061, skylighttix.com. 2 Stars

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Talk to the experts on climate change Find out about climate change — the existential crisis of the 21st century — from world experts at a series of talks sponsored by the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, in collaboration with UCLA Insti-

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Nov. 2, “A Tale of Two Cities in a Hotter World: Los Angeles and Beijing;” and Nov. 16, “Imagined Futures for a Hotter Planet.” Free admission with online reservation starting Sept. 5.

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has been named a city Historic-Cultural Monument. Its construction, like many other significant buildings in Los Angeles, is tied strongly to Hollywood. The main donor, Charles Skouras, had vowed that he would establish a majestic cathedral if he were granted success in show business. After he became the head of Fox West Coast, he guided the congregation in initiating construction of the church with the support of his brothers, Spyros and George Skouras.


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Coming soon to Hancock Park. LA’s most coveted neighborhood. Tradition re-imagined. 12 high-end modern town homes. Designed locally by Venice Beach-based multidisciplinary design and architecture studio Electric Bowery. Construction commences this year. Information about reserving one of the 12 homes will be forthcoming. For further information, contact the developer:

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