The Best Repurposed Buildings In Abandoned City Spaces Photos Okuda San Miguel In some ways, cities feel like living beings. They’re born, grow, develop cool counterculture that some worry is ruining the country, become successful, and then, eventually, get old. Parts become irrelevant and decay. Sometimes entire pieces just…die. In the end, you’re left with…
People Opposed to the New LACMA Plan Never Stood a ChanceEven before last week’s hearing was called to order, there was little question how the County Board of Supervisors would vote on Michael Govan’s plan for a redesigned LACMA. Prior to the proceedings, the museum’s director opened a little gate into the inner sanctum on…
Not All of L.A.'s Architectural Marvels Are VintageNew to the Los Angeles magazine bookshelf this month is Los Angeles New Architecture by photographer Mike Kelley and museum director Brooke Hodge. The pair hunted down a collection of the most dynamic buildings of the last 20 years that help explain efforts to transform of our suburban…
8 Game-Changing Buildings in L.A.Frank Gehry is among the best-known–and perhaps most controversial–architects of the last 100 years. His unmistakable structures, often defined by bold geometries and materials, are either icons or eyesores depending on your taste. And while we may continue debating his buildings for generations, there’s no denying his influence.Los Angeles, Gehry’s longtime…
The Beverly Center Got a $500 Million Revamp—So, What's New?You might shrug off the subtle differences on the outside—the parking structure got a reboot with undulating metal mesh screens, and a pedestrian-friendly path now hugs the perimeter—but modern interiors and fresh initiatives have breathed new life into the decades-old mall.You Have Arrived» The updated parking…
Grab Christmas Tamales at this Retro Stand that Harkens Back to '20s L.A.The back patio of North Hollywood’s Idle Hour bar is dominated by a hulking structure in the shape of a pipe-smoking bulldog with the words “tamales” and “ice cream” painted on its legs. It’s a replica of the Bulldog Cafe, which operated in L.A.…
Taking a Closer Look at L.A. City HallOn April 26, 1928, about 32,000 Angelenos, 200 mayors, 150 floats, and 34 bands took to the streets of downtown L.A. to mark the opening of the new City Hall. Back then, the structure was L.A.’s tallest, a superlative it held on to until a 150-foot height limit…
Why Don't You See Houses Being Moved Anymore?For answers to more of your burning questions, visit the Ask Chris archive.It occurred to me that it has been years since I’ve seen an entire house moved. We used to see about one a month when I was a kid. Is it illegal now?Just a few months ago, I…
What You Need to Know About Buying a Home in AlhambraWe asked realtor Adam Bray-Ali three questions about buying in Alhambra. Here’s what you need to know.What styles of houses are there?“It’s a really broad range, from Arts and Crafts to funky Spanish hybrids to a whole bunch of 1950s ranch-style homes on the northeast…
Paramount Ranch's Western Town Has Reportedly BurnedOne of the L.A. area’s most famous movie locations has become a casualty of the destructive wildfires raging across the region.According to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the structures that make up Western Town at Paramount Ranch in Agoura have burned. According to the Los Angeles Public…
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