Welcome to Cornerspotter, a weekly Curbed game in which you try to identify the location and/or identity of a particular building or streetscape in a historic photograph. Impress us and your fellow Curbed readers with your uncanny insight into Los Angeles and its past! Image via Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
The wonderful details on the front of this historic building are thankfully still sitting on this corner for all passersby to admire. The photo, taken around 1937, would have captured the building when it was about a decade old. Just a baby! As if it needed to be stated about a building that looks like this, it is, in fact, a celebrity magnet. (That's equally true of this mystery place's "sister" structure.) Think you know what this dashing old complex is, and where it can be found? Tell us in the comments!
· Cornerspotter [Curbed LA]
Popping up on the List of Craig today is a notice of an upcoming opportunity to rent one of the live/work spaces within Lincoln Heights' celebrated Brewery Art Colony. Per the ad, the unit in question measures 1,345 square feet and features 24-foot ceilings, tiled floors, built-in cabinetry and shelving, northern and western sun exposure, dramatic Downtown views, off-street parking, and "laundry down the hallway." Monthly rent is $1,780, which sounds quite reasonable; however, to nab the kitty-friendly unit, you'll also have to fork out a starving-artist-unfriendly "key fee" of $4,500, which, explains the listing, "covers the opportunity to take over low rent lease, all the improvements done on the unit and be able to get into the complex right away!" D'oh.
The slippery Hollywood Fault's exact whereabouts have long created headaches for developers of high-profile projects in the area, whose plans would (understandably) have to change if an active fault segment were found under their project. There's one less headache now, reports the LA Times, as the LA Department of Building and Safety agreed with a geologist hired by developers of Millennium Hollywood that there's no active fault under another site—6230 Yucca Street— where a 16-story mixed-user's been waiting years to get built. LADBS wrote in its approval letter that "no building restrictions relative to potential fault-rupture are recommended for the subject site." You can almost hear the champagne popping.
The reports on the site come from a geologist hired by developers of the Millenium Hollywood project, which is also possibly resting on the problematic fault; he did some digging and then concluded that there were no faults under the Capitol Records building, under the site of the Millennium Hollywood project, or under 6230 Yucca. The LADBS' letter only mentioned 6230 Yucca as faultless, though they did add that the project's geologist has to keep an eye out for faults during construction, and that "if evidence of active faulting is observed, the Grading Division shall be notified immediately." That sounds like a good idea.
· L.A. officials: No active quake fault under Hollywood development site [LAT]
· No Fault Found Under Capitol Records and Double-Tower Site [Curbed LA]
Work has finally finished on Metro's $3.6 million renovation of the 118-year-old Lankershim train depot in North Hollywood, with the hope a restaurant, museum, coffee shop, or bike hub moves in there. Workers built a new foundation, roof, plumbing system, platforms, added new sidings, eaves, windows, and doors, and performed seismic upgrades. The original mustard-and-brown colors were also painted on the exterior and a sign placed on the roof that reads "Southern Pacific-Pacific Electric Station," a nod to the depot's past function. Whoever moves into the Metro-owned property is expected to renovate the three-room interior, plant landscaping, and restore an adjacent park and railroad tracks.
Finding a tenant for the depot is complicated by work on an underground tunnel that will connect the Red Line subway and Orange Line busway, allowing people to transfer between the lines without crossing Lankershim Boulevard. Construction staging for the tunnel—which opens in 2016—occupies part of the depot property and is needed so that people can walk between the subway and busway.
"Metro may be able to get a tenant to occupy the depot earlier than 2016 by either clearing construction staging areas as soon as they are no longer needed, or by re-sequencing the planned restoration of a public park on the corner of the property," reads a statement from Metro.
The Andalusia complex in West Hollywood doesn't just look historic; it's actually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed in 1926 by husband-and-wife team Arthur and Nina Zwebell, this Spanish-style courtyard apartment complex is considered to be the best of the eight such projects they produced. The 1,423-square-foot apartment up for grabs here is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom number with "dramatic arches, elegant tile work and stunning terra-cotta," plus hardwood floors and an immense fireplace. The old-timey romance of this place extends onto the unit's balcony (listed as "Juliet" but it looks pretty big to us), where the view into the lush courtyard can be taken in. It's asking $1.295 million.
There are a lots of "actually" haunted places in Los Angeles, and then there are the places that are just haunted by pop culture. For Halloween, we've updated our map of houses and other buildings made famous by scary movies and TV shows (and one music video), from the historic Victorian from Christine to the abandoned hospital in Dexter to the terrorized high school in A Nightmare on Elm Street.
In celebration of Hello Kitty Con 2014 opening today at the MOCA in Little Tokyo, The Line Hotel in Koreatown (the official hotel of the fan convention) decided to go completely bonkers about the icon. One way they're showing their love is with a VIP lounge designed by Sean Knibb, who also worked on the non-cat rooms and public areas in the hotel. The Kitty suite, as explored by our pals at Racked, is like walking into a cartoon, and features a sofa that looks like a frosted cake and a bedspread made of stuffed animals. The Line also put Hello-Kitty-themed snacks on the room service menu.
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Prefabricated homes aren't what they used to be. Some of today's architects are taking homebuilding farther by designing sophisticated prefab homes that are less expensive, create less waste and are just plain cool.