Remember Hancock Park’s wild House Of Davids? You new LA people won’t but veterans will: when it was purchased, the owners flipped it into a hideosity of a place. Not only does it have bad taste but it’s not fun and is just awful. RIP, House Of Davids. You take a bit of LA oddity with you.
For non-Metro riders, Union Station may be unknown territory. It may just be a fancy looking old building in between Chinatown and Downtown, an LA landmark some people go to but you have yet to set foot in. Its a shame it doesn’t get that much attention because the building is quite a breathtaking structure. It’s Spanish Mission exterior is easily appealing to locals and it’s somewhat gaudy, early twentieth century interiors dazzle. You can find yourself lost in time there. The place has become a definitive LA architectural structure.
This is ironic because at the time Union Station was built there wasn’t a clear idea of what LA or Southern californian architecture was. Moreover, the idea of building a Union Station for Los Angeles was divisive: you could not get any farther to the West than LA. Before the 1930s, the streets of Downtown Los Angeles were a mixture of cars, bikes, carriages—and trains. A union station was needed to clear the transport clutter and consolidate where people arrived in LA. Interesting, right? It’s incredibly interesting and a local history currently being celebrated by The Getty through their satellite show No Further West. If you wanted to explore old Los angeles, this is your chance.
LA apparently wants to host the 2024 Olympics. That’d be great! You know what isn’t? The campaign they’re putting out there that features shitty design and terrible renderings as such. Since when has the scale and landscape of Hollywood and Highland looked like this?
A+D has a few Urban Hikes coming up, opportunities for you to see the city in a new way: catch the San Gabriel Valley on May 11, Boyle Heights on May 25, Historic Broadway on June 22, or a package of them all!
You love looking at people’s houses and wishing you lived in them? We have something for you: May 3 will be a Venice/Santa Monica home tour. It’s a Modernist dream being conducted with A+D.