Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Los Angeles Deco Treasures

With its towering skyscrapers and modern skyline, from afar you would not guess Los Angeles is home to many Art Deco landmarks. However, once you enter downtown, get out of your car and look up, you will find that among the jewelry marts and lofts is a surprising amount of deco bones to the city. A couple of Saturdays ago, I went on an Art Deco walking tour offered by the Los Angeles Conservancy. For two hours I walked among these buildings and discovered sights I don’t see outside of my car windows as I speed past.

Beginning in Pershing Square, we walked along the sidewalks to discover about a dozen deco buildings hidden in plain sight.

Title Guarantee Building by Lady by Choice

Title Guarantee Building by Lady by Choice

Title Guarantee Building by Lady by Choice

Title Guarantee Building


One Bunker Hill by Lady by Choice

One Bunker Hill by Lady by Choice

One Bunker Hill by Lady by Choice

One Bunker Hill by Lady by Choice

One Bunker Hill – Originally the Southern California Edison Company Building. At one time it was completely lit around the exterior, as would have befit the home of an electric company. It is designed by the same architect who built the grand Royce Hall on the UCLA campus - a venue that offers arts programming year round.


Los Angeles Central Library by Lady by Choice

Los Angeles Central Library by Lady by Choice

Los Angeles Central Library


Pacmutual Center by Lady by Choice

Pacmutual Center – Originally Parkinson & Bergstrom,these two buildings are actually interconnected - they were simply represent different stages and remodels in the life of the building.

Oviatt Building by Lady by Choice

Oviatt Building by Lady by Choice

James Oviatt Building – Home to the Cicada Club. It once was home to department store Alexander & Oviatt.  You can see its interior here and here.


William Fox Building by Lady by Choice

Western Jewelry Mart – Originally the William Fox Building. They don't allow photos in their lobby, as it is off of a jewelry store, but it is a pity as it has some lovely deco elements.


Sun Realty Building Los Angeles Jewelry Center by Lady by Choice

Los Angeles Jewelry Center – Originally the Sun Realty Building, clad in green terra cotta.


Wholesale Jewelry Mart by Lady by Choice

Wholesale Jewelry Mart by Lady by Choice

Wholesale Jewelry Mart – Originally the Harris & Frank Building


Ninth & Broadway by Lady by Choice

Ninth & Broadway


Eastern Columbia Building by Lady by Choice

Eastern Columbia Building by Lady by Choice

Eastern Columbia Building - also with terra cotta tiles - a prominent Los Angeles landmark, especially if you can see the clock from up high.

The Conservancy offers this tour every Saturday. Visit their website for this and other tour options and information on these sites.


‘Bye for Now,

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ticket to the Twenties 2014

This year’s Ticket to the Twenties, the 20s festival at the Workman Temple Homestead Museum, was a delight.  So much cooler than last year, we were actually able to enjoy our picnic with friends rather than drip in our clothes. At the festival you can do everything from tour the homes, watch silent films, hear talks, learn to play the ukulele or mahjong, or listen and dance to the live bands.  We chose to picnic, listen to music, and watch the fashion show.  The Sunday show, put on by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, was once again a delight.

20s dress @Lady by Choice

20s dress @Lady by Choice
 
20s outfit @Lady by Choice

20s dress @Lady by Choice

20s dress @Lady by Choice

20s lingerie @Lady by Choice

20s dress @Lady by Choice

20s dress @Lady by Choice

30s dress @Lady by Choice

There were a couple of adorable Halloween costumes.

20s Halloween @Lady by Choice

20s Halloween @Lady by Choice

Our picnic with friends was terrific and getting to visit with those we know is one of the highlights of the event.






This year I wore a vintage 20s homemade dress that took lace and elements from an Edwardian dress back in the day and upcycled it into a 20s/30s transitional dress.  Rather clever, that crafty sewer was.


The Spanish style Casa Nueva, one of the homes on the estate, is lovely and my favorite on site. The inside I've shown you in this post. But the outside is just as beautiful.

Workman Temple @ Lady by Choice

Workman Temple @ Lady by Choice

Workman Temple @ Lady by Choice

Overall the day is a highlight of my year and something we always look forward to.

'Bye for now,

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