Preservation Problems in Los Angeles

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting pages from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.]

Page 13 of the Introduction finds us looking at a Neoclassical home, the 1896 Margaret T. and Bettie Mead Creighton Residence, in St. James Park with audio commentary from Victoria Park resident Ulrik Theer on historical home preservation issues in Los Angeles.

Below is the original photo used, followed by the two audio clips of Ulrik and then the page as you see it the finished book.

Resident Dan Hakes on the Untold Story of West Adams

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting pages from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.]

Here we're on page 12 of the book, still in the Introduction. The Introduction's purpose is to delineate the scope of the project, give a little bit of background info about the District and teach people how to use the book, (in this case show folks that we have oral history audio clips from West Adams residents).

In the audio clip below you can hear Western Heights resident Dan Hakes talk about area:

The Seaman House - 1887 West Adams Los Angeles Victorian

The Seaman House was the home that frustrated me the most during the two years of shooting the Untold LA iPad Book. I kept returning to it, at different times of day, different seasons, trying to capture the original feeling of amazement I felt when I first saw it.

This lonesome Queen Anne - Eastlake Victorian in St. James Park, all on its own, surrounded by greenery reminded me of what it was liker to be a child, when the whole word was mysterious and strange; a kind of 'fairies in the garden' kind of thing. 

I felt I never quite captured it photographically, and so arguably weaseled out by including two different photos in the book - one taken during the day, the other late at night. You can see those in the gallery above. Below are shots I never included in the book as well as how the home is presented in the Introduction on Page 11. 

5 Hidden Gems of Historic West Adams Los Angeles

There's so much beauty to chose from in the forgotten West Adams District of Los Angeles thought I'd narrow it down today and highlight today five of my favorite 'hidden gems' from the Book that anyone can visit.

1) The Clark Library: free to visit; go to the website to make an appointment. Fantastic collection of Oscar Wilde materials, incredible interiors and peaceful grounds to stroll around in.

2) The Angelus Rosedale Cemetery: The first cemetery in Los Angeles open to all races and creeds. Don't miss the West Adams Heritage Association's Living History Tour!

3) If you find yourself near USC walk around the North University Park area. Plenty of beautiful Victorians like the 1891 Cockins House.

4) Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens at the Guasti Mansion. The former home of Wine magnate Secudo Guasti the rear of the mansion is now a garden and stone labyrinth open to the public. 

5) The Second Church of Christ now Art of Living Center: Home to a 1,400-ton copper dome this impressive building, formerly a Christian Science Church is now home to a mediation practice.

Excerpt from the iPad Book - Introduction (Page 10 of 361)

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting pages from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.]

The Introduction in Untold LA runs 21 pages and is designed to show people how to use its interactive elements, such as movies, additional-information buttons and audio clips, as well as give a sense of the people and geography of West Adams.

This second page of the Introduction shows people that additional information is available via the Internet by clicking on underlined words in the text. The photo is the Powers House at Alvarado Terrace.