Articles Tagged ‘Roadside architecture’

Old Trapper’s Lodge Statues

Old Trapper’s Lodge Statues May 18, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
In 1941, John Ehn opened his motel the “Old Trapper’s Lodge” at Arvilla Avenue and San Fernando Road near the Burbank Airport. The story goes that in order to advertise the motel he hired Claude Bell (famous for the Cabazon dinosaurs) to build a roadside sculpture and simply through...

Depression-Era Stone Mural Moves to LA’s Grevillea Art Park

Depression-Era Stone Mural Moves to LA’s Grevillea Art Park May 2, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Helen Lundeberg’s  historic Work Progress Administration (WPA) mural “History of Transportation” is now located in the Grevillea Art Park (230 S. Grevillea Avenue 90301) in downtown Inglewood. When the piece was first created and installed in 1940, it was located in Centinela Park...

The Dingbat: LA’s Iconic Apartment Building

The Dingbat: LA’s Iconic Apartment Building March 28, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
This type of smaller stucco box apartment building was a staple of 50s and 60s Los Angeles architecture; the name refers to the typographic symbols often used as a decorative marks on the front of the buildings. As a commercial vernacular form, this style of apartment has its roots in both modernism...

Citadel Outlet Shops

Citadel Outlet Shops January 18, 2011 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
The Citadel Outlets retail complex, complete with prominent winged genii statues, is a prominent landmark beside the I-5 just south of downtown Los Angeles. The story of this Assyrian-styled landmark dates back to 1929, when the main building and the decorated exterior walls were built to house Samson’s...

Six Neat Books about Los Angeles

Six Neat Books about Los Angeles December 6, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
The following list is not meant to identify the most grandest and greatest Los Angeles books ever. A list like that would include tomes like Kenneth Anger’s  muck-racking masterpiece Hollywood Babylon and Mike Davis’ slightly dated but still indispensable City of Quartz. Instead, the task...

Farmer John Murals

Farmer John Murals November 25, 2010 | Food, Things to Do | Read More
The Farmer John plant in Vernon (3049 East Vernon Avenue, 90058) is especially well-decorated with pictures of pigs seemingly straight out of a children’s book. Who cares about the horrors of butchering and the industrial processes of meat rendering  going on inside this meat processing plant...