Architecture & Design
Established in 1887 as part of L.A.'s first official suburb, Angelino Heights, Carroll Avenue is famous for having the largest concentration of Victorian-era homes in the city, and the highest concentration of Eastlake and Queen Anne residences in Southern California. A dozen or so of the houses appear on the historic sites register. Located just a mile from downtown, Carroll Avenue also features a few homes that have been featured on television and music videos, including the Charmed house and the abode shown in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video.
Angelino Heights was L.A.’s very first designated Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), created largely due to the efforts of the committee's chairman, Tom Morales.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Carroll Avenue became a very rough neighborhood and renovation has only come about in the last few years. Today, the neighborhood is an urban explorer's dream, showcasing these painted ladies proudly displaying their gingerbread trimmings and gabled roofs.
All photos by Star Foreman
Metropolis Los Angeles opened its first residential tower (of three) on Thursday, July 13. To celebrate, Metropolis threw an amazing party with gourmet appetizers by Baked It Myself, three performances by The Aqualilies and VIP tours of its one-bedroom, $1 million condo high above L.A.'s downtown landscape. This first tower tops out at 38 floors and 308 units, with prices for a one-bedroom unit running a cool $1 million.
Describing Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House may be easier with words than with photos. It has more facets and visual accents than the finest diamond. Most great L.A. homes have one key view — the Ennis House has hundreds. The mood of the house changes drastically depending on time of day. It is oddly cozy with sparsely placed, handmade furnishings, and can feel simultaneously ancient and modern.
Built in 1924, it's one of four textile block homes Wright constructed in L.A., often in the hills despite their inability to withstand earthquakes without significant damage. (Ennis House's stabilization was completed in 2007.)
Besides its architectural important, Ennis House has become a recognizable cultural landmark, appearing as a location in House on Haunted Hill, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Day of the Locust and, perhaps most famously, the sci-fi classic Blade Runner.
In 2011, the house was sold to billionaire Ron Burkle for $4.5 million on the condition that it would be opened to the public in some fashion at least 12 days a year. The views alone are worth it.
All photos by Ted Soqui
Perched on a crest overlooking the intersection of Mulholland Drive and Laurel Canyon Boulevard, the Fitzpatrick-Leland house imitates the hilltop, cascading down three stories and spreading out where it meets the earth.
The Marciano Art Foundation, which recently opened on Wilshire Boulevard in the famous Scottish Rite Masonic Temple designed by Millard Sheets in 1961, sits kitty-corner from the equally beautiful Wilshire Ebell Theater, surrounded by million-dollar historic homes. Turns out the Masonic Temple is a perfect setting for Guess co-founders Maurice and Paul Marciano's collection of modern art, which includes upward of 1,500 pieces. The current exhibitions — "Unpacking," which features pieces from the Marciano collection, and "The Wig Museum," longtime L.A. artist Jim Shaw's first museum show on the West Coast — revel in the strange and macabre. The old Masonic theater has been gutted and left open to show off the bones of the space. The combination of art and architecture makes for a breathtaking museum experience.
All photos by Star Foreman
In the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, it's sometimes easy to forget that only an hour's boat ride away lies an enchanting island that instantly transports you to bygone era. Though karaoke bars and trendy restaurants now line the bay along Crescent Avenue, the town of Avalon still exudes the opulence of Hollywood's Golden Age.
On Saturday, May 20, enthusiasts of the era descended upon the Catalina Island Casino — opened in 1929 — for the 15th annual Avalon Ball, which is organized by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. Everyone was dressed impeccably as they danced inside the world's largest circular ballroom to music from the 1920s to the 1940s. Dresses lightly twirled on the dance floor as libations flowed heavily from the bar.
All photos by Jared Cowan. Follow Jared on Twitter at @JaredCowan1.