Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
||This Batchelder tile has been listed on EBay. As I recall, a tile similar to this one is part of the fireplace at the Angelus Temple museum, which was formerly the home of Aimee Semple McPherson. When I get a chance I'll post a picture that I took during the recent L.A. Conservancy tour, "Seekers." Bidding on the tile at left starts at $9.99.
|Cinda Cates, Burbank public information specialist, passes along the images that were recovered from the 1959 time capsule placed in the Magnolia Boulevard Bridge. The anonymous photographer recorded the city's civic buildings (City Hall, a fire station, etc.) and took quite a few pictures of the new bridge. |
Spend a moment on the predictions of Kenneth E. Norwood of Burbank's Planning Department. He envisioned a city where only 12% of the people lived in single-family homes, with 88% in multi-unit garden apartments made of plastic that were incorporated in commercial complexes. "These complexes are supposed to be the ultimate in urban living, combining offices, hotels, apartments, shops, restaurants, etc., in one continuous complex of buildings, malls and arcades," he wrote.
There would be no overhead wires or antennas, he said. Instead, Burbank would use underground atomic power with electricity distributed by waves.
"Rapid monorail routes connect metro centers, with pickup stations at the Lockheed Air Control Center, and at each of the main malls in Burbank," Norwood wrote. "Unlike auto parking in 1959, there is no parking on streets or open lots but in fully automatic parking units located at each main destination point."
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|This postcard of St. James Park has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $8.99. St. James Park is in the Adams district near Scarff Street. According to The Times (Jan. 5 1896), St. James Park was established in 1892 and cost $6,049.40 ($137,939.94 USD 2007) for three-quarters of an acre.|
Photograph by Crosby Doe Associates
This is the John Lautner's remodel of an existing home, done for Anne Baxter. The house at 8650 Pine Tree Place is listed by Crosby Doe Associates at $1,895,000.
Baxter received the home in her 1953 divorce from John Hodiak. It was put on the market five years later.
This is a table with an image from Catalina Tiles embedded in the top. It's listed on EBay with a starting bid of $500. I have no idea what the going rate is for a genuine Catalina Tile table, as all I've seen so far are the more dubious ones. As always, check the vendor and the item carefully before spending that kind money.
Photograph by Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times
The 1920s statue, shrouded in plastic, will be reinstalled at San Vicente Boulevard and McCarthy Vista.
The 6-foot bronze miner statue stolen last February from the Carthay Circle area and later recovered from a Los Angeles scrapyard is back on familiar ground, where it will be fully installed in the next two weeks, city officials said today.
For decades, the gold miner stood in plain view at the busy intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and McCarthy Vista. But sky-high prices for such metals as bronze, brass and copper made the statue too tempting a target to thieves.
Then in February, thieves cut the miner free from its mooring to a boulder and made off with the 512-pound sculpture, valued at $125,000.
Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department's art theft detail tracked down the statue -- which had been sliced in two -- at a local scrapyard, where it was purchased for $900.
Sebastian Espana, 22, and Jessie Hernandez, 23, were later arrested on suspicion of grand theft in connection with a string of thefts of bronze statues and sculptures in the Wilshire area and in Beverly Hills.
Each pleaded no contest to two counts of felony grand theft and were sentenced in July to 16 months in state prison. They were also ordered to pay $31,700 each in restitution.
Sculpted by Henry Lion in 1924 and 1925, the miner, along with a fountain, commemorated 19th century settlers in California. Its reinstallation, nearly a year in the making, is expected to take a week to 10 days.
It was one of three public statues stolen over nine months in 2007 and 2008, including a 6-foot-tall, 4-foot-wide bronze sculpture taken from its concrete stand in front of a business in Brea.
Authorities across the country say the high price of metals -- which have since come back to earth -- prompted the thefts.
Even then, police said, the art thieves ended up with pennies on the dollar for often irreplaceable works of art.
|An EBay vendor is selling the two marked pieces of Batchelder tile at left, which appear to be part of the same design. Both are listed at $9.99, although there is a reserve. The top piece is listed here. The bottom piece is listed here. |
I suspect that they might be in the same design as the piece below, offered by a second dealer: