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NoHo history and architecture will be
the focus of walking tour Saturday

February 19, 2010 |  6:00 am

Learn about architecture, real-life cowboys, pioneer families, steam trains and which celebrity was a popcorn girl at the El Portal Theatre when the Museum of the San Fernando Valley hosts a historic walking tour of North Hollywood this Saturday.

Noho2 "The typical remark we receive at the end of the tour is: 'I've lived in the valley all my life and I had no idea these things were here!'" says museum president Jerry Fecht.

Led by historian Richard Hilton, a docent with the Los Angeles Conservancy, the tour will make stops at the Security Trust and Savings Bank (1924), Amelia Earhart Library (1928), El Portal Theatre (1926) shown above in a 1999 photo, St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church, the Lankershim Arts Center (1939) (S. Charles Lee, architect), the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot (1896), the Commonwealth Savings & Loan Building, the North Hollywood Masonic Temple Lodge 542 and Lankershim Elementary School where Marilyn Monroe was a student.  

Walking tour of Historic North Hollywood, Saturday, 10 a.m. Starts at the Amelia Earhart statue at the northwest corner of Tujunga Street and Magnolia Boulevard. Reservations: (818) 347-9665 or TheMuseumSFV@gmail.com. Please leave name, address and phone number. Walk-ups are welcome too. Suggested donation, $10.

Who was the popcorn girl at the El Portal? Cherilyn Sarkisian, now known as Cher.

-- Lisa Boone

Photos, from top: The El Portal in 1999, as the NoHo Arts District was coming together; credit: Los Angeles Times; a sushi restaurant in the NoHo Arts District; credit: Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times