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Palm Springs Architecture and Design Center Opens in Former E. Stewart Williams Bank

Posted November 6, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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A calling card for Palm Springs is its trove of modern architecture. Now that passion for design has been enshrined in a new Architecture and Design Center, opening Sunday.
The Architecture and Design Center, short for Palm Springs Art Museum: Architecture and Design Center; Edwards Harris Pavilion, is a satellite of the Palm Springs Art Museum; it is housed in a former bank designed by …

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Preservation Watch: Save the “Mother Ditch”?

Posted April 25, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Earlier this month, workers excavating the site of a $100-million Chinatown development “discovered a 100-foot section of Los Angeles’ first municipal water system, an  ancient maze of brick and wooden pipes and conduits that once fed the city,” reported The Los Angeles Times. “The 4-foot-diameter brick pipe that was found beneath what once was Little  Joe’s restaurant is part of the so-called Mother Ditch, or …

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Rudolph Schindler’s Only Church is Resurrected

Posted April 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Architecture enthusiasts and members of the Faith-Build International community are rejoicing in the re-opening of the Bethlehem church on Compton Avenue, designed in the mid-1940s by Modernist pioneer Rudolph Schindler. But did Schindler, a progressive thinker, come to design this radical church in that location at that time?

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Preservation Watch: Goodbye to Robinson’s in Beverly Hills, Update on Culver City Ice Arena; A Preservation Report Card

Posted March 18, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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This week in preservation: DnA’s Jason Groman reminisces about a historic Beverly Hills department store that is set for demolition, and DnA learns more about the future of the Culver City Ice Arena. Plus, find out how neighborhoods in L.A. County fared on the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Preservation Report Card issued last week.

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More Twists for Culver Ice Arena: Planet Granite Pulls Out of Lease, After Old Ice Declared Unsafe

Posted February 13, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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In a story with as many twists as an Olympic figure skater, the fate of the Culver Ice Arena is in the balance, again. Planet Granite, the rock climbing company expected to start decommissioning the rink this spring, has pulled out of its lease, just days after safety inspectors declared the ice unsafe.
Fans of the 52 year-old rink have protested its expected closure for weeks. For …

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This Week on DnA: Can the Southland Grow in an Age of Drought?

Posted February 5, 2014 by | Comments Off
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The state of California is severely short of water. And the dwindling supply is coinciding with yet another building boom. Can the Southland keep on expanding if drought is the new normal?

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Carthay Square, HPOZs and the Effort to Preserve a Neighborhood

Posted February 4, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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The residents of Carthay Square want to turn their neighborhood into a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ). Gideon Brower reports on a process that hits some bumps in the road: the uglier history of pretty homes, and budget cuts that stall years of work and do not stop development.

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The Fight to Save an Ice Rink; Planet Granite Responds

Posted January 21, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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Angelenos fight to save an ice rink, as rising land values threaten quality of life.

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Preservation Watch: “Sweetheart of the Ice” at Culver Ice Arena

Posted January 15, 2014 by | 6 Comments
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Not only are thousands of people lamenting the likely closure of the Culver Ice Arena but preservationists are starting to ask what might happen to the building’s period sign (grandfathered in because Culver City no longer allows such tall signs) and to the fiberglass statue posing over the entrance.

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Skaters Try and Stop Closure of 52-Year Old Culver Ice Arena

Posted January 13, 2014 by | 16 Comments
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If buildings could weep, the Culver Ice Arena would do so. The popular facility faces closure February 2nd, because the costly-to-maintain rink cannot meet an almost doubled rent of $63,000 per month.
It is expected to be replaced by Planet Granite, a Bay Area based rock-climbing, yoga and fitness company.
Thousands of past and present skaters and Culver City residents are fighting to keep the Arena open; this past …

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