18e – Gibbons Residence – 1915 S Oxford Ave

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18e - Gibbons Residence - 1915 S Oxford Ave

West Adams Heights

“Nowadays we scarcely notice the high stone gates which mark the entrances on Hobart, Harvard, and Oxford streets, south of Washington Boulevard. For one thing, the traffic is too heavy, too swift; and then, again, the gates have been obscured by intrusions of shops and stores. At the base of the stone pillars appears the inscription “West Adams Heights.” There was a time when these entranceways were formidable and haughty, for they marked the ways to one of the first elite residential areas in Los Angeles. . . In the unplanned early-day chaos of Los Angeles, West Adams Heights was obviously something very special, an island in an ocean of bungalows—approachable, but withdrawn and reclusive—one of the few surviving examples of planned urban elegance of the turn of the century.”

– Carey McWilliams, “The Evolution of Sugar Hill,” Script, March, 1949: 30.

Today West Adams Heights is still obviously something special. The past sixty years, however, have not been kind. In 1963 the Santa Monica Freeway cut through the heart of West Adams Heights, dividing the neighborhood, obscuring its continuity. In the 1970’s the city paved over the red brick streets and removed the ornate street lighting. … Read More

LACMTA Metro Purple Line Westside Extension groundbreaking ceremony, November 7, 2014

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LACMTA Metro Purple Line Westside Extension groundbreaking ceremony, November 7, 2014

Leaders of the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today joined federal, state and local elected officials in the Mid-Wilshire District of Los Angeles to break ground on the long awaited Metro Purple Line Extension Project, the largest, most ambitious public works project in the Western United States.

In July, Metro’s Board of Directors approved a contract with Skanska, Traylor and Shea (STS), a Joint Venture, to construct the Purple Line Extension Project. Construction of the subway extension will connect West Los Angeles to the region’s growing rail network, making it possible to travel between Downtown Los Angeles and Westwood in 25 minutes. The first subway segment will extend the Purple Line 3.9 miles from the existing Wilshile/Western Purple Line terminus near Koreatown into Beverly Hills. Three new underground stations are planned at Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega, providing fast, frequent, high-capacity transit service farther west along busy Wilshire Boulevard.

“The Purple Line will ease traffic along the congested Wilshire corridor and will make traveling from the westside to downtown faster and greener.” said Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles and Metro Board Chair. “When it comes to infrastructure, L.A. is on the move. We are right now investing … Read More

Custom Built Home, Dos Cruces Rd.Bedroom

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Custom Built Home, Dos Cruces Rd.Bedroom

Custom Built Home by Matt Humphrey

Posted by Matt Humphrey Construction on 2011-10-10 13:34:37

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The Holy Grail (…with an eye twinkle…;-)

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The Holy Grail (...with an eye twinkle...;-)

Apple store on 5th avenue, Manhattan, New York City (currently under renovation).
Taken – of course with an Apple iPhone 4 – during our visit in New York, April 2011.

We are a real (crazy) Apple family with:

1 iMac 27"
2 MacBook Pro 15"
1 MacBook Air 11"
1 iPad
2 iPhone 4
1 iPhone 3GS
1 iPhone 3G
1 iPod Touch
2 iPod Nano
2 iPod Shuffle

Comments and favs welcome, even from poor Microsoft Windows Users 😉

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL; NYSE: AAPL; previously Apple Computer, Inc.) is an American multinational corporation that designs and markets consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers. The company’s best-known hardware products include the Macintosh line of computers, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system; the iTunes media browser; the iLife suite of multimedia and creativity software; the iWork suite of productivity software; Aperture, a professional photography package; Final Cut Studio, a suite of professional audio and film-industry software products; Logic Studio, a suite of music production tools; the Safari web browser; and iOS, a mobile operating system. As of October 2010, the company operates 317 retail stores in ten countries, and … Read More

Newport Balboa Savings W.A. Sarmiento

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Newport Balboa Savings W.A. Sarmiento

Back of postcard reads:

3366 Via Lido Newport Beach, California

NEWPORT BALBOA SAVINGS
and Loan Association’s beautiful new building overlooks the bay in
picturesque Newport Harbor. Its striking design combines beauty
with efficiency to provide a wide range of services, including:

Insured Savings – Save by Mail Service – Escrows – Safe Deposit
Boxes, Coupon Booths, and Conference Room – Money Orders –
American Express Travelers Cheques – Government Bond
Department – Insurance Agency – Collections – Home Purchase
Loans – Construction Loans – Property Improvement Loans.

Pub. by Don Bush, Newport Beach, Calif.

Architect Wenceslaus Sarmiento for Bank Building Corporation

Posted by hmdavid on 2011-11-21 08:49:54

Tagged: , vintage , postcard , Wenceslaus Sarmiento , Newport Balboa , savings , bank , Newport Harbor , Newport Beach , mid-century , modern , architecture , Bank Building Corporation , California , Southern California … Read More