City Gems: Guided Tour
West Adams Heritage Association's 26th Annual Holiday Tour & Progressive Dinner
“The West Adams Heritage Association presents its annual Holiday Tour and Progressive Dinner. During this three-hour event, a guide takes diners from residence to residence, while each course — appetizers and champagne, soup, salad, waiter-served main course, and dessert — is consumed in a different West Adams home. This special opportunity to view beautiful historic homes while wining, dining, and celebrating the holiday season focuses this year on the vibrant neighborhood of Wellington Square. Most of the homes here were built during the 1920s in a variety of architectural styles and style hybrids, including Spanish, Norman, and Tudor. The homes on this year's tour include two 1920s Spanish Colonial Revivals, a Dutch Colonial Revival built in 1919, a 1922 Mediterranean Revival, and two Colonial Revival homes from 1922. One of these homes, which belonged to Dorothy Dandridge's mother, features exquisite hand-painted murals in three rooms and a charming clinker brick fireplace with a semi-precious stone inlaid mantel.”
Visit Wellington Square for the holidays December 1, 2
Grand homes built during the heyday of the Roaring 20s in Wellington Square will put out the welcome mat Sat., Dec. 1 and Sun., Dec. 2 for West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) Holiday Historic Homes Tour & Progressive Dinner.
The 26th annual event, "A Warm Welcome to Wellington Square—Holidays in the Heart of the City," includes tours of the homes decorated for the holiday season, each serving different food courses on site.
The area represents the rapid growth following "The Great War" with examples of Spanish, Tudor, Norman and other "Revival."
The West Adams District, with its new Wellington Square enclave, came into its own when the iconic Hollywoodland sign first graced the hillside to the north in 1923. New construction included the Biltmore Hotel (1923), the Central Library (1926), and the "skyscraping" City Hall (1927).read more...
Strolling and Supping in West Adams
It's a traditional yuletide-nice weekend in one of SoCal's oldest areas.
There are neighborhoods around Southern California that feel quintessentially here -- we're looking at you, Venice Beach and Hollywood -- while other areas summon faraway places.
Those are the streets and boulevards we're apt to see on television and in the movies playing different locations, say along the East Coast or abroad. And leading the pack in Other-Place-ness, or at least tied with South Pasadena in that regard, is West Adams.
Historic houses built in the 20s lend the centrally located neighborhood its timelessness and stately air, but the community there is what gives West Adams its closeknit character.
1920s Holiday Home Tour & Progressive Dinner-West Adams
Here's your chance to channel your inner Gatsby!
Next weekend--December 1 and 2nd, is the 26th annual West Adams Holiday Home Tour and Progressive Dinner, in the Wellington Square area.
If you're not up to dinner, you can take a self-guided walking tour of these beautiful homes on Sunday, the 2nd.
The focus for this tour is the post-WWI era and the Roaring 20s.
But--I just checked the site and many of the Sunday tours (not all) are sold out. So better make your reservations.
Dress in costume if you're so inclined! Flapper dresses and tiaras welcome. Below right is the home where you'll have the main course--the Frederick and Mary Dee Residence, built in 1922.
You'll check in at one house, then go to different homes for the appetizer, soup, salad, dinner, and dessert courses.
A Warm Welcome To Wellington Square – Holidays In The Heart Of The City’s 26th Annual Holiday Historic Homes Tour & Progressive Dinner On December 1st And 2nd
Start your holiday season in style by visiting grand homes built during the heyday of the post-WWI, Roaring 20s and Art Deco eras, when the West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) presents its 26th annual Holiday Historic Homes Tour & Progressive Dinner, A Warm Welcome to Wellington Square — Holidays in the Heart of the City, on Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2. A self-guided walking-only tour (no dinner) is available Sunday afternoon.read more...
A Warm Welcome to Wellington Square -- Holidays in the Heart of the City
West Adams Heritage Association’s 26th annual Holiday Historic Homes Tour & Progressive Dinner, Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, featuring post-WWI homes built during the Roaring 20s and Art Deco era.
Most of the homes gracing the broad streets of Wellington Square reflect the eclectic styles of a vibrant young city, with Spanish, Tudor, Norman, and other "Revival" styles throughout the neighborhood. Visitors will not only tour the beautiful homes colorfully decorated for the holiday season, but will also enjoy a different food course in each house.
Time and prices: Docent-led tours every forty-five minutes, 3-6:15 pm Saturday, and 3:30-6:45 pm Sunday. Prepaid reservations required for the progressive dinner tour. $85 per person. Sunday self-guided walking-only tour (no dinner) from 12 noon to 2 pm. $30.read more...
Angelus Rosedale Cemetery Tour
Like cemetery tours? C'mon, admit it! We all like cemetery tours!
The West Adams Heritage Association presents "Entertaining Lives" on Saturday, September 29th, at the Angelus Rosedale Cemetery. The Living History Tours will begin every 25 minutes, between 9 am and noon.
For this popular event, advance reservations are REQUIRED. Call 323-732-4223, or send an email to email@example.com.
Living History Tours cost $25, if ordered by Sept. 24. If you wait till the 25th--if there's space, the tour will cost $35.
The tours are three hours long, and the noon cutoff is just to start the tour. So you could be there through 3pm...
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WAHA Presents ‘Entertaining Lives’, The 22nd Annual Living History Tour At Angelus Rosedale Cemetery
On Saturday, September 29, at the 22nd annual Living History Tour, visitors will “meet” some of Los Angeles’s most interesting early performers and entertainment industry personages as costumed actors, at graveside, portray the lives of a Civil War-era escape artist, a headlining dancer who lost her life in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, a mezzo soprano who fought for civil rights, and a Chinese-American dancer/actor/MC, among other quirky and wonderful characters. Tours depart every 25 minutes from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Advance reservations are required.
Tour University Park in West Adams Area June 9th
‘PATHWAYS TO YESTERYEAR: STROLLING THE STREET OF DREAMS’ is the title of the June 9th walking tour of the University Park neighborhood of West Adams. That's just over a week away, on a Saturday.
What will you see?
A portal to the past. Mansions like the one at right, which is the Dockweiler-Stearns residence. This is the last true mansion in University Park, completed over 110 years ago. Only two families have owned the place since and they haven't changed much.
There's even a DS monogram on the chimney that you can see in this Flicker photo. Flicker says there was a murder-suicide at the mansion in 1924--hopefully, that story will be part of the tour.
A centerpiece of the self-guided walking route is Chester Place, our city's oldest gated community. Today it's Mount St. Mary's College, but in 1899 it opened as an enclave for the city's elite.read more...
West Adams Homes Tour: ‘Pathways To Yesteryear’ Next Month, Don’t Miss It, Highlight Hollywood Exclusive News
WAHA’s ANNUAL SPRING HOMES & ARCHITECTURE TOUR: Pathways to Yesteryear: Strolling the Street of Dreams, on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is one of the most highly anticipated events every year in Los Angeles County. The region is rich with history, some of it from Hollywood’s big screen era, but lots of it also great American culture, which just happens to have occurred near and in what we consider to be Hollywood. However, political greats, inventors, writers and the like have all called this region home.