Historic Los Angeles Neighborhood a Magnet for Artists
Los Angeles became a booming city after World War II, and most of its homes and buildings have been constructed since then. But in some neighborhoods, older homes are being renovated by residents returning from the suburbs. One Los Angeles neighborhood, now home to many artists, celebrate its heritage.
It's called the West Adams district; it's southwest of the city center. Just off the busy streets are quiet cul-de-sacs with homes from earlier times - 19th century Victorians with steep roofs and spires, in pink, green or beige pastels. There are homes of a later style known as Arts and Crafts, in deep earth colors of green and brown, some with Japanese and South Sea influences.
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The July 30 Los Angeles Times carries a well-illustrated story on one of the two winners of WAHA's 2010 garden contest. Emily Green, the Times' garden specialist, writing under the title "The Dry Garden: A Water-Wise Winner in West Adams," offered a text and photo tour of this Jefferson Park treasure. The garden was designed by well-known low-water landscape artist Renee Gunter for homeowners Marina Moevs and Steve Peckman. Green begins:
"The West Adams Heritage Assn. celebrates the preservation of historic houses, but earlier this month, a markedly modern installation in Jefferson Park shared its best garden prize. Look at the home of Marina Moevs and Steve Peckman, and it's obvious why: Few gardens could do a better job accenting but not overwhelming their lovingly restored Craftsman home.read more...
1). WAHA'S ANNUAL PATRIOTIC 4TH OF JULY PICNIC
Sunday, July 4
2425 Gramercy Park (one block north of Adams Boulevard at Gramercy Place) POTLUCK
Bring the kids, and wear your summer whites or patriotic attire at WAHA's annual 4th of July picnic.
WAHA's 4th of July is kid-and-family oriented, with historic preservation and plain old-fashioned neighborliness thrown in.
Owners Karen and Robert Carrere are hosting WAHA's annual event celebrating America's birthday in their fab Gramercy Park gardens, which sprawl across two lush green parcels.
Live music, courtesy singer/actor Matt Braaten, who will entertain us. Braaten performs as half of the singing duo Blue Sky Divide (though he will be performing solo for WAHA), and he'll be releasing his first solo CD later this year.
Pool time from 1-2 p.m. (only) is also on the schedule, along with the presentation of awards (at circa 2:45 p.m.)read more...
Tour Briggs Residence this Saturday, and more!
It's your lucky day! We have a long list of events in West Adams and nearby to share with you!
Details below, but mark your calendars for:
- Saturday, March 20 Briggs Residence (HCM No. 477) Open House, 10 a.m. - Noon
- Saturday, March 20 -- Heritage Square Fashion Show, begins at 11 a.m.
- Sunday, March 21 Wellington Square Farmers Market debuts
- Saturday, March 27 Visit the Art of Living Foundation @ Second Church of Christ, Scientist (neighborhood open house begins at 10 a.m., WAHA members' sneak preview tour of historic landmark @ 9 a.m.)
- Friday, March 26-Sunday, March 28 Tomatomania
- Sunday, April 11 L.A. Heritage Day
WAHA's Annual Preservation Meeting, PLUS Spring Architecture Tour, Costumes Galore, Vintage Song Stylings, Marathon Monday â€“ SO MUCH TO DO!
1). WAHA's ANNUAL PRESERVATION MEETING
Sunday, May 31 11 a.m. brunch * Noon program Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St. (Avenue 43 exit on the 110 Freeway, Highland Park)read more...
WAHA's Potluck & Election this Sunday, plus two Wednesday Evening Events!
1). WAHA ELECTION MEETING AND POTLUCK
Sunday, April 26, 2 to 5 p.m.
1314 West 25th Street (University Park)
WAHA is looking for a few good men and women. Our annual Board of Directors election is slated for April 26. WAHA currently has a 15-member board, and one-third of these positions are up for election each three years, on a rotating basis. At the meeting, candidates will present themselves to the membership for your vote.
The meeting and election will be held at Philippe Soler's beautifully restored 1890 Queen Anne Victorian, which was relocated to West Adams in 1982 from its original location at 1116 Ingraham Street. Please join us for a tour of the house and the good fellowship of West Adams neighbors and friends.read more...
Blues Music & Veggies-4-Sale, SAT, Apr 4
A Flurry of Special Events in and near West Adams!
1). BLUES AND FOLK CONCERT @ AUNT ROSA LEE'S
Saturday, April 5
No Cover - Come for Dinner
Aunt Rosa Lee's Mississippi Soul Food, 2781 S. Western Ave. (south of Adams)
WAHA's Holiday Party, and a True Winter Wonderland in West Adams.
1). WAHA's ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY
Sunday, December 14
3 to 5 p.m.
1809 South Victoria Ave. (Lafayette Square)
Santa's Sleigh is at the ready, jingle bells are chiming, and sugar plum fairies are dancing. The Season has arrived! On the heels of WAHA's annual Holiday Historic Homes Tour and Progressive Dinner in the West Adams Avenues and a weekend of hard work, we are ready to party. WAHA's Annual Party is this coming Sunday afternoon, and you are invited.
Please join WAHA at its annual Holiday Party for members, volunteers and friends of historic preservation. We'll be serving delicious
internationally-inspired fare, and lots of good cheer.
Halloween Fest, Sunday, Oct 26 plus Historical Archives Bazaar.
1). WAHA's FRIGHTFUL HALLOWEEN FEST
Sunday, October 26 (THIS WEEKEND)
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
(Located between Adams Boulevard and 24th Street, west of Gramercy Place, in a small, private park)
Hear ye, all you little ghosts and goblins! And ghoulish grown-ups. Come one, come all, to the 2008 thoroughly frightful and fabulously fun West Adams Halloween Festival!
Just like previous years' events, this year's Halloween Fest will be held in Gramercy Park on the Sunday just before Halloween. There will be face painting, fun games to play, sweets to eat, a bouncer (of course!), and we'll be grilling up those famous Wa-Hot Dogs.
And, for kids and kids-at-heart, we'll have a costume contest.read more...