WAHA invites you to a Special Event -- "Before and After: Restoration Tales."

Saturday, June 1
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Check in at 2286 West 23rd Street in Kinney Heights
Over the past few decades, many period homes in the Historic West Adams District have been lovingly restored by their owners. But how did they do it? Find out on the first Saturday in June at "Before and After: Restoration Tales," when four historic homes open their doors and we share stories of their restorations, and show you some DIY restoration techniques.

Preservation - Write a letter today to save a historic WAHA property from demolition!


We need your help to help save a historic property AND a historic neighborhood!

West Adams is on the verge of losing another historic house and a bungalow at 1828 South Gramercy Place in the Angelus Vista National Register eligible district. If we don’t act quickly, we will lose them, because a brand new owner has already applied for a demolition permit.
WAHA is working hard behind the scenes with City staff, but it has become clear that we need letters sent to Council President Herb Wesson, and his staff, asking the CD10 Council Office to step in.
Contact info is below, but first, more background:

Preservation - Save the Flower Drive Historic District

Why designate a California Register Historic District if the City and a developer can ignore the designation and propose to virtually eliminate it? 

The Spectrum Group, an Irvine-based developer, is proposing to build a 21-story hotel, a 9-story parking structure, two 7-story apartment complexes, and 20,000 square feet of office space on a 4.4 acre site that requires 8 of the historic buildings be demolished in the Flower Drive Historic District. The developer could actually achieve most of what they desire by simply rethinking the site plan and incorporating historic Flower Drive.

Preservation - A Landmark Lost

By Roland Souza

Sometimes glorious historic jewels are wrapped in plain paper. Such is (was) the case with the former St. James Armenian Apostolic Church’s Sanctuary, located at 3200 West Adams Boulevard. Built in 1957, the unadorned and blocky modern exterior of the church – designed to evoke in its shapes centuries-old cathedrals in Armenia – hides from clear view what was a splendid historical interior space. The St. James Sanctuary featured extensive murals on the walls and dome, gold leaf enhancements, copper niches, wood trim, wainscoting, and a mezzanine loft.

About West Adams

West Adams is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Though much of its history is forgotten, it was once an area of grand homes and bustling development. The great land boom that turned Los Angeles from a Pueblo to a metropolis came during the period of 1887 through 1915.

Contractors were opening up choice lots between Figueroa and West Boulevard, moving south from Pico Blvd to Jefferson. This was the district that came to be known as "West Adams." The new Adams Boulevard Corridor became the magnet for new wealth in the city. Architects filled the area with classic examples of the elaborate styles of the times: Victorian, Queen Anne, Stick/Eastlake, Shingle, Mission, Transitional Arts and Crafts, Beaux Arts and the Revival Styles, and Craftsman.


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