Another Successful Tour!
Saturday, June 9, 2012
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tour grand Victorian era mansions and Queen Anne Cottages alike in oneof West Adams’ oldest neighborhoods, University Park
A century ago, Adams Boulevard was Los Angeles’ Street of Dreams – the main artery of a “Bon Ton District” that included Chester Place, St. James Park and the Belgravia Tract, home to some of the City’s finest residences. For this year’s Annual Spring Homes and Architecture Tour, WAHA invites you to stroll these pathways to yesteryear. This self-guided walking tour will open the doors to a collection of historic buildings that evoke the times and memories of the late 19th century in Los Angeles. Tour visitors may also ramble through the grounds of Chester Place, L.A.’s oldest gated community. Developed in 1899 as an exclusive enclave, these historic mansions are now home to Mount St. Mary’s College.
The Tour Was a Great Success -- We Sold Out!
The Arts in West Adams – Third Annual Art in Historic Places Tour
Saturday, March 24
Two articles have been published online about this year's 25th Annual Holiday Tour & Progressive Dinner:
From Intersections South LA.org:
“This past weekend, six houses in a West Adams neighborhood opened their doors — and their kitchens — to a parade of visitors celebrating the holidays.
Put together by the West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA), the Silver Jubilee offered a self-guided walking tour of the neighborhood, or a docent-led progressive dinner, with each house serving one part of an elegant five-course meal.
In the early afternoon, guests followed brochures printed with addresses and brief summaries of the houses on the tour. Inside each, volunteers guided them from room to room, explaining the history of the house; from the architect who built it to former residents who lived there and renovations undergone to maintain or restore the property. “read more...
Originally envisioned by George L. Crenshaw as one of the region’s premier real estate tracts before the area even became a part of Los Angeles in 1909, Lafayette Square’s design was based on European cities, inspired to bring a feeling of tradition and graceful style not widely found in a very young Los Angeles.
Crenshaw’s son Charles described the Square, and its central drive, St. Charles Place, as “a ‘Spanish pasear,’ a place where residents could stroll and meet socially.” Over time, Lafayette Square became home to many of Los Angeles’ luminaries including George Pepperdine, Sepulveda family descendent Princess Conchita Pignatelli, Fatty Arbuckle, Alexander Pantages, Norton Simon, boxer Joe Louis, singer Little Richard, and architect Paul R. Williams.
Come with us this holiday season to experience the founder’s vision, as we stroll door to door, and socialize over a sumptuous meal, served one course at a time in each of the lavishly-decorated homes we visit.read more...
Open House in the Heart of Historic West Adams
Sponsored by West Adams Heritage Association and CAAM, California African American Museum
1999 West Adams Blvd (at Western Avenue)
May be last chance to view endangered murals
|Artist: Hale Woodruff||
Artist: Charles Alston
Celebrating L.A.'s 230th Birthday
Living History Tour 2011
Pushing the Boundaries: Adventurers, Pioneers and Unconventional Heroes
Angelus Rosedale Cemetery
Saturday, September 24, 2011
WAHA presented the 21st annual Living History Tour, with costumed actors, at graveside, portraying historic personages in one of the city's oldest cemeteries. This year, we honored bold adventurers and unlikely heroes:read more...
West Adams Golden Legacies: Golden State Mutual Life and Landmarks of African American History
Saturday, June 4, 2011, Noon to 4 p.m.
WAHA presented a Spring Tour celebrating a century of accomplishments of African Americans who have contributed to Historic West Adams' civic and cultural legacy.
Our tour goers visited the iconic Golden State Mutual Life Insurance building, designed by architect Paul Williams in 1947 for the first African American-owned insurance company established west of the Mississippi. The Late Moderne building with its notable integrated murals by artists Charles Alston and Hale Woodruff is on the road to becoming Los Angeles's newest Historic Cultural Monument. The murals, depicting scenes of African Americans' contributions to California history, are endangered, threatened with removal. This might have been the public's last chance to view them.