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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 7.27.31 AMHi all – I would just like to share a few words with my Los Angeles neighbors – and really anyone with a soft spot for LA mid-century architecture.

There seems to be a rising outpouring of sentimentalism and displeasure over the impending razing of the Chase Bank situated on the corner of Crescent Heights and Sunset Blvd…to be replaced by one of the dreaded shop/live/work superstructures that are popping up all over town.

I’ll admit, the unique 1960 structure with its distinctive angular roof is pretty easy on the eyes – and I suppose it will be sad to see it go. But without lamenting the building’s passing or celebrating its demise – I would just like to point out that the construction of the bank in 1959-60 displaced another historical Hollywood landmark of great significance – one that everyone seems to have forgotten.

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The Garden of Allah, once a private residence built in 1913 and later owned by silent film star Alla Nazimova, was converted into a hotel in the 1920s. Famous residents included F. Scott Fitzgerald. This beautiful example of early-twentieth century Southern California architecture came down in 1959…but not before one last Hollywood bash to send it off. Up went the Lytton Savings and Loan (now Chase Bank), and not incidentally – a hideous eye sore of a strip mall.

So, if we are going to shed sentimental tears as the bank passes over to the other side, then let us likewise raise a glass to the Garden of Allah.

With compliments,

Keith

The Artwork of Ben A. Barnes

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 10.06.29 AMI am so very thrilled to be able to include – on The Americanist Independent website – the exquisite  artwork of California painter and potter Ben A. Barnes.

Mr. Barnes  has been a teacher as well as  a commercial and freelance  artist since the 1950s. His work captures the essence of mid-century style with a particular California touch.

You can view his work by going HERE and clicking the Art and Literature tab. Subscriptions to the AI site are now and will forever be entirely gratis. So please enjoy with my compliments,

Keith