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Movie History Gets Top Billing at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles

Posted on: February 25th, 2013 by Lauren Walser

 

View of large crowd outside the Egyptian Theatre for a visit with Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford in 1922. A sign above the entrance reads," Doug and Mary Premiere tonight." Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection, Wikimedia Commons
View of large crowd outside the Egyptian Theatre for a visit with silent film stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford in 1922.

All eyes were on Hollywood Sunday night, as the biggest names in the film industry gathered at the Dolby Theatre for the 85th Academy Awards.

Among the stars lining Hollywood Boulevard, there was another celebrated icon a block away from the ceremony: the Egyptian Theater, a Tinseltown landmark since 1922.... Read More →

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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

Forging a Future for the Oswego Iron Furnace

Posted on: February 7th, 2013 by Lauren Walser

 

The restored Oswego Iron Furnace. Credit: Susanna Campbell Kuo
The restored Oswego Iron Furnace.

For more than a century, the Oswego Iron Furnace stood near the Willamette River in Lake Oswego, Ore., a fading relic to the city’s origins.

From its perch behind a chain link fence, its stones were falling, its brick arches were collapsing, and the surrounding landscape was overgrown, with plants growing out of the structure.

“We were growing increasingly concerned that the whole thing could collapse,” says local historian Susanna Campbell Kuo and member of the advisory board of the Lake Oswego Preservation Society.

And in 2002, when the city unveiled its plans to redevelop George Rogers Park, Kuo and several other residents noticed that there were no comprehensive plans to preserve the 44-foot structure.So they began researching, diving into the furnace’s -- and the city’s -- history, in order to learn more.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

Preservation Vacation: Rock Rest, A Home Away From Home

Posted on: January 24th, 2013 by Lauren Walser 1 Comment

 

A postcard of Rock Rest in its heyday in 1959, given to guests as a souvenir. Credit: Valerie Cunningham
A postcard of Rock Rest in its heyday in 1959, given to guests as a souvenir.

As a teenager, Valerie Cunningham spent two summers helping family friends Clayton and Hazel Sinclair run their small inn in Kittery, Maine.

Rock Rest, as the guesthouse was called, provided accommodations and home-cooked meals during the summer months to African-American travelers at a time when de facto segregation in the North made it difficult for them to access hotels, restaurants, and many other public places.

For scores of vacationers, it was a safe and relaxing haven near the water. For Cunningham, it was an inspiration.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

[SLIDESHOW] Dispatches from a Cross-Country Road Trip

Posted on: December 27th, 2012 by Lauren Walser 2 Comments

 

I had my camera at the ready when I and my partner, Blaise, moved from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles this past summer -- and drove the entire way. (Remember when I blogged about it?)

You can read more about my adventure in our upcoming Winter 2013 issue of Preservation magazine issue, but for now, explore some additional behind-the-scenes photos of my journey.

Do you have cool road trip pictures to share? Head over to our Facebook page and show us what you've got!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

An Eyesore No More: The Resurrection of LA's Boyle Hotel

Posted on: December 10th, 2012 by Lauren Walser 2 Comments

 


This historic photo from California State Library shows the historic Boyle Hotel in Los Angeles in 1895.

Looking at it just a few years ago, you might have had a hard time believing that the Boyle Hotel in Boyle Heights, a community located just east of downtown Los Angeles, was once the grandest structure in the neighborhood.

When it was built in 1889, the four-story, Italianate-style hotel signaled the city’s growth. The farmland once surrounding the city center was being transformed into new suburban neighborhoods, like Boyle Heights, and the red brick and elegant turret made the new building a popular gathering place for the community.

Over time, it became home to mariachis, who congregated across the street at Mariachi Plaza, playing music and waiting for work.

But by the time the nonprofit East Los Angeles Community Corporation (ELACC) purchased the building in 2006, much of the building’s original splendor had been lost.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.