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WAHA June Tour – Tickets now available! | MINC


WAHA June Tour – Tickets now available!

A Walk in the Park

A Tour of Historic Victoria Park
Saturday, June 4, 2016 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Victoria Park is home to grand Arts & Crafts, Tudor and Revival residences with an abundance of period touches. Tour five unique homes with massive hearths, carved woodwork, and fine stained and leaded glass windows.

Purchase Advance Tickets: $30 General Admission All tickets $35 after May 27


Pizza Rev Fundraiser for WAHA

Last year dozens of West Adams friends and neighbors stopped in at PIZZA REV for lunch and for dinner
and raised “a bunch of dough” (nearly $200) for WAHA.
Well, it feels like spring has arrived, what better way to experience it than to go out and enjoy a delicious thin-crust pizza.
Located on the third level above LOWES at the Midtown Crossing shopping center.
So grab your family & friends and head on over anytime

Monday, March 9th

11:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m.

Our wonderful neighbors at PIZZA REV have again generously offered a portion of the day’s proceeds to WAHA – just mention WAHA at the counter for your purchase to qualify.
And you don’t have to be a WAHA member, so be sure to tell your friends and neighbors as well about this great opportunity.

Please forward to your block clubs, share it on facebook,
and let everyone know about a delicious way to support the preservation efforts of WAHA on Monday, March 9th!

West Blvd. Bridge Hearing – TOMORROW – Please Attend Or Write In For Support

There is a meeting downtown tomorrow (Thursday) for the West Blvd. Bridge, which MINC and WAHA are trying to get it declared a historical landmark, and therefore protected to a large degree. Please see the attached document.

 If you can attend, please do so – otherwise there is an email address at the bottom of this message that you may write to as well.  The more people that write in and show support – the better.

(The bridge is over Venice Blvd near Lowes.)

Please see the message below from WAHA President, John Patterson.

—– Forwarded Message ——

From: President – West Adams Heritage 
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2012 12:49 PM
Subject: West Bridge CH Commission Hearing on Thursday

 I’m pleased to let you know that the Cultural Heritage Commission will be hearing WAHA’s submission written by Mitzi Mogul on the West Bridge nomination on Thursday, 8/2 at 10:00 a.m. on the 10th floor hearing room of City Hall. 

 It would be very helpful to actively solicited interested members of the neighborhood to attend this meeting to show community support for the nomination.  Please be sure to distribute an announcement to your general MINC mailing lists.   Please find below some notes provided by Mitzi that offer a few suggestions for either the email itself and/or comments that people might be able to share during the public comment portion of the hearing, or in letters that could be emailed to Lambert Giessinger at the Cultural Heritage Commission.

 Thanks for help in getting the word out!!

 John Patterson

 The following are suggestions for comments to be made to the Cultural Heritage Commission at the hearing on August 2, 2012 . Feel free to use your own words to express these thoughts or add your own personal feelings. The purpose of the hearing is for the Commission to decide whether to take the nominations “under consideration” — the first step in the process.  Community support is crucial.


 1. The bridge is the direct result of a significant event (Great Train Wreck of 1913) and changed the course of urban development and transportation patterns. The current bridge was constructed in 1933.

 2.  It is an iconic landmark marking the western entry to the West Adams district.

 3.  While the train made possible the creation of new neighborhoods, the bridge directly facilitated their success.

 4.  This bridge was designed and built to accommodate trains, automobiles, and pedestrians.

 5.  The Art Deco design is elegant and complete in its integrity. The use of the Art Deco style demonstrates civic maturity in public works (as opposed to private structures, ie office buildings, theaters, homes, etc.).

 6.   It is one of only two bridges of this type on the “west side” (the other is Main Street in Santa Monica over the freeway) and therefore also represents an era when various modes of transportation were in harmony with architectural design and engineering improvements. (By “type” we mean not over water and not simply a single-use bridge, ie footbridge, auto, or train.)

Attached are some bullet points for the two nominations before the Cultural Heritage Commission on Thursday. 

In lieu of attendance, letters of support can be sent by email to Lambert.Giessinger@lacity.org, attention Cultural Heritage Commission.

Golden State Mutual Open House – October 22nd


See the Historic Murals

Open House | October 22, 2011 | Noon – 3pm
Golden State Mutual | 1999 West Adams Blvd.

Tourgoers will be visiting 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 was recently designated HCM 1000, Los Angeles’ newest Historic Cultural Monument. The murals are endangered, threatened with removal. 

This might be the public’s last chance to view them. The open house is spearheaded by WAHA’s long-running efforts of preservation advocacy.

This opportunity to view the historic murals that grace the lobby is hosted by WAHA in collaboration with the California African American Museum, Los Angeles Conservancy, and Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles. 

Tourgoers will also receive a copy of WAHA’s most recent publication, West Adams’ Landmarks of African American History.

Advance Tickets Are $15.00 
And Available atwww.westadamsheritage.org

WAHA Art Tour 2 for 1 Special for Neighborhood News Readers

West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) presents the second annual Art in Historic Places Tour,
“Celebrate the Arts – Artists of West Adams.”

This Saturday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public will be able to experience not only eight historic homes but also view the work of the artists who live and create within these homes.

As a Neighborhood News reader, you can purchase two tickets for the price of one ($30). All you have to do is go to the tour’s check-in location and mention The Neighborhood News when you buy your tickets.

 Check in at WAHA’s “Pop-Up” art gallery, 1824 S. 4th Avenue (located on the corner of 4th Avenue and Washington Boulevard). The last day-of-tour tickets will be sold at 1 p.m., and most tour properties will close promptly at 4 p.m. Visit www.WestAdamsHeritage.org or write tours@westadamsheritage.org for more information.

This is a self-guided drive-yourself (or bike-yourself) tour, with a brochure and map that will guide visitors to these historic venues, toured in any order and at their own pace. Visitors are encouraged to set aside several hours to enjoy the tour.

 This is a popular event. Read what NBC Los Angeles has to say about it:

Wellington Square Estate Sale… And Other Tidbits From WAHA

West Adams E-News — March 2, 2011
March comes in like a lion – SO MANY activities this month!
1). Saturday, March 5: Step out with WAHA to an exhibit of Oscar costumes
2). Friday-Saturday-Sunday, March 4-5-6: Estate sale, Wellington Square
3). Sunday, March 6: Visit WAHA at the Wellington Square Farmers Market
4). Tuesday, March 8: Jefferson Park public hearing for proposed HPOZ
5). Saturday, March 12: Open Day at Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens at the Guasti Villa
6). Sunday, March 20: WAHA Potluck
7). Saturday, March 26: Art in Historic Places: Artists of West Adams Tour
(Early Bird deadline on lower advance ticket prices: March 15)
Join WAHA on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m.
(Exhibit on view until April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday)
FIDM, 919 S. Grand (Downtown)
Please join WAHA’s own costume designer extraordinaire Rory Cunningham and fellow West Adams residents for an afternoon with Oscar — Oscar costumes, that is.
For 19 years, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in downtown has been exhibiting costumes from the past year’s best films to coincide with awards season. This year the Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition includes work from 20 movies, including four of the five Academy Award Costume Design Nominees — “Alice in Wonderland,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Tempest,” and “True Grit” — as well as four of the films nominated for Best Picture — “Inception,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “The King’s Speech” and “True Grit.”
The exhibit is on view through April, but we hope you’ll join WAHA for a fun and expert tour on March 5. The exhibit is free, and so is WAHA’s special tour, but we’d appreciate it if you would let us know you are attending with an RSVP to events@westadamsheritage.org.
Afterwards, participants may step out nearby for NO-HOST cocktails and possibly a bite to eat.
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, March 4-5-6
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (no early birds)
2221 Buckingham Rd.
“Extraordinary” estate sale – entire house, including collections of antiques, Black memorabilia, beautiful linens, artwork, fine china and crystal.
Sunday, March 6
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
4394 W. Washington Blvd. (west of Crenshaw)
WAHA is having an information booth this coming Sunday at the Wellington Square Farmers Market. Please stop by and say “hello.”
This is a good time to visit the market. To celebrate the first anniversary of the farmers market, the market is going even more green by encouraging shoppers to bring their re-usable shopping bags, ride their bikes, and re-cycle.Thanks to Mid City Neighborhood Council (MINC) the market will be giving away a $250 gift certificate for a new bike and bike equipment from the Rolling Cowboys Bike Shop on Pico and Arlington. Rolling Cowboys will also include free maintenance for the winner’s bicycle for a full year.The first anniversary celebrations and the winner will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at 12 noon. The farmers will also provide food baskets giveaways.The first ticket entry will be free for those who sign up giving us your email address. Additional tickets will be available for purchase for $1.00.4). JEFFERSON PARK PROPOSED HISTORIC DISTRICT MOVES FORWARD
City Planning Department Public Hearing on Jefferson Park HPOZ
Tuesday: March 8
6PM: Open House
7PM: Hearing
Sixth Avenue Elementary School CAFETERIA: 3109 6th Avenue
(NOTE: The meeting has been moved from the School Auditorium to the Cafeteria)
The public hearing provides the Jefferson Park community a platform to comment on Jefferson Park’s significance and potential as an HPOZ. This is an opportunity for you to get your opinions into the record before the matter is heard by the City Planning Commission.
To read the Preservation Plan and the Historic Resources Survey Report go to http://www.JeffersonParkUnited.org
To learn more about the findings resulting from the City sponsored study of Jefferson Park and to see the Jefferson Park Historic Resources Survey Report, visit:
http://hpozlosangeles.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/jefferson-park-report.pdf 5). VISIT GUASTI VILLA’S GARDENS
Open Day at Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens at the Guasti Villa
Saturday, March 12
Noon-4 p.m.
(2nd Saturday of each month through 2011)
3500 West Adams Blvd.
From our friends at MSIA: The Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens at the Guasti Villa once again offers Open Days. Take a little time for your Self. Relax…Breathe…Let Go…and Explore Your Soul. Visit the meditation garden, with over 16 water fountains tucked away restoring you with their peaceful sounds. Or unwind as you walk the labyrinth. Enjoy delicious fare — leave recharged!
• Labyrinth instructions available
• Prana Cafe open with light fare for sale
• Receive a complimentary journal
Free (with donations welcome). Info and reservations: 323-737-4055 x1130, www.peacelabyrinth.org.
Sunday, March 20
3 p.m.
1943 Buckingham Road (in Wellington Square, south of Washington Boulevard)
You’re invited to a casual potluck at Lore Hilburg’s newest adventure in restoration. Please bring a dish to share (enough for 10 people). If you are not yet a WAHA member, this would be a great time to join! See you there.
Art in Historic Places: Artists of West Adams
Saturday, March 26
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Last ticket sold at 1 p.m.
Check in and start your tour at 1824 South 4th Avenue (at Washington Boulevard)
Dozens of established and emerging artists work and/or live in the historic West Adams district of Los Angeles. On Saturday, March 26, the public will be able to experience not only the homes but also artists who create artworks within their walls, when West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) presents the second annual “Art in Historic Places Tour: Artists of West Adams.”
The tour showcases works by some of West Adams’ most talented artists, working in media and subject matter from classic to cutting-edge contemporary, and will open the doors to turn-of-the-century and post-World War I residences, including Craftsman bungalows and Spanish Revival villas, along with an adaptive-reuse of a commercial building into a live/work loft that’s been featured in Dwell magazine.
Artists include:
= Tad Beck – photography and video
= Linda Frost – photo-based media
= Donald Ferguson – non-objective geometric abstractions
= Jenny Hager – abstract paintings
= Paul Papanek – photography
= Joan Tucker – painterly abstractions
= Tolanna (Georgia Toliver) –sculpture, paintings, intaglio prints
Tickets: $25 in advance (deadline, postmarked by March 15); $30 at the door. Advance tickets: send check, payable to “WAHA,” to WAHA Tour, 2209 Virginia Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90016. (Include your name, phone, address, and email.) Purchase tickets online at www.westadamsheritage.org. Prepaid tickets will be held at check-in, 1824 S. 4th Avenue (at Washington Blvd., the Majestic Pharmacy, a restored commercial-mixed use building). The last day-of-tour tickets will be sold at 1 p.m.; tour properties will close at 4 p.m. Write tours@westadamsheritage.org for more information.
We welcome your contributions to the West Adams E-News as well as the West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) monthly printed publication, “West Adams Matters.” Please understand that we do have deadlines. Material for the WAHA newsletter should be submitted no later than the 1st of the prior month (i.e.: April 1 for the May issue). If your event is scheduled for early in a month, we suggest you request coverage for the prior month (i.e.: May issue for a June 3 event), because it’s entirely possible that not all of our members will have received their newsletter by then (we do try hard.) We reserve the right to edit submitted material. For the West Adams E-News, we prefer to only send it out once or twice a month. Please don’t wait until two days before an event to let us know about it. It may not be sent out.
EXCEPTION: If you suddenly hear of an important city hearing or other public meeting that is important to West Adams, we will endeavor to send out a special bulletin.
Submit your material to Laura Meyers, editor, lauramink@aol.com

Get Your Tickets Early And Save – WAHA Holiday Historic Home Tour

This tip was passed along to us by Lore Hilburg, who recently purchased a home on Buckingham Rd. in Wellington Square. If you buy your tickets before November 15th, you can save $15. Lore also said that despite the fact the reservation form says November 1st, you can still put in for group tours as long as you do it ASAP (a group is 10 or more).