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Welcome to LA Digs, the real estate and Northeast Los Angeles community blog written by Realtors Tracy King and Keely Myres.

Here, we share tips, market updates, and local news bits to keep you informed on what's happening in Northeast Los Angeles and the surrounding neighborhoods. Read on to learn about the latest in your neighborhood!

Highland Park Heritage Trust

This is a group that deserves your support. In the face of decades of often overwhelming negative press about Highland Park, this dedicated group of residents has held workshops and tours, published brochures, books and even movies in the pursuit of educating people about preserving their historic homes and neighborhoods. In fact, they offer walking tours every other month. Check it out. You will be amazed by the history and architecture you will see.

You might not know that Highland Park was the first suburb of the City of Los Angeles, formed in the late 1800s. First there were a number of large lovely Victorian-era homes and during the early 1900s the predominant style was the Craftsman bungalow. From the 'Professor's Row' shingle-sided beauties along Sycamore Terrace near where the original Occidental College campus stood, to block after block of a dynamic mix of Spanish-influenced, English or Craftsman-style homes throughout the area between Figueroa and York Blvds, the stock of interesting character-laden homes that still stand is stunning.

HPHT was instrumental in establishing in Highland Park the first HPOZ (Historic Preservaton Overlay Zone) in Los Angeles to include both commercial and residential structures. It's also the largest HPOZ in the City of LA, over 2500 structures are included. If you own a contributing structure to an HPOZ, you have a strong case to qualify for the Mills Act, which can save you big bucks on your property taxes.

For all the details, check out:

  • http://www.hpht.org
  • http://www.preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/highland-park
  • http://www.laconservancy.org/neighborhoods/hpozs.php

But back to HPHT. If you are a supporter of historic preservation or like nice Craftsman homes or are a resident of Los Angeles, or if you are just moved by the pluck and spirit of this dedicated group, go to their website and donate some money. Better yet, join up and become a part of what they do.

Why am I talking so much about preservation and historic architecture? Because a well-designed historic home is worth more preserved than it is 'remodeled.But that's a subject for another blog.

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Century Plaza Hotel Update

This is a reprint of an email from the LA Conservancy. I'm posting it because we have many modern historical properties here in Los Angeles that are vulnerable to development. The LA Conservancy is the premier organization that stewards the preservation movement in Los Angeles, and it needs and deserves your support. Please pledge your support and send this on to everyone you know.

Yamasaki Associates

Yamasaki Associates

Happy Birthday, Minoru Yamasaki!

Today would be the ninety-seventh birthday of Minoru Yamasaki (1912 - 1986), the acclaimed architect of the Century Plaza Hotel. The Seattle-born Yamasaki produced distinctive designs in a career that spanned five decades.

In addition to the Century Plaza, he was responsible for buildings including the 1956 Lambert-St. Louis Airport Terminal, the 1962 U.S. Science Pavilion at the Seattle World's Fair, the 1961 Dhahran Air Terminal in Saudi Arabia, Century Plaza's Twin Towers (1975), and most notably, New York’s late World Trade Center Twin Towers, completed in 1973.

Yamasaki created a complex body of work that is just now beginning to be fully understood and appreciated.

Today we celebrate one of America’s great architects and his contributions to the field. Yamasaki’s Century Plaza is one of Los Angeles’ most beloved and iconic hotels, and we thank him for it.

Yamasaki profile on the National Trust for Historic Preservation website, with links to other articles: http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/diversity/asian-pacific-american-heritage/profiles/minoru-yamasaki.html
More about the Century Plaza Hotel: http://laconservancy.org/centuryplaza/

Help Spread the Word

Thank you for pledging your support for preserving the Century Plaza Hotel. We have more than 1,350 pledges to date and would like to get to 1,500 before the end of the year. Please help us create an even stronger coalition to save this beautiful hotel!

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Photo: Minoru Yamasaki on the cover of TIME Magazine (Reprinted through the courtesy of the Editors of TIME Magazine © 2009 Time Inc.)

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Minoru Yamasaki

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Should I Stucco My Wood Frame House? NO! And More on Preservation

The City of Los Angeles has long had a reputation for unbridled development and a disregard for the treasures of the past, but you would never know that if you first looked at the Citys own preservation website, www.Preservation.LaCity.org.Heres a great link from that website to a brochure on Caring for Your Historic Home: http://preservation.lacity.org/files/HPOZ%20Rehabilitation%20Guide_0.pdfPerhaps one reason the Office of Historic Resources, a part of the Department of City Planning, appears to have its act together is because the former head of the Los Angeles Conservancy, Ken Bernstein, is now the Manager.

Also on the website is a list of all the Historic Preservation Overlay Zones in the City as well as a list of proposed HPOZs.Another link is Search for a Property, http://www.preservation.lacity.org/statuswhich gives instructions how to research possibly historic properties through the City's websites.Stucco Brochure

To complement that website, I offer you the Should I Stucco My Wood Frame House?brochure that I had updated a few years back.

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