Lost Landmarks

The Soul of the City: Blues, Belief and the Big Top at Inglewood Park Cemetery

After its first burial in 1906, the park quickly became the chosen resting spot for many of Southern California's early aristocracy.

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Hadley Meares is a writer, actress and singer who traded one Southland (her home state of North Carolina) for another. Her debut novel "Absolutely" is now available on Amazon.
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Pasadena the Beautiful: Blossoms in Bloom at the Original Busch Gardens

Pasadena the Beautiful: Blossoms in Bloom at the Original Busch Gardens

The ruins of the once world famous public gardens of Adolphus and Lilly Busch, of "Budweiser" beer fame, are scattered around Pasadena along the Arroyo Seco.
Barnsdall Art Park: Lofty Ambition Amongst the Olive Leaves

Barnsdall Art Park: Lofty Ambition Amongst the Olive Leaves

Behind the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House near Los Feliz lies a fascinating and complicated story, and at its center, a woman whose dreams were often dashed by bureauc ...
The House that Love (and Music) Built: The Hiner Home of Highland Park

The House that Love (and Music) Built: The Hiner Home of Highland Park

A cozy, enchanted cottage on a transitioning stretch of Figueroa Street in Highland Park has close connection to Sycamore Grove Park -- and to the famed composer John Phillip Sousa ...
Animal Behaviors: Japanese Village and Deer Park in Buena Park

Animal Behaviors: Japanese Village and Deer Park in Buena Park

The now defunct theme park was home to hundreds of animals, including a somersaulting bear, a roller skating macaw, and poker playing koi fish. Unfortunately, many of them did not ...
The Fine Arts Building: Art, Artifice, and Illegal Operations in L.A.'s Commercial Cathedral

The Fine Arts Building: Art, Artifice, and Illegal Operations in L.A.'s Commercial Cathedral

Art clubs, luxury shops, and oil corporations have all occupied the intricately detailed spaces of the 1926 Fine Arts Building in downtown L.A.
Sign of the Times IV: Sensation, Scandal and Salvation at Westlake Theater

Sign of the Times IV: Sensation, Scandal and Salvation at Westlake Theater

Next to the bustling MacArthur Park, the once vibrant interiors of the Westlake Theater are now silent. But all around it, there is life.
We Shall Never Know: Murder, Money and the Enduring Mystery of Greystone Mansion

We Shall Never Know: Murder, Money and the Enduring Mystery of Greystone Mansion

Now a public park, the stone-faced Tudor mansion is a palace of dreams and illusions that was once the site of a double murder, involving one of the city's most prominent families.
In a State of Peace and Tranquility: Campo de Cahuenga and the Birth of American California

In a State of Peace and Tranquility: Campo de Cahuenga and the Birth of American California

Every day busy Californians drive right over the spot where the first steps toward American statehood were taken many moons ago.
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