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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.

About the Author

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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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.
What Lies Beneath: The Many Mysteries of Pioneer Cemetery

What Lies Beneath: The Many Mysteries of Pioneer Cemetery

Established in 1874, the second ever burial ground in the Valley now has only 13 or 14 gravestones, and volunteers have put in thousands of hours attempting to piece together the t ...
The Hotel of Mirth: Pasadena's Castle Green

The Hotel of Mirth: Pasadena's Castle Green

At Castle Green, one's imagination is apt to run wild.
The Catalina Casino: The Magic Isle's Art Deco Pleasure Palace

The Catalina Casino: The Magic Isle's Art Deco Pleasure Palace

There's a feeling that the party has passed its grandeur at the landmark structure built by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, as the centerpiece of his dream resort on Avalon Ba ...
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