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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 bureaucracy, difficult collaborators, and herself.

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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The Mulholland Memorial Fountain: A Grand Monument to a Man and Water

The Mulholland Memorial Fountain: A Grand Monument to a Man and Water

Unlike most of our stories, this one starts not with a beginning but with an ending: William Mulholland, the "father of the Los Angeles water system," died in 1935 after half a cen ...
Phil Spector's Pyrenees Castle: The Fairytale Castle that Became Home to a Nightmare

Phil Spector's Pyrenees Castle: The Fairytale Castle that Became Home to a Nightmare

From its inception, the castle was a building begging for a legend. Almost eighty years after its construction, it finally got its wish. And it got it in spades.
Family Plots: El Campo Santo Cemetery at the Workman-Temple Homestead

Family Plots: El Campo Santo Cemetery at the Workman-Temple Homestead

Believed to be one of the oldest private family cemeteries in Los Angeles, it went in and out of the hands of the Workman and Temple families before it was purchased by the City of ...
Bolton Hall: The Little Landers of Tujunga and the Boom and Bust of a Utopian Garden City

Bolton Hall: The Little Landers of Tujunga and the Boom and Bust of a Utopian Garden City

The 1913 structure in the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains was to be the center of a tight-knit community of small, co-operative farms which would be self-sustaining and environm ...
The James Oviatt Building: The Bespoke Brilliance and Pretension Behind an Art Deco Masterpiece

The James Oviatt Building: The Bespoke Brilliance and Pretension Behind an Art Deco Masterpiece

Born into humble circumstances, he had ascended to the heights of his time, until his vision of the world consumed him and limited his views of all that was possible.
Evergreen Cemetery: Snapshots of a Forever Changing Boyle Heights

Evergreen Cemetery: Snapshots of a Forever Changing Boyle Heights

African American, Japanese, Armenian, Mexican, Irish, French, Jewish, English, Scottish, Union, Confederate -- all are represented at this first privately operated cemetery in Los ...
The Lady of the Lake: The Depression Era Roots of Echo Park's Unofficial Patron Saint

The Lady of the Lake: The Depression Era Roots of Echo Park's Unofficial Patron Saint

She represents our country at its best and most unified, and looking out on the lawns filled with citizens of all nationalities and economic classes, it seems she couldn't have pic ...
From Hip Hotel to Holy Home: The Self-Realization Fellowship on Mount Washington

From Hip Hotel to Holy Home: The Self-Realization Fellowship on Mount Washington

How an Indian guru found his spiritual home in an abandoned hotel on top of Mount Washington in Northeast Los Angeles.
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