Lost Landmarks

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 Flood: St. Francis Dam Disaster, William Mulholland, and the Casualties of L.A. Imperialism

The Flood: St. Francis Dam Disaster, William Mulholland, and the Casualties of L.A. Imperialism

The 1928 failure resulted in one of the worst civic disasters in L.A. history.
Brand Park and the Gates of Miradero: The Strange Life of Glendale's First Family

Brand Park and the Gates of Miradero: The Strange Life of Glendale's First Family

Inside a pyramid-shaped tomb lays the man responsible for El Miradero, the Glendale palace built by a man just as odd as the park which bears his name.
Phantom Fast Lanes: Whitnall Highway and the Footprint of Best Laid Plans

Phantom Fast Lanes: Whitnall Highway and the Footprint of Best Laid Plans

The grand vision of one of L.A.'s first city planners included a highway that would have connect Hollywood to Newhall via a tunnel through Griffith Park.
The Gaylord Apartments: Luxury, Socialism, and L.A.'s First Failed Co-op

The Gaylord Apartments: Luxury, Socialism, and L.A.'s First Failed Co-op

Wilshire Boulevard's iconic Gaylord Apartments today represents more of the socialist ideal than Henry Gaylord Wilshire could have ever truly imagined.
The Many Lives of Fort Moore Hill: The Shifting and Shrinking of a Los Angeles Icon

The Many Lives of Fort Moore Hill: The Shifting and Shrinking of a Los Angeles Icon

This is a hill where the white man watched, where they built a fort, celebrated L.A.'s first Fourth of July, buried their dead, built their finest homes and newest schools, and end ...
Sarno's Pasticceria: Munchies, Music, and Murder in the Little Italy of Los Feliz

Sarno's Pasticceria: Munchies, Music, and Murder in the Little Italy of Los Feliz

Tragedy struck the bakery and "Opera Cafe" that served as the center of the Italian community in Los Feliz.
Pioneers, Politics, and Punches: Dan the Miner, Carthay Circle, and Dirty Dealings in the Golden West

Pioneers, Politics, and Punches: Dan the Miner, Carthay Circle, and Dirty Dealings in the Golden West

The legacy of Daniel "The Miner" McCarthy and his son J. Harvey lives on with a bronze monument and the neighborhood of Carthay Circle.
The Chateau Elysee: Scientology's Celebrity Centre Before it Went Clear

The Chateau Elysee: Scientology's Celebrity Centre Before it Went Clear

The glittering stories of the old Chateau, and the once scandalous myth of its origins and construction, have been subsumed into the now greater legend of the Church of Scientology ...
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