Time Capsule Tuesday: The City of Industry’s Acquisition of La Casa Nueva, December 1975

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Although the Workman House and El Campo Santo Cemetery were sold by the Brown family, owners and operators of El Encanto Convalescent Hospital, in fall 1963, the purchase by the City of La Casa Nueva was not completed for another dozen years.  The reason appears to have been about finalizing a... Continue Reading →

Time Capsule Tuesday: The City of Industry’s Acquisition of the Homestead, 1963

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Much of the content of posts in the last year commemorating the 60th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Industry has focused on reports and documents outlining the early history and planning of the city, especially after 1963 when the seven-year old city intensively moved into long-term planning. A... Continue Reading →

No Place Like Home: An Exuberant Mission Revival Home in Los Angeles, 1909

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As a complement of sorts to yesterday's post about the strange, but interesting Mission Revival temporary structure built in front of a Los Angeles store for a decoration contest for the La Fiesta de Los Angeles/La Fiesta de Las Flores festival in 1905, here's another notable artifact from the Homestead's collection,... Continue Reading →

Through the Viewfinder: La Fiesta de Los Angeles Decoration Contest Prize Winner, 1905

by Paul R. Spitzzeri One of the more curious aspects of late 19th and early 20th century greater Los Angeles was the romanticizing of pre-American California, sometimes called Spanish Fantasy Heritage, that not only engulfed the region, but spread beyond it.  The most popular form of this movement was the publication of Helen Hunt Jackson's... Continue Reading →

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