“The Glad Tidings” of War’s End with “The Arcadian Observer,” United States Army Balloon School, Arcadia, 16 November 1918

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The First World War, which the Homestead commemorated in 2017 and 2018 for the centennial of the participation of the United States in the horrific four-year conflict from 1914-1918, featured a short-lived, but notable, innovation in reconnaissance of troop movements, camp positions and other field operations during the conflict. This was... Continue Reading →

No Place Like Home: “Real Estate Offerings” from Pacific States Auxiliary Corporation, 15 November 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri A major issue in our region is the high cost of housing, with demand outstripping supply and rents and sale prices of dwellings rising over recent years to levels that increasingly are unaffordable for more people.  While the state has responded by calling for more building of apartments and houses, concerns... Continue Reading →

Programmatic Architecture with the Zulu Hut, Studio City, 13 November 1925

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Among the many whimsical crazes or fads to be found in the 1920s, one of the more interesting was the rise of programmatic architecture, also called novelty, mimetic, or roadside vernacular architecture—that is, buildings in the shape of objects.  Whether this was the Brown Derby restaurant, ice cream shops shaped like... Continue Reading →

Honoring Our Veterans: Sergeant Willliam Workman Temple, 4th Artillery Regiment, U.S. Army, 1880-1884

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As we remember our veterans on this day, which was initially Armistice Day marking the end of the First World War, we recognize the service of another member of the Temple family, William Workman Temple (1851-1917).  He was the subject of a "Portrait Gallery" post here back in July 2017, which... Continue Reading →

Through the Viewfinder: Vista Del Mar, the Albert G. Bartlett Estate, Hollywood, 1908

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the first year of the 20th century and as a new growth and development boom shook greater Los Angeles, one of many areas in which suburbanization radiated out from downtown Los Angeles was Hollywood.  In the first decade of the century, several prominent figures had large estates in the community,... Continue Reading →

Read All About It in “The Valley Beautiful Magazine,” November 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri For a brief period in the mid-1920s, the Valley Beautiful Association made substantial efforts to bring attention to the San Gabriel Valley through beautification, promotion, events and a publication, this latter known as The Valley Beautiful Magazine and which was described as a "Pictorial Historical Magazine" and "devoted to the beautification of... Continue Reading →

On This Day: A Letter from Thomas W. Temple II to Walter P. Temple, 8 November 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Just after the royalty checks started arriving from the first oil well on the Temple lease at the Montebello field in summer 1917, Walter and Laura Temple began sending their four surviving children (a daughter died in infancy) to local private schools.  Within a couple of years, eldest child, Thomas W.... Continue Reading →

Striking a Chord: First Century Families and the Centennial of the Founding of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In 1939, Mary Foy, the first woman head librarian for the City of Los Angeles, and Charlotte Workman Masson, a grand-niece of Homestead founders William and Nicolasa Workman, launched First Century Families, an organization composed of descendants of those who lived in the City of Angels during its first century from... Continue Reading →

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