Read All About It With Clara Shortridge Foltz and “The New American Woman,” April 1916

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In 2002, the Criminal Courts Building, completed thirty years earlier in downtown Los Angeles, was renamed for the first female lawyer on the West Coast of the United States and the earliest proponent of an office of public defender: Clara Shortridge Foltz (1849-1934). This remarkable woman was a trailblazer in so... Continue Reading →

An “Oriental Imagination” for an “Acropolis of the Caucasian Race”: E.G. Lewis and the Palos Verdes Estates Project, 1921-1924

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Photos show a mild-mannered looking fellow with large glasses befitting a shy clerk more than an ambitious promoter with massive ideas and a talent for raising millions of dollars from investors.  E.G. Lewis, however, proved to be an incredibly complex figure, who managed to avoid too much legal jeopardy for about... Continue Reading →

Sharing History With Staff from the Chinese American Museum

by Paul R. Spitzzeri It was a pleasure today to welcome paid and volunteer staff members from the Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles to the Homestead.  The visit began with a presentation about artifacts in the museum's collection related to Chinese and Chinese-Americans in greater Los Angeles.  It noted a couple of connections between... Continue Reading →

No Place Like Home: The Residence of Edwin T. Earl, Los Angeles, ca. 1910s

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Last November, a "No Place Like Home" post here focused on the highly eclectic residence of the very powerful publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Harrison Gray Otis.  Otis' home, called "The Bivouac," was located on Wilshire Boulevard and his next door neighbor was friendly rival in the newspaper business, Edwin T.... Continue Reading →

Through the Viewfinder: Live Oak Canyon Dam, La Verne, 1925

by Paul R. Spitzzeri With its frequent years of low rainfall and drought punctuated by occasional intervals of heavy rains and significant flooding, greater Los Angeles' massive growth from the late 1880s onward, especially in the suburbs, increasingly forced local leaders to confront the question of flood control. Massive floods in the winter of 1913-14... Continue Reading →

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