Pet Project: The Restoration of Wood Carvings in the Courtyard of La Casa Nueva, 28 February 1979

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The remarkable La Casa Nueva, the expansive (and expensive) home of the Temple family, built between 1922 and 1927, is notable for many features, including its mostly adobe construction, extensive use of Mexican and American tile and stained and colored glass, much carving in wood and plaster, and, particularly, the highly... Continue Reading →

Read All About It with Mabel Urmy Seares and “California Southland” Magazine, May 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri There are a number of well-known publishers and editors of magazines in greater Los Angeles history, including Charles F. Lummis of The Land of Sunshine, later Out West, and John Steven McGroarty of West Coast Magazine, to give a couple of examples. Women publishers and editors, however, were almost completely unheard of with the... Continue Reading →

A New Acquisition: A Decorative Tile by Pedro Sánchez of Puebla, Mexico, ca. 1920s.

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Almost two weeks ago, our general information email box contained a message from someone wanting information on Pedro Sánchez, a Mexican tile artist, because a hand-painted tile was donated to a Upstate New York thrift shop at which, Tasha Statham, the correspondent works.  The beautiful piece was assumed to have some... Continue Reading →

No Place Like Home: A Letter from La Casa Nueva Architect Roy Seldon Price, 14 September 1924

by Paul R. Spitzzeri When construction on La Casa Nueva started in 1922 after the Temple family returned inspired after a vacation in Mexico that summer, the concept for the house came from ideas generated by Walter and Laura Temple and put on butcher paper by Sylvester Cook, the contractor hired to do the construction... Continue Reading →

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