“This Scene of Magic Beauty”: A Photograph of Inglewood, 24 June 1908

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As greater Los Angeles experienced its first significant and sustained period of growth and development during the late 1860s through mid 1870s, one of the many townsites subdivided and put up for sale was Centinela.  The company that created the project featured F.P.F. Temple as its president and the site was... Continue Reading →

Sharing History on Double Duty at the Homestead and in Chino Hills

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Baseball Hall of Famer and Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks once reportedly said, "It's a beautiful day—let's play two."  On those rare occasions like today, I could easily adapt the great infielder's quote and exclaim, "It's a beautiful day—let's give two talks." The first presentation was at the Homestead for customers... 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 →

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