WAHA E-News 9-9-2005

Tea at the Gardens, Doheny Mansion Tours, Environmental Clearances, and more!

By Laura Meyers

Saturday, September 10 2 - 6 p.m. 4 - 5 p.m. Afternoon Tea Peace Labyrinth and Gardens at the Guasti Villa, 3500 W. Adams Blvd. (at 5th Avenue, a few blocks west of Arlington)

If you\'ve missed seeing the Guasti Villa/Busby Berkeley Mansion at prior events, or you have been there but are eager to return, here\'s your chance. Peace Labyrinth and Gardens is sponsoring an Open Saturday event, with a Special Afternoon Tea (donation: $8.00) featuring handmade sweets and savories, and organic Urth Caffe teas.

Although you may just walk in to enjoy the gardens, reservations are required for the Afternoon Tea. To reserve your spot, e-mail programs@peacelabyrinth.org, or call 323-737-4055 ext 127. Or, take advantage of Weekday Open Hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours start at 11 a.m., 12 noon, and 2 p.m. Buffet lunch is served at 1 p.m. ($5.00). Reservations required for both tour and lunch.

Saturday, September 17 10 a.m. Child Guidance Clinic, 3787 South Vermont Ave. The North Area Neighborhood Development Council N.C. is now meeting twice a month, on the first Thursday evening and the third Saturday morning of each month. At the next Governing Board meeting, NANDC will be discussing Engine House No.18, Bethune Library, street repairs, and proposals from the Youth Committee. If you have a public safety concern on your street, you are asked to bring it to the attention of the NANDC Neighborhood Council. (NANDC\'s boundaries are generally the 10 freeway on the north, the 110 on the east, Western on the west and Martin Luther King on the south.)

The internationally acknowledged Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is holding its annual conference in Los Angeles, October 19 - 23, 2005!
The conference will include lectures, tours of buildings by Wright, Neutra, Schindler, Lloyd Wright, and others, receptions, as well as opportunities to meet original Wright clients and building owners.

In recognition of their accomplishments and this conference the Los Angeles City Council has declared October 2005 Los Angeles Architecture Month. And, in turn, nearly two dozen historic preservation organizations, museums, and architecture-related groups are sponsoring additional events under the umbrella of "ArchiFest." West Adams Heritage Association will present a tour of Kinney Heights on Saturday, October 15 as part of ArchiFest. Visit the Building Conservancy\'s website for complete details about this and other events: www.savewright.org

You are invited to consider joining the Conservancy as a volunteer for the conference and tours. There are numerous opportunities for volunteers to participate in significant portions of the conference, as house docents, manning ("personing") the conference check-in and auction tables, as tour guides on busses, etc. Volunteers will be able to also attend some lectures and events that are part of the conference.

To volunteer, please contact Larry Woodin, Conference Co-Chair, at 206.901.0305 or by e-mail, ecohome@mindspring.com. He will forward information to help you explore the opportunities and benefits.

Saturday, October 15 Noon to 4 p.m. (Last ticket sold at 3 p.m.) $30 per person*

Explore Kinney Heights and Gramercy Park, and tour the interiors of architecturally-significant properties and Cultural-Historic Monuments representing a diversity of styles. The Kinney Heights neighborhood was developed in the first years of the 20th century by Abbot Kinney, and is now a part of the West Adams Terrace HPOZ. The Gramercy Park section was laid out by the famed landscape architecture firm of Olmsted & Olmsted, founded by Frederick Law Olmsted.
This tour is part of ArchiFest, a monthlong citywide celebration of Los Angeles architecture.

Enjoy a special piece of music composed Andrew Norman to honor Frank Lloyd Wright, performed by the musicians from The Definiens Project, at one of the historic properties on tour. The piece, "Light Screens," is for flute, violin, viola, and cello, and is inspired by various windows Wright created. Check-in on tour day at 2170 West 24th Street (one block south of the 10 Freeway between Western and Arlington). This is a self-guided walking tour (please wear comfortable shoes; no heels.)

For more information or to volunteer on the tour, please call 323-732-7767.

To purchase advance tickets, please make a check payable to "WAHA" and send it, along with your name, address, phone (required) and e-mail to:
WAHA Kinney Heights Tour 2171 West 24th Street Los Angeles, CA 90018

(* WAHA members, please use the flyer enclosed in your September WAHA Matters newsletter to purchase advance tickets at the special member rate of $20 per person. The member rate is only available with the flyer.)

Thursday, September 22 6 p.m. Pio Pico Span School, 1512 South Arlington (at Pico)

LAUSD is proposing the construction of a new 875-seat, 70,000-square-foot elementary school (Central Region Elementary School No. 13) in Arlington Heights on the south side of Washington Boulevard running west from approximately Arlington to 3rd Avenue (excluding the gas station).
One of the issues that any new school project must analyze is the condition of the soils and ambient air at the proposed site, and how that might impact a school\'s construction and operation. This particular site is adjacent to a gas station on its eastern boundary and an oil drilling site across from its western boundary.
A Draft Preliminary Environmental Assessment has now been prepared for this project, for review by the California Department of Toxic Substabces Control. Copies of the draft PEA can be reviewed at the Washington Irving Library (4117 West Washington Blvd.), Pio Pico School, or by downloading it from www.laschools.org.

LAUSD will hold a public meeting on Thursday, September 22 for interested people to attend and present their oral comments.
For more information on the PEA, contact Anthony Espinoza, LAUSD OEHS Project Manager, at 213-633-8805.

Saturday, October 8 (see schedule/reservations info below)
After two years of sold-out tours of the Doheny Mansion, a new season has been announced for tours during 2005 and 2006 of this legendary residence at Mount St. Mary\'s College in Historic West Adams. The tours will be given at 9, 9:45, 10:30, and 11:15 a.m. on the following Saturdays:

October 8, 2005 November 5, 2005 January 28, 2006 March 18, 2006 April 22, 2006 June 17, 2006 July 15, 2006 October 14, 2006 November 11, 2006
The home of oil baron Edward L. and Carrie Estelle Doheny for almost 60 years, the Gothic Renaissance-style Victorian mansion was designed by architects Theodore Augustus Elsen and Sumner P. Hunt in 1898. This well-maintained home boasts a marble-pillared great hall, the Pompeian Room with imported Siena marble and a Tiffany iridescent glass dome, furniture copied by permission of the Italian government from Pompeian furniture in a Rome museum, and much of the original furnishings in its other opulent rooms. Visitors will step back in time as they learn the history of this fascinating family, and the lifestyle of rich and famous Angelenos more than 100 years ago.

Docent-led groups limited to 20 people will visit the first floor of the Mansion and outside surroundings. The cost of the tour is $25 per person and reservations are a must. No children under 12, please.

Contact Angelic Rome at 213-477-2962 to book reservations or for further information. Proceeds will benefit the preservation of this historic residence.

We welcome your contributions to the WAHA E-News and West Adams Heritage Association\'s monthly publication, "West Adams Matters." Please understand that we do have deadlines. Material for the print newsletter should be submitted no later than the 1st of the prior month (i.e.: April 1 for the May issue). If your event is scheduled for early in a month, we suggest you request coverage for the prior month (i.e.: May issue for a June 3 event), because it\'s entirely possible that not all of our members will have received their newsletter by then (we do try hard…). We reserve the right to edit submitted material. For the WAHA E-News, we prefer to only send it out once or twice a month, circa the 5th and the 20th. Please don\'t wait until two days before an event to let us know about it. It may not be sent out. EXCEPTION: If you suddenly hear of an important city hearing or other public meeting that is important to West Adams, we will endeavor to send out a special bulletin. Submit your material to Laura Meyers, editor, lauramink@aol.com