WAHA E-News 9-1-2006

September on our minds - Jazz on the Avenues, Heritage Square Soiree, WAHA\'s Reception at USC.

By Laura Meyers

Sunday, September 3 7 - 11 p.m. Seventh Avenue (between Adams and 25th Street)

West Adams Avenues invites everyone to the neighborhood's Annual Free "Jazz In the Avenues" event on the Sunday before Labor Day. Swing to the sounds of

the Wendy Ryan Salsa All Stars and then the Michael King Trio. Bring your own tables, chairs, and/or blankets to sit on - plus a packed meal (or you can purchase tacos from a neighbor). The Avenues will provide some water, soda, and lemonade, but BYOB. Questions? Call Donna Jones, 323-734-6473.

Saturday, September 16 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. (Reservation Deadline: September 11) Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer Street (just off the Pasadena Freeway in Northeast L.A.)

You're invited to an elegant evening of cocktails, dinner, entertainment, and special guests at the circa 1875 Perry House in Heritage Square. The Victorians were noted for their elaborate social gatherings with gracious appointments and their pursuit of culture. This event will recall the Golden Era of formal home hospitality.

A living history museum reflecting the settlement and development of Southern California from the Civil War to the early 20th Century, Heritage Square Museum offers visitors a look into the everyday lives of Southern Californians at the close of the 19th Century. With this fundraiser, the museum hopes to raise much-needed funds for general operational support. Details are being finalized. Space for this exclusive event is limited. $150 per person. If you would like to receive an invitation, or reserve a place, please call 323-225-2700,

For more information, visit http://www.heritagesquare.org/


Does your historic house have a ghost, or two? WAHA is planning a special feature story for our ever-frightful October issue of the WAHA Matters newsletter. Please e-mail Editor Laura Meyers at lauramink@aol.com and tell us your story. Do you know who the ghost is? How does he or she manifest a presence? Any idea why your spirit hasn't passed on to the other side?

Saturday, September 9 2-5 p.m. University Religious Center, University of Southern California, 835 West 34th Street

WAHA fetes its members at a cool 1960s glass building on the USC campus at the organization's Membership Soiree and cocktail party reception. Eat, drink and learn about WAHA's committees and other volunteering opportunities, and upcoming projects and events. Plus: a gala awards presentation.

As part of this event, WAHA is also hosting a Walking Tour of Historic USC. Celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2005, the University of Southern California has a rich architectural, historical, and cultural heritage that mirrors that of Los Angeles itself. WAHA will visit:

* Doheny Memorial Library. After oil heir (and USC alum) Ned Doheny was tragically murdered in 1929, his parents, Edward L. and Estelle Doheny donated $1.1 million to erect a library named in their son's honor on the USC campus. The university hired Ralph Adams Cram, partner in the Boston-based firm of Cram and Ferguson, to design a magnificent Italian Romanesque style library.

* Bovard Administration Building. Designed by John and Donald B. Parkinson, the Bovard Administration Building was constructed in 1921 and named for USC's fourth president, George Finley Bovard. Original cost: $620,000. Inside is USC's oldest and largest auditorium, the Kenneth Norris, Jr. Auditorium. The

1,600-seat hall is now one of the oldest stage facilities still operating in the Los Angeles area. In addition to the auditorium, the building houses administrative offices.

* Seeley Mudd Memorial Hall of Philosophy. Mudd Hall was designed in 1930 by

Ralph Carlin Flewelling in the Northern Italian Lombardy Romanesque style, similar to adjacent university buildings. Its bell tower is 146 feet tall.

* Widney Building (Alumni House). Built in 1880, Widney was the first USC building. The two-story frame building was designed by architects E. F. Kysor and Octavius Morgan. The building has been moved several times. In the 1930s Lawrence Test made it into a "colonial-style" building by painting the building white and adding green shutters. In the 1970s it was restored and furnished in the style of the late 1800s.

More information about this event will be posted soon on WAHA's website, www.westadamsheritage.com. But do mark the date on your calendar, and join us on the 9th!


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