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America’s Top Historic Hotels

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The storied Beverly Hills Hotel has long been an icon in Tinseltown—but now it’s an official landmark, too. The famed pink hotel was named the first historic landmark in the city of Beverly Hills in mid-2012. But it’s not the only hotel with this honor—a slew of hotels across the country have been officially designated landmarks from preservation groups because of their notable architecture and celebrated histories. Startle.com has highlighted some of the top historic hotels across the United States below—click on the slideshow for...

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A Brief History of Bridges in Los Angeles County

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by Nathan Masters on July 18, 2012 2:05 PM Early view of Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge, which opened in 1913 across the Arroyo Seco. Courtesy of the Photo Collection, Los Angeles Public Library. Though Los Angeles lacks a city-defining span like San Francisco’s Golden Gate, bridges nevertheless tame the Southern California landscape for freight trains, light rail vehicles, and millions of private automobiles. Today, drivers on freeways and arterial boulevards may not even notice as they glide above topographical...

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The San Antonio River Walk – A Short History of Preservation and Urban Renewal

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San Antonio, the city of my birth, is one of the oldest cities in the State of Texas. Founded in 1691 along the banks of what would be known as the San Antonio River, the city is famous for the Alamo, its Latin American culture and the River Walk. The history of the Alamo is well known to most but the history of the development of the River Walk is less so. It is a story of historical preservation, Great Depression Era work programs and one of the most successful urban renewal projects in the United States. The River Walk In the early 20th...

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Griffith Park’s Fern Dell selected for cultural preservation

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Fern Dell, a garden oasis of ferns, trees and picturesque bridges in Griffith Park, was selected Thursday as one of 14 historic American landscapes in urgent need of preservation. The Cultural Landscape Foundation, a Washington nonprofit that aims to increase awareness of historic landscapes, made the selection as part of an annual program to draw immediate attention to valuable but threatened spaces. Other California landscapes selected were Jack London Lake in Glen Ellen and the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden in Los Angeles. The Japanese...

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Historic Preservation TED Talk

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Reynolds Buick At The Cocoanut Grove

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  A Night at the Cocoanut Grove A great picture and a wonderful mystery for all you sleuths out there. From our files comes this photo of the Reynolds Buick Sales Team at a glamorous function. Everyone is beautifully dressed- the ladies in evening wear, the gentlemen in suits and ties. According to Chris Nichols at Los Angeles Magazine, the setting is none other than the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub at the landmark Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Blvd. The bottles of alcohol on the tables suggest an evening function. The Ambassador was down...

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1993 :: LAUSD abandons the eminent domain proceedings and uses returned deposit to acquire the sites for Belmont Learning Complex

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L.A. District May Forfeit $20 Million : Education: State panel votes to withhold some money earmarked for high school site if deal for Ambassador Hotel is scuttled in favor of cheaper land. Officials want to keep savings for eventual use. September 23, 1993|SANDY BANKS and JERRY GILLAM | TIMES STAFF WRITERS SACRAMENTO — The state’s school construction funding board voted Wednesday to force the Los Angeles Unified School District to forfeit $20 million if the district abandons its plan to build a high school on the site of the...

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1968 :: Eartha Kitt and the Vietnam war controversy

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During the height of her popularity, Eartha Kitt was invited to the White House by President Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson. She joined Lady Bird Johnson, along with several other prominent ladies for a discussion on the Vietnam war. Kitt became irritated when the women skirted the subject, instead, discussing on how to beautify America. When she took the floor, she said as much. “I think we have missed out on something here today, I thought the question was about the Vietnam war and why is there so much juvenile delinquency on the...

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HOTEL CALIFORNIA: Dana Goodyear on the Ambassador Hotel (New Yorker, ‘05)

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HOTEL CALIFORNIA: Dana Goodyear on the Ambassador Hotel (New Yorker, ‘05) by Dana Goodyear (4174 words) (Originally published in The New Yorker. Compilation copyright (c) 2005 The Conde Nast Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)The western entrance to the Ambassador Hotel, an H-shaped nineteen-twenties Spanish Revival that occupies a twenty-three-acre parcel on Wilshire Boulevard, is a monumental porte-cochere. Thick columns, banded with green, yellow, and shell-pink tiles, support a crown of flagless flagpoles and a simple...

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