Year in Review: The Places I’ve Gone

Before I fully dive into the new year, I always reflect on the last one, listing  accomplishments, milestones, challenges, disappointments, etc. While these reflections  remain private, I did want to document here some of the historic and/or notable places I moved through this year. This is definitely not an exhaustive list but just a few highlights to remind myself how I spent my 2018.

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Built in 1875, Rapp Saloon was the first brick structure in Santa Monica and was designated a historic landmark 100 years after it was built. More info via the Santa Monica Conservancy: http://www.smconservancy.org/property/rapp-saloon/ 

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Celebrated the 100th anniversary of DTLA’s Million Dollar Theatre a few days early at the annual “Night on Broadway” on January 27, 2018. The historic theatre opened on February 1, 1918.

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Ten months have passed and I’m still heartbroken about the closing of the Caravan Book Store in February 2018. When Leonard announced he was closing, I made many trips to soak up as much history as possible.

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My first time eating at this historic restaurant, which originally opened in 1931. More about El Coyote: http://elcoyotecafe.com/about/

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Los Angeles City Hall was not the only city hall to celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2018. San Pedro’s old City Hall was also built in 1928. https://preservation.lacity.org/san-pedro-municipal-building-hcm-732-san-pedro

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Couldn’t resist photographing La Placita Church with this low-rider posing in front of it in March. When the driver saw me with camera, he smiled and turned on his hydraulics.

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It only took me three years but I finally made it to The Broad.

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Celebrating the 90th anniversary of Los Angeles City Hall in April from atop City Hall with the new book about this historic landmark.

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Having a birthday donut at my local landmark the Donut Hole.

Santa Anita Race Track - Art Deco

I try to visit the Santa Anita Race Track once a season as it has one of the best views of the San Gabriel Mountains.

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In May, the Arboretum Library hosted its first Party in the Stacks. I absolutely love this library!

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A spring-time peek at the construction of Metro’s Regional Connector.

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Felt like a giant over this miniature version of Hollywood, which was on display at Hollywood Heritage.

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Celebrated the life of surfer Nick Gabaldon at the historic Ink Well in Santa Monica.

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In June, the historic Pascual Marquez Family Cemetery (established in 1839) was dedicated in Santa Monica.

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Union Station’s Train Fest in July.

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Enjoyed a rare visit to Disneyland & California Adventure and was fascinated (and a bit pained) by the recreated LA landmarks.

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In August, the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society hosted an open house at the Waffle House (built in 1889).

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The August view atop the Metropolitan Water District in La Verne.

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Kayaked the Los Angeles River in August (near Sepulveda Basin).

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Celebrated Biddy Mason’s 200th birthday in August.

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Visited Route 66 at the Los Angeles County Fair in September.

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The golden spike was driven on Lang Station on September 5, 1876. I happened to be passing through this site on its 142nd anniversary.

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Stayed at the Benicia Hotel while in the California Delta. This stained glass window commemorates the fact the Benicia was briefly the capitol of California from 1853-1854.

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Loved driving over all the bridges along the California Delta!

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Spent an afternoon researching at the California State Library.

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Paid my respects to the California State Capitol.

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Ate dinner right next to an old mine shaft at the Smith Flat House, built in 1853 in Placerville, California.

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Spent a warm September afternoon looking for gold. ☺️

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Started my 10-hour road trip home by driving toward Highway 395, past South Lake Tahoe.

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On that long drive home, I stopped by Mary Austin’s house in Independence the day after what would’ve been her 150th birthday (she was born September 9, 1868).

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When I went to visit an old friend on Dilling Street, I never thought I would also visit the Brady Bunch house.

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Kicked off the 100th birthday celebration of the Los Angeles Philharmonic on September 27, 2018.

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Later that night of September 27, 2018, I also celebrated the 100th birthday of Jazz legend Gerald Wilson at the Catalina Jazz Club.

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Celebrated LA at the Philharmonic & CicLAVia’s joint street party on September 30, 2018. Music & whimsy were everywhere.

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Attended the 25th anniversary of the reopening of the Los Angeles Public Library because that is one of my favorite buildings in the city.

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Can’t believe I had never been to the historic Smoke House in Burbank!

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Seeing the Triforium come alive was definitely one of my October highlights. Kudos to the Triforium Project team!

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Toasted to El Cholo on its 95th anniversary. Here’s to 95 more!!

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I did not attend Los Angeles High School, but it felt like I did after finishing a project related to the first high school in Los Angeles.

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Bittersweet to say goodbye to one of the landmarks of my Echo Park childhood. While I will deeply miss this theater and its location, the folks who now manage the Bob Baker Marionette Theater have such grand plans that I smile at its future.

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Spent the last night of 2018 with a couple of my favorite people at the Descanso Gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

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