Posts by Marissa Gluck

We have a bad habit of wandering into unlocked buildings in our neighborhood that have "For Rent" signs out and look remotely historic. Walking the dog through West Hollywood, it's easy to stumble upon some hidden treasures, concealed behind high hedges or imposing gates. In just a few blocks near Crescent Heights, there is a wealth of historic properties for rent, with diverse architectural influences ranging from Spanish to Moroccan to Art Deco and Streamline Moderne. Many of these are landmarked, all of these are pricey. Let's take a look.

South L.A. isn't well known for its public art, with the exception of Watts Tower. But a site-specific work about to be unveiled at the Martin Luther King Center for Public Health, the first new building to open on the rehabbed Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center campus, may change that.

Yesterday we looked at the upcoming preview for the auction of Elizabeth Taylor's famous jewelry and art collection. While La Liz was never known for her understated appreciation of baubles and bling, the upcoming auction of Norwood Young's belongings make Taylor's taste look positively prim.

Elizabeth Taylor once claimed she had three true loves in her life: husband number three, Mike Todd; husband five (and six) Richard Burton; and jewelry. Before her death from congestive heart failure at the age of 79 in the spring, she had arranged with Christie's to auction off most of her belongings, including the legendary jewelry she acquired from seven marriages.

This Saturday (today for members!) marks the opening of LACMA's exhibit California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way," which will painstakingly re-create Charles and Ray Eames' living room. As the centerpiece of the exhibit, the contents of the Eames' living room – all 1,864 objects – have been moved to the museum for the full-scale replica.

With all the (well-deserved) hype around Pacific Standard Time, it's easy for some of the smaller design events to get overlooked this month. But October is also L.A.'s Architecture Month and the local AIA chapter is sponsoring a slew of local architecture events throughout the month. The purpose of the events is "to celebrate the built environment and bring awareness to the importance of design to the community at large" while also bringing together a diverse group or professional and public interest groups.

L.A.-based architects Craig Hodgetts and Hsin-Ming Fung are busy prepping LACMA's Resnick Pavilion (aka the "baby Piano") for the upcoming exhibit California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way." The show, one of five LACMA is hosting for the Pacific Standard Time initiative, is the first major study of California midcentury modern design.

Santa Monica is about to get an eco-friendly hotel option for travelers who want a little sustainable design with their sun, surf and sand. Owned by the Farzam family and designed by architecture firm Gensler, the Shore Hotel is scheduled to begin accepting reservations for October.

Here it is at last, Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio's long awaited ink., set to open tomorrow night in Los Angeles. While Angelenos have been enjoying Voltaggio's sandwiches next door at the more casual ink.sack for the last couple of months, this is his more upscale venture in fine dining (he previously helmed the stoves at The Bazaar and The Dining Room in The Langham in Pasadena.

It's that time of year again – when architects, urban planners, bike advocates, green activists, and more get together to celebrate park-itecture. Park[ing] Day, the annual worldwide event when parking spaces are transformed into parks, is tomorrow, Sept. 16th.