History | Historic Los Angeles

The History Los Angeles Has Lost to the Pandemic

The city is opening up, but here are some landmarks and treasures that we miss already.

Architecture & Interior Design | Threatened History & Preservation

LA’s Historic Firestone Tire Building Is Reborn

After four long years, the fully restored Mid-Wilshire streamline moderne building reopens today with craft beer and tacos

Miscellaneous | Los Angeles Stuff

Vienna Pastry Makes Good On Its Threat, Is Now Permanently Closed | What Now Los Angeles

Vienna Pastry last week warned it would have to close its Santa Monica doors of 65 years for good if it did not quickly receive a cash infusion to pay down...

Entertainment | The Hometown

Show Your Love for Miceli’s, a Legendary Hollywood Eatery – NBC Los Angeles

The famous Italian restaurant, which also has a location in Universal City, just launched a fundraiser. Also? You can buy meals for local ICU workers.

Entertainment | The Hometown

Miceli’s Italian Restaurant, Hollywood’s Oldest, Issues Funds Plea – Deadline

Miceli's Italian Restaurant, Hollywood's Oldest Pizzeria, Issues Fundraising Plea For Help

History | Historic Los Angeles

So Long, Sears. What Comes Next For These Empty Architectural Behemoths?: LAist

In Boyle Heights, the nine-story, Art Deco store that started it all is a strange mix of bustling commerce and yawning, empty space.

Food & Drink | LA Spots

Inside El Cholo: How the old-school Mexican restaurant thrived in LA for almost a century

Eighty-seven-year-old Ron Salisbury is the keeper of tortilla culture in Southern California by both pedigree and life experience.

Miscellaneous | Things To Do: Los Angeles

Pink’s Hot Dogs reopens nearly 5 months after closing due to COVID-19 | KTLA

After its first closure in 80 years, Pink’s Hot Dogs reopened late Wednesday morning. The iconic Hollywood hot dog stand nestled along La Brea Avenue has been closed since March 15 because of the novel coronavirus. It will begin operating with modified ho

Entertainment | The Hometown

Get Involved, Internet: Help save the Troubadour, which is struggling to stay afloat in lockdown

The last band to grace the stage of West Hollywood’s iconic Troubadour was Glass Animals, who headlined a packed gig on March 11. Since then, the venue that helped propel Elton John to stardom has been shuttered, and the reopening plan laid out by Gover

Miscellaneous | Places You Can Still Go

As Insurance Claims Are Denied, Classic L.A. Restaurants Are Struggling to Weather the Pandemic

Beloved local haunts report they won't see a dime from their insurers, but Musso & Frank Grill is fighting back

Entertainment | The Hometown

Musso & Frank's Kept 84 Employees on Payroll as the Restaurant Took 'Six-Figure' Losses

In March, Musso and Frank;s was forced to temporarily close its doors for the first time ever. Now it's being closely watched by the Los Angeles small-business community as a harbinger of what could happen to their own insurance claims. The restaurant fil

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

8 Places From Southern California's Past That We Will Never Stop Missing

These destinations may no longer exist in Southern California, but that sure doesn't stop us from all the fond memories.

Entertainment | The Hometown

How coronavirus issued a stunning last call (for a while) for beloved LA watering holes, from Formosa Cafe to Casa Vega

A reporter’s brief pub crawl Monday was more like a crawl through a ghost town of locked doors and empty rooms.

History | Historic Los Angeles

How Tarantino's Team Turned LA Back 50 Years For 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood'

A tour around the city with location manager Rich Schuler and production designer Barbara Ling

Architecture & Interior Design | Preservation Fails

10 L.A. Landmarks We Lost During the 2010s

Let’s take a moment to say goodbye to some historic places that we lost in the last decade

Miscellaneous | Places You Can Still Go

Crossroads of the World — Finding Lost Angeles

October 29, 1936 – “Tonight! Hollywood hails a new wonder.” Crossroads of
the World’s opening gala presented itself as a glamorous spectacle replete
with shopping, music and performances, and the attendance of international
film stars including several

History | Historic Los Angeles

“Picture Book: A Musso & Frank Tribute” on Vimeo

The Musso and Frank Grill has always been a beacon of light for literary Los Angeles. From Hemingway and Fitzgerald to Chandler and Bukowski, think of what’s…

History | Hollywood

On Its 100th Anniversary, Musso & Frank’s Grill Gets the Star Treatment

The venerable restaurant, an outpost of both Hollywood glamour and comforting camaraderie for a century, is honored on the Walk of Fame

Entertainment | Movies

Behind the Scenes of Quentin Tarantino’s New Homage to Hollywood

AD gets a first look at the sets of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and more

Food & Drink | Bars & Restaurants

First Look: L.A.'s Famed Formosa Cafe Debuts $2.4 Million Refresh | Hollywood Reporter

On June  28, L.A.'s storied Formosa Cafe returns after a two-year redo "to make it look almost exactly the same."

Food & Drink | Bars & Restaurants

Josiah Citrin and Hans Rockenwagner to Open a Throwback Steakhouse in Culver City - Eater LA

The former Frank Sinatra haunt gets new life

Entertainment | The Hometown

Rebellion and rock ‘n’ roll: The Sunset Strip in the ’60s

How go-go dancing teens—and the underage clubs that embraced them—turned the Strip technicolor.

Entertainment | The Hometown

The Brady Bunch house is for sale. Its broker expects an 'avalanche' — of lookers, at least

The Brady Bunch house in Colfax Meadows is on the market after 45 years.

History | Hollywood

Earl Carroll Theater — Finding Lost Angeles

Those famous words, "through these portals pass the most beautiful girls in the world," emblazoned in bright neon above Sunset Boulevard, once beckoned people from across Los Angeles to come to see one of the most glamorous shows the world had ever known.

Architecture & Interior Design | Threatened History & Preservation

The Academy Museum Is Restoring This 1939 Mid-Wilshire Landmark - Los Angeles Magazine

Here's what's happening at Wilshire and Fairfax

Food & Drink | Food

Stepping Back in Time at Rae’s – Palisades News

By Bob Vickrey Special to the Palisades News You’ve driven by it numerous times on Pico Boulevard, but like most Westsiders, you’ve probably never considered stopping for a meal at this old-fashion…

Food & Drink | Bars/Restaurants/Venues

LA's Best Dive Bars

There are times when you want to get dolled up and have a fancy night on the town. For us, those nights are few and far between so we love our local dive bars where we can ditch the lines, velvet ropes, and lists and just enjoy good music, ambiance, and,

Architecture & Interior Design | Threatened History & Preservation

UPDATE: Iconic Irish Pub Tom Bergin’s Reduces Hours, Future Uncertain - Los Angeles Magazine

After slashing staff, hours, and its food menu, it appears one of L.A.’s oldest bars is in jeopardy

Food & Drink | Bars/Restaurants/Venues

Craving nostalgia? Try one of these historic L.A. restaurants

Los Angeles architecture firm Armet and Davis designed the Googie-style Pann’s Coffee Shop for the Panagopoulos family in 1958. Featuring a sweeping roofline, stone walls, terrazzo floors, red leather booths and an animated neon sign, Pann’s has staye

Entertainment | The Hometown

Remembering Tower Records

The Legendary Past and Celluloid Future of Tower Records on the Sunset Strip   By Alison Martino Photo: Robert Landau It’s impo...

Architecture & Interior Design | Threatened History & Preservation

CBS Television City draws speculation about potential sale

For decades, audiences got to see the recording of iconic shows such as "The Price is Right" at CBS Television City, but now there are reports the property may be up for bid.

Entertainment | The Hometown

Finding Los Angeles: The Brown Derby

If it's just anyone, any place will do. If it's someone important, say, "Meet me at the Derby."

History | Historic Los Angeles

Coffee shop is taking over 1940s gas station in Koreatown - Curbed LA

The company’s founder says "the iconic 1940s Texaco Station will be celebrated and preserved to its original aesthetic as much as possible."

Architecture & Interior Design | Threatened History & Preservation

Tail O' the Pup: New Home for Hot Dog Icon | NBC Southern California

The Milton Black-designed frankfurter stand will soon go on display at the Valley Relics Museum in Chatsworth.

Architecture & Interior Design | Threatened History & Preservation

Hollywood’s legendary Formosa Cafe will get a full restoration from 1933 Group

The Idle Hour and Highland Park Bowl owners just might do the place justice

History | Downtown

The Century-Long History of Philippe’s and Its Famous French Dip Sandwich | KCET

For over a century, diners have been flocking to Philippe the Original to get a taste of its French dip sandwich, an iconic dish that is very much woven into the fabric of Los Angeles.

History | LA History

A Victorian Tourist's Photo Album Of Los Angeles, Circa 1894

The fledgling city was sold into being through real estate and railroad ads, which promised a paradise of health, beauty, and endless potential.

History | LA History

Peek Inside L.A.’s Lost Iconic Buildings

Alas, you can no longer party at Pickfair or the Garden of Allah. But you can relive L.A.'s glorious, debaucherous past by delving into these photos. Read more about these historic wonders here.

History | Historic Los Angeles

Old footage shows Angels Flight railway in its prime - Curbed LA

See the famous funicular through the decades in film clips showing the railway in its original location—at the intersection of Third and Hill streets.

Entertainment | Television/Film/Books

The Monster Mad Men Filming Map of Los Angeles

In the end, Don Draper didn't find inner peace in Los Angeles. He found it in Big Sur, and then immediately sold it, which basically adds up to the same thing. Throughout Mad Men, which ended this...

Miscellaneous | Places You Can Still Go

100 Places Where You Can Experience Retro Los Angeles

The city’s vintage charm is alive and well—if you know where to look

History | LA History

Musso & Frank Grill: The Story of An L.A. Icon

Discover the history of one of L.A.'s most iconic restaurants, Musso & Frank Grill: "We treat locals like celebrities and celebrities like locals."

Food & Drink | Food & Drink

70 years of the Apple Pan on Pico

The day the Apple Pan opened, on April 11, 1947, a neighbor brought flowers to crown the U-shape counter of the Pico Boulevard burger joint. Martha Gamble, now 87, daughter of the restaurant’s founders, Ellen and Alan Baker, remembers the day vividly.

Food & Drink | Food & Drink

10 OG Servers You Need to Know in Los Angeles

In this day of celebrity chefdom, the geniuses behind the stoves seem to get all the glory, but it's the servers who are often the face of the dining room. LA, perhaps more than other cities, is known for having a rotating cast of budding actors, comedian

History | LA History

Santa Monica Sears could become big mixed use project

The landmarked 1947 building would be repurposed as creative offices and retail space.

History | Hollywood

Schwab's Pharmacy: The Hollywood Hopeful Hangout | KCET

"I drove down to headquarters. That's the way a lot of us think about Schwab's. Kind of a combination office, coffee klatch and waiting room. Waiting, waiting for the gravy train."

History | LA History

Neon Piece of Rock 'N' Roll History Going Up for Auction

A bright neon piece of rock 'n' roll history is going up for auction — a marquee from the legendary Los Angeles club, Whisky a Go Go. The 13-foot sign, with letters alight in bright pink, adorned the West...

History | LA History

New details emerge about plans to salvage the shuttered Formosa Cafe

What can and can’t be done and when this all might happen.

History | LA History

L.A. vs. the Saloons

To many in the late 19th century, saloons were an unwelcome reminder that the City of Angels did not always live up to its name.

History | Los Angeles History

Photos: Many L.A. Boulevards Began as Trolley Lines

Why are there two San Vicentes? Look to the boulevards' origins as electric railway lines.

History | LA History

This Vintage Bob’s Big Boy Training Film Is a 1940s-Era Treasure

Recently unearthed footage shows the day-to-day of a carhop when drive-ins were at their peak

History | LA History

Uncovering a Secret Gem From the Aquarius Theatre

Alison Martino unearthed a relic outside the club where Jim Morrison recorded “Absolutely Live”

History | Beverly Hills & Midtown

The Fish Shanty and old Kooky World of La Cienega | Alison Martino's "Vintage Los Angeles"

La Cienega and Beverly Boulevard used to be a playful pocket of themed eateries, amusement parks, and nightclubs

Entertainment | The Hometown

Tour Los Angeles during its ‘Golden Age of neon’

A new book features hundreds of vintage photos of LA’s best neon signs

History | Historic Los Angeles

The Tropicana Motel’s Totally Rocking Heyday - Los Angeles Magazine

Joan Jett and the Ramones checked in and out of the West Hollywood hangout. Tom Waits called it home

History | Historic Los Angeles

5 Eateries Where Hollywood Legends Were Made

While you can’t catch a glimpse of Old Hollywood icons like Mae West or Cary Grant strolling down Rodeo Drive, their legacy lives on at these beloved restaurants, where Tinseltown’s brightest stars have been dining for decades. Here, five L.A. spots to dine like royalty from Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Architecture & Interior Design | Threatened History & Preservation

The Home Where Walt Disney Founded His First Studio Is Set to be Demolished - Los Angeles Magazine

New Owners Seek to Replace the Classic Craftsman Bungalow Where the 22-Year-Old Animator Started His Career

History | Downtown

A Split-Screen Tour of Los Angeles, Seventy Years Ago and Today - The New Yorker

A short film by Keven McAlester examines the streets of downtown Los Angeles’s Bunker Hill, past and present.

History | Historic Los Angeles

The Southern Californian: Six Southern California Things We Will Never See Again

LOS ANGELES - As we get older many of us find ourselves looking back more often and wonder, "Remember when 'that' used to be there?" For plenty of us who grew up in Southern California there is surely becoming more of "that," which is no longer here anymore.

History | Beverly Hills & Midtown

Time Frame: The Beverly Hilton 58 Years Ago and Now

The hotel’s famous catering manager, Fred Hayman, was unimpressed with Conrad Hilton’s modernist venture when he came to work at the Hilton in 1954

History | The Beach

Time Frame: Malibu’s Paradise Cove 54 Years Ago and Today - Los Angeles Magazine

Remember the Pendletones? Neither do most Beach Boys fans. That was the group’s name early on—a nod to the flannel shirts the heart-throbs were fond of wearing, as they did at this session with photographer Ken Veeder

Architecture & Interior Design | Googie

Remembering Ships, L.A.’s Out-of-This-World Coffee Shops

With their boomerang-shaped roofs and futuristic neon signs, Ships Coffee Shops were impossible to miss. Inside, the small chain dished out American favorites, but the diners’ exteriors were otherworldly; they looked like UFOs!

History | Downtown

Vintage Los Angeles Founder, Alison Martino remembers Clifton’s

Clifton's Cafeteria is reopening in downtown Los Angeles. Alison Martino shares her memories of going to Clifton's as a child.

Architecture & Interior Design | Threatened History & Preservation

18 of Your Favorite Classic L.A. Places That Are About to Disappear - Los Angeles Magazine

A wide range of historic places, from the interior of the Formosa Cafe to Frederick's of Hollywood are fading into history this summer

Architecture & Interior Design | Threatened History & Preservation

Endangered Spaces: 12 Historic Buildings in Los Angeles Under Threat - Los Angeles Magazine

Hundreds of historic buildings throughout this county are threatened by causes ranging from abandonment to mansionization. These 12 are the ones keeping me up at night. Some are amazing marvels hidden behind board-up, some are tiny treasures versus development pressures, and some are just coolness owned by people who don’t care about coolness. They all add to our city’s history.

History | Los Angeles History

11 Los Angeles secrets you didn't know existed

Including invisible oil derricks, underground prohibition tunnels, and

Food & Drink | Food

Hollywood's Longest-Standing Bartender Has 86'd More Celebrities Than You

We spoke to the longest-standing bartender in Hollywood about his ethos on slinging dry martinis, 86ing movie stars, And DD’ing For Charles Bukowski.

History | The Sunset Strip

When Rock 'n' Roll Loomed Large Over the Sunset Strip - Neatorama

Rock ’n’ roll billboards flourished on the Sunset Strip from the late 1960s to the early ‘80s. Music videos weren’t yet a thing, and a hand-painted billboard, paid for by the record company, was a sign that a band h

News | Interesting Stories

Exclusive: The New Owner of Norms Reveals His Plans For the Legendary Site - Los Angeles Magazine

Jason Illoulian is open to the chain restaurant staying put. His architect would rather say goodbye

History | Beverly Hills & Midtown

The Story Behind L.A.’s Coolest Looking Gas Station - Los Angeles Magazine

Jack Colker’s 76 Station has been nominated for landmark status. Here its designer, Gin Wong, weighs in

History | The Beach

Alison Martino's "Vintage Los Angeles": What Third Street Promenade used to look like

This modernist outdoor space was once home to Sears and Woolworth’s ($11.98 for a pair of Wallaby’s!) plus dozens of mom-and-pop shops, which made it unique. The list of smaller businesses included Kress’, Lerners, Hartman’s, Bartons Candy Store, Leeds", The Smuggler, The Silver Cup Diner, Nana’s, Texas Records...

History | Downtown

The Quest to Save LA's Century-Old Batchelder Tile Masterpiece

On the ground floor of a run-down, four-story building at 217 West Sixth Street in downtown Los Angeles, on the block between South Broadway and South Spring, is one...

Miscellaneous | Resources

Los Angeles Conservancy | Preserving & Revitalizing Greater Los Angeles' Architectural Heritage

The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County.

Architecture & Interior Design | Googie

L.A. to consider preservation of Googie-style Norms on La Cienega - LA Times

Fans of modern architecture are pushing to make the retro, angular building that has long housed Norms on La Cienega Boulevard a historic and cultural monument, worried that the beloved '50s building could be at risk.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

NoHo's Barrel-Shaped Cafe Returns From the Dead in February - PreservationWatch - Curbed LA

Roll out the barrel! After a 44-year hiatus and a painstaking restoration, North Hollywood's distinctive Idle Hour Cafe, built in 1941, is once again ready for action. The New...

Food & Drink | LA Spots

Behind the Bartender: Michael Gotovac of Dan Tana’s - Los Angeles Magazine

Vintage Los Angeles’s Alison Martino sits down with the beloved barman to reflect on the landmark restaurant’s 50th Anniversary

Miscellaneous | Miscellaneous

This is What Third Street Promenade Looked Like Before the Gap Even Existed

What’s changed—and what hasn’t—about Santa Monica’s outdoor mall

History | Historic Los Angeles

Slide Show: Wild and Wonderful Concept Art from Long Lost L.A. Theme Park

Theme park designer Christopher Merritt and historian Domenic Priore dove deep to find never-before seen photos and incredible 1950s concept art for their new book Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’s Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier.

History | Historic Los Angeles

Laurel Canyon music, vibe moves to Grammy Museum

While the media were documenting the folk music renaissance Bob Dylan helped launch in New York's Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and the psychedelic scene that sprung from San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury District a few years later, Santelli said, mus

News | Interesting Stories

CityDig: When Santa Monica Airport Was Clover Field

Before “Cloverfield” was a monster, it was an airfield. As early as 1917, aviators were landing on a grassy runway perched atop a mesa just