A Cleared Lot


They have almost completely cleared the 27, 762 SF lot that is 6505 Columbus. The property once held a single family house, constructed in 1937. One of the owners was a production manager and second unit director, Cliff Broughton, Sr. On November 14, 1949, Mr. Broughton's son, Cliff Jr. was piloting the 136- foot-long schooner…

Kester Square: Bassett St/1950


With no down payment, for $44.50 a month, you could buy a brand new, 2 bedroom, 1 bath home in Van Nuys in 1950 starting at $7,950.00 ($83,033.63 today). Kester Square, a little pocket of 37 new single-family residences, was quickly erected in a few months and planted on old farmland just steps from Kester…

John Lautner in Sherman Oaks (1950)


  Residence of Louise Foster 4235 Las Cruces Drive Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, 1950. Designed by John Lautner. Credit: USC Digital Archives. SaveSave

Royal Oaks, 1950


Browsing through the archives of the Huntington Library, I came across a set of photographs by Maynard Parker. They depict the inside and outside of a new home, one of 119 in a 100-acre development called Royal Oaks, south of Sepulveda, near Ventura, in 1950. Back then there was no 405, no 101. Sepulveda Blvd.…

Van Nuys Blvd. at Friar, Van Nuys, CA, 1950


Here is a great old photograph of Van Nuys Blvd at Friar St. in 1950. In 1950, there was still diagonal parking along the boulevard, an arrangement that helped to create a sense of enclosure and neighborliness.   Some of the signs along the street were Whelan Drugs, Van Nuys Stationery Store and Bill Kemp Sportswear for…