The Perfect House


Kay, Me and Larry, Woodland Hills, CA/ Feb 1993. In early 1993, I was visiting Larry and Kay, who lived in a beautiful home in Woodland Hills, south of Ventura, of course. They were around the corner from the last large orange grove in the San Fernando Valley. They were Hollywood people, who had moved out…

Clearing Up a Photo Mystery


I found a DWP  Collection photo from the 1920s that shows the Van Nuys office of “Wagner-Thoreson Co.” (a realty company) and a nattily attired man standing in front.  In the background is an estate on a large piece of land. A signpost reads: “Sherman Way” and “Lane St.” The photo had some information underneath which…

Not Van Nuys Blvd at Oxnard


Why not Van Nuys Bl. at Oxnard? On Architizer, an architectural website, I found a photo and description of a residential/commercial development built in Mountain Brook, AL in 2014. Pleasant, as all ideal architectural plans and photos are. But it also fired up an idea... Why couldn't buildings like this go on the NW corner…

Looking East For Ideas.


  On these torrid July days, when the temperature is 105 degrees, and a walk down Van Nuys Boulevard near the Orange Line Metro stop brings you face-to-face with people sprawled out on the sidewalk, living in tents, sleeping on dirt, it is instructive and bracing to think of other civilizations, such as Japan, where…

Walkable Places You Drive By.


  On the east side of Van Nuys Boulevard, south of Oxnard, there is a conglomeration of small shops. Signs advertise a Kirby Vacuum shop, Attorney Sandra Nutt, a Farmers Insurance office, PC Tech Computer Repair, Young Actors Space, and a Los Angeles Wedding Chapel. Angeleno Mortuary and Benjamin Moore Catalina Paint fill up the…

Bank of America at Haynes and Van Nuys Blvd.


Many are familiar with the large, architecturally impressive Bank of America at Haynes and Van Nuys Blvd. It was designed by Paul Revere Williams, a prominent architect who was also an African-American Angeleno. The bank was built in 1967 and features murals inside and out by artist Millard Sheets. In 1968, famed photographer Julius Shulman…