May 20 - Avalon Ball On Catalina Island

05/20/2017 6:00 pm
05/20/2017 10:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Now in it's 15th year, the Avalon Ball is a fantastic journey into the past when Big Bands played for huge audiences which were broadcast to the nation in the Art Deco Casino Ballroom built in 1929 and located in the city of Avalon on Catalina Island. Completely restored just a few years ago, the ballroom retains its original romantic style--a lavish medley of rose-hued walls, an arching, fifty-foot ceiling with five Tiffany chandeliers, an elevated stage, raised seating areas around the dance floor, and a vintage, full-service bar in back. This magical night features an evening of dancing to music from the 1920s and 30s performed by Dean Mora & the Avalon Ball Dance Orchestra. Immerse yourself in glorious Deco opulence gliding across the 10,000 square foot dance floor surrounded by romantic ocean views.

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Volunteering for the ADSLA

Would you like to volunteer and get more involved in the ADSLA and all its activities?

We invite you to fill out the volunteer information form and let us know what interests you.

A representative of the organization will be in touch with you soon. If you have questions, please contact

Avalon Ball Related Activties

ImageThe Avalon Ball, the most spectacular Jazz Age ball in the world, does not stand in isolation. There are additional events leading up to and following the ball to enrich your Art Deco era experience.

Before the Avalon Ball Weekend

Afternoon Dance Workshops
Do you want to learn the free, easy and elegant dances of the Jazz Age? Walter Nelson, the producer of the Avalon Ball, is offering two workshops prior to the ball to get you ready for the dance floor. The first one will also include an introduction to what to wear to the ball and on the island. Both classes will make extensive use of old films and are very beginner friendly.

First workshop: Sunday April 23rd in Glendale:

Second workshop: Saturday May 13th in Glendale:

Recurring Dance Classes
The Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Pasadena is offering special Avalon Ball prep classes.
4pm Foxtrot, Waltz & Tango
5pm Charleston, Early Swing & Rumba
Couples and singles are welcome.
Each student can purchase in a drop in style at $12 per class or purchase the series for $45 per class. (if they want to take both classes (the 4pm & the 5pm) they can purchase both series for $80.
They can email for more info at or call at (626)797-4700

Spotlight on the Hollywood Redwine Building Landmark Nomination Process

The ADSLA Committee for Preservation Advocacy is pleased to announce that the Judge Redwine Building was declared a Historic Cultural Monument (LA HCM#1114) by the Los Angeles City Council on May 18, 2016. The ADSLA also wishes to thank our preservation partners the LA Conservancy and Hollywood Heritage who sent letters of support and spoke at the initial hearing in December of 2015.

As part of our mission, the ADSLA Committee for Preservation Advocacy has undertaken an effort to identify and nominate unique and noteworthy buildings of the Art Deco era that we feel are worthy of this designation. We have successfully landmarked the Firestone Tire Building, the Wilshire Professional Building and now the Redwine Building.

The Hollywood area is uniquely threatened with major development that is either under construction or in the planning stages. The Redwine Building though not directly threatened, will be impacted by the Crossroads of the World project. Our next monument candidate is the Hollywood Reporter Building on Sunset. This building is slated to be demolished as part of the Crossroads project. Our plan for 2017 is to nominate at least two new HCM’s. Because of the ongoing development in the area, one of these will likely be in Hollywood.

Stay tuned. We will keep members informed as this and other new nominations move forward. We will ask for your help if action is needed.

The ADSLA Book Club

ImageWhich do you think is better, "The Thin Man" movie with William Powell and Myrna Loy, or the original book by Dashiell Hammett?

Join us for lively discussions on Facebook as we debate the merits these and many other literary works of the Deco era. The ADSLA Book Club is designed to chat about books online— so feel free to post anything literary that interests you that falls into the years (roughly) 1920 - 1949.

We aim to have fun and to discuss works from the Deco Era that reflect that golden age of literary masterworks, pulp fiction, comic books, breezy mysteries, hilarious satire and so much more.

Check us out on Facebook!

Neighborhood Gems Hiding in Plain Sight: The Willing Workers Building

Deco Discoveries:

Neighborhood Gems Hiding in Plain Sight

Willing Workers 4801-13 Washington Boulevard

ImageImageSome buildings survive intact, and others are remodeled to an unrecognizable state, but few manage such a neat split as this building at 4801-4813 Washington Boulevard. The front of the building features simple lines and applied arches that look like midcentury modern, but walk around the corner, and wow! A perfectly gorgeous facade by S. Charles Lee, possibly the most celebrated theatre architect in California.

It was built in 1930 for Trabue Pittman Corporation, and the Los Angeles Times noted that space in the building had been leased to "the F.W. Woolworth Company, International Provision Company, a drug store and two shops." It was obviously a popular destination: In 1931, twenty chain-stores maintained branches on Washington Boulevard between Western and Rimpau.

Neighborhood Gems Hiding in Plain Sight: Venice Police Station, 1929

ImageAs a city grows and spreads, so does its need for hospitals, schools and jails. By 1928, the L.A. police chief was pleading for more officers, and Venice had grown large enough to justify its own jail and police station. It opened with little apparent fanfare in 1929, and the cells of the new building at 685 Venice Blvd. began to fill.

ADSLA Letter Opposing Alterations to Golden State Mutual Building - 9 July 2014

The letter below was sent by Rory Cunningham, of the ADSLA Preservation Committee, opposing proposed alterations to the historic Golden State Mutual building. Click on the letter for a larger view.

The ADSLA Preservation Committee Needs You!

ImageThe ADSLA is a small, all-volunteer organization and Los Angeles is a big city. Our Preservation Committee—averaging 4 to 6 people—has managed to do a lot with far too little time and manpower, but it’s not enough. If you have good ideas for how to preserve our Deco heritage and are willing to work hard to do it, please email

Our Events Committee, who are responsible for raising the money for everything we do, including our Bricks and Mortar grants to help preserve specific structures, could also use energetic volunteers. Many of our events do not add to ADSLA coffers because they are designed to raise money for a partner organization preserving a specific landmark, but the Events Committee works just as hard on those as they do on fundraisers for the ADSLA.

Statement from the ADSLA Regarding the Demolition of the Mole-Richardson Building

From the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles

After learning of the demolition of the Mole-Richardson building located at 900 N. La Brea, our president John Thomas reached out to city officials to determine how this wonderful Art Deco building could be demolished without any public notification or internal review by the Office of Historic preservation.

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