Aug 19-21 - Queen Mary Art Deco Festival

America/Los Angeles


Event schedule has been posted.

Jul 17 - Lecture on Chinese Exotic Architecture of the Art Deco Era and THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN

07/17/2016 2:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Chinese Exotic Architecture of the Art Deco Era / THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN


East meets West and North meets South in this survey of Chinese exotic architecture in California during the Art Deco era. Author and Art Deco Society of California Preservation Director Therese Poletti will give an illustrated presentation on Chinese motifs as a form of exotica in architecture and design in the Golden State. Works by several forward-thinking California architects will be discussed, including Julia Morgan, Timothy Pflueger and Raymond Kennedy, along with comparison photos of Chinese architecture from Beijing and Shanghai. The golden era of the Chinese American nightclub in San Francisco and Sid Grauman figure in. Hollywood’s dragon-adorned Nirvana Apartments will also be explored, as well as the Art Deco office of prominent Los Angeles immigration attorney Y.C. Hong - one of the pioneers of the “new” Chinatown in 1938 (presented by his granddaughter Celeste Hong) and much more. Some period color footage of Los Angeles' Chinatown, shot by Y.C. Hong will be included in the presentation along with some photos of his office interior.

Followed at 3:30 PM by:

1933, Sony Repertory, 88 min, USA, Dir: Frank Capra

One of Frank Capra’s greatest films, this complex love story between an American missionary (Barbara Stanwyck) and her Chinese captor (Nils Asther) is a haunting masterpiece. Subtle and deeply mysterious, it presents Stanwyck at her best and Capra at his most provocative, with an interracial romance that is both moving and challenging.

May 20 - Avalon Ball On Catalina Island - Early Bird Tickets Now on Sale

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


Photos from our 2015 Avalon Ball

Have a look at photos from our 2015 Avalon Ball
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Spotlight on the Hollywood Redwine Building Landmark Nomination Process

The ADSLA Committee for Preservation Advocacy is pleased to announce that the Judge Redwine Building has passed its most important step towards Historic Cultural Monument (HCM) designation. At its meeting on February 4, 2016, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted to approve monument status for the building. 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.

The owner’s intentions remain unclear and they did not speak at the hearing. The next step in the process is for the Commission’s approved nomination to go before the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) subcommittee of the City Council for approval (sometime in the next 90 days or so). Once approved at PLUM, it will then go before the full council for final approval. Normally at this point, the Commission’s recommendation is approved as a consent item unless the owner has serious objections. The ADSLA will continue its ongoing outreach efforts with Councilman O’Farrell’s office to ensure passage.

ICADS - International Coalition of Art Deco Societies

The International Coalition of Art Deco Societies ICADS - Institutional Dues Payment

Note: This site is for organizations - the Art Deco Societies and other preservation organizations around the world, to pay their membership dues to ICADS. Individuals are asked to join their own local organizations.

The ADSLA Book Club

ImageWhich do you think is better, The Thin Man movies with William Powell and Myrna Loy, or the original book by Dashiell Hammett? Join us for a lively discussion on Facebook as we debate the merits of both. The ADSLA Book Club is designed to chat about books online—and maybe get together three or four times a year to continue the conversation. We aim to have fun and to choose novels from the Deco Era that reflect the times but are not too “ed-ju-ma-cational,” as they would have said in the Roaring Twenties. 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.

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