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Hancock Park leader Leonard Hill dead at 68

Hancock Park leader Leonard Hill dead at 68

The squire of the landmark La Casa de las Campanas (House of the Bells) on N. June St. and a leader in the national movement to protect the zoning of single-family neighborhoods, Leonard F. Hill, died peacefully at his home on June 7. A resident of Hancock Park since 1986, Leonard Hill long had a […]

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Marciano Art Foundation plans its premiere exhibit in 2016/17

Marciano Art Foundation plans its premiere exhibit in 2016/17

The Maurice and Paul Marciano Art Foundation is expected to premiere its first exhibit later this year, or early 2017, according to a recent report in “Art News.” Philipp Kaiser will reportedly curate the museum’s inaugural exhibition of works from the Marciano collection. Kaiser is a former senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, […]

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Dozen ‘for lease’ signs on Larchmont Blvd.

Dozen ‘for lease’ signs on Larchmont Blvd.

The tenant mix on Larchmont is ever changing. Despite new stores like Perverse Sunglasses moving onto the street, visitors are seeing more vacancies than usual along the blocks of Larchmont north of First St. For ground-floor spaces, nearly 16 percent of the storefronts are now vacant (12 spaces of approximately 75). Lette Macarons recently closed, […]

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Single-family zoning is being drafted

Single-family zoning is being drafted

Areas opting for inclusion in BMO City planners met with residents from 15 neighborhoods including La Brea-Hancock and Larchmont Heights last month to determine zoning options to protect the areas from teardowns and McMansions. Planning Dept. staff outlined six zoning schemes from the less to the most restrictive at the city’s Neighborhood Conservation meetings. “These […]

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Design for Living; new kitchen adds light and space

Design for Living; new kitchen adds light and space

Luckily, Allison Hawley Simmons’ newborn had perfect timing. Scarlett was born two weeks late, which turned out to be just in time for the finishing touches of the family’s kitchen remodel. Allison and her husband Mike had been living at their N. Irving Blvd. home while the four-months-plus project was underway; the holidays and the […]

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Family traditions at mantel gallery

Family traditions at mantel gallery

If you’ve ever been in the market for a new fireplace mantel, then you’ve probably heard of Edmon’s Unique Furniture and Stone Gallery. The family-owned business on Melrose near Larchmont has been operating for the past 38 years on the first floor of what is now the Historic Hollywood Hotel, located on Melrose at Wilton. “We […]

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Tailgate party on Larchmont

Tailgate party on Larchmont

Hope-Net kicks off a new year of feeding people in need at the 24th Taste of Larchmont Tailgate party, Mon., Aug. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. This year’s event celebrates football, especially the return of the Rams and the all-American pastime of pre-game partying in a parking lot. Restaurants on the boulevard will serve […]

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Pets of Larchmont

Pets of Larchmont

Each year we reach out to readers to send a photo of their favorite pet to grace our special Pets of Larchmont section. We are always impressed with the range of submissions, from the comic to the regal. This month’s entries were no exception.  

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Local architect on front lines of VA land planning in Westwood

Local architect on front lines of VA land planning in Westwood

The long-neglected United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) campus in Westwood is finally getting a makeover, and Windsor Square resident and architect William Fain, FAIA, of Johnson Fain is helping to lead the charge. Fain, his wife, Jennifer, and their two grown daughters — Elizabeth Fain LaBombard and Margaret Fain Jenkins — have lived […]

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No need to ‘sit,’ ‘stay’ for these portraits

No need to ‘sit,’ ‘stay’ for these portraits

Our pets are parts of our families, and sometimes are our favorite members! Artist Martin Bruinsma knows this well and translates that unconditional love and affection of the owner-companion into portraits that reflect the personality of the pet. Bruinsma is an Art Center College of Design graduate. Art Center, before moving to Pasadena, was in […]

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Anthony, 90, retires (sort of) after decades

Anthony, 90, retires (sort of) after decades

Back in 1956, on a recommendation, Orvis Anthony got a job working for a doctor in Hancock Park. Pretty soon, the spritely young gardener got another job, and then another. Before long, he mowed half the lawns in the neighborhood, at least that’s how the legend goes. “Everybody knows Orvis around the neighborhood,” said one […]

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Eli Broad talks about new exhibit

Eli Broad talks about new exhibit

Photographer Cindy Sherman’s first exhibition of work in Los Angeles in nearly 20 years opened at The Broad museum in June. In an interview with the Larchmont Chronicle, Eli Broad said the new exhibit, “Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life,” is tailored to a Los Angeles audience. He said Sherman’s work played a huge role in […]

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Real Estate News

Premiere tour showed off natives, drip systems, birds and bees

Premiere tour showed off natives, drip systems, birds and bees

Some 20 neighborhood gardens showed off their native plants and colorful butterflies at the premiere Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Sustainable Garden Tour on June 26. While some of the landscapes were professionally designed, many of the residents put on their own gloves, sought help from their gardeners and spent funds from the city’s rebate program. […]

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Former Gehry architect brings modern design to Officine Brera in DTLA

Former Gehry architect brings modern design to Officine Brera in DTLA

Los Angeles has always had a remarkable approach toward architecture, with examples of Beaux-Arts, Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern and Modern architecture found within its sprawling neighborhoods. And in recent years, well-known architects like Frank Gehry (Walt Disney Concert Hall) and Renzo Piano (Broad Contemporary Art Museum) have continued this tradition with large-scale projects that have […]

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Real Estate Sales

Real Estate Sales

Real Estate Sales* Single family homes 465 N. June St. 500 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 635 S. Mansfield Ave. 464 S. Citrus Ave. 456 N. McCadden Pl. 500 N. Gower St. 506 S. Norton Ave. 135 N. Beachwood Dr. 630 N. Las Palmas Ave. 809 S. Mullen Ave. 215 N. Plymouth Blvd. 628 N. Highland Ave. […]

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Homeowner irritated by increase in ‘pushy’ Realtors

Homeowner irritated by increase in ‘pushy’ Realtors

A long-time Windsor Square resident contacted the Chronicle in June concerned by an increase in “pushy” Realtors in his neighborhood. “It starts with postcards and introduction letters sent in the mail, then business cards dropped in the mailbox and now more recently a constant barrage of agents ringing the doorbell to solicit sales — four […]

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Hancock Park leader Leonard Hill dead at 68

Hancock Park leader Leonard Hill dead at 68

| June 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

The squire of the landmark La Casa de las Campanas (House of the Bells) on N. June St. and a leader in the national movement to protect the zoning of single-family neighborhoods, Leonard F. Hill, died peacefully at his home on June 7. A resident of Hancock Park since 1986, Leonard Hill long had a […]

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Design for Living; new kitchen adds light and space

Design for Living; new kitchen adds light and space

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Luckily, Allison Hawley Simmons’ newborn had perfect timing. Scarlett was born two weeks late, which turned out to be just in time for the finishing touches of the family’s kitchen remodel. Allison and her husband Mike had been living at their N. Irving Blvd. home while the four-months-plus project was underway; the holidays and the […]

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Marciano Art Foundation plans its premiere exhibit in 2016/17

Marciano Art Foundation plans its premiere exhibit in 2016/17

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Maurice and Paul Marciano Art Foundation is expected to premiere its first exhibit later this year, or early 2017, according to a recent report in “Art News.” Philipp Kaiser will reportedly curate the museum’s inaugural exhibition of works from the Marciano collection. Kaiser is a former senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, […]

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Local architect on front lines of VA land planning in Westwood

Local architect on front lines of VA land planning in Westwood

| June 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

The long-neglected United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) campus in Westwood is finally getting a makeover, and Windsor Square resident and architect William Fain, FAIA, of Johnson Fain is helping to lead the charge. Fain, his wife, Jennifer, and their two grown daughters — Elizabeth Fain LaBombard and Margaret Fain Jenkins — have lived […]

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