Local History

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Los Angeles’ Iconic Central Library Was a Beacon of Early Art Design

Built in 1926, the Richard J. Riordan Central Library offers one of the most interesting plotlines in Los Angeles, starting in 1872 with the launch of the library system, and featuring chapters where ...Read More

Redondo Beach Historic Library

Redondo Beach Historic Library The Jewel of Veterans Park

Redondo Beach Historic Library: The Jewel of Veterans Park If you had been a local sailor in 1895, at some point you probably would have come across Pier Number One in Redondo Beach. There you wo...Read More

The Hill House: The Early History of Hermosa Beach

The Hill House: The Early History of Hermosa Beach Although given the name of “Hermosa” by early developers (“beautiful” in Spanish), the earliest years of Hermosa Beach were described as far fro...Read More

La Mar Theater

La Mar Theater: Manhattan Beach’s Favorite Theater The intersection of Manhattan Avenue and Manhattan Beach Boulevard has been the focal point of activity in Manhattan Beach since the city’s inception...Read More

Catalina Casino: A Regal Landmark

The Catalina Casino, standing at approximately twelve stories tall, continues to beckon tourists and remind locals of Catalina Island’s rich history. For over 80 years, a picturesque landmark has welc...Read More

The Point Vicente Lighthouse

The Point Vicente Lighthouse — Bright Historic Beacon Before lighthouses were installed along the Pacific Coast, shipmasters took their chances near the coastline, particularly loathing the dangerous ...Read More

Snoop Home Tour 2018

SNEAK PEEK — Prying eyes will get their fill of luxe architecture and décor at the popular Sophisticated Snoop Home Tour More than 40 years ago, Manhattan Beach resident Debbie Walmer attended a ...Read More

In Pursuit of Perfection

Thomas Jefferson’s historic mountaintop home Monticello expresses the spirit and architectural legacy of its founding father If home is an expression of oneself, then Monticello is Thomas Jefferson’s ...Read More

Object of Fascination

The Broad gives living legend Jasper Johns a landmark exhibition in Los Angeles Written by Jenn Thornton |  Photography Courtesy of The Broad   The artistic experimentations of Jasper J...Read More

Palos Verdes Golf Club

Historic Hole-in-One   In 1923, on what were then vast, desolate hills and barely covered with sage and cactus, construction began on the future Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club. This ambitious...Read More

The Bijou Theatre

The Bijou Theater: A Hermosa Classic We take our limitless entertainment choices for granted, ranging from countless movie theatres with 3-D special effects, to DVDs delivered to our door so we can wa...Read More

Three for the Show

Skirball Cultural Center curates a fascinating viewing experience with three thought-provoking exhibitions. Written by Jenn Thornton|Photos Courtesy of Skirball Cultural Center Bill Graham and the Roc...Read More

John Elgin Wool

The Good Life: John Elgin Woolf

Hollywood Icon and Architect to the stars John Elgin Woolf gets his close up with a new exhibit at Palos Verdes Art Center, a rare opportunity to share a large collection of Woolf's works, one of the ...Read More

South Bay Guide: Wayfarers Chapel

Sanctuary by the Sea Sculpted grounds and a tree-anked glass chapel oer a peaceful site to stop, breathe and dream.   WRITTEN BY CONSTANCE DUNN  |  ILLUSTRATION BY JAY BROCKMA...Read More

From Here to Eternal: Hollywood Forever Cemetary

  Celebrated enshrinements and culture make Hollywood Forever Cemetery sacred ground in Los Angeles.   WRITTEN BY JENN THORNTON Although the final resting place for Hollywood’s elite, whethe...Read More