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Friday, 30 May 2008
It's West Adams Heritage Association's (WAHA) 25th year of historic preservation.  To celebrate, WAHA is opening the doors to some of West Adams's best landmarks by some of Los Angeles's most notable architects, in a variety of distinctive historic West Adams neighborhoods.

The self-guided Landmarks of West Adams tour begins at Villa Maria (St. John of God), 2468 S. St. Andrews Place, a stunning, 42-room Tudor Revival estate designed in 1908 by architect Frederick L. Roehrig for a wealthy lumberman.  The estate was later leased to legendary silent film director Rupert Hughes.

In University Park, visitors will tour the Durfee Residence (the famed "The Pink Lady"), an elegant 1885 Victorian in University Park, as well as a classic 1905 Craftsman home designed by architect John C. Austin.  In Harvard Heights they'll visit the Dennison Residence, a 1912 Arthur Heineman-designed Arts & Crafts home recently seen on HGTV.  And, in Victoria Park, the doors swing open to the Holmes Shannon Residence, a rare Train & Williams-designed Arts & Crafts mansion that is both a local Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument and individually listed as a federal National Register landmark.

Visitors will also see Engine Company No. 18, a 1904 Mission Revival firehouse designed by City Hall architect John Parkinson, located just off of Adams Boulevard at 2616 South Hobart Blvd., and McCarty Memorial Church, a exceptional 1931 Gothic-inspired house of worship listed on the National Register.

When:   Saturday, June 7, 2008
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Last ticket sold at 2 p.m.)

Advance tickets for "Landmarks of West Adams" are $30 general admission.  Day-of-tour tickets, paid at the door, are $35.  To register and pay in advance send a check (made payable to WAHA) to:  WAHA Landmarks Tour, 2209 Virginia Road, Los Angeles, CA 90016.

This is a self-guided, driving tour.  For additional information, call 323-732-4223, write or visit http://www.WestAdamsHeritage.org.  Tour visitors will receive tickets, brochure and map at Check-in/Will Call (Villa Maria, 2648 S. St. Andrews Place).  The last ticket will be sold at 2 p.m., and tour properties will close promptly at 4 p.m. Visitors tour at their own pace, but should set aside several hours to enjoy the Landmarks of West Adams.

The tour will raise funds for the West Adams Heritage Association, a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1983 to support preservation of the community's architectural and cultural heritage.  WAHA has grown from a small resident support group to a recognized preservation voice with hundreds of members who live in the many neighborhoods of the Historic West Adams District.

 

Source:
Press Release, West Adams Heritage Association
West Adams Heritage Association Launches Its 25th Anniversary Year with a Tour of Seven Historic Homes and Buildings, All Designated Landmarks
29 May 2008

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