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Seal Beach Parasol Reopened as Mel's Diner
Wednesday, 09 January 2008
The iconic, Googie-style restaurant formerly known as The Parasol has been reopened as a new Mel's Drive-In.  Built in 1967, it had operated as The Parasol Restaurant until an overhaul of the surrounding shopping center threatened it with demolition in 2004.  A group of Parasol enthusiasts banded together and got over 10,000 signatures on a petition to save it.  Lease negotiations with the former operator fell through, and the restaurant closed in March 2006.  It reopened as Mel's in November 2007.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 January 2008 )
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2008 Preservation Award Nominations
Wednesday, 09 January 2008
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is currently accepting nominations for their 2008 National Preservation Awards.  Each year the National Trust celebrates the best of preservation by presenting National Preservation Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in historic preservation.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 January 2008 )
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10 Stories Planned for Pantages Theatre
Tuesday, 08 January 2008
Plans are afoot to add 10 more stories to the historic Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in accordance with the building's original plan.  Conceived by architect B. Marcus Priteca, who designed 22 theaters around the country for the Pantages family, the building was originally intended to incorporate the theater and 12 floors of office space, but the 1929 stock market crash, ill health, and a Hollywood scandal put those plans on hold.  
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 January 2008 )
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Conservancy Relocates Shotgun House
Friday, 04 January 2008
The Santa Monica Conservancy won a bid in December to relocate a 100-year old "shotgun house" to Norman Place and Second Street in Ocean Park.  After being placed at its final location, it will be rehabilitated to serve as the headquarters of the Conservancy and a public resource for people interested in historic preservation.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 January 2008 )
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Tree Nearly Destroys Hollywoodland Office
Thursday, 03 January 2008
An 80 year-old Torrey pine tree fell over and narrowly missed demolishing the landmark Hollywoodland subdivision sales office, destroying the 84 year-old garage on the property instead.  The fall occurred the evening of December 26th.  No one was injured although two other homes were damaged by the branches.  The house was built by developer S.H. Woodruff who also built the Hollywood sign in 1923 to advertise the new neighborhood. 
Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 January 2008 )
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