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Before the “Westside” even existed, there was Hancock Park. And amid the many LA celebrity enclaves that have sprung up since, it quietly remains one of the city’s most elegant and sought-after enclaves. Part of the attraction is the exquisite way it was envisioned and built in the ‘20s — beautifully and thoughtfully, by the era’s best planners and most gifted architects. Another part is its location, central to everything (especially the studios), yet retaining its neighborhood charm. Here’s a look at why Hancock Park is still one of LA’s most coveted addresses.
John Aaroe
 
In Place: Hancock Park

Today, stars and Hollywood moguls treasure Hancock Park for the same reason they did in the 1920s: it’s both ravishingly beautiful and right near the studios (Paramount is just across its Melrose border). Studded with elegant Tudor, English, and Spanish and American Colonial Revival homes, it’s one of the oldest, most well-preserved neighborhoods in Los Angeles … and one of the most intact historic enclaves in the country.
Hancock Park was born in the early 1920s, when developer-philanthropist George Hancock donated 23 acres of land — including his family home — to Los Angeles County. That parcel is now the site of the LA County Museum of Art and the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Later, he subdivided most of the rest of the family land into residential lots, reserving 105 acres for what would become Wilshire Country Club. more »
 
New vision for Union Station NEW VISION FOR UNION STATION

Can Los Angeles create a “destination” transit hub like those in New York and DC? LA’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is saying yes with a multimillion-dollar Union Station restoration plan. Highlights include concerts managed by LiveNation, a microbrewery and gastropub in the site of the country’s last Harvey House restaurant, and an airy, multi-story shopping environment. more »
New Mid-Century Modern treasures NEW MID-CENTURY MODERN TREASURES

USC Digital Libraries has just released a trove of over 1,300 digitized slides of buildings by many of the biggest names in Modernist architecture, including Lautner, Neutra, Schindler, Frey, Koenig and F. L. Wright. According to one expert, it feels like "an architecturally inclined Instagram feed from the 1950s and 1960s.” Now that’s something we’d follow. more »
Six local causes receive John Aaroe Group Community Foundation grants SIX LOCAL CAUSES RECEIVE JOHN AAROE GROUP COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANTS

In the past month, our Foundation awarded grants to six remarkable organizations devoted to helping endangered dogs, giving kids a new creative arts resource, providing equestrian therapy to children, and showing communities how to use recycled materials creatively. We’re proud to be a part of their vital efforts. more »
 
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