[Blog] Musings on Olvera St.: Whitewashed or Authentic? | Pensamientos Sobre la Calle Olvera: ¿Whitewashed o Autentico?
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[Blog] Musings on Olvera St.: Whitewashed or Authentic? | Pensamientos Sobre la Calle Olvera: ¿Whitewashed o Autentico?

Olvera St.: Authentic Mexican enclave? Whitewashed tourist attraction? Olvera St. is not one or the other. It is both, and in that mix represents a fascinating model of what it means to be at the center of such a pluralistic, multi-cultural city as Los Angeles, in the exact spot where its history, present and future intersect…. [read this post in both English and Spanish] Continue reading

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[Oxy Weekly] Robert Winter: A Legendary Educator

Robert Winter, a retired Oxy professor, architecture enthusiast, and charismatic speaker, radiated excitement during a lecture given to 31 Oxy students in his own living room. Art History and Visual Arts Professor Amy Lyford has brought her “Modern Architecture” class to hear Winter talk about Arts and Crafts architecture. It was a short trip on the Bengal Bus; Oxy is only a few miles from Winter’s Pasadena home overlooking the Arroyo Seco. Like many of Pasadena’s architecturally significant dwellings, it has a name – the Batchelder House, in recognition of its architect and first resident, the esteemed tilemaker Ernest Batchelder…. Continue reading

LOS ANGELES / Northeast LA / Occidental Weekly

[Oxy Weekly] The Victorian Los Angeles

A journey one hundred years back to the age of kerosene lamps and cross-country train expeditions, preserved in central Los Angeles By: Daina Beth Solomon Issue date: 11/25/08 Section: Features What is that cluster of Victorian buildings by the Arroyo Seco that drivers see from the Pasadena Freeway? A movie set? A Victorian-style theme park? … Continue reading