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ICYMI: Loteria Grill Closed, Lucas Museum Rising, Exhibit of LA’s Golden Age of Architecture

In case you missed it, here are some noteworthy stories we’ve run across in other publications over the last week or so, which we thought would be interesting to share with our readers.

First, as initially reported in EaterLA, the much-loved Loteria Grill has closed its stall in the Original Farmers Market after 16 years.  The Farmers Market location was the first for chef Jimmy Shaw, who opened the restaurant in 2002, selling stewed meats on hearty handmade tortillas. Loteria’s Hollywood location is still open, but we will miss the Farmers Market outpost (the boarded up space and nearby tables were eerily quiet as we strolled by on Saturday evening).

Photo from Loteria Grill’s Facebook page.

As one area favorite leaves, however, another potential star is rising in Exposition Park. UrbanizeLA ran a series of aerial photos last week showing the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art just starting to emerge above ground on 11 acres at W. 39th St. and Vermont Ave.  The futuristic design by MAD Architects consists of a four-story, 115-foot-tall structure that will contain a library, two theaters, classrooms, and offices in addition to exhibition space.  Parking for 2,400 vehicles will also be located in a subterranean parking structure, and new public green space will be created below the elevated museum.  (The green space design comes from Los Angeles-based Studio MLA.) According to Urbanize, the project should be complete in 2021.

The Urbanize feature also included renderings of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum renovation, which been in progress for the past 10 months .  Check out the Urbanize link for more photos of both projects.

Image of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art – as shown in the UrbanizeLA story – by Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography.
Renovation of the LA Coliseum will include suites and a press box. Rendering, as shown in the UrbanizeLA story, by DLR Group

And finally, speaking of interesting architecture, the Huntington Museum and Library has a new exhibit focusing on the golden age of architecture in Los Angeles. “Architects of a Golden Age” documents one of the most creative and influential periods in Southern California architecture – 1920 to 1940 – with 20 original drawings and plans selected from The Huntington’s important Southern California architecture collection. The exhibit highlights renderings that helped bring into existence some of the most extraordinary buildings in the greater Los Angeles area, including Downtown L.A.’s Union Station, Mayan Theater, Stock Exchange building, and several Chinatown structures, as well as seminal examples of the California Bungalow.  Definitely of interest to any local architecture fan, the exhibit is open now through January 21, 2019 in the West Hall of the Library.

Roger Hayward (1899-1979), Los Angeles Stock Exchange, façade, ca. 1929, Samuel E. Lunden, architect, John & Donald Parkinson, consulting architects, Gouache on board, 39 x 25 1/2 inches. © Courtesy of Dr. James and Mrs. Miriam Kramer, 2018. Image is from The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.



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