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Historic Preservation Party at Hollywood Riviera Celebrates Swimming Pool Culture

The city's 2012 Historic Preservation Celebration hosts a party Tuesday from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Riviera, one of the city's mid-Century architectural gems. The free party features a talk on "LA's Pool Culture."

Few images evoke the notion of the California Dream better than the swimming pool. In the mid 20th Century, the California Dream was sold to America based largely on that image of the swimming pool. As the Beverly Hillbillies theme song said, “swimming pools, movie stars.”

Tuesday, as part of the 2012 Historic Preservation Celebration, the city is celebrating the swimming pool and all that it embodies by having a party around, what else but a swimming pool.

But the swimming pool for this event isn’t just any swimming pool. It’s the pool at one of the city’s mid-Century architectural masterpieces, Hollywood Riviera. Built in 1954, the Hollywood Riviera was designed by famed architect Edward Fickett, FAIA.

“LA’s Pool Culture” is the topic of conversation at this event. Leading the discussion are three people who know a lot about architecture – Frances Anderton from KCRW radio’s “DnA: Design and Architecture” program, Jim Heimann from Taschen Books (publisher of books on art, architecture and design) and Chris Nichols from Los Angeles magazine and former chair of Los Angeles Conservancy’s Modern Committee.  

The party is Tuesday from 6-8:30 p.m. with refreshments by Food + Lab Catering and music by the David Samartin Trio and the Aaron Durr Trio. Admission is free.

Now a condominium complex, the city designated the Hollywood Riviera a “local cultural resource” in 2010, one of 82 buildings upon which that city has bestowed that designation.

The Hollywood Riviera is located at 1400 Hayworth Avenue. Free parking for the event is available a half block away at the Sunset Lofts, 7950 Sunset Blvd (opposite the Directors Guild of America building). Note that Hayworth Avenue and surrounding streets are permit-only streets. 

joninla May 21, 2012 at 09:05 AM
It sounds like a great event, but will any of the leaders of our city who have made great decisions to protect this and other historic properties in WeHo .... and the same leaders who have also just ignored, neglected, allowed to become dilapidated, blew off or took off the registered historic buildings/sites other WeHo Historic buildings? I would like to hear what our City Council members will say about the buildings and trees they plan to destroy at plummer park and the ongoing El Mirador sitting empty and decaying. Is not the Riveria designed by the well known Architect, Mr. Fickett? The same architect that built the old library which the city bulldozed asap when it was first brought up by preservationists as a possible building for City Historic Preservation.?
michael roth May 22, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Who is paying for this and the security that comes along with it? There will be a need for a police presence, etc. While I think this is a nice event on some levels it is not what public money should be used for in any way at this time.
joninla May 23, 2012 at 07:15 AM
WeHo is rich (unlike the rest of American Cities) but if you are upset about city wasteful spending this is nothing compared to the other things that millions of dollars are being spent on. Check out some other articles about plans and projects the city is doing or the spending under criminal review by the DA of former Mayor Duran.

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