The Bridge Bible Fellowship Missions House

Back in June, after learning that a local church The Bridge Bible Fellowship was remodeling their Missions House and could use some design help, I jumped at the chance to organizing this community project for IDS LA/Ventura Chapter.

The beginning of the story (from the church’s blog) can be found HERE.

I was able to gather four volunteer interior designers quickly. The project had already began when we got involved. Unlike projects our designers are used to dealing with, this one comes with many limitations. The design team had to make many compromises, and many design suggestions had to be altered. Although the finished work is not Architectural Digest worthy, but we feel great that we were able to give back a little to our community.

I was amazed to see these four designers work so harmonically and efficiently together. (Maybe I will start calling them “Fab-4” from now on.)  Personally, I want to thank these four ladies for volunteering their time and talent and tolerating me as an inexperienced coordinator.

Judi Doling of JA Design

Jennifer Hutton of Jennifer Hutton Interiors

Eva Olip of Olip Interiors

Renee Ridosh of IntenDecor

The project could not have been done without the contractor Kiko Castro and his team. FunTime Cabinet Factory fabricated the kitchen and hallway cabinetry at a extremely low price. Joanna Forbes of Closet Factory made the master bedroom closet more efficient and functional.

Update of the project (from the church’s blog) can be found HERE.

Thank you for reading all the details. Enjoy the photos!

TBBF Mission House

From the Front Door

TBBF Mission House

Living Room

TBBF Mission House

Dining Room

TBBF Mission House

Dining Room

TBBF Mission House

Dining Room

TBBF Mission House

Kitchen

TBBF Mission House

Kitchen

TBBF Mission House

Master Bedroom

TBBF Mission House

Hallway

TBBF Mission House

Hallway

TBBF Mission House

Bedroom 2

TBBF Mission House

Bathroom

TBBF Mission House

Bathroom

TBBF Mission House

Bathroom

Los Angeles Central Library

Months before the Downtown Los Angeles Architectural Walking Tour, I had the opportunity to tour the Los Angeles Central Library. This was also an outing with members from Conejo Association of Professional Interior Designers (CAPID).

Selected by flavorwire.com as one of the 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World, the Los Angeles Central Library was built in 1926 with a new addition finished in 1993.

We started the tour from the “Spine” in front of the library. As you approach the library from the street, the “Spine” take you through the evolution of written communication. The pyramid on top of the library and the overall design of the building demonstrate the heavy influence of the ancient Egyptian culture in the 1920’s.

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

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Los Angeles Central Library

 

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

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Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central LibraryLos Angeles Central Library

 

The Children’s Literature section is absolutely beautiful with painted ceilings and murals on the walls. The carpet subtlety depicts characters from the Rotunda murals.

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

 

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

 

The library does offer guided tours (http://www.lapl.org/central/tours.html). The library also prepared a printable Self-Guided Tour (http://www.lapl.org/central/guidedtour.pdf) for those who are not able to join a guided tour.

Additional Resources:

Los Angeles Public Library: Art & Architecture in Central Library: http://www.lapl.org/branches/central-library/departments/art-architecture-central

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_Public_Library

L.A. Conservancy: http://www.laconservancy.org/tours/downtown/library.php

Lalalandlibrary: http://lalalandlibrary.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/4/

Rotanda Murals – KCET Depatures:  http://www.kcet.org/socal/departures/landofsunshine/writing-on-the-wall/central-library-murals-are-also-80-years-old.html

Downtown Los Angeles Architectural Walking Tour

On April 25, 2013, with other members from Conejo Association of Professional Interior Designers (CAPID), we went on this Downtown Los Angeles Architectural Tour led by Eleanor Schrader Schapa, award-winning architectural and interior design historian and consultant. In order to not forget this wonderful day, I decided to document my experience here.

Biltmore Hotel (1924)

We started our tour from the Rendezvous Court of Millenium Bilmore Hotel. Like many of the building we would see on the tour, the hotel is an example of the Beaux-Arts architecture.

Rendezvous Court of Millenium Biltmore Hotel

Rendezvous Court of Millenium Biltmore Hotel

Inside Millenium Biltmore Hotel

Millenium Biltmore Hotel

Buildings from the time didn’t have air conditioning. The bays on the building encourages air circulation.

Pershing Square

Pershing Square

Pershing SquarePershing Square

Pershing Square

The walkway represents an earthquake fault line.

Pacific Mutual Building (Pacific Center) (1927)

523 W. 6th Street

Pacific Mutual Building

Pacific Mutual Building

Oviatt Building (1928)

617 S. Olive Street

This was originally a department store. Now the first floor is occupied by Cicada Restaurant. James Oviatt got the inspiration of the style of this building after attending the 1925 Paris Exposition. Lalique glass panels can be seen throughout the lobby.

Oviatt Building

Oviatt Building

We were unable to go up to see the penthouse. Watch the video from TvBride below to get the feel of the space.

Hilton Checkers Hotel (1927)

Originally Mayflower Hotel. It was the tallest building in the area when it was built.

Hilton Checkers Hotel

Los Angeles Central Library (1926)

630 W. 5th Street

L.A. Central Library

Southern California Edison Company Building (1931)

Southern California Edison Company Building

Southern California Edison Company Building

Southern California Edison Company Building

Angels Flight

Angels Flight

Grand Central Market (1917)Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market

Million Dollar Theater

Wikipedia

Million Dollar Theatre

If you would like to experience watching classic films in historic theaters, check out Last Remaining Seats, an event organized by Los Angeles Conservancy.

Bradbury Building (1893)

304 S. Broadway

Wikipedia

Bradbury Building

Bradbury Building

Bradbury Building

Bradbury Building

Biddy Mason Park

The story of Biddy Mason was amazing and moved every one of us on the tour.

WikipediaBiddy Mason Park

Biddy Mason Park

It was such a great tour! I learned so much and I want to learn more! It reminded me why I wanted to work in the architecture and interior design field. There is so much to explore in Los Angeles. This city is always ahead of its time. I have listed some resources below if you are interested to find out more. My favorite way of transportation is taking Metro. Check out my other article: Exploring Los Angeles.

Links:

Los Angeles Conservancy: http://www.laconservancy.org

Historic Downtown Tour Description (Los Angeles Conservancy)

Angels Walk L.A.: http://www.ci.la.ca.us/angelswalk

USC Dornsife Downtown Los Angeles Walking Tour: http://dornsife.usc.edu/la-walking-tour/la-tour/

Downtown LA: www.DowntownLA.com

Wikipedia – List of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments in Downtown Los Angeles

A Bit of Downtown History: Tour of the Subway Terminal Area

P.S. I am so proud of myself for taking 10 designers on Metro and bringing them back safely!

‘Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles (1945 – 1980)’

Over the weekend, I happened to watch ‘Tsou LA’, a local Mandarin TV program, introducing the exhibit ‘Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles (1945 – 1980)‘ at Chinese American Museum.

I was surprised to find some major landmarks such as LAX were designed by Chinese American Architects. One of four architects was a female. Architect Helen Liu Fong. She designed many restaurants and coffee shops including Norms Restaurants. Here is an article in L.A. Time about Helen Liu Fong when she passed away in 2005: http://articles.latimes.com/2005/apr/26/local/me-fong26.

As an Asian designer and a Los Angeles resident, I am going to see the exhibit before it closes. How am I going to get there? Metro! Of course!