Sign the petition today to show your support for this redesign of the ‘Crosswalk Crime’ that has been visited upon the VDL House; City Monument #640 at 2300 Silver Lake Blvd.
As we pass 70 days of Kronish’s borrowed time, I thought I’d post, if only to let people know I’m still thinking about this, and for “no news is good news”! There must be some activity brewing behind that shrouded gate, but I’m STILL as much in the dark as everyone else. At least to my knowledge the house still stands back there. My offer to be of service is still hanging ‘out there’. Continue to sign that petition if only to show continued interest and support?
As we pass 45 days of Kronish’s borrowed time, I thought I’d GIVE THANKS, if only to let people know I’m still thinking about this, and for “no news is good news”! There must be some activity brewing behind that shrouded gate, but I’m as much in the dark as everyone else. At least to my knowledge the house still stands back there. My offer to be of service is still hanging ‘out there’. Continue to sign that petition if only to show continued interest?
As we pass the 30 day allocation of the Kronish’s borrowed time, I thought I’d post something, if only to let people know I’m still thinking about this. There IS some activity brewing behind that shrouded gate, but I’m sworn to secrecy like everyone else. At least to my knowledge the house still stands back there. I’ve continued to offer my services.
It’s been a busy week; time for an up date. We’ve offered to work with the new owners of Kronish on their terms; still trying to find out who they are. Until the new course is set, this house is still living on borrowed time. I continue to gather evidence to present to the councilman, that a remodel of the crosswalk is desired in front of VDL; a lower key version on an adjacent busy highway is our model. No lights, buttons or poles.
This evening saw an ending to our valiant effort to repurpose the Kronish to a public purpose; the Neutra Center. The political will was no longer there to buy out the mysterious secret buyers who closed escrow on the house at 12.8M last week. At the council meeting, time was given to the attorney who had represented the Soda partners, who grossed over 2M in the transaction. He lauded the council for its role in the salvation of the house, along with the patience of his clients. Everyone congratulated each other with this success. My favorite councilman, John Mirisch, even managed to mention my role and interest in working with the new owners.
I’m trying to think what we can say now, as we survive Day 1, post Armagedon, except to continue to hope the that the City will come to its senses and take our offer to front the money and rescue this from whatever fate someone is devising behind the secrecy that has clouded the issue for a couple or more weeks now. I would have thought they’d have contacted me by now, if they had good intentions.
Why do I think this lovely project is now living on borrowed time? Please, ANYONE, if you have information, let me share it with this growing public, with 1100 signatures now on our petition and growing!
The Neutra Institute is conducting a National Fund Raising Campaign.
Be among many to commit and continue to change the history of preservation In our country! Our new goal is to also attract some of the richest patrons in our country to step up and make up any shortfall to repurpose this icon to ‘The Neutra Center in Silver Lake’! WE NEED $5 MILLION! We propose a partnership with LACMA, to form LACMA EAST! Donations are tax exempt between the County Museum of Art and this Institute.
Saturday, October 8 was declared by City Council resolution, ‘Dion Neutra Day in Los Angeles’ on the occasion of my 85th birthday! It was a lovely honor and tribute, which I take as some recognition for the preservation efforts I’ve mounted over these past many years. As we celebrate my birthday with family, the fate of Kronish looms.
Guess what; we’ve blasted thru the 1000 mark in our petition! Keep up that good work; sign again in if you haven’t already!
Have you been flooding the city of BH with letters? WE’RE STILL NOT OUT OF THE WOODS! Absent any definitive word on the progress of the mysterious parties who are supposedly checking this out, we can not assume the best!
Did you hear that the Kronish won the Wall Street Journal HOUSE OF LAST WEEK competition? Great approbation, considering it was the only modernist candidate being voted upon. Thanks to those of you who supported there. You can check out the images and page about Kronish here – WSJ House of the Day and our winning percentage here (you’ll have to click back to “View Previous Polls”).
PLEASE WRITE ANOTHER OF THOSE B.H. LETTERS asap – form E letter – The next council meeting is THIS Tuesday the 4th. It’s absolutely our last chance to HOLD THE CITY’S FEET TO THE FIRE and shame them into jumping in and advancing the funds needed to rescue this project for the PUBLIC PURPOSE we’re advocating; ‘The Neutra Center in Beverly Hills’!!!!
Get your friends to follow suit as well. If you’re in the LA area, plan to pack the Council Chambers at the Rexford Ave. BH city hall starting at 7:00, Tuesday, the 4th. If we could get a 1000 letters and 100 people to show, it could be decisive.
A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since a week ago Friday, when I last wrote. I’m hoping a video we’d scheduled to shoot today will happen and can be included here. Here’s a summary:
Last chance to sign on for tomorrow Saturday’s bash! If we promise not to ask you for a donation, would you grace the festivities with your presence? RSVP? We hope to have a computer set up to where you can sign the growing petition if you can’t get around to it before.
As the ‘village’ commemorates the 10th anniversary commemorations of 9/11, I take note that we’ve just passed the mid point of our efforts to save Kronish. We’re now on the final path to Armageddon in less than 30 days! I’ve yet to get the feeling that we’ve succeeded in our efforts to go viral with this campaign. The actual contributions have now topped the $1,000 mark; a far cry from the $16M we said wed need. Some 350 people have signed our petition; again, short of the 1,000,000 I was hoping for. WHAT CAN WE DO?
Happy Labor Day Weekend!
I’ve been focusing on the Cross Walk Devastation during this past week. It was capped by an appearance I made Thursday at the Cultural Heritage Commission. The pitch was to ask them to support moving the worse offending pole to just North of the main trunk of the big Euc in the right part of the picture below. Secondarily to urge a completely different approach to this with more benign poles only 4′ high with flashing lights in the pavement. Finally work towards an ordinance that would require City Departments to run any such project before them for review and tweaking before implementation. We were promised an inspection trip on 9/15, to give the members a personal view of the situation if looking at this blog is not sufficient.
We had a great break in the Mountains. On the final night I had a great dream; we’d topped the $16M mark and counting! I even started to figure out what other worthy projects we might be able to fund on top of the Kronish!
I had also had an inspiration in response to someone at camp who asked me to encapsulate our project in a simple acronym. I came up with ‘Networking for Neutra’ or NFN! How about this scenario? It’ll take a “village” to solve this one!
Our first Video Blog! I hope this short video will be shared by all and that it can aid in our continued goal of “viral” status. Please continue to help spread the word and encorage others to donate.
Please use the following, shortened, URL link to share this video – http://youtu.be/Gt5U8TdRz58
As promised, this will be my last entry to this series until sometime next week. We had another of our Brainstorm meetings yesterday, thinking of more ways to broadcast this more widely. Only 40-odd days left to Armageddon! So far, we’ve not been overwhelmed with donations, so what will it take? We continue in hopes of attracting the billionaires out there who could ride to our rescue, as well as encouraging the grass roots support that, in the end, could be the big story. When in the history of preservation, has there been the opportunity to tap the vast reservoir of concerned citizens out in the country who care about our cultural heritage?
As promised I took more photos yesterday as the poles start to sprout their attachments; light fixtures on some, traffic lights on others. Here are a couple of shots that partially illustrate the devastating effect these poles will have not only as seen from the street or park, but think of the view from the interior looking towards the Western Sky. Especially at night with low interior lighting the view out to the distant lake used to be positively therapeutic! Now with that luminaire in the foreground; forget it!
Made a point late yesterday to measure more closely where the offending pole, now replete with part of its adornments could be moved, if it can’t be eliminated altogether. Between 42′ and 45′ looks possible considering the trees and storm sewer installations nearby. In lieu the horrific pole, a slim 5′ high post with a pushbutton would be acceptable.
Why couldn’t this whole crosswalk be one that only features flashing lights embedded in the pavement instead of these intrusive poles on all sides of the street. I feel like I should photograph this again with all the poles in place; it’s a forest!
Monday morning I was interviewed for a feature of Wall Street Journal, called ‘House of the Week’. The Kronish was featured and I was told if enough people voted for it, it would get even more coverage! As soon as it is published I will share a link for you to register your vote! And don’t forget to use our new link http://www.neutra.org/kronish/donate.html to share our new discrete donate page to save this icon!
I made a presentation yesterday eve at the Modcom meeting which started by trying to save Ed Fickett’s West Hollywood Library, which was slated for demolition. I wrote a support letter. After that there was the hope that something could be done about the offending pole at VDL, plus more support for Kronish.
At the moment, all we can think of, is an appearance at a Heritage Commission Meeting.
I made a point of trying to replicate the Shulman image to show this pole. Unfortunately, trees in front of the house on our property have been allowed to grow up to nearly hide the building from the street; nevertheless you can see what the pole would do if these trees were trimmed which is in the works. We need to get back closer to what Shulman captured. And bear in mind the traffic lights were not yet mounted!