Category Archives: Woodland Hills

Struckus House

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After Northrup Grumann moved its headquarters from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. in 2010, it became increasingly reasonable to forget LA’s former leading role in the aerospace industry.  In 1987, just before the end of the Cold War, Los Angeles County was home to 10% of the national aerospace jobs.  Al Struckus was one such aerospace worker employed by the Canoga Park company, Rocketdyne, now defunct.

So, I suppose it’s no wonder Oklahoma architect, Bruce Goff, designed this bachelor pad to look like something in between a multi-eyed alien and a rocket ship.  Though it has 1,730 square feet of living space, it’s a 1 bed/1 bath.  Perhaps this house is not the most practical design, but it’s Goff’s only residential building on the West coast and the last building he ever designed.

For more information, check out this Dwell Magazine article: http://books.google.com/books?id=hMYDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA78&lpg=PA78&dq=al+struckus+death&source=bl&ots=iSfI3MMzJK&sig=Rv_tj_aI-_i8JrITrqVHjJnRl3A&hl=en&sa=X&ei=61iwUImwO8miigLKz4HwBQ&ved=0CFAQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=al%20struckus%20death&f=false

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Canoga Avenue Pepper Trees

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Though The Covered Wagon was the highest grossing film of 1923, the frontier was not a sight Angelenos wanted in their backyard (see Hancock Park). In an effort to alter perceptions of the ex-grassland we now called Woodland Hills, a 1920’s West Valley developer planted 120,000 trees.  This Pepper Tree stand on Canoga Avenue, south of Ventura Boulevard, is leftover from that effort.  For more about this development’s history, check here: http://www.americassuburb.com/girard_reservoir_in_the_news.html

Candy Cane Lane

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Residents of this Woodland Hills neighborhood have been informally competing with one another for best light display since 1952.  For more info, check here: http://www.woodlandhillscc.net/candy_cane_lane  

Old Trapper’s Lodge

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John Ehn was a motel owner in Sun Valley.  He decorated his property with the creations seen above.  “What are the creations seen above?,” you ask.  Well, they’re fake tombstones and sculptures of “Old Trapper,” “Kidnap,” and “The Fight,” of course.  After Ehn died, his oeuvre was relocated behind Pierce College’s chicken coop.

Some of these tombstones read*:

“SAD SADIE. ALIAS: POKER FACE, GLOOMY GIRL, ICY AGNES, POLAR BIRD, ETC. ETC. 1841-1866. STABBED IN BUCKET OF BLOOD DANCE SALOON BY SWEET VIOLET FOR WATERING HER WHISKEY BOOTHILL”

“BIG NOSE NELL. PROFESSIONAL CUTHROAT – 1811-1861. HANGED BY NECK TILL SHE WAS DED-DED-DED”

“GEN. HARRY HOFFMAN I.A. 1820-1892. SON OF CHEROKEE CHIEF HICKMAN. HE TRAINED & LED THE HORN RIVER INDIAN SCOUTS. LUNG SHOT BY ARROWS 4 TIMES AT THE GUT RIVER MASSACRE. BATTLES OF STINKING WATERS, PRETTY SUUAW MT. & OTHER FIGHTS. HE LIVED TO KILL THE GREAT CHIEF BLOODY HAND IN A SABER & SPEAR DUEL AT FT. DESPAIR…”

* I’ve added punctuation for readability.

 

Woodland Hills White House

Okay okay, so it doesn’t look that much like the White House, but when I was a kid I was convinced Bill Clinton lived down the block. It’s actually an office building. An office building set between a retirement home and a Target. We’d be in big trouble if this is where our president resided.

 

 

 

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