John Chase's West Hollywood: An Architectural Walking Tour
Saturday, May 21, 2011
10:00 am: Tour departs from West Hollywood Gateway
7100 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
Meet in front of the Starbucks in the courtyard
5:30 p.m.: Drinks at Barney's Beanery
8447 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
You can take the 704 or 4 bus back to the start
Presented by KCRW's DnA: Design and Architecture, design east of La Brea and The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.
The late John Chase was the City of West Hollywood's urban designer for 14 years. During that time, he made his mark on every corner of West Hollywood, helping transform Santa Monica Boulevard into a pedestrian-friendly strip, shepherding high-quality development, commissioning well-designed signage, and carving out much-needed pocket parks. On May 21, John's birthday, a group of his friends, family, co-workers, and collaborators will lead a walking tour across the city to experience John's legacy. Architects and city leaders will meet the group at the various projects to talk about working with John and offer advice on how designers and developers can collaborate on successful urban spaces. The walk will conclude with drinks at Barney's Beanery, one of John's favorite places in West Hollywood.
Stops include: Formosa 1140, Plummer Park, The MAK Center, Habitat 825, Holloway Park Veteran's Memorial, Sierra Bonita Affordable Housing, 8140 Sunset Boulevard, Palm View Apartments, Andaz West Hollywood, West Hollywood City Hall, the urban design and streetscape of West Hollywood, a closer look at the dingbats and "exterior decoration" that John described in his books and essays, plus many more stops (and a few surprises!). The walk will conclude at Barney's Beanery for drinks and more memories around 5:30 p.m.
Speakers include: Frances Anderton, Christopher Hawthorne, John Keho, Jennifer Davis, Katherine Spitz, Deborah Murphy, John Kaliski, Margaret Crawford, Lorcan O'Herhily, Richard Loring, Merry Norris, Andy Liu, Wade Killefer, Pat Smith, Joe Shooshani, Brian Lane, Julie Eizenberg, Bruce Kaye, and more to be announced.
Want to know where we're going? View a map of the route
Can't do the whole walk? View the detailed timetable to meet us along the way
You can also follow us on Twitter at @de_LaB to find us along the way.
Please bring money to buy lunch (or pack your own lunch), snacks, water, sunblock and a hat. You can buy lunch at the Whole Foods (or anywhere else in the area) at Fairfax and Santa Monica. We'll be eating it in the parks at the corner of Crescent Heights and Santa Monica Blvd. from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. so plan your breakfasts accordingly.
The total distance we're walking is about 5.5 miles.
John loved to wear bright, festive colors (and this would have been his 58th birthday, after all). If you're so inclined, please feel free to dress as if John picked out your outfit.
Parking is available in the West Hollywood Gateway. It's free for the first hour, $1.50 for the second, and $1.50 for each half hour afterwards. The maximum you'll pay is $12 for the whole day. There is protected bike parking as well. Street parking may be available but beware of WeHo's permitted parking.
Throughout the walk, you can very easily use the 4 or 704 bus to get back to your car. In fact, to avoid parking at all, try taking the 4, 704, or 212 bus to the start. Use Metro.net to plan your trip.
A printed map of John Chase's West Hollywood designed by Keith Scharwath will be provided by the John Chase Memorial Fund, recognizing a great friend and supporter of The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. We'll be sending these to you after the walk.
For any questions or problems during the walk, feel free to text Alissa at 323.363.0267
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design east of La Brea (you can call us "dee-lab") is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that celebrates and supports local creatives in their efforts to enlighten, improve and engage the city. Through events that are educational, inspirational, and interactive, de LaB unites an enthusiastic community of local residents who are invested in the future of LA.