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Wallace Neff, Architect of California’s Golden Age

Monday, Jan 30 2017 by

Wallace Neff was a famous Southern Californian architect. The houses he designed are still among the most coveted and appreciated houses in Los Angeles by celebrities and architectural connoisseurs alike. The distinct style he worked in is called the California style.

Jon Brooks's house (Birds Eye)
Jon Brooks's house
William Joseph "Bill" Bell Jr. and Maria Arena Bell's house (Google Maps)
William Joseph "Bill" Bell Jr. and Maria Arena Bell's house
Adrien Labi's house (The Singleton Estate) (Birds Eye)
Adrien Labi's house (The Singleton Estate)
Carol and Frank Biondi Jr.'s house (Google Maps)
Carol and Frank Biondi Jr.'s house
Jimmy Iovine's House (Birds Eye)
Jimmy Iovine's House
Bradley S. Cohen's House (Birds Eye)
Bradley S. Cohen's House
Peter Dent & Susan Purvis-Dent's house (formerly Madonna's) (Birds Eye)
Peter Dent & Susan Purvis-Dent's house (formerly Madonna's)
Bill Guthy & Victoria Jackson's house (formerly Cary Grant's & Buster Keatons's) (Birds Eye)
Bill Guthy & Victoria Jackson's house (formerly Cary Grant's & Buster Keatons's)
Rudolph Valentino's 'Falcon Lair' (demolished) (Birds Eye)
Rudolph Valentino's 'Falcon Lair' (demolished)
Pickfair Estate (Birds Eye)
Pickfair Estate
'Chandler House' by Wallace Neff (Birds Eye)
'Chandler House' by Wallace Neff
James Murdoch's House (Birds Eye)
James Murdoch's House
Loren G. Lipson's House (Birds Eye)
Loren G. Lipson's House
'Dome Home' by Wallace Neff (Birds Eye)
'Dome Home' by Wallace Neff
Ricky & Betty Chow's House (Google Maps)
Ricky & Betty Chow's House
Diane Keaton's House (former) (Google Maps)
Diane Keaton's House (former)

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This Week's Birthdays - Week of September 5

Wednesday, Sep 14 2016 by

September 5, 1850 – Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel, an American distiller and the founder of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey distillery.

Jack Daniel (StreetView)
Jack Daniel

September 6, 1963 – Angela Chalmers, a retired Canadian track and field athlete who competed in the 1500 m and 3000 m.

Angela Chalmers (StreetView)
Angela Chalmers

September 7, 1936 – Buddy Holly, an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll.

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (StreetView)
Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

September 8, 1990 – Matthew “Matt” Barkley a NFL quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals.

Matt Barkley - USC QB (2009-2012) (StreetView)
Matt Barkley - USC QB (2009-2012)

September 9, 1890 – Harland David “Colonel” Sanders, an American fast food businessman who founded the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant chain.

Colonel Sanders (StreetView)
Colonel Sanders

September 10, 1950 – Anthony Joseph “Joe Perry” Pereira, the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith.

Signed Aerosmith photo (StreetView)
Signed Aerosmith photo

September 11, 1862 – O. Henry, American short story writer (d. 1910)

The 1880's home of O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) (StreetView)
The 1880's home of O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)

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Thomas Edison

Wednesday, Sep 14 2016 by

Thomas Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed “The Wizard of Menlo Park”, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

Thomas Edison Statue (StreetView)
Thomas Edison Statue

Thomas Edison statue (StreetView)
Thomas Edison statue
Edison Memorial Tower (Birds Eye)
Edison Memorial Tower

Edison's Black Maria (Google Maps)
Edison's Black Maria
Thomas Edison's Hollywood star (StreetView)
Thomas Edison's Hollywood star

Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum (Birds Eye)
Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum
Thomas Edison National Historic Site (Google Maps)
Thomas Edison National Historic Site

Thomas Edison's House (former) (Birds Eye)
Thomas Edison's House (former)

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Today in History - September 4

Wednesday, Sep 14 2016 by

1882 – Thomas Edison flips the switch to the first commercial electrical power plant in history, lighting one square mile of lower Manhattan. This is considered by many as the day that began the electrical age.

Thomas Edison Statue (StreetView)
Thomas Edison Statue

1888 – George Eastman registers the trademark Kodak and receives a patent for his camera that uses roll film.

Kodak (StreetView)
Kodak

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