See the beautiful face on the wall? Our latest LA quiz is: Where is she? If you’ve been downtown Los Angeles recently- I mean beyond the Music Center, then there’s a good chance you’ve seen this recent addition to the public art on the streets. This lady looks out to some unknown place. The windowsills and balconies that frame her face don’t distract her gaze. She looks forward, black hair wind tossed, hands held high, curled around the corner of the building perhaps in a gesture to…?
While mute to us, she spoke loudly to the Los Angeles City Council. This painting motivated the council to turn its attention to ending a decade old ban on murals. The artist and creator, being a muralist, celebrated the council’s actions by painting another piece depicting a mariachi musician on a wall in Mariachi Plaza, Boyle Heights. The artist also has ambitious plans for larger pieces. It’s said that he has plans to paint a fourteen-story mural that will probably be the largest on the West Coast.
But, back to the lady. When we walk pass her, the gold aura around her image focuses our attention on her face and hair in chromatic blends of black, whites, and grays. It’s quite compelling.
So, where in Los Angeles are we?
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Well, how did you do with the last quiz?
If you ever visited quaint Old Historic Los Angeles Plaza, then you may have glanced away from Olvera Street to the fashionable old building on the west side of the plaza, the building featured in our quiz: Pio Pico’s historic hotel.
Pio Pico, the last Mexican Governor of Alta California, opened the eighty-two-bed room hotel in June 1870. Three stories high, it was designed in the Italian renaissance style. He named it the Casa de Pico (Pico House) and at that time it was considered to be the most “extravagant and lavish hotel in Southern California.”
Unfortunately, the surrounding neighborhood lost its luster and respectability and the business center of Los Angeles moved away from it, off to the south. The neighborhood went into decline and Pico eventually lost the hotel to the San Francisco Savings and Loan. Sadly the building fell into disrepair. For a while it was used as a shabby “flop house”.
In 1953, the property passes into the hands of the State of California. It now belongs to the El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Monument as part of Los Angeles Plaza Historic District. It has undergone renovation and restoration. The Pico House is a California Historical Landmark (159), and a National Historic Landmark. Recently it has been used as a picturesque location for motion pictures, television, and commercials as well as special exhibits and special events. For information regarding site usage for events or filming, go to elpueblo.lacity.org.
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Here are previous LA Quizzes:
If you love to meander around the city like I do, you’re probably familiar with many popular and famous places. Well, here’s a chance to test your knowledge of Los Angeles. Click on these posts.
(For the answer to this month’s quiz go to post: The Gilmore Gas Station- It;s a Gas-A-Teria!, Dec, 2014)