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August 5, 2005
Vonnie Dunn Rand was just a young girl when she came to Glendale in 1927. She and her parents, J.R. and Della Hessong Dunn, first moved into a house on Thompson Avenue, but after her brother, Ronald, was born, her grandmother, Rosina Hessong, came to live with them and they needed a bigger house. That's when they moved into a two-story Spanish-style house on El Miradero Avenue, just below El Miradero, the mansion built by L.C. Brand. The year was 1933 and Rand was 10 years old. The land around their house had previously been part of the Brand estate and the site of his airfield.
NEWS
August 22, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman The owner of the infamous El Tovar mansion was left high and dry when someone broke into the overbuilt home -- which is still under construction -- and left the bath water running in the spacious master bath. Police don't believe the vandalism was targeted at the homeowners, who were immersed in a scandal when they built the home that violated scores of building and zoning codes. Someone broke in through the air vent in a door of the home at 3150 El Tovar Drive between Saturday and Monday, plugged the bathtub in the master bathroom, turned on the water and left.
NEWS
December 4, 1999
Buck Wargo CITY HALL - An appeal of the El Tovar mansion case has been set for Jan. 26. The Board of Zoning Adjustments will consider a request by fellow member Bob Yousefian to overturn a decision by Zoning Administrator Edith Fuentes that allowed the mansion to violate city height requirements. Yousefian has decided to recuse himself from consideration of the issue. The hearing is set for 2 p.m. in Room 105 of the Municipal Services Building, 633 E. Broadway.
NEWS
September 19, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- Geraldo Rivera looked for loot in Al Capone's vaults. Glendale is now looking for hidden treasures in the Brand Library, the former home of Glendale developer Leslie C. Brand. A grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust will help in finding hidden architectural features in the 1904 mansion that will eventually be restored by the city. The Glendale City Council will vote tonight on accepting the $65,000 grant through the Getty Preserve L.A. Initiative.
NEWS
April 20, 2000
I would like to thank Susan Kussman for her excellent letter April 17. I am glad she kept such a wonderful record about Yousefian's fairness. Even the police and the Redevelopment Agency could not get Yousefian to vote to uphold the code. Do I read right that he said violations prohibited by the code "should not be allowed"? In eight cases he voted for a variance. Do we now have two standards? What does he have against Dr. Karjoo, the owner of the El Tovar mansion?
NEWS
August 2, 2004
Darleene Barrientos The long delayed renovations at Brand Library should start soon, but first the city needs a little help preparing for the work. Volunteers are needed to help organize donations to the library, ongoing book sales, sorting CDs and labeling materials. The work is especially needed since library officials anticipate architects and planners will soon begin assessing the building that some supporters feel should be a historic landmark.
NEWS
December 17, 2003
Tyler Nyczaj, 17, of Burbank, is a senior at John Burroughs High School. I saw Walt Disney Picture's "The Haunted Mansion" at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The film stars the ever-so-funny Eddie Murphy as Jim Evers, who is a Realtor, and Marsha Thomason as his wife, Sara. She gets a call from Edward Gracey (Nathaniel Parker), who wishes to sell his mansion. When the Everses arrive there, the thrills and chills begin. The movie had many breathtaking special effects.
NEWS
February 2, 2000
Buck Wargo MONTECITO PARK -- The Karjoo family has put their home on El Tovar Drive up for sale. But not (I)that(I) home. Rahim Karjoo and his son, Ramin, are not selling the mansion that has been the subject of endless public hearings and a lawsuit over violating city codes. Instead, they are selling a home at 3142 El Tovar Drive next to their mansion. The family bought it a year ago from David Pfeifer to get him to drop his appeal fighting the height of their mansion at 3150 El Tovar Drive.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terri Martin | March 31, 2012
Entrepreneur Leslie C. Brand's dedication to literacy and the arts - and Glendale's support of his vision - is evident in the ongoing evolution of the Brand Library and Arts Center, created at the unique mansion he willed to the city he helped build. That legacy now includes a renovation project set to begin in April, with a revitalized facility projected to open in July 2013. There are but a few registered historical houses that serve as public libraries, mostly because of scale and fragility.
NEWS
April 5, 2013
Driving down Kenneth Road in northwest Glendale, some may have noticed the slow disappearance of the famous white mansion known to the local residents as the “Gone with the Wind” house. It is disheartening to know that an important part of Glendale's history is slowly disappearing behind solid black wrought-iron gates and shrubbery strategically planted to eventually hide what is one of our area's prized showcase homes. For more than 90 years, locals have strolled or driven their cars past this gracious Greek revival mansion, enjoying its beauty and detailed architecture.
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NEWS
August 30, 2013
I belong to the Sparr Heights neighborhood group and we're very concerned about the recent announcement that the Twelve Oaks Retirement Home is closing abruptly . It seems horribly unfair to the elderly residents to give them 60 days' notice. Can this possibly be legal? How will they find suitable housing in such a short time frame? Also, I'm very concerned about the development of that site. It's lovely, it fits into the neighborhood, and not only is it a great place for its residents, but our Cub Scout Pack enjoyed going there every year to entertain the residents at Christmastime and mingle with them.
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NEWS
April 5, 2013
Driving down Kenneth Road in northwest Glendale, some may have noticed the slow disappearance of the famous white mansion known to the local residents as the “Gone with the Wind” house. It is disheartening to know that an important part of Glendale's history is slowly disappearing behind solid black wrought-iron gates and shrubbery strategically planted to eventually hide what is one of our area's prized showcase homes. For more than 90 years, locals have strolled or driven their cars past this gracious Greek revival mansion, enjoying its beauty and detailed architecture.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terri Martin | March 31, 2012
Entrepreneur Leslie C. Brand's dedication to literacy and the arts - and Glendale's support of his vision - is evident in the ongoing evolution of the Brand Library and Arts Center, created at the unique mansion he willed to the city he helped build. That legacy now includes a renovation project set to begin in April, with a revitalized facility projected to open in July 2013. There are but a few registered historical houses that serve as public libraries, mostly because of scale and fragility.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | October 3, 2007
CITY HALL — In what has become a familiar scene in City Council chambers, it was the perceived threat of “mansionization” that drew the crowd to Tuesday night’s meeting, not public pool development, water and power benefit programs or a $2-million upgrade at the city’s power plant. This time, the contention centered around the proposed razing of a single-story home at 2021 Sierra Place in the Verdugo Woodlands to make way for a two-story Spanish home that would be three times the size of its predecessor.
NEWS
By Gerri Cragnotti | January 20, 2007
I would like to clear up some misconceptions that are floating around, misconceptions that are spoken in defense of mansionization. One is that property values of all homes will be increased by building larger and newer homes on streets of more modest homes. In my experience of working with home buyers and sellers over the past 33 years, any home that is for sale and has a mansionized adjacent neighbor, or is across the street from one where you can see it every day, is very difficult to sell and also takes much longer to sell.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2006
Judith Wilson Interior Design Group, LLC announced today that they have been selected by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) to create a showcase suite for one of Beverly Hills' most legendary historic landmarks: the Greystone Mansion. Wilson's finished suite will be available for public display during the Beverly Hills Garden and Design Showcase. Guests are encouraged to participate in one of the elegant tours that have been scheduled through Nov. 17 between the hours of 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The 16-acre estate dates back to 1928, when it was first occupied by the prominent Doheny Family.
FEATURES
February 24, 2006
Hidden Hills may be the option for home Regarding the Tuesday story, "Residents on edge over development," why not just add a 7-Eleven, a check-cashing business and a take-out restaurant and call this a residential strip center? That moniker captures both the scale and "charm" of this proposed architectural freak show. As for the "right" to build one massive eyesore, remember the old adage: "Your rights end where mine begin." And I have the right, as do the rest of my Glendale neighbors, to maintain the integrity, scale and aesthetics of Glendale.
NEWS
By: | August 24, 2005
{LDQUO}The Skeleton Key" is a classy horror film that relies as much on a clever screenplay and skillful acting performances as it does on the standard, tried-and-true shock effects that one generally associates with films of this type. Much of the gritty horror is in the setting, a down-at-the-heels antebellum mansion in the dark, swampy backwoods of Louisiana with slouching magnolias lining a country road that leads to heaven knows where. Kate Hudson is a young hospice worker sent to this creepy place to help the elderly Mr. Devereaux (John Hurt)
NEWS
August 5, 2005
Vonnie Dunn Rand was just a young girl when she came to Glendale in 1927. She and her parents, J.R. and Della Hessong Dunn, first moved into a house on Thompson Avenue, but after her brother, Ronald, was born, her grandmother, Rosina Hessong, came to live with them and they needed a bigger house. That's when they moved into a two-story Spanish-style house on El Miradero Avenue, just below El Miradero, the mansion built by L.C. Brand. The year was 1933 and Rand was 10 years old. The land around their house had previously been part of the Brand estate and the site of his airfield.
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