The Tour and The Guardians

I did my first of four summer excursions of East Hollywood Saturday as part of LA Commons’ ‘Trekking LA” neighborhood tours. Hollywood Patch¬†gave my tour some love this morning and featured it on the front page.

I took a small group of folks through Thai Town (even running into my friend Wanda’s Six Taste tour of Thai Town at Thailand Plaza), Little Armenia, Barnsdall Park and Healthcare Square (at Sunset and Vermont). We sampled Thai desserts and Armenian pastries.

I’ve done this tour around four times in various versions, yet there’s still something new I learn or discover each time.

As I led the group down the steps at the southeast corner of Barnsdall Park back down to street level, I saw this, taped to the walls:


It was pleasant and interesting to see, especially after detailing Ms. Aline Barnsdall’s life from Pennsylvania to Chicago to Los Angeles.

It reads:

YOU ARE NOW ENTERING A HISTORICAL LANDMARK

VI/VII/XII

[Japanese characters]

PROPERTY BELONGS TO ALINE BARNSDALL
DONATED TO CITY OF LOS ANGELES
TAGGING IS PROHIBITED

Sincerely,
The Barnsdall Guardians

“Aline Barnsdall donated the park and its Rrank [sic] Lloyd Wright structure to the
city of Los Angeles in 1927. she wished to provide an accessible arts center for families
preserving the HollyHock [sic] house as a vital component. The spirit of Barnsdall intentions [sic] was
to maintain an active arts centerthe [sic] comuunities [sic] longevity.”

Okay, so maybe the flier needed a better copy writer, but hey, at least they are aware of the place’s history.

Still, I can’t help but wonder who these “Barnsdall Guardians” are and how to outreach to them…

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