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Eye on L.A. for May 3, 2008

Originally aired Sat., March 29, 2008, at 6:30 p.m.
March 8, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
This week on Eye on L.A.: Architecture and Design in L.A.FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most distinguished architects in American history. His buildings around the country are renowned for their visionary design. Many are right here in Los Angeles. In 1915, Wright came to Los Angeles from Oak Park, Illinois, because he was commissioned to design his first house here. And while some of his works are privately owned, a few are historical landmarks open to the public.

For more information, visit:
The Ennis House
Hollyhock House
Barnsdall Art Park

CALIFORNIA ROMANTICA

"California Romantica" is a book about Spanish-style architecture by actress Diane Keaton. Author D.J. Waldie narrates Keaton's vision throughout the book and photographers Lisa Hardaway and Paul Hester capture it in pictures. The book features 19 homes in California that Diane Keaton thought were perfect examples of Spanish-style architecture.

To buy the book "California Romantica," visit:
Rizzoli New York

MANSION RENOVATION

"The Cedars" is a mansion in Los Feliz, built in 1921 by French director and screenwriter Maurice Tourneur. It's inspired by a Venetian-styled palazzo. Today, it is owned by L.A.-based fashion designer Sue Wong, who purchased the home in 2004 and completed a three-year renovation on the mansion.

For more information on fashion designer Sue Wong, visit:
SueWong.com

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BUILDINGS

Step inside two of downtown Los Angeles' most iconic buildings: St. Vibiana's Cathedral and the Bradbury Building. Both buildings date back to the late 1800s, when L.A.'s population was a mere 10,000 people. Today, both buildings are still thriving, thanks to thorough renovation and preservation throughout the years. St. Vibiana's has been converted into a performing-arts space that can be rented out for private events. The Bradbury Building is still a working commercial building with 14 tenants -- the first floor is open to the public to view throughout the day.

For more information, visit:
Vibiana
Bradbury Building Walking Tour

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH INTERIOR DESIGNER KELLY WEARSTLER

Los Angeles-based interior designer Kelly Wearstler is one of the "it" girls in her field. As a highly sought after interior designer, her work is constantly in demand. The busy mother of two has six hotel projects on the horizon, as well as her own line of fabrics, wallpapers, rugs -- and an eponymous brand of accessories for New York department store Bergdorf Goodman. With two books of her work already released and three more on the way, Kelly Wearstler is one of today's brightest stars in the design world.

For more information on Kelly's work, visit:
KellyWearstler.com


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