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The Haley Hotel (Historic)

The Haley Hotel (Historic)

Circa 1906

The former Haley Hotel (which I know precious little about) is now home to a youth hostel, skateboard shop and various other small businesses.

1516 Pacific Ave
Venice, California

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The Mosaic House

The Mosaic House

Artist/owners are Cheri Pann and Gonzalo Duran.
Venice, California

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The Venice Painters

The Venice Painters

When I was twelve or thirteen, a young couple moved in across the street. They were Max Hendler and Arlene Goldberg, and they were part of a loose group of painters who lived and worked in Venice during the sixties.

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The Venice West Cafe

The Venice West Cafe

In 1965, when I was fifteen, I started hanging around the Venice West Cafe, a dank little hole in the wall with wooden benches and tables. Of course they served espresso. And the place was always full of (to me at that age) coolly romantic hipsters, complete with shades, turtlenecks — yeah, even berets.

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This is Tribute Band Land

This is Tribute Band Land

Whatever happened to cover bands, you ask? Tribute bands, that’s what. I don’t know if they’re exactly a subculture. Maybe their followers are. But what a kick in the butt to cover. And how easy? Throw a rock pretty much anywhere in America and you’re going to hit one Led Zepplica or other.

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Thornton Towers (Historic)

Thornton Towers (Historic)

Circa 1913

Thornton Towers is frequently referred to as the Isadora Duncan building: There are those who say Thornton Towers were built by the Duncan sisters, Isadora Duncan, the mother of modern dance, is said to have lived in the penthouse and danced on the roof.

However, author Jeffrey Stanton insists at his Venice History site that Duncan lived in San Francisco and owned no Venice property.

16 Thornton Ave
Venice, California

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Tilt Up-Slab House (David Hertz)

Tilt-Up Slab House (David Hertz)

2000 by David Hertz

This pre-fabricated “tilt-up” house — constructed of fourteen six-inch thick concrete slabs brought to the site and tilted up into place — was designed to take maximum advantage of its narrow lot while buffering its inhabitants from the immediately adjacent alley. The Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles deems it a “beautiful rendition of the revival of the International Style.”

Canals
Venice, California

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Topsy-turvy Bus (Ben & Jerry's latest flavor?)

Topsy-turvy Bus (Ben & Jerry’s latest flavor?)

Tom Kennedy makes art car mash-ups the way Ben Cohen remixes ice cream: deliriously. Here, they combine their mix-and-mash-up magic to create their very own political machine–the Topsy-turvy Bus. Didrik and I caught up with them in Oakland a couple times during the course of the bus’ building.

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Tribute Bands -- They're Unreal!

Tribute Bands – They’re Unreal!

Minikiss, Led Zepplica, LEZ Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols Experience, Cubensis, Thai Elvis, AC-DSHE, Iron Maidens…people, we’re talking mock rock with Marshalls on 11…because that’s louder than 10.

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Turf and Clapboard

Turf and Clapboard

Circa 19TK

This two-story clapboard house is distinguished by its Astroturf fence.

Rialto Ave
Venice, California

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