The self-guided tour aims to not only offer a new appreciation for LA’s historically significant residential architecture but also to create a socially distanced sense of fun during the coronavirus pandemic.
Architecture preservation group Friends of Residential Treasures: Los Angeles (FORT: LA) invites you to summon the spirits from the safety of your car this year with this self-guided tour of five 'witch' (or warlock) houses lurking in the spooky underbelly of Los Angeles' bleached facade.
Just in time for spooky season, October’s itinerary is ‘witch houses’ thanks to Amber Benson, the Witches of Echo Park novelist and a mid-series regular on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (she played Tara).
While interior access to those homes is not possible right now, FORT: LA is facilitating the opportunity to venture outside of your own neighborhood by launching its self-guided ‘trails program’ — including FORT Trails, whose routes have been written by experts (or ‘trailblazers’) in conservation, art and architecture, academics and more…
When you suddenly realize that there is an important piece of architecture in your neighborhood, I believe that will lead to greater civic and community involvement and a sense of pride in your neighborhood and on your block,” says [Founder Russell] Brown. “There are a lot of benefits that can come out of that that are ancillary than just learning about architecture.
You can now take a self-guided tour of Los Angeles’s witchiest homes curated by one of TV’s best witches. Author, filmmaker, and Buffy star Amber Benson partnered with Friends of Residential Treasures: LA (FORT:LA) on a seasonally appropriate trail of architecture and mystery.
There are five stops total, and Fort: LA's accompanying digital guide dishes even more details on the architectural styles, how much each house cost to build, historic newspaper clippings, documents from city archives, and more. As with any natural and urban trail, there are rules: Don't bother the occupants, and leave no trace.
On FORT:LA’s website you’ll find fun facts about each home, as well as a map and music suggestions to accompany your adventure.
The self-guided tour is a fun, socially-distanced scavenger hunt of sorts that helps local residents discover a variety of architectural styles and neighborhoods only found in L.A.
There are five stops total, and Fort: L.A.’s accompanying digital guide dishes even more details on the architectural styles, how much each house cost to build, historic newspaper clippings, documents from city archives and more.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected how people celebrate holidays, like Halloween. approaches, the notion that the traditional trick-or-treating by children will be curtailed has inspired alternatives – including various drive-through experiences in Los Angeles, California.
The importance of this and many of FORT:LA’s mission is to preserve the spirit of LA’s idiosyncratic architectural styles, a hodgepodge specialty which stacks varying movements all on one block.
For Labor Day, FORT: LA is offering free downloadable "trails" of the city's best residential architecture
Compiled by a group of curators dubbed ‘trailblazers,’ the carefully-outlined trails will highlight the architectural beauty of LA…
When you go from one end of the city to the other using these houses as waypoints, you’re going to experience an entire spectrum of what it means to be an Angeleno…
L.A. has numerous architectural gems, especially when it comes to homes. College student Mari Kimura Goldberg wanted to get to know her city better so she found maps created by Friends of Residential Treasures and decided to take a self-guided tour.