Author Archives: Steve Duncan

About Steve Duncan

Urban explorer, photographer, and historian.

MyHistoricLA: Part 3 – MyPlace (introduction to property specific research)

MORE RESEARCH!!! Those two words can strike terror into the heart of a school-age student working on a paper. When you’re doing something you love, however– and you’re not on a tight deadline– research can be incredibly fun and rewarding. … Continue reading

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MyHistoricLA: Part 2 – MyStory

The “MyStory” section of the MyHistoricLA Guide to Public Participation gives detailed directions for conducting interviews as a way “to gather information about individual properties and areas and to create a richer understanding of the history of the neighborhood.” Interviews … Continue reading

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MyHistoricLA: Part 1 – MyNeighborhood

How well do you know you neighborhood? Probably pretty well! After all, you’re interested enough in historic properties to be reading this blog! However, you probably don’t normally go around compiling the same sort of detailed information that a full … Continue reading

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Public Participation and MyHistoricLA: Introduction

A huge part of the SurveyLA project is public participation. The official survey work is done by trained architectural historians, but there are two reasons why public participation is absolutely vital. The SurveyLA project has developed a few different tools to assist public contribution to the project… Continue reading

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The SurveyLA Emmy-Award-winning video!

Did you know that SurveyLA is an Emmy award winner? In 2009, the 1/2 hour video, which introduces viewers to the Office of Historic Resources’ city-wide historic resource survey project, won an LA-area Emmy award in the “Arts and Culture/History” … Continue reading

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Back at the office: Interns at the Office of Historic Resources

The most obvious part of the SurveyLA project is the fieldwork… Today, though, I wanted to mention a really specific group of people back at the office—the interns! The interns here are amazing, and they do an incredible amount of work for the SurveyLA project as well as other programs within the OHR. Continue reading

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Hollywood

Hollywood! This is what Los Angeles is all about. The Hollywood area surveys for SurveyLA are being done by consultants with HRG, and I joined Paul Travis and Meredith Drake Reitan for a day’s fieldwork in the Hollywood Hills in … Continue reading

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Jefferson Park and Leimert Park

http://mappingla.com/jefferson-park http://mappingla.com/leimert-park After Arlington Heights I headed just south of the 10 to see Katie Wollan and Sian Winship, also with Architectural Resource Group (ARG), as they worked on the survey there in the Jefferson Park and Leimert Park neighborhoods. … Continue reading

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A day in Arlington Heights

Field trip day! I got up earlier than usual in order to make it out to Arlington Heights by 8:00am to meet up with Katie Horak and Allison Lyons of Architectural Resource Group (ARG). They told me they had been … Continue reading

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A day in Sunland/Tujunga

I love working at City Hall, the most-recognizable building in all of LA, but sometimes it’s nice to get outside too! So I’ve been looking forward to my first day in the field with a survey team. I met with … Continue reading

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