18 episodes

Broadcast veteran and native Angeleno Laura Craven hosts this insider’s guide to the unique architecture of Los Angeles. With over a decade’s experience at a Malibu-based premier architecture firm, Laura knows the insiders who are dedicated to the preservation of Southern California’s rich architectural history. Guests include architects, designers, architectural photographers, engineers and conservationists.

 

LOST ANGELES connects you to the stories and the community of people behind LA’s mid-century modern masterpieces, 1920’s Spanish Revivial properties, Art Deco treasures, retro-futuristic renovation projects and every other style unique to the city’s landscape. Stay tuned for all new monthly episodes!

LOST ANGELES with Host Laura Craven JASONCHARLES.NET PODCAST NETWORK

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Broadcast veteran and native Angeleno Laura Craven hosts this insider’s guide to the unique architecture of Los Angeles. With over a decade’s experience at a Malibu-based premier architecture firm, Laura knows the insiders who are dedicated to the preservation of Southern California’s rich architectural history. Guests include architects, designers, architectural photographers, engineers and conservationists.

 

LOST ANGELES connects you to the stories and the community of people behind LA’s mid-century modern masterpieces, 1920’s Spanish Revivial properties, Art Deco treasures, retro-futuristic renovation projects and every other style unique to the city’s landscape. Stay tuned for all new monthly episodes!

    LOST ANGELES Episode 20 Special Guest Author/Preservationist CHRIS NICHOLS Part 2

    LOST ANGELES Episode 20 Special Guest Author/Preservationist CHRIS NICHOLS Part 2

    LOST ANGELES Episode 20 features Part 2 of Host Laura Craven's two-part exclusive in-depth and entertaining interview with author, preservationist, architectural historian and longtime Senior Editor at Los Angeles Magazine CHRIS NICHOLS! 

    On this episode, Chris talks about researching and writing his epic “Disneyland” book for Taschen and the architectural history of the theme park, protecting atomic age bowling alleys (the subject of a future book!), the trials and tribulations of his preservation work protecting historic architecture in Southern California, and of course his popular 20+ year “Ask Chris” column in Los Angeles Magazine.

    CHRIS NICHOLS has worked with the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee, serving a term as chairman of the group. In addition to creating tours, exhibitions, and lectures about historic Los Angeles, Nichols has advocated for endangered buildings all over Southern California including the Cinerama Dome and the world’s oldest McDonald’s in Downey. His books include "Walt Disney’s Disneyland" for Taschen and "The Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister.” He writes the "Ask Chris" column in Los Angeles magazine and has served on the board of Hollywood Heritage.

    Go to Episode 19 of LOST ANGELES For Part 1, where Chris talks about growing up near the legendary Downey McDonald’s that began his illustrious career in architectural history and preservation, his early mentorship with “googie” architecture author Alan Hess, Early 20th Century cafeterias and drive-ins and how the mid-century leisure architecture of Southern California was created, and much more…

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    • 43 min
    LOST ANGELES Episode 19 Special Guest Author/Preservationist CHRIS NICHOLS Part 1

    LOST ANGELES Episode 19 Special Guest Author/Preservationist CHRIS NICHOLS Part 1

    On LOST ANGELES Episode 19, Host Laura Craven sits down for Part 1 of an exclusive 2-Part in-depth and entertaining interview with author, preservationist, architectural historian and longtime Senior Editor at Los Angeles Magazine CHRIS NICHOLS!  

    On part 1, Chris talks about growing up near the legendary Downey McDonald’s that began his illustrious career in architectural history and preservation, his early mentorship with “googie” architecture author Alan Hess and his revealing work about mid-century modern master architect Wayne McAllister, and getting married at McAllister’s massive historic property the “Agua Caliente” in Mexico.  Laura and Chris also get into Early 20th Century cafeterias and drive-ins and how they influenced the space-age structures to come later, as well as how the mid-century leisure architecture of Southern California was created, and much more…

    CHRIS NICHOLS has worked with the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee, serving a term as chairman of the group. In addition to creating tours, exhibitions, and lectures about historic Los Angeles, Nichols has advocated for endangered buildings all over Southern California including the Cinerama Dome and the world’s oldest McDonald’s in Downey. His books include "Walt Disney’s Disneyland" for Taschen and "The Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister.” He writes the "Ask Chris" column in Los Angeles magazine and has served on the board of Hollywood Heritage.

    Go to Episode 20 of Lost Angeles for Part 2 of this fascinating conversation where Chris talks about researching and writing his epic “Disneyland” book for Taschen and the architectural history of the theme park, protecting atomic age bowling alleys (the subject of a future book!), the trials and tribulations of his preservation work protecting historic architecture in Southern California, and of course his popular 20+ year “Ask Chris” column in Los Angeles Magazine. 

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    • 30 min
    LOST ANGELES Episode 18 MARILYN MONROE'S BRENTWOOD HACIENDA Part 2 featuring Author Gary Vitacco-Robles

    LOST ANGELES Episode 18 MARILYN MONROE'S BRENTWOOD HACIENDA Part 2 featuring Author Gary Vitacco-Robles

    On Episode 18 of LOST ANGELES, Host Laura Craven sits down for more conversation with biographer and Marilyn Monroe historian GARY VITACCO-ROBLES, author of "Cursum Perficio: Marilyn Monroe's Brentwood Hacienda,"  the only book about the icon to focus exclusively on the architectural history and significance of her 5th Helena Drive home; the location of her untimely death in 1962.  For Part 2, Gary talks more about Marilyn's life in Brentwood that year, including the neighbors, residents and history of the neighborhood up until that time, Monroe's association with Frank Lloyd Wright, more insider information about the furnishings and the architecture of the hacienda, and what the star's daily life was like during her final months there.  We also get Gary's take on the controversial Netflix film "Blonde," currently making headlines...he offers many alternatives for those interested in learning more about the icon and her personal life. 

    Gary is also the writer, co-producer, & commentator of the dramatized, multi-season podcast Marilyn: Behind The Icon, adapted from his three-volume biography.  The all new third volume, "Icon: Who Killed Marilyn Monroe,” is available for pre-order now! He has appeared on various news shows and is a media personality.  Currently, Gary writes the blog "Tampa Bay Author's Social Diary" & is co-producer of the film short Marilyn's Dark Paradise (2022), directed by Remi Gangarossa.  For more information about Gary, follow him @gvrovr on Instagram, and find his books on Amazon or wherever you get your biographies!

    To hear an exclusive site-only Lost Angeles "Extra" outtake featuring Gary's top resources for Marilyn circa 1961-62, go to this episode's page on the Lost Angeles series page on www.jasoncharles.net Podcast Network Arts & Culture Channel. 
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    • 50 min
    LOST ANGELES Episode 17 MARILYN MONROE'S BRENTWOOD HACIENDA featuring Author Gary Vitacco-Robles

    LOST ANGELES Episode 17 MARILYN MONROE'S BRENTWOOD HACIENDA featuring Author Gary Vitacco-Robles

    On Episode 17 of LOST ANGELES, Host Laura Craven sits down for an interview with biographer and Marilyn Monroe historian GARY VITACCO-ROBLES, author of "Cursum Perficio: Marilyn Monroe's Brentwood Hacienda,"  the only book about the icon to focus exclusively on the architectural history and significance of her 5th Helena Drive home; the location of her untimely death in 1962.  Gary and Laura talk about the development of the area and the history of the house before Monroe owned it, how she came to acquire it, the reasons she chose to make this her home, and of course the interior and exterior details of this lovely Spanish-style hacienda in the middle of Brentwood.  And of course, Gary will explain more about the title "Cursum Perficio," from the Latin inscription on the home's original front doorstep tiles, ominously translating to "I have completed my journey."

    Gary is also the writer, co-producer, & commentator of the dramatized, multi-season podcast Marilyn: Behind The Icon, adapted from his three-volume biography.  The all new third volume, "Icon: Who Killed Marilyn Monroe,” is available for pre-order now! He has appeared on various news shows and is a media personality.  Currently, Gary writes the blog "Tampa Bay Author's Social Diary" & is co-producer of the film short Marilyn's Dark Paradise (2022), directed by Remi Gangarossa.  For more information about Gary, follow him @gvrovr on Instagram, and find his books on Amazon or wherever you get your biographies!

    To see an exclusive photo gallery of Marillyn’s house, go to the Lost Angeles series page on the Arts & Culture Channel at www.jasoncharles.net Podcast Network. 
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    • 37 min
    LOST ANGELES Episode 16 PRIDE Special: L.A.'S LAST PIANO BAR with filmmaker JANE CANTILLON

    LOST ANGELES Episode 16 PRIDE Special: L.A.'S LAST PIANO BAR with filmmaker JANE CANTILLON

    LOST ANGELES Episode 16 PRIDE SPECIAL featuring guest JANE CANTILLON, Director of the feature film "The Other Side: A Queer History's Last Call,” a documentary about LA’s last piano bar located on Hyperion Avenue in Silverlake.  Host Laura Craven chats with the director about the history of this landmark mid-century modern building and the bar and lounge that was home to the local queer community for decades before its unfortunate closing in 2012.

    Jane’s 2013 film is an insightful, provocative and poignant exploration into the history of gay Los Angeles through personal stories from the 1940s to the 1960s, set against the backdrop of The Other Side, a venerable LA gay piano bar and a neighborhood fixture for more than forty years.  Rent or buy the film on Amazon NOW!

    Jane Cantillon is an LA-based director and producer for film and television.  In addition to her feature films, “The Other Side…” and “Paintings by Mary Woronov,” her television production credits include Entertainment Tonight, “Anderson,” Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, The Talk, and Ask Oprah’s All Stars, among others.  Also a prolific musician and performer, her band “Dick and Jane Family Orchestra” plays regularly at Akbar in Silverlake and in and around LA and the West Coast. For more info and upcoming shows, follow her on Instagram @janecantillon

    Special thanks to Carmen Grillo at Big Surprise Music & Studios and to Kathleen Sullivan, Executive Director of Openhouse in San Francisco, for their assistance in making this special episode happen!

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    • 34 min
    LOST ANGELES Episode 15 Inside THE CHATEAU MARMONT with author SHAWN LEVY

    LOST ANGELES Episode 15 Inside THE CHATEAU MARMONT with author SHAWN LEVY

    On Episode 15 of LOST ANGELES, Host Laura Craven goes inside the architectural history of the Sunset Strip landmark, The Chateau Marmont, featuring special guest Author SHAWN LEVY.  His critically acclaimed 2019 bestseller "The Castle On Sunset: Death, Art, Love and Scandal At The Chateau Marmont" is the definitive biography, if you will, about the infamous Hollywood hotel and sometime residence of a who's who of film and music giants, dating back to the late 1920s.  Laura and Shawn discuss the original 1927 property and how it developed through the decades,the various owners whose personal stories informed the architectural and cultural changes of the property, and of course, plenty of inside information about its Hollywood lore.

    Shawn Levy is the former film critic of The Oregonian and KGW-TV. His writing has appeared in Sight and Sound, Film Comment, American Film, Interview, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Black Rock Beacon. He is the author of eleven books, including Rat Pack Confidential, Paul Newman: A Life, King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis, and Dolce Vita Confidential. He jumps and claps and sings for victory in Portland, Oregon.  For more information about Shawn Levy, and his latest book "In On The Joke," about the history of trailblazing female comedians, go to www.shawnlevy.com
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    • 45 min

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Love this slick, smart podcast. A great combo of history, architecture, culture & nostalgia. Always relevant, always entertaining. I learn something with each episode.

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This is so fun to listen to after living in LA for a time. I imagine the spaces and the awe I felt when seeing places for the first.

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