Speaking of houses on the hill (see yesterday's Chicken Corner post), some of the grandest in Angelino Heights are the work of Arthur Benton, who also was noted for helping to restore California's missions in the late 1800s and early 1900s. One of the ways Benton stays with us is in the architect's then "modern" view that regional styles of building should be developed and old buildings preserved. His houses, a couple of which were featured in Echo Park Historical Society home tour of 2005, are gorgeously appointed, spooky and big. Benton is the subject of tonight's Echo Park Historical Society's quarterly meeting presentation by historian Charles J. Fisher. The quarterly meeting, which will also include an update on EPHS events and issues of interest to members, is free and open to the public. Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Barlow Library at Barlow Hospital, 2000 Stadium Way. (Disclosure: yours truly is on the board of this organization.)
In response to "The House on the hill" (yesterday's post again, scroll down). Adrienne Crew emailed me with a link to her blog, LA Brain Terrain -- where last April she wrote about Red Hill or Red Gulch in regard to a talk she gave at the Echo Park Film Center. As Crew notes in her blog, EPFC has a documentary series on lefties in Echo Park.