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Wellington Square Holiday Tour & Progressive Dinner

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Please note the following:

1) I am hosting this for event both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) The cost for the tour is $75 per person. You must send your payment online to the link provided below no later than Nov. 14th.

3) Payments sent after Nov. 13th will cost $85.

4) We will be going on the 4:15 PM tour on Sunday, December 2nd. They recommend arriving 30 minutes before the tour starts to have enough time to sufficiently tour the 1st house before the actual tour starts.

5) The tour and progressive dinner lasts about 3 hours. No high heels please.

5) Use this link to send your online payment: http://www.westadamsheritage.org/read/1247

I hosted this event last year and the members that attended had such a wonderful time, so I'm hosting it again this year.

Check out a blog of the 2008 holiday tour: http://ellenbloom.blogspot.com/2008/12/west-adams-home-tour.html

Check out pictures from their 2008 holiday tour: http://www.westadamsheritage.org/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=536

West Adams Heritage Association's
26th Annual Holiday Tour & Progressive Dinner
A Warm Welcome to Wellington Square
Holidays in the Heart of the City

The West Adams Heritage Association extends to you A Warm Welcome to Wellington Square. This gracious neighborhood is a vivid representation of the rapid growth that Los Angeles experienced during the 1920s in the years following the end of "The Great War."

There are a few examples of the wonderful Craftsman homes that were typical of nearby neighborhoods constructed prior to WWI, but most of the homes that grace the broad streets of Wellington Square reflect the eclectic styles of a vibrant young city, with Spanish, Tudor, Norman, and other "Revival" styles throughout the neighborhood.

The 1920s were a vital as well as challenging time for Los Angeles, as well as the West Adams District, with its new Wellington Square enclave coming into its own at the same time as developers' attentions were also drifting to other parts of the city. The iconic Hollywoodland sign first graced the hillside to the north in 1923, and new construction downtown brought us such famous landmarks as the Biltmore Hotel (1923), the Central Library (1926), the "skyscraping" new City Hall (1927).

This year's migrating dinner will visit a choice selection of homes and styles along the main Avenue of Wellington Square, and while the original grand gates that used to greet visitors are no longer there, the inviting spirit of the neighborhood will reflect the wonderful spirit of the Holidays that makes this time of year so special.

Dress Code

By now you should have purchased your tix for the progressive dinner. Here is more info on where we will meet along with the dress code:

Since all of the Wellington Square houses on this tour were originally built in the 1920's, we have decided to add a special Roaring 20s flair to this year's event. To accomplish this, we ask that you think back to the era of vaudeville entertainment, bathtub gin, and the clandestine speak easy. It was a free-spirited era of exuberance and no limits, a decade in which people wanted to forget the horrors of The Great War" (to-end-all-wars) and had not yet had to experience the realities of life that came with the Great Depression.

To augment the tour's experience: Vintage attire will be admired, not required. For inspiration, we invite you to visualize the great clothes worn in last year's hit movie The Artist, or even the classic Great Gatsby. Ladies, think exquisite Art Deco-inspired dresses; proper gentlemen always wore a suit and tie or even a tuxedo out for dinner. For additional inspiration, we provide the following link: http://blues.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=67027

Check-in will be at: 2133 Wellington Road 90016.

Wellington Square is located at the Southwest corner of Crenshaw and Washington Boulevards, just north of the 10 freeway’s Crenshaw exit. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the tour time you have reserved, to allow sufficient time to view this first home before setting out on your nostalgic Holiday tour of Wellington Square.

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