Parliament House to be demolished
From Bungalower: Permits have been filed seeking approval to tear down the former LGBTQ+ resort complex, currently located at 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail [GMap].
Bungalower has reached out to Miami-based Lion Financial, the new owners of the property for comment but had not received a response at the time of this post. A City of Orlando spokesperson has stated that at this time, Lion Financial has not shared their plans for the property. Lion Financial purchased the property for $300,100 earlier in the year in an auction, but it is valued at well over $2 million.
Fire creates new uncertainties in legal battle over Duluth’s historic Kozy Bar
From the Star Tribune: DULUTH – A fire earlier this week raised more questions about the fate of two historic downtown buildings, which have been mired in court battles for more than two years as the property’s former owner attempts to prevent the city from demolishing them.
Duluth officials on Thursday said the Fire Department has not been able to enter the Pastoret Terrace and former Paul Robeson Ballroom while they assess whether the blaze damaged the structural integrity of the buildings. The cause of the fire, which broke out Sunday morning, is still under investigation.
Retro ’40s In-N-Out Burger Planned for the Allegiant Stadium Neighborhood
From Eater/Las Vegas: Almost within the shadow of Allegiant Stadium, local favorite In-N-Out Burger has filed plans to create a themed tribute to its California roots, bringing a 1940s-inspired drive-thru to the westside.
Launched in Baldwin Park, California, in 1948, In-N-Out built a replica of its demolished original location back in 2014, creating a non-operational, roadside attraction.
Now planned for the southeast corner of Russell Road and Polaris Avenue, the 17th local expansion for the burger chain will follow a similar design inspiration to create a working 2,300-square-foot drive-thru, serving only walk-up and vehicular orders, with no indoor dining.
Liven Up: A virtual Modermism celebrates architect Paul R. Williams
From Tucson Local Media: At mid-century, Paul R. Williams was a sought-after architect in Los Angeles. Known for his luxury houses for Hollywood stars—among them Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson—Williams could make houses in almost any style, including the popular “California Spanish” genre. But he gave these works a distinct modernist cast, with simple, elegant rooms and patios that allowed indoor-outdoor living.
A great irony of Williams’ work is that he would never have been allowed to live in the houses he designed. Williams (1894-1980) was a Black man—the first black architect to be installed in the American Institute of Architects—and the grand houses he built were mostly in neighborhoods that practiced legal segregation. African-American residents were banned from living there.
Sign builder takes pride in helping brand Las Vegas for decades
From VegasInc: Whenever Jeff Young drives past Allegiant Stadium, he can’t help smiling about his company’s contributions to the new venue.
Yesco Custom Electric Signs built the freestanding sign at the east end of the stadium site, which stands more than 120 feet off the ground and features full-color video on both sides of a massive LED screen. It’s visible to those driving on Interstate 15 past the stadium.