Saturday, May 21, 2011

John Chase's West Hollywood

This map was created to illustrate, to celebrate, to capture the influence of John Leighton Chase on the architecture, urban design and places of the City of West Hollywood. John was West Hollywood’s city urban designer from 1996 to 2010. But he was much more than that. John Chase was an architect, a writer, a flâneur, a social commentator. In short, he was modern day dandy who could see in the details of building and pavement the hidden treasures of space and beauty. From new windows to new development, from historic preservation to landscape design, John’s touch blessed the city’s built environment, making it, through his incremental differences, a better place to walk, to eat, and just to be. John Leighton Chase died on August 13, 2010.

A beautiful map designed by Keith Scharwath and produced by the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design and design east of La Brea includes 31 West Hollywood destinations that John designed, protected, enabled, approved, admired or frequented, along with descriptions, stories and anecdotes written by John's friends and collaborators. It's printed on newsprint in an eye-popping hot pink that was sourced from one of John's outfits and is the perfect guide to a day of walking in LA. See more images.

The map is available for purchase using the PayPal link below. One map is $5 and three maps are $10. Prices include shipping. If you'd like to buy four or more maps, contact us at hello[at]designeastoflabrea[dot]org You'll also be able to find the maps soon at LA Forum events and other locations.

John Chase's West Hollywood Map

John back on the big screen

The Walking Tour
On May 21, 2011 over 200 people embarked upon a walking tour of West Hollywood to visit many of the locations on the John Chase map. See photos and a recap from John Chase's West Hollywood Walk.

Books by John Chase
The Sidewalk Companion to Santa Cruz Architecture
John Chase
(The Museum of Art & History)

Exterior Decoration: Hollywood's Inside-Out Houses
John Chase
(Hennessey + Ingalls)

Glitter Stucco and Dumpster Diving: Reflections on Building Production in the Vernacular City
John Chase

L.A. 2000+: New Architecture in Los Angeles
John Chase
(The Monacelli Press)

Las Vegas: The Success of Excess
Frances Anderton and John Chase

Everyday Urbanism (Expanded)
John Chase, John Kaliski and Margaret Crawford
(The Monacelli Press)

John Chase on the Plummer Park Community Center

DnA: Design and Architecture episode on John Chase
After he died, host Frances Anderton dedicated a segment on her KCRW radio show to John Chase's legacy. The show features many of his friends, coworkers, collaborators and contemporaries speaking about his influence on West Hollywood. You can listen to the show online.

More Memories of John Chase
John Chase Dies at 57; Writer, Urban Designer for West Hollywood (Los Angeles Times)
John Chase Leaves Us: West Hollywood Urban Designer; Dear Friend (DnA blog)
West Hollywood's John Chase Passes Away (Curbed LA)
John Chase, West Hollywood's Urban Designer, Was 57 (LA Observed)
Remembering John Chase, the King of Public Space (Gelatobaby)
John Chase's West Hollywood (DnA blog, which was the progenitor of this map)

Frances Anderton
Siobhan Burke
Jennifer Davis
John Kaliski
John Keho
Christopher Hawthorne
Deborah Murphy
Alissa Walker

Special thanks to John's sister Laura Chase and John's husband Jonathan Cowan

Sponsored By
design east of La Brea

Learn more about the John Chase Memorial Fund. Donations are tax-deductible.

Design and illustration by Keith Scharwath

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