Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Has Sierra Madre Now Created Potemkin Preservation?

Apparently we are now looking at something new in Sierra Madre. It can be called Potemkin Preservation if you like. I'll try and explain why you might want to use the term. Here is the way the Henry A. Darling house looked in its original state.


Just below is the ersatz version that is now nearing completion at 126 E. Mira Monte. Kind of an Army tank green and drab looking pile when compared to the far more colorful and differentiated original, even in its final sun baked state. Probably because most of the features that distinguished the original house left for the landfills of Los Angeles County long ago when nobody was looking.


However, what is more interesting here is just how large this house has become in the back. Think of it as Potemkin Preservation. Apparently if you fake the facade of a house and make it similar in appearance to what it was before being demolished, you can add as much in the back as you can get the City Council to allow. Masked mansionization, if you will.

Notice the additional structure added to the back to the right. Looks almost like a second house has been tacked on. Hard to get a clear picture because of the tree that is hanging over that additional portion of the joint, but I think you get the idea.

Here is a portion of that addition.


Here is a shot of the rather beefy left hand side, as you are facing south. But the real additional square footage hidden behind the Potemkin facade is clearly to the right.


In case you are not up on the term "Potemkin Village," here is the something from a website called Architecture Daily (link).

According to Russian legend, "Potemkin Villages"—entirely fake urban conurbations made to appear real—can be traced to it's namesake, Field Marshall Aleksandrovich Potemkin. In 1787, this soldier faced an unusual request: Catherine the Great demanded the construction of swathes of artificial settlements along her route to the Crimea in order to disguise, or veil, the run-down face of the region.

Here is the picture that accompanied the article.


I think it is an idea that has now been adopted in Sierra Madre. The Empress would be proud. Appearance over substance in a small town now giving way to the demands of the real estate market and the large amounts of money to be made.

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72 comments:

  1. Oh I know the answer to this one, the fake appearance issue are all those Sierra Madre City Council Meetings?

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  2. The Fake Darling house is a metaphor for what city government has become in Sierra Madre. Cynical, cold and dismissive.

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  3. Look, the family who owns the house owns a restaurant right? Maybe it's going to be a Bed & Breakfast, and the family will live in the back?

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    1. Sure. Or maybe they'll put wings on it and it will become a flying house?

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  4. It's the city attorney's office. Sucked the city for all the money they could and at last minute said "not a good idea to fight this lawsuit". We need a new city attorney firm, one that is less expensive and not in bed with the enemy.

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    1. That sure is a theme with our city attorney.

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    2. One Carter is just the latest in this pattern. Sierra Madre has been set back a decade.

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    3. More like three decades, 10:26, with a lot of wasted time in between then and now.

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  5. Another enemy of the state caught https://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Republican-congressman-from-New-York-charged-with-13140837.php

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  6. "Masked mansionization" is indeed the way of the future. That's what has been decided for the old houses. You can buy one, gut it entirely, mushroom it in whichever directions don't show too much, and there you have our preservation ordinance. As long as it still looks kind of like what it once did, it's considered preserved.

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  7. No one cares what you claim about Sierra Madre because your goal is to harm people

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    1. Bad and deceptive city planning and administration hurts people. You don't care about that, though.

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    2. 8:27 is a bit of a whack-a-doodle, huh? Such a very odd comment to make.

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    3. Maybe the commenter is one of those unicorn people.

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  8. What’s wrong with building a bigger house.

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    1. Nothing. I think the objections are to the deceptive way the owner went about the whole thing, ya know, knocking it down and then saying "Oops."

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    2. That whole "I got friends at City Hall" mentality was at play here. The owner acted like the rules don't apply to him. And who knows, maybe he was right.

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    3. Certainly Councilman Goss was crushing on him.

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  9. I would say that all our money problems and conflicts in town are because of attorneys. Think about it. Anyone remember our old city attorney, Charley Martin? A one man band that knew how to avoid lawsuits for Sierra Madre. Seems that a past city councilman who was an attorney got rid of Mr. Martin. That same attorney was one that got us involved with more lawsuits and fought the resident tax payers all the time. If you have heard the term Dirt's he was one of them. He still lives in town and uses his influence with problems like the water costs, UUT and the library. Unfortunately so many homeowners don't have the time or stomach apparently to get involved and learn the truth and that's why our town is being buried in debt and taxes.

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    1. These photos could have been taken by a member of the Planning Commission or Planning Dept, which by law has a right to be on the property.

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    2. Actually no the planning commission does not. They only have permission so long as they have an open application that relates to the address. The entitlement has been recorded so they have no more jurisdiction on the matter.
      And I don’t know what state of being you dwell in, but a city employee can not disseminate any information without due process. And I doubt they would want anything to do with the Tattler.
      Nice try though. #sayyestolove

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    3. The sneering in your comments hurts the sincerity of your hashtag.

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    4. Hashtags aren’t sincere. It’s just my way of calling out your obvious hate towards anything not staring you back in the mirror.

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    5. You just keep saying who you are, accusing others of being filled with the hatred you have yourself.
      Kinda crazy, 7:17.

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  10. The City Council was WRONG to approve this hideous project. The owner planned to tear it down all along or he would have saved the historical elements. I am so disappointed with this City Council. Recently another long time resident moved out of town.

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  11. These photos appear to be taken by a trespasser. Why are you using them? Should someone go to your house and sit on the hill to the southwest and take photos of you through a telescopic sight?

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  12. Just so we’re clear 8:59 the previous house was hideous? Because this is an exact copy. The colors are in line with the 2 historic houses that are adjacent. The addition is not visible, so where dost your ire hail from.
    This house was failing structurally, as are many more in this town because of neglect. If you ask me, which I’m sure you are not, this is the best possible solution. Rebuild the same house. Would you prefer vacant? How about falling on someone’s head in the next earthquake. This guy actually kept original features of this house like the stone walls and the fireplace. I’m sure that added a pretty penny to this build. Why would he do that if he didn’t care at least a little? You really need to look beyond your opinions and consider the reality. Put some love in your heart. #sayyestolove

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    1. You are WRONG. The two story addition on the west side is visible from the street. Look at the plans.

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    2. And that was approved by the planning commission. What’s your point. Why don’t you find something good to say about this project. You people say you are not against development and yet you actually find fault in someone rebuilding a decrepit house and adding on to the rear most of which YOU CAN NOT SEE. You have jumped the shark. That’s why No one cares or takes serious The none sense that is spewed on this site. #sayyestolove

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    3. Gotta love that "you people" stuff.

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    4. a collection of like minded people who constantly beat the same tired donkey qualifies as “you people”.

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    5. Your "you people" definition pretty much describes you.

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  13. 8:31am. I remember Charlie Martin Esq., he was forced to retire from his position.
    The other attorney gained his seat on the Sierra Madre Council by a rigged election.
    George Maurer was right, Sacramento should have been asked to recalculate the votes.
    Few found it odd that ballots cast outnumbered the permanate number of registered voting residents.

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  14. The newer version of the old Darling house looks much better, looks like a home again.
    Google Earth has photos of all houses, no big deal.
    1984 has long passed, this is 2018.

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    1. It is the Darling House facade stuck on the front of a new house. One has very little to do with the other.

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  15. The Planning Commision and the City Council were correct to approve this project.
    The Planning Department has some explaining to do.
    Many people do not understand historical elements, look how much Sierra Madre had changed.

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    1. The Planning Commission rejected this mess. The City Council overruled them.

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    2. The City Council completely ignored the Planning Commission reasons for denial. The City Council completely ignored the first historical report that stated the house had historical features. It only relied on the second report that it took Kafalas five months to buy.

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  16. 8:27am thats what makes the town of Sierra Madre so quirky, whom is harming who?

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    1. Can't resist - it's who is harming whom.

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  18. Could be that long time resident that moved out of town has had enough of the tax, tax, tax solutions that emanate from City Hall.
    Could be that the resident had retired on CalPERS and went off to buy an island in the South Pacific.
    Could be that the history of Sierra Madre is only found in a few books that never captured the heart of the Village, once volunteers were told they were no longer welcomed.

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    1. No CalPers for that long time resident.

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  19. Anyone can see that great care was taken on the rebuild.
    We always loved those crazy palms in the front of the house, it had to have taken great great care to protect them when reconstructing this house.

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    1. It isn't a rebuild. It is the false facade of a new house.

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    2. How did you come to that conclusion? And why do you spread false information? You obviously know nothing of this project. Go online and look up the house plans and report back the differences from the old house and the new one. My guess is you won’t bother because spreading false information to support your narrative is far less work and you don’t want to know definitively that you are wrong. #sayyestolove

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    3. That’s what I thought.

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  20. Look, 7:03am. The family that owns the Pinney house oversaw venues at the Rose Bowl.
    Never heard concerts being staged at that bed and breakfast on Lima ave.
    If a Planning Commission gives the go ahead for any project, it has legally addressed any or all questions from the public and followed the zoning standards.

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  21. It's the 3 boys on the city council that are the problem, they are so wrapped up with the old council members they are trying to protect or cover for they are ignoring the residents. Tho only one on the council that spoke up at council was Rachelle Arizmendi when she said she would not support a parcel tax, the other 4 spoke in favor of the $150 and year tax.

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    1. They are no better than Josh, Joe and Nancy. Phony baloney bs artists.

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    2. I am disappointed with many of our Mayor's decisions too.

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  22. Today Russians are useful for the Tattler!

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  23. 10:29am. One would assume that you apply daily make-up and chap stick or shave and apply deodorant.
    What is the difference?

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  24. 19:24am. Wrong again and spreading false information.

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  25. 11:03am gotta love those wine tasting fundraiser's where they scratch each others backs.

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    1. Not for love or money.

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      Today major Russian Asset Trump supporter Chris Collins.

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      Handcuffs being readied for Don Jr.

      Support the FBI.

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  27. Hopefully the owners of this home will sue you for invasion of privacy and find out who gave you these photos and sue them for trespass. How sleazy for you to come on to someone's property and take photos of their home so you can mock and vilify them.

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    1. Another self-righteous nitwit with a Trump-like appreciation for the First Amendment.

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  28. Blue Wave? Ummm

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/400881-trump-boasts-he-went-5-for-5-in-tuesdays-elections

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    1. Been no talk of a blue wave here

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    2. Poll: Trump's overseas 'chaos' gives Democrats an edge in midterms

      President Donald Trump’s political stumbles on Russia, his protracted trade war and his overall “impulsive” behavior have deeply rattled potential voters, according to a new poll by a left-leaning group.

      A majority of respondents to the survey, commissioned by the nonprofit group National Security Action and first provided to POLITICO, believe the president has diminished America’s standing in the world and that he’s made the country less safe. Party strategists say the findings point to a new opening on national security and foreign policy for Democrats in the midterms. Those have traditionally been areas of strength for the GOP.

      Conducted by Hart Research from July 17-23, the survey showed that nearly two-thirds of those polled — including Democrats, Republicans and swing voters — believe Trump “acts impulsively and recklessly” on national security issues, while three-in-five respondents said Trump doesn’t treat Russia seriously enough as a threat and that he had gone too far in trying to please President Vladimir Putin. Just two in five respondents believed Trump did a good job of representing America’s interests when the president met with Putin last month in Helsinki.

      https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/08/trump-midterms-foreign-policy-poll-766757

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    3. Ohio Special Election Shows a Blue Wave Coming

      https://politicalwire.com/2018/08/08/ohio-special-election-shows-a-blue-wave-coming/

      Washington Post: “The tight race between Democrat Danny O’Connor and Republican Troy Balderson in a deep-red Ohio House district Tuesday reinforced a trend that has been developing for more than a year: Democrats are routinely beating their 2016 performance by double digits — putting the House and perhaps even the Senate within their grasp in November.”

      “In Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, which encompasses the northern suburbs of Columbus and rural expanses to the east, voters preferred President Trump by 11 points and GOP Rep. Patrick Tiberi by 37 points in 2016. But with the race too close to call late Tuesday night, those voters showed a marked shift away from Republicans.”

      Micah Cohen: “Ohio 12 looks to have shifted by about 13 points towards Democrats relative to its partisan lean (how we would expect it to vote in a neutral political environment)… That’s just about in line with Democrats’ average overperformance in these elections in the Trump era. Special elections have been a good sign for Democratic midterm hopes for awhile now, and Ohio 12 was no exception (even if Balderson hangs on).“

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