wanna go on a fieldtrap with me?
c'mon let's hit the road!
first stop: 3819 dunn dr. in culver city
lawrence joseph an artist at walt disney studios began the design of these cottages in 1946. from what i gathered during an internet probe, they weren't built from the ground-up, but rather created by altering some pre-existing cottages that were already on this lot. he tinkered away on them through the 80's.
after first seeing hugh comstock's fairytale cottages in carmel 10 years ago, i became very interested in storybook style homes, most of which were built in a short period of time between the 20's and 30's. most of my learning has been confined to 1 book that i bought long ago on the subject:
but it wasn't till this week that i visited 2 storybook style cottages right here in LA. i'll share the other one next week!
the hobbit house is actually a series of apartments – the lawrence and martha joseph residence and apartments
and it's possible that they are on the saddest street in all of culver city.
they're also on the dilapidated side as rental units have a tendency to become over time. next time we visit we'll wait until sundown when the atmosphere is a little softer and lights inside the cottages begin to twinkle.
either way, they're something to see!
there's a pond out front with a lot of turtles poking around.
i stopped to chat with an elderly lady who comes by often to admire the turtles.
that concludes our fieldtrap. oh wait. no it doesn't!
here's where we're going for lunch:
ordinarily i try not to go to any place with the word "fat" in the name. but for you i make an exception.
go ahead. order whatever you want. i'll buy. hope you're not vegan! this bus only makes one lunch stop.
i have a couple of disguises in the car you can choose from if you wouldn't be caught dead in such an establishment.
Yum! I’ll go! But we’d have to plan ahead, since it would take me about three days to drive there. I haven’t completely decided about this, but trying a “ruben” every place I go that has one, may have to be one of my goals.
Nola Hart says
If you go back, be sure to check out ” The Word is Art” on Venice Blvd it is within walking distance and it has some really cool stuff. It is next door to the Jurassic museum. Love your adventures.
It’s hot today and I read mystery novels on hot summer days, I think Michael Connelly should read this post and set his next Harry Bosch novel in Culver City with at least one meal at Fat Sal’s. The storybook homes would be a great contrast to his modern home stuck on the side of a hill.
I’ll take the Big Fat Fatty, cuz the name is pure poetry (‘though the description looks frightening.)
I can’t believe this synchronicity, Mary Ann. Check my latest blog post!
Susie Lafond says
the house is dang cool. There was a tiny story-book type house in the neighborhood I grew up in here in Minnesota. It was an absolutely quaint and tiny cottage, makes me wonder if it is still there. lip smackin menu makes me rethink my choice for dinner tonight….hmmmmm pondering this.
Connie Rose says
Culver City used to be pretty sad, as I remember it. There used to be a lot of storybook-style houses in Cheviot Hills — at least they seemed that way to me when I was a wee one.
Judy H. says
Love the house. Love that menu. 😀
Wendy Frances Milone says
I want to live in a storybook house.
Mary Ann Moss says
erin ill see you a fat juanito and raise you a fat joey!
Janet Ghio says
Aren’t these houses just adorable.
Erin Perry says
Mmmm – a Fat Juanito por favor!
Erin in Morro Bay
Love going on field trips with you! Thanks for lunch. Looking forward to the next one. 🙂
Gwen Delmore says
Seriously? Is this a real menu? There is a restaurant in Portland that offers a 72oz steak dinner (4.5lbs, I did the math!) You get it free if you can eat the whole thing, including the sides of potato and salad. I had a boyfriend in high school who did it. At least he said he did, I was not there to witness…
What did you order?