A TERITON TOUR
photos by Rip Rense
Whole streets of venerable edifices suddenly find themselves cordoned off by temporary chain-link fencing and “notification of pending development” signs. Realtors pronounce time of death, bulldozers remove the corpses. A few escape by dressing up in skylights and double-paned windows and posing as condos, but they won’t get away with it for long. Some of the old places, like the Teriton, have held out. . .
Crepe myrtle, sycamore, flower beds, dappled sunlight, and Kit Snedaker.
Belladonna trumpets and shady corners. . .Mickey Spillane lived here once. . .
|"I love the location. I love living in an older building. I love having an almost fully tiled bathroom. I love the soap dish in the kitchen. I love the linoleum floor in the kitchen that reminds me of my childhood."---Christie Savage.|
|“From a car the southwest approach corner takes on the shape of a ship’s prow, while the winged like overhangs contribute to the lofty feel. A clear nod to the rise of the automobile in society and to the fact that the electric trolley cars had only a few years earlier been removed from along San Vicente Blvd.---Louis Scaduto, architect.|
The clean 1949 geometry of Teriton architect Sanford White.
|"There is no synagogue, there is no congregation and there is no mission for the ‘greater good.’ There is simply a nonprofit religious corporation located at an attorney's office that now owns a building that potentially has great value if it can be developed."---Bernard C. Wesson.|
Junipers standing sentry beneath Jacaranda boughs. . .
|“The Teriton reflects a moment in time when the International Style attempted to equalize varying cultural, social and economic backgrounds in an architectural language."---Teriton resident, architect Louis Scaduto.|
New Teriton memories in the works? Or will they be the last Teriton memories?
|“If Rosario Perry comes up with comparable
housing, as he promises, I will dance naked at the corner of Ocean
Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard, accompanying myself on the
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