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    Story Hardware

    by Yaqui Written Jul 20, 2012

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    On this site in 1915, Thomas Story with sons Henry and Walter opened Story & Sons Hardware store. Thomas Story was one of Burbank’s earliest pioneers, arriving here in 1877. He opened Burbank’s first livery stable in 1899, and also farmed and sold real estate locally. When Burbank incorporated in 1911, Story became the first President of the Board of Trustees, an office corresponding to the current position of Mayor. Story died in 1937, but Story’s Hardware continued to operate on this site until 1986.

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    Burbank Post Office 1937

    by Yaqui Written Jul 20, 2012

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    Just down the street from the historical City Hall is the old post office of Mediterranean-styled containing elements of the Spanish Colonial Revival, the Mission Style, and the Pueblo Style. The building was designed and built in 1937 by Gilbert Stanley Underwood. What is usually unique about post offices built during the 1920-1940's is they usually have some very unique murals gracing their walls and this one has two mural painted by Barse Miller. One is called 'Aviation' and the other 'Motion Picture Filming'.

    The plaque reads:

    This property has been
    placed on the
    National Register
    of Historical Places
    by the United States
    Department of the Interior

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    Portal of the Folded Wings~Shrine to Aviation

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 20, 2012

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    This portal consists of many historical plaques and dedication to many of our history annd local aviation pioneers. In each of the pillars there is a mini museum, but only opened at certain hours and days.

    Open First Sunday of the Month, 1-3 PM.

    The plaque reads:

    Dedicated To The Honored Dead Of American Aviation On The 50th Anniversary Of Powered Flight, Dec. 17, 1953, By Lt. Gen. Ira C. Eaker USAF (Ret.)

    Beneath The Memorial tablets in this sacred portal rest the cremated remains of famous flyers who contributed so much to the history and development of aviation. The bronze plaques upon the marble walls memorialize beloved Americans who devoted their lives to the advancement of the air age. Administered under the auspices of the Brookins-Lahm-Wright Aeronautical Foundation, this shrine stands as a lasting tribute.

    Built by
    MacDonald and Giorgi
    1924
    National Register of Historic Places

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    Four Freedoms by Hugo Ballin

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 20, 2012

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    There is another beautiful mural located in the Council Chamber. The 11 feet by 22 feet mural was inspired by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1941 "Four Freedoms" speech given at the signing of the Atlantic Charter. It is one of Ballin’s masterworks. The mural depicts scenes and figures symbolic of the Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. Located on the Council Chamber wall directly behind the Council seats, the mural was in place when the City Hall building was dedicated February 12, 1943.http://www.burbankca.gov/index.aspx?page=115

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    Burbank Industry Mural by Hugo Ballin

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 20, 2012

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    In City Halls entry-way is a 8 feet by 24 feet, mural in the Rotunda called the 'Burbank Industry' The mural features Burbank-built airplanes, the motion picture industry, agriculture, a power plant, and scenes of Burbank family life, all representing the economic and social base of the community.

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    Inside City Hall

    by Yaqui Written Jul 20, 2012

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    Inside this beautiful structure is just as stunning as the outside. As you walk inside you will see the beautiful staircase, medallions, and especially the murals of ‘The Four Freedoms’ and ‘Burbank Industry’ mural by Hugo Ballin. see the next tip.

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    Burbank City Hall~1930

    by Yaqui Written Jul 20, 2012

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    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Burbank City Hall’s is the elegant example of art deco architecture from the 1930s and 1940s. Designed to be a modern building for its time, the art deco architecture celebrates the achievements of technology and the taming of nature.

    It is obsolutely stunning!

    Burbank City Hall is dominated by a central tower equivalent to a three and one half story building (approximately 77 feet high from the base of the steps to the top of the flagpole). It is flanked on either side by two-two story wings. A vertical panel with recessed cast concrete grill runs from the front doors to the roof of the tower, giving the facade a decorative flair and at the same time, providing light and impressiveness to the interior’s main lobby and grand stair case.

    All of the exterior surfaces of the building are plain cement except for the sculpted panels (bas-reliefs) over the front windows of the two wings. Vertical lines are accentuated in the treatment of the window openings with horizontal lines in the walls of the basement. The set back of the tower has a low pitched roof covered with glazed shingle tiles.http://www.burbankca.gov/index.aspx?page=660

    The plaque reads:
    Burbank City Hall
    April 18, 1996

    This Property has been
    Placed on the
    National
    Register Of
    Historic Places
    By The
    United States Department
    Of The Interior

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    Join Jay, see stars and hear good music on Tonight

    by marinarena Written Jul 29, 2011

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    ..and perhaps--- get on camera!!

    A reason why many visitors would go to Burbank is to attend the long-running Tonight Show live in studio, on the lot of NBC. The Tonight Show taping is at NBC Burbank lot in Studio 11

    Manage to reserve tickets through snail mail (4-6 weeks in advance), TVTix.com or in person at the lot for same day shows only requires getting to studio early and some luck). The best thing of this experience - it is free!! There is no cost involved but a weekday off to be prearranged.

    Current Tonight host Jay Leno is sure to get you to laugh (even when the jokes get lame, he plays it off well.) The Tonight show band, currently led by industry favorite Rickey Minor, is sure to rock the place.

    Do try to following some tips if attending:
    Don't bring a camera or recording devices to the studio. A thorough search of belongings is conducted before entrance inside the studio.
    Be patient. The wait time before seating for the show can be 1-2 hours.
    Bring water and snacks when waiting outside, especially during those hot summer days.
    The studio is very strict on this.
    For admission, attendants must be 16 or older.
    The pedestrian entrance is on Bob Hope Drive. Parking is limited, so arrive early, as indicated by instructions given from show organizers after reserving tickets.
    There is free parking available on nearby side streets (i.e., Riverside)
    A paid parking option is located on California Street at Clear Channel underground parking building.

    For my Tonight Show visits through the years, I saw up close:
    Angelina Jolie!
    Lenny Kravitz!
    Kenny Chesney!
    John Lithgow!

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    Bob's Big Boy Landmark

    by Yaqui Updated Aug 27, 2010

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    Listed as a Historical Landmark as:
    BOB'S BIG BOY RESTAURANT AND SIGN
    Registration Date: 11/12/1992
    Location: City: Burbank
    County: Los Angeles

    This is oldest Bob Big Boy Restaurant nationwide. Built in 1949 by two local residents Scott MacDonald and Ward Albert and designed by architect Wayne McAllister. The restaurant has that 1940's transitional design of streamline modern style coffee shop. The huge wonderful sign outside still reflects that wonderful era us Baby Boomers remember and what a treat it was to visit a restaurant and one of the first drive up’s. The MacDonald family acquired it back and are currently restoring to its rightful charm.

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    Northern Griffith Park

    by Fewf Written Aug 4, 2006

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    Not many people seem to visit this end of Griffith Park. Lots of nice trails and great views. Some trails are wide enough that you'd think they're for vehicles; others are narrow pathways. Many are steep.

    California Powderpuff

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