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Actually, this post really should have been titled, Local Architecture Student Starts Blog To Save Manhattan Beach Architecture, But From The Looks Of It, It’s Too Late — but, that wouldn’t have fit into the allotted space.

The blog — dedicated to news and information related to the address 230 Corbin Place (between Oriental Boulevard & the Atlantic Ocean) — is run by, Valerie, a Manhattan Beach resident and student of architecture. When Valerie first saw the house on the 40 ft x 144.58 ft lot being razed, she expressed her feeling of loss of the old-style Manhattan Beach buildings by doing what any preservationistic, nostalgic, young person would do — she researched and documented it!

But to top it all off, she started a blog to share her passion for her neighborhood. This is the kind of thing to which we at Sheepshead Bites can really relate.

Her last post was in February, so that just leads us to believe that she’s busy trying to get her degree. Until then, you can still catch up with some the previous posts. They are chock full of useful information about how she visited the City Register and the Department of Finance to dig into the house’s history.

Property Shark shows that the house last sold on March 28, 2008 for $800,000. Since then, it has been demolished. We’ll all be waiting to see how the new owner, Vadem Brodsky, and his architectural firm will make use of that valuable land.

If anyone has any updated information or photographs of any work that may be underway, be sure to shoot our Editor an e-mail.

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  • Anthony

    Despite the good that change can bring, I can understand the remorse over losing the Manhattan Beach buildings. In this country, we tend to have the mindset of “out with the old and in with the new.” We do relatively little to preserve our past and history. Not everything needs to be bulldozed and replaced with another pharmacy. Old-style architecture adds character to the landscape. It visually separates regions from one another with unique flavors. I applaud the student for taking on the cause. Unfortunately though, somebody is bound to be making alot of money somewhere along the way here leaving our blogging friend facing an uphill battle. Thanks for making us aware, Ray.

  • Alex

    This house looks old and I od not see anything “architecturally significant” about it. It’s not like he demolished Eifel Tower to build a new house.

    As long as Mr, Brodsky does not violate any laws or regulations, he should be able to build whatever he wants.

  • Anonymous

    Alex, I don’t think we are suggesting that there was anything architecturally significant about the building. No one can fault a person for looking into the past with good memories. There are no laws against feeling nostalgic.

  • Anthony

    It’s worth noting since the example was given, that the Eiffel Tower was reviled upon it’s initial construction. Parisians considered it an eyesore. Only through the course of time was it seen as fondly as it is today.

  • Alex

    Ray,

    Her theme is that Manhattan Beach “architecture” needs to be saved. I hate to burst her happy bubble but the house on the picture looks like a complete dump.

    PS. Eifel Tower was just an example of a significant landmark.

  • Anthony

    Despite the good that change can bring, I can understand the remorse over losing the Manhattan Beach buildings. In this country, we tend to have the mindset of “out with the old and in with the new.” We do relatively little to preserve our past and history. Not everything needs to be bulldozed and replaced with another pharmacy. Old-style architecture adds character to the landscape. It visually separates regions from one another with unique flavors. I applaud the student for taking on the cause. Unfortunately though, somebody is bound to be making alot of money somewhere along the way here leaving our blogging friend facing an uphill battle. Thanks for making us aware, Ray.

  • Alex

    This house looks old and I od not see anything “architecturally significant” about it. It’s not like he demolished Eifel Tower to build a new house.

    As long as Mr, Brodsky does not violate any laws or regulations, he should be able to build whatever he wants.

  • Anonymous

    Alex, I don’t think we are suggesting that there was anything architecturally significant about the building. No one can fault a person for looking into the past with good memories. There are no laws against feeling nostalgic.

  • Anthony

    It’s worth noting since the example was given, that the Eiffel Tower was reviled upon it’s initial construction. Parisians considered it an eyesore. Only through the course of time was it seen as fondly as it is today.

  • Alex

    Ray,

    Her theme is that Manhattan Beach “architecture” needs to be saved. I hate to burst her happy bubble but the house on the picture looks like a complete dump.

    PS. Eifel Tower was just an example of a significant landmark.