Sunday, July 08, 2007
Old Timey Leucadia
Last week Fred Caldwell e-mailed me these sweet photos of Leucadia in the 1920's. This was located just north of the roadside park on the coast highway.
These photos supplement this comment posted last week:
Before LeucadiART Walk, there was world famous Streeter Blair, who's art studio / antique shop was next to Leucadia Roadside Park. Blair's oil paintings were primitive American style, and when Grandma Moses died, her agent deemed him Grandpa Moses. His studio burned to the ground in 1953 and he moved to LA. In the 1960's years after Blair passed, a container with nearly 100 of his paintings was discovered and auctioned off at Sotheby's. Vincent Price and Jonathan Winters were among the collectors bidding high on his work. In the 40's, Blair also built a large, early American style log cabin on Sanford Street out of mortared pier pilings. I was lucky enough to be given a tour of it by a friend of Blairs who had purchased it from him and preserve it from the 40's. A huge fireplace, chandelier and the original furniture Blair built for it was also in tact. Sadly, a year later, Greystone made her an offer she couldn't refuse. It's all gone now.
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