Thursday, October 4, 2012

Station No. 11

This is the police station on York Boulevard in Highland Park.  It is the oldest standing station of the the Los Angeles Police Department.  It now serves as a museum.  I haven't seen for myself, but I understand that it has some interesting displays that barely scratch the surface of the LAPD's very storied past.  Last time I was inside this station was more than half my life ago.   

Ladies and gentlemen, the story you're about to hear is true. I'd left my wallet out on my desk in my room in my college dormitory.  I walked away for just a few minutes.  Then I couldn't find my wallet.  It took me a long time to convince myself that I hadn't just misplaced it, which seemed likely, but eventually I reported it missing.  Several months later, I received a call to pick up my wallet at the police station.  It was in an evidence bag, a plastic bag with numbers.  It smelled of mildew, and nothing in it was useful anymore.  A boy had been caught stealing and led the police to his outdoor stash of wallets.  He'd already been tried and convicted before the police told me they had my wallet.

I like the look of this police station.  I'm pretty sure it's been in lots of movies and television shows.  It's not quite as Easter egg colored as the painting.  I painted it from across the street under a tree outside Coco's which used to be Bob's Big Boy.  I used to have a roommate that worked there.  That's another one of the City's stories.   


  1. I like the colours that you used dear Barbara, though when I think about buildings of Police Departments, the colours aren't so lucid; at lest in my mind.
    Great story too!
    Warm regards.

  2. Ha! Ladies and gentlemen, the story you're about to hear is true - The badges ID and guns used in Dragnet are on display in the museum. I have told many that this is one of the funniest and most interesting museums ever. Well it used to be until some curator got a hold of it and removed the hokum that gave it it's charm (and raised the price of visiting substantially) it used to be suggested donation

  3. What a great story to go with your neat painting! Love how your piece turned out, esp. showing the neighborhood too.