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There’s a Victorian building in Canoga Park that I heard was made from pieces of Bunker Hill mansions. What’s the story?

Photograph courtesy You-Are-Here

Only in L.A. can you get your oil changed—at MJ’s Auto Repair—in the shadow of a 75-foot-tall Queen Anne confection. Master carpenter Dennis Platt spent years scavenging pieces from demolished Victorian houses. In 1981, he put some to use in that crazy office building on Sherman Way, incorporating windows, staircases, and balustrades from his stash. Most weren’t salvaged at Bunker Hill but from the Little Sisters of the Poor rest home at 1st and Mott streets in Boyle Heights.