This weekend, families will gather over brunch and early dinners to toast and talk up the patriarchs in their posses. We’re extending that group to include men who have helped raise our city. In addition to your own, here are a few L.A. dads worth celebrating. Happy Father’s Day!
L.A.’s Dad of Style: Richard Neutra
The Austrian Angeleno is sometimes overshadowed by fellow design luminary and Neutra mentor Frank Lloyd Wright. But the architect’s style (think understated boxy houses) seems to have made the bigger impact on L.A.’s version of modernism, as evidenced by the Neutra VDL on Silver Lake and countless residential properties in Southern California. Neutra’s son, Dion, is still in the city and actively maintaining his father’s legacy.
L.A.’s Creative-Influence Dad: Gil Garcetti
Garcetti served as Los Angeles County’s 40th District Attorney in the ’90s before becoming an “urban photographer.” No wonder his mayor son, Eric, is such a staunch supporter of creative solutions.
L.A.’s Burger Breeder: Father’s Office
Whoever says that Sang Yoon’s mega-successful Culver City restaurant doesn’t count as an L.A. dad is obviously a vegan. It’s home of the best burger in the city (IMO) and spawned a gourmet patty revolution.
L.A.’s Fix-It Father: Father Greg Boyle
You know Homeboy Industries? Father Boyle got the whole thing going in 1992. His love for East L.A. and its people combined with his passion for helping others has made his reformative program famous. He has countless children (figures) to show for it, too.
L.A.’s Music-Man Dad: Flea
The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist co-founded the wildly successful Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a school celebrated for spreading education to the children of many a hipster. And you thought he was just a shirtless musician!
The Father of East Los Angeles: John Strother Griffin
The 19th century Angeleno is credited with establishing the first neighborhood in the area, Lincoln Heights, and even has a street named after him in Montecito Heights.
The Father of Los Angeles: Felipe de Neve
Who out-dads Griffin? De Neve, who is widely considered the founder of Los Angeles; he started the Pueblo that evolved into our city. He also established the areas of Santa Barbara and San Jose, too.
L.A.’s Visionary Dad: A. F. Gilmore
Our city is home to lots of smart dads, but my personal favorite is Gilmore, who headed the family behind the Original Farmers Market. Who knew their establishment would bear such fruit?
L.A.’s Daddy: Tom of Finland
The name Touko Laaksonen may not sound familiar, but the late artist’s renditions of hunky gay leathermen certainly earns him the moniker daddy. Laaksonen was an established Echo Parker and his foundation there still thrives today.