Monday, December 11, 2017

MCMANUS & MORGAN FINE PAPERS

OLD-SCHOOL! WE SHOULD ALL KNOW OF
THIS PAPER STORE NEAR LA'S MACARTHUR PARK
AND THE MAN BEHIND IT: MR. GARY WOLIN.

This week's arts and culture column gives me real pleasure to present.

Here's how it begins:

McManus & Morgan, established in 1923, is in its 94th year. Owner Gary Wolin has been its brains and heart for around the last 50.

Located at 2506 W. 7th Street, just west of MacArthur Park, this cultural treasure occupies a ground-floor space in a 1924 Spanish Revival building that, until recently, time pretty much forgot.

The store shares customers, physical space and a unique esprit de corps with its neighbor, Aardvark Letterpress.

Back in the day, the Otis College of Art, the Chouinard Art Institute and the original Art Center College of Design were all within shouting distance. The area was heady with artistes who patronized the store — among them reputedly Ansel Adams, June Wayne, Ed Ruscha and designers from every major Hollywood studio.

But eventually the colleges moved, MacArthur Park became a haven for drug addicts and petty criminals, and seedier times followed.

Through it all, McManus & Morgan endured.


READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.

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