A San Pedro Couple That's Obsessed With Art Deco
There's a grand staircase, neon signs, a candy counter, multiple posters of classic movies — such as Creature From the Black Lagoon — and even an original chandelier from the El Capitan Theatre. Following the stairs down to the basement leads to a ...
September 5, 2014
Today, the art deco building still stands, but it is now home to Patti Kraakevik and her partner, George Woytovich, who have renovated the building into three art galleries and a residence packed with art deco items. But once a month, during San Pedro’s First Thursdays Art Walk, the couple graciously opens the downstairs galleries and basement to the public. Three downstairs art galleries — a large one that takes up the corner of the building, the other two on either side of it — are rented out to local artists, who get a chance to showcase their work on First Thursdays. Kraakevik and Woytovich used to open up to the public their upstairs penthouse residence — where most of the art deco antiques are — but now, according to Woytovich, “It gets out of hand. Still, between the ground-floor galleries and basement, there are hundreds of art deco collectibles to keep people occupied. The building's south entrance, with classic movie theater steel doors, leads into a vintage movie theater lobby. There's a grand staircase, neon signs, a candy counter, multiple posters of classic movies — such as Creature From the Black Lagoon — and even an original chandelier from the El Capitan Theatre.