SBCS 2016 Los Angeles Convention Memories


The 2016 Souvenir Building Collectors Society Convention in Los Angeles is history. Yet no one who attended will forget the camaraderie, the tours, the member exhibits, the swaps, sales, raffle and auction action. The 2016 Convention Commemorative, made by InFocus Tech, of Hollyhock House will keep the memories bright.

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Besides the Commemorative Souvenir Building of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, a handout listing souvenir buildings and monuments in the LA area was distributed. Click here to download a pdf of the listings.

The 2017 Convention will be held in Chicago in October. Planning is underway and updates will be posted on this website on the 2017 Convention page. Keep watching.

SBCS Convention Dreaming: Los Angeles June 10-12, 2016

The annual SBCS convention gives everyone a chance to share some of their favorite Souvenir Buildings with others who collect. Here are some buildings and monuments you are likely to see at the 2016 Los Angeles gathering, June 10 -12.

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This year at the Friday “Meet and Greet” everyone is asked to wear a Hawaiian Shirt and a Hat, in honor of Bob Kneisel, who always appeared dressed and ready for a vacation in the 50th State. In 20 years, Bob never missed a Convention. We will miss him.

Relaxing at the SBCS "Meet and Greet"

Relaxing at the SBCS “Meet and Greet”

A reminder of the SBCS Convention Schedule:

June 10, Friday:
Hollyhock House Tour (afternoon)
Meet and Greet (evening)

June 11, Saturday:
Business Meeting and Swap Meet (morning)
Tour to L.A. Downtown Art Deco District (afternoon)
Dinner / Raffle / Auction (evening)

June 12, Sunday
Rose Bowl Flea Market followed by a visit to a local collector.

If you haven’t yet registered for the convention there is still time. Click here for the details.

ARE YOU READY? CAN YOU DIG IT? – SBCS Convention June 10 – 12

The 2016 SBCS Convention is almost here!

  • Locals are readying their collections for your inspection.
From the 2003 SBCS Convention

From the 2003 SBCS Convention

  • Swap Meet Masters are checking their inventories for those pieces they hope to make a deal with.

SBCS 2014 SWAP Meet


  • The FREE-4-ALL at the FREEBEES table where  a selection of buildings from upgrading (or downsizing) or just generally generous members are giving everyone else a chance at those duplicates, or triplicates, etc. etc. etc.

The original Freebees table started by Bob Kneisel at the SBCS 2009 convention

  • Clever Collectors are planning their assault on the “Paper Bag Raffle” – Strings of Raffle Tickets decorate the landscape at the Saturday Evening Festivities.
  • Who knows what will be up for Auction at the end of the evening? Some past goodies have included the Travelers Insurance Co. Hartford, CT; The Peoples United States Bank, St. Louis; and a Mike Merwine re-cast of The Gotham Bank Building.

What souvenir or monument find are you bringing to share with the group?

If you haven’t yet registered for the convention there is still time. Click here for the details.

Coveted Souvenir: The SBCS Convention Commemoratives

What will be the 2016 SBCS Convention Commemorative?

What will be the 2016 SBCS Convention Commemorative?

SBCS Convention Commemoratives are limited.  They are distributed at the annual convention and are a coveted addition to everyone’s collection.  There is still time to register for the 2016 Convention in Los Angeles, June 10-11-12.  Here are some photos of earlier commemoratives:

Click here to view a larger list of commemoratives and the locales of past SBCS conventions.

Yes! Bette, There is a Downtown in Los Angeles!

Los Angeles Conservancy’s Art Deco Tour conducted by Souvenir Building Collectors Society’s own Chris Spry!  Saturday, June 11.  One of the many highlights of this year’s SBCS Convention.   

Conventional wisdom is that there is no “there” in Downtown Los Angeles. Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica have often eclipsed the original city core in imagery of Southern California. Downtown Los Angeles, now often referred to as DTLA, has always been an important center in Southern California and grew exponentially during certain periods. One era when DTLA experienced growth was post World War I through the 1920’s and into the 1930’s. Many examples of urban buildings during that era currently exist in DTLA, though many were threatened by commercial and governmental growth in the late Twentieth Century.

Downtown Los Angeles

Eastern Columbia Building

Join us for a walking tour of several of the prime examples of the Art Deco genre of commercial and government buildings that have endured, clustered around the Pershing Square hub in the downtown area. The Los Angeles Conservancy has arranged this two-hour tour and was directly involved in facilitating preservation of many of the buildings through innovative reuse and rehabilitation strategies.

Downtown Los Angeles

Title Guarantee Building

We will take a chartered coach from our Convention Hotel, the Embassy Suites LAX North to Pershing Square and return after the tour. The cost is $30 per person. Chris Spry will be leading the tour. He has recently become a certified Los Angeles Conservancy docent for this tour.
Extra! Extra!
As this post was being prepared, TIMEOUT Los Angeles posted an excellent capsule of influential buildings shaping the Los Angeles architectural landscape. The post includes references to buildings we will see on our two tours, the Eastern Columbia Building and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. They also mention father and son architects, John and Robert Parkinson, who also have buildings represented on the Art Deco Tour! Take a look by clicking here: TIMEOUT Los Angeles


Check It Off Your Bucket List! The Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market


The 2016 Souvenir Building Collectors Society Convention weekend coincides with the monthly BIG-ONE, The Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market!  Join fellow Souvenir Building enthusiasts as they scour the stalls for the smallest, oldest, rarest, biggest, most interesting souvenir building, monument, statue, landmark.  Who knows, maybe you’ll find one of these replicas of the Rose Bowl.

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The 2016 SBCS Convention is June 10 to 12.  The Convention Hotel is the Embassy Suites LAX North, a convenient location next to the Airport.  Click here for a link to the 2016 Convention Page.

California, Here We Come! June 10 – 12, 2016

Logo for 2016 SBCS Convention in The City of Angels

Take advantage of Early Bird Registration for SBCS’ Annual Convention!  Register before May 10, 2016 and save.  Click here for the Registration Form and Instructions.

Special SBCS Convention Hotel Rates at the EMBASSY SUITES LAX North are available until May 19.  The special hotel rates are extendable for 2 nights before and after the Convention.  Such a deal!  Click here for the full information on the available rates.


June 10, Friday:
Early Bird Optional: Hollyhock House Tour (afternoon)
Meet & Greet / Show & Tell (evening)

June 11, Saturday:
Business Meeting and Swap Meet (morning)
Optional Tour to L.A. Downtown Art Deco District (afternoon)
Dinner / Raffle / Auction (evening)

June 12, Sunday:
Rose Bowl Flea Market followed by a visit to a local collector.

Click here for the SBCS 2016 Convention Details.

CALLING ALL Southern California Souvenir Building Collectors !!!!!

Photo of Los Angeles Map

Southern California portion of Home Federal Savings and Loan Assoc. Map poster. Copyright 1973

The SBCS Convention 2016 will be held in Los Angeles. Here is your chance to share your passion for miniature buildings, monuments, statues and landmarks with others who are just as nutty as you are about these little gems. The event organizers are looking for local Southern California members, past members, or future members who are anxious to share their collections with Souvenir Building Collectors Society convention attendees.

As one convention organizer put it, “ Though I had been a member of SBCS for many years, I had never been involved until the last local Convention which was held in Pasadena in 2009. I was hooked, and have attended every annual Convention since.”

This year’s event will be held on June 9 -10 -11, 2016. Our base of operation will be the Embassy Suites hotel near LAX. One of the main draws for many attendees is the opportunity to see other SBCS Members’ collections. We are looking for Members who would be interested in showcasing their collection by being part of a Progressive Collection Tour around the Los Angeles area.

If you are not centrally located in the Los Angeles area, but would be interested in showcasing highlights from your collection, other arrangements such as displays at the Convention hotel or at other Members homes might be arranged. We have done this successfully in the past.

If you have interest in showcasing your collection please send the organizer an email letting us know of your interest. 

JOIN THE SEARCH! Los Angeles Souvenir Buildings

Photo of ARCO Center

ARCO Center, Los Angeles, Grey Metal on Marble, circa 1980

The first contribution toward building a checklist of souvenir buildings / monuments / statues located in Los Angeles or Orange Counties has arrived.  Chris S.  sent in this photo of the ARCO Center, ARCO Products Company Headquarters.  He wrote, “This Arco Tower was a spec building built in the late 1980s prior to the office building bust in the 1990s.  This was the ‘lesser’ ARCO building, not the more famous ARCO Tower that housed the oil company headquarters.  This building housed the ARCO Products Division, the AM/PM Mini Marts.  ARCO has ended their lease and taken the signage off of the building.”  He speculates that this miniature was made as a souvenir for the initial occupancy or as a sales reward.  Chris found it at the Mart Collective in Venice, CA in the fall of 2014.