Sunday, December 12, 2010
Chicken Boy and Guardian Honored
Chicken Boy’s guardian, Amy Inouye of Highland Park, was among nine recipients of the year’s Governor’s Historic Preservation Awards.
Chicken Boy spent his earliest years atop a chicken outlet on Historic Route 66 in Downtown Los Angeles. When that gig ended in 1984, Inouye saved the half chicken-half boy from a fate worse than death, moved him and guarded him until 2007, when she was able to install him on top of Future Studio on North Figueroa Street, from where he once again looks down on Historic Route 66.
Established in 1986, the Governor's Historic Preservation Awards are presented annually under the sponsorship of the State Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) and California State Parks to recognize meaningful achievements in historic preservation and to increase public awareness, appreciation and support for historic preservation efforts throughout the State.
Inouye recently travelled to Sacramento to receive the award. Chicken Boy elected to remain in Highland Park to guard the roost.
The City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources was also honored for its SurveyLA Public Participation Program.