Raposa pauses on the second floor. Greene & Greene built other homes in Los Angeles, he said. One, just south of the Wheeler home, was demolished in the 1970s to make way for an apartment building. Another was moved decades ago from Wilshire Boulevard to Beverly Hills. "It's never too late to save" what remains, said Raposa, who is restoring a wreck of a cottage in Jefferson Park that was built in 1888 as a dairy farmhouse. The West Adams Historical Assn., in fact, awarded Raposa its Martin Weil commemorative award last month, given for "significant voluntary" work to further preservation. And residents of West Adams are among the city's most active preservationists, Buhler said. More than 100 city landmarks are in the district, which is slashed by Interstate 10.
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