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Booski Mar 5, 2012 6:19 AM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5613789)
...and now it has a name, El Vigo.

A while back I noticed it peering over another building:

The El Vigo is at 154 N. New Hampshire:
Kind of classically noirish, I think, what with the palms and weathered
facade--street-view glimpses reveal a somewhat forbidding entrance...
anyone ever been inside?

I lived there from '87-'89. The building is totally original, elevators, baths,kitches even some original furniture. The whole nieghborhood is a time capsule of 1920s Los Angeles.

GaylordWilshire Mar 5, 2012 12:43 PM

Not just another day at Muller Brothers, 1951
Before the Cinerama Dome, there was Muller Brothers... the occasion was their 3,000,000th car wash. The shot from about 20 years before the others reminds me of the
progression from "auto laundry" to "auto wash" to "car wash." Even without the starlets doing publicity stunts, it must have been quite a facility. Too many big photos to
put them all here, but they're definitely worth a look. Check out the "control tower": Retronaut
Miss Lube Rack...'nuf said.... As for Miss Auto Club, she gets the award for the ugliest and most incredibly unflattering bathing suit in history.

A little history of the Mullers from Hollywood Heritage: "The Muller family is one of Hollywood’s pioneers. Jacob Muller came to Hollywood in 1893, establishing the first meat market in Hollywood, across from the present Cinerama Dome on Sunset Boulevard. He sold the market in 1907 and established the first ice company in Hollywood, selling that business in 1913. The family’s original house was built Sunset Boulevard at Ivar. This site later became the location of the RCA Building, built by the Muller Family in 1963 (currently the Los Angeles Film School Building).... Across Sunset Boulevard on 4 acres, where the Cinerama Dome Theater and a new retail center is under construction, was Muller Brothers Service Station. Opened in 1920 by Jacob’s sons, Walter and Frank, this became the largest service station in the world (including a large automobile supply center), employing 120 people by 1937. Celebrities, from Rudolph Valentino to Clark Gable, came by regularly to get gas or just work on their cars. In 1963 the site was sold for the Cinerama Dome Theater, and, at that time, an eventual hotel."
Post-meat, pre-auto... "NOW JUST A COUPLE OF AIR & WATER BOYS"...?

Second row, right and bottom: LAPL
All others: Retronaut/Life

Policy Wonk Mar 6, 2012 7:38 AM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5604275) County Archives

It was out in Brea--not sure when it met the wrecking ball, but what a loss... almost looks like something that might have been at a world's fair.

It was demolished in 2005.

mhdantholz Mar 6, 2012 11:38 AM

magazine lower left, EXCITING LOVE, ran Winter 1941 – Winter 1958

Originally Posted by rcarlton (Post 5598710)
Ansel Adams:

"A vendor in a small newsstand talks to a customer. The stand, which appears to be near the employee parking area at the Lockheed Air Terminal plant in Burbank, offers a variety of snacks, personal items, and reading materials."

"...Circa 1940..."

The last of the Ansel Adams pictures. The rest consist of drinking, bowling and more workers at the Lockheed plant. Very noire looking.

"Circa 1940."

A little later than that---magazine lower left, EXCITING LOVE, ran Winter 1941 – Winter 1958, 10c until 1946-47.

COVER SHOWN online @

SOME issues EL contents indexed @
but not issue shown---also tried ANDERSON, RUTH "Born to Love" issue shown, no dice.

GaylordWilshire Mar 6, 2012 12:50 PM

Bucolic Beverly Hills, 1951
Melody Lane, the Beverly-Wilshire, a Derby and a Chrysler...

GaylordWilshire Mar 6, 2012 1:14 PM

"...they will remain low-income housing though...."


That "...they will remain low-income housing...." is interesting... so they will refurbish these places expecting no more revenue? Oh, well, at least someone sees potential in them.

rbpjr Mar 6, 2012 5:46 PM

I often think of the word "bucolic" as meaning rural or "out in the sticks"...I never thought of that part of town as bucolic...even in those days.

GaylordWilshire Mar 6, 2012 6:02 PM


Is that what bucolic means? How about "Practically bucolic, as compared to today: Beverly Hills, 1951"?

GaylordWilshire Mar 6, 2012 6:12 PM Los Angeles
Not your usual wallpaper billboard--

malumot Mar 6, 2012 6:55 PM

Sadly the Baltimore's ghost sign is no more. (OK...maybe not technically a ghost sign, as the building is still a hotel, but......)

replaced by this mural.

Let's see......older Asian woman, peering over her glasses......

So Mr Artiste.......what, uhhhhh, EXACTLY is this supposed to represent? What does it connote? I am not a hipster-doofus, and therefore do not immediately grasp the subtleties....

Is she watching the neighborhood? Ever-vigilant to aberrant behavior? If so, I wish her the best.....she has her work cut out for her. I'm sure the amount of criminal activity that has taken place over the years on that stretch of 5th between Main and Los Angeles could fill a ream of police blotters.

P.S. -----

The Yelp review of The Baltimore is hilarious. (You'll have to look up Fifi towel on your own, as I did. Same with carpet farmers.)

This place is a GREAT place to hole up for a week and smoke crack like the world is going to end tomorrow! Half of Los Angeles' sex offenders and violent criminals can be found living here -- really great if you need advice on how to construct your very own Fifi towel, how to kill someone with a pair of car keys, or if you're into IVing cheap, sludgy heroin and need tips on how muscle it in even the most abscessed limb.

Entomologists shall delight at the garden of roaches, bedbugs, lice, chiggers and other assorted invertebrates that blanket the walls of this manor. Shag carpets in the hallway are surprisingly clean... but that could be because of all the random carpet farmers you'll see scrounging around down there, at the foot of their doors, picking away to keep them clean. Who needs a vaccuum? Neighbors are friendly, if exuberant -- especially the ladies! -- kicking in your door at 2am, offering companionship at rock bottom prices.

Wow! And the concierge service.... I have never had my keys and ID shoved at me so fast underneath a bulletproof glass window before. What efficiency!

AND the best part is, it's dirt cheap!!! So you can save some money when you walk a few blocks over to your fancy-pants dinner at Cicada. I love Downtown Los Angeles!

GaylordWilshire Mar 7, 2012 12:21 AM John Humble/Hemmings Classic Car
Bixel between Wilshire & 6th, 1980 and 2009.

Steve Hoffman Mar 8, 2012 1:59 AM

Someone post a picture, I'm going through withdrawal here!

GaylordWilshire Mar 8, 2012 2:19 AM Corbis

ethereal_reality Mar 8, 2012 2:28 AM

:previous: What a wonderful billboard G_W!

As many of you know...the Moulin Rouge was located in the old Earl Carroll Theater at 6230 Sunset Blvd.

ethereal_reality Mar 8, 2012 2:57 AM

The 'storybook style' Spadena House, also known as the Witch's House, located at the corner of Walden Drive and Carmelita in Beverly Hills.

below: Detail of the 'spider-web' door.

below: The 'Witch's House' is much larger than one might expect.
Here is an aerial showing the 'storybook' house on it's corner lot (the label is on the wrong house).
google street view

The Spadena/Witch's House was originally located on Washington Blvd. in Culver City.
(further details below)


ethereal_reality Mar 8, 2012 3:07 AM

The Spadena House was designed in 1921 by art director Harry Oliver.
This whimsical structure originally housed the administrative offices and dressing rooms for Willat Studios (yet another long lost studio).

below: The Spadena House at it's original location in Culver City.

above: For the life of me, I cannot figure out that buttress 'thingy' attached to the roof (it resembles a hydraulic pump).
This element is missing in contemporary photographs.

below: The odd 'buttress' can be seen in this old postcard as well.

below: sans buttress. (here's another 'where's waldo' moment....find the shark in this photo) :)

ethereal_reality Mar 8, 2012 3:38 AM

A view of the property in the 1980s.
not sure where I found this.

below: The Spadena House as it appears today (extremely lush and inviting...except perhaps..for Hansel & Gretel)
google street view

ethereal_reality Mar 8, 2012 4:20 AM

Another glimpse of old Bunker Hill. The layout of the street seem very odd in this photograph.
(the large house on the right appears to be situated on an early version of a cul-de-sac)

Can anyone pinpoint this view?
University of Michigan

above: The caption is quite sad. "A mighty redevelopment project takes them all".


BDiH Mar 8, 2012 8:00 AM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5619677)

Great billboard. The Moulin Rouge was home to Queen for a Day with Jack Bailey, as well as the Emmy Awards. A beautiful nightclub that should still be around.

GaylordWilshire Mar 8, 2012 12:24 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5619753)

above: For the life of me, I cannot figure out that buttress 'thingy' attached to the roof (it resembles a hydraulic pump).
This element is missing in contemporary photographs.

I think that's supposed to be the witch's broom, parked on the roof after a flight. At least, that's what I remember reading. How did they get this house on a truck to move it from Culver City? Never knew it had the rear wing--presumably added after the move...? Naturally, I had to take a Google drive--below are a few shots from the side street.

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