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Godzilla Nov 21, 2013 5:22 AM

The flowering of Wilshire.

In addition to the above Florist, GW has discussed Margaret's Flowers at 3022 Wilshire Boulevard. His Blog: http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...0_archive.html
and a photo of Margret's from there:

Here's more:

Bullocks Wilshire, provides shade from the setting sun. ;)

Designed by Morgan Walls & Clements.

Otis Criblecoblis Nov 21, 2013 8:11 AM

My Old Stomping Grounds
To be specific, that's Montrose's main street, Honolulu Ave., looking west across Montrose Ave. I recognized it right away because that's where I grew up (albeit a bit later!). Here's what the same-ish view looks now-ish, courtesy the fine folks at Googleplex (The buildings visible in the recent picture are the same as in the earlier one):
Honolulu at Montrose Google Maps by Otis Criblecoblis, on Flickr

HossC Nov 21, 2013 12:43 PM


Originally Posted by lemster2024 (Post 6347180)
Thanks for posting the pic of 49th and Figueroa, HossC! I grew up a block away and would walk past those buildings on the way home after elementary school! Back in the 1960's the large building housed a number of small office business and a notary. This is the NE corner; on the SE corner there was a Mobil gas and service station up until the early 1970's. The duplex next to the office building is one of several that are found all along Figueroa heading south from the Coliseum. They all appear, for the lack of better description, Florentine/Mediterranean in design, and if I could speculate, perhaps part of a grand scheme to build a "Mediterranean-style" corridor down Figueroa to almost Slauson. Another factoid: directly across the office building is another structure that once housed an early "super" market; my parents once told me it was an early Safeway.

If you checked out the other pictures in the set, they show a couple of gas stations in the area in 1929. It looks like there was a Shell station almost opposite the corner store, although this picture only catches the edge.
USC Digital Library

Just south of W 49th Place there was also a Hercules Gasoline station.
USC Digital Library

Here's a closer view. Both Shell and Hercules offered to grease any car for 75 cents!
Detail of picture above.

GaylordWilshire Nov 21, 2013 12:46 PM


Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 6347157)
There's a similar building at 8851 Santa Monica Blvd., is it the same designer? It has a plaque or something on it about being erected in 1926 by Wilhelmina Moore--was she an architect? This particular photo shows a club called East/West occupying the spot after a club called Revolver had been there for over 20 years. East/West closed and it's back to being Revolver again. East/West removed the block glass windows when they took over to open up the outisde area.

This small item from the Times of June 21, 1925, appearing with no other info, may depict the same building--couldn't find any reference to "Witterkind" in the Times, however...

Chuckaluck Nov 21, 2013 4:24 PM


Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 6344442)
Wow, that's an awesome castle er!

As far as castle-inspired buildings go, I've always been partial toward the Pacific Coast Club (PCC) in Long Beach. I know we've seen it here before, but I searched and only found one post with a couple photos that have the PCC in the distance:

So here's a closer view from 1926, when it was completed, looking southwest:
USC Digital Library --

I took the next five photos in, I think it was 1988, when I was working in downtown Long Beach and heard that the PCC would be torn down:
Looking across Ocean Blvd at the north side; the cornerstone is behind the big NO TRESPASSING sign.
Vnless my thinking is favlty, any elvcidation here wovld be vndve.
This poorly framed photo shows the east and north sides, the top of the Villa Riviera next door to the west, and part of the house immediately to the east of the PCC.
This is the west side.
The west and south sides.

More Castles in the sand?

Resisted posting photos of the Deauville Beach Club having assumed they are already here.

Circa 1927

(If only the area was zoned for croc filled moats! -- like Malibu?)

A hall fit for all of Sherwood Forest's denizens. Appropriate attire required?

Plenty of room to bake while watching the sun set and trying to explore photos posted on USC's digital site. Enough charging stations?

Martin Pal Nov 21, 2013 6:35 PM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6347559)

This small item from the Times of June 21, 1925, appearing with no other info, may depict the same building--couldn't find any reference to "Witterkind" in the Times, however...

Thanks for that info GW (and Godzilla).

If I have time to go by there sometime soon, I want to read what that "plaque" info says, for want of a better word.

I don't know if it was originally conceived that way, but the upper floor of the building contained several apartments until some point. In fact, there was a woman who was allowed to stay in her apartment well into her 90's as a sort of building caretaker/manager. I talked to her once, she had worked as a masseuse at the Beverly Hills Hotel and once told me how mean she thought Joan Crawford was. She remembered the rail yard across the street and said that a lot of the red car operators lived around there.

Most of the other apartments were converted to offices, one was a hair salon, but they retained their apartment look.

I know that at one time the Larrabee Street side of the building toward the north side was a post office. (I'm assuming it was until 1969 when they built the current West Hollywood Post office just north of this building, with it's address on San Vicente.) From 1983 that original post office space has been a video store (Video West) and still is open. Thirty years!

I also know that the building may not have survived the 1994 earthquake except for the mandated earthquake retrofitting that had been done a year before that. The building next to this one had some major structural damage after the quake and was closed for several months, but it was repaired. Then there was a fire there in 2007 that closed it for about a year, though the buildings on either side were saved from that. All this and they're still there!


P.S.: I had to laugh at the bottom of that newspaper clipping about building permits setting a new record. Appears that's a tradition started from the earliest beginnings of the city that has not abated. In fact, didn't an earlier post I wrote quote that the city name itself (West Hollywood) had been promoted by a real estate group? In addition to the milennium project that was eventually approved, and renamed, I've recently read about grandiose plans to build monstrosities at Santa Monica Blvd. and San Vicente and a giant building where the Garden of Allah used to be. (Not that I mind the disappearance of an ugly strip mall, but this bigger is better notion in Hollywood and West Hollywood will probably only stop when one of these things falls down in an earthquake or something.

Martin Pal Nov 21, 2013 6:53 PM

What's it all about...

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 6347117)
This building. Located at 8760 Sunset Blvd. was built in 1967 to house Dr. Robert A. Franklyn’s Beauty Pavilion, a plastic surgery clinic. It was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer who lived until age 104 last year. It was originally painted white.

An article from 1968 in Sports Illustrated (because the Dr. was “a horse racing entrepreneur” states: [...] Right now Franklyn has his surgery practice in a spectacularly attractive round building on Sunset Boulevard. [...] The Beauty Pavilion is located in a landscape of shamefully ugly urban rubble that is quite typical of Los Angeles—on one side, a hamburger joint named Alfie's [8768 Sunset] and, on the other, a mammoth black sign with a huge red neon message pushing Hav-A-Kar rentals for $4 a day and 4 cents a mile. Franklyn has planted a large evergreen tree in front of the sign, but it doesn't help much.

I was trying to find photos of Alfie's or Hav-A-Kar to see exactly how the shamefully ugly urban rubble looked to a Sports Illustrated author, but not much luck. I did find a "Hav-A-Car" auto map from 1946 on Martin Turnbull's site. There is a photo of the Alfie's Restaurant on the Historic Hollywood Photos page, but my computer is allergic to that site for some reason and won't allow me to bring up any photo larger than an inch big it seems. (If anyone else wants to give it try, please do.)

GaylordWilshire Nov 21, 2013 8:31 PM

LAT Nov 13, 1972

LAT June 13, 1982

Chuckaluck Nov 21, 2013 10:12 PM


Originally Posted by Fab Fifties Fan (Post 5386179)
The caption said "Strippers Assaulted, Jynx and Vickie Layne 1951"

Other words escape me :koko:
USC Digital Archives

Lack of proper respect for entertainers can lead to ruination!

548 S. Main Street (The Burbank Theater had a history going back to 1893!)


Gas or Electric?

Direct Drive? And a proper stepping stone!

Date Unk

Circa 1974

HossC Nov 21, 2013 11:05 PM

The spelling of "Shakspere" near the bottom of this advert caught my eye. Nowadays the name of 'The Bard' is almost always spelled "Shakespeare", but according to the Wikipedia page titled Spelling of Shakespeare's name: "In the Romantic and Victorian eras the spelling "Shakspere", used in the poet's own signature, became more widely adopted in the belief that this was the most authentic version."

HossC Nov 22, 2013 12:20 AM


Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 6347769)
More Castles in the sand?

Resisted posting photos of the Deauville Beach Club having assumed they are already here.

Great pictures of the Deauville Beach Club, Chuckaluck, here are a couple more. The captions are taken directly from the USC descriptions, which gives the anomaly of the club being complete in 1920, but still under construction in 1923. At high tide the beach wasn't nearly as wide as the postcard above would suggest.

Beach in Santa Monica in front of the Deauville Beach Club, 1920
USC Digital Library

Beachgoers in front of the Deauville Club on the beach in Santa Monica, ca.1923
USC Digital Library

Here's the entry from the 1931 Santa Monica phone book which gives the address as 1525 Ocean Front:
Santa Monica Public Library

USC also includes "Deauville" in its tags for these two pictures of The Gable Beach Club, even though that was located at 808 Ocean Front (according to the 1928 Santa Monica Yellow Pages).

Birdseye view of Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica from Palisades Park, 1920-1930
USC Digital Library

View of the Santa Monica beach from the palisades, showing the Gables Beach Club, 1920-1930
USC Digital Library

Other clubs on Ocean Front in 1928 include American Legion Post 123 at 1351, The Breakers Club at 1725, Club Casa Del Mar at 1811, Club Chateau at 1351, the Rotary Club and Santa Monica Athletic Club (visible to the left of the Deauville Beach Club in the photos above) at 1441, and the Sea Breeze Beach Club at 800. There's also the Crescent Bay Yacht Club at Wilshire and Ocean Front, and the Edgewater Club of Southern California at Pico and Ocean Front.
Santa Monica Public Library

Previous posts on The Gables Beach Club:

Hollywood Graham Nov 22, 2013 12:34 AM

Deauville Beach Club
In about 1958 me and the Fox Brothers snunk into the Deauville Club. We were challenged by a young fellow who we were able to fool. That day we used the indoor pool, and the steam bath before an older member got wise to us and kicked us out. To this day I have always wanted my own personal steam bath.
I think Narcanon took it over much later.

ethereal_reality Nov 22, 2013 2:04 AM

A very fine graphic.

ethereal_reality Nov 22, 2013 2:15 AM

A fantastic photograph of a true noirish 'dame', the wonderful actress/director Ida Lupino.

'No Dogs Allowed'. Do you think this a government building? I would love to know where this was taken.

MartinTurnbull Nov 22, 2013 2:27 AM


Originally Posted by Tetsu (Post 6335409)
I know you guys have covered the Victorians of Angelino Heights before on NLA but I don't think anyone has ever mentioned the Stilson-Botsford House. It was probably one of the grandest in the neighborhood, with thirty rooms including a ballroom on the third floor. It was built for William Stilson, one of the original developers of Angelino Heights (along with Everett E. Hall, who jointly filed for ownership of the tract. It was then spelled "Angeleno Heights.") He built his own house on the northwest corner of Carroll Avenue and Edgeware Road in 1887, but died in the 1890's. The house was then purchased by California Bank president William Botsford. Here's a few photos of the place from the 1890's:

Tetsu - Thanks so much for posting these two great photos of the Stilson house. I have never seen closeup photos of it until now. I have often wondered how much of the original structure is left under that remodeling and whether the house could ever be restored.

I discovered Angeleno Heights in 1966 and at that time met Charles Pinney of 1355 Carroll Avenue. Pinney gladly showed me the ground floor of his home and also the garage where he had his early 1950s Cadillac stored. He told me he was 93 and had lived at the house since 1887. I'm thinking he may have moved away and moved back, but I'll never know. Pinney lived to be 106. His father, Henry, had bought their house at the northeast corner of Carroll and Douglas as well as the adjacent lot because he did not want a neighbor abutting his property. That lot now contains a huge tree.


For 9 years (ending this year, 2013), I was a docent for the LA Conservancy's historical walking tour of Angelino Heights. I am *jealous* that you got inside the Pinney house - it was always a highlight of the tour because it was one of the few places on the tour which had remained unchanged since it was built in 1887. The house next door to it was owned by Charles' sister (Louise, I think but don't hold me to that) who married a fight promoter. Quite possibly for her money - she came into her million dollar fortune when she turned 21. At any rate, evidently the marriage only lasted six months and came to a sudden end when the husband knocked her out cold on the front porch (for all the neighbors to see!) These days, that house's two claims to fame is that it was the inspiration for the "Psycho" house, and is seen right at the end of Michael Jackson's video for "Thriller". You can see it as the girlfriend runs away from the zombies, up the block and into the house.

ethereal_reality Nov 22, 2013 2:30 AM

:previous: -Very interesting Martin_T.


GaylordWilshire Nov 22, 2013 2:45 AM

Speaking of Angelino Heights...

According to a Los Angeles magazine online story on the neighborhood (,

"By the late teens many silent screen stars chose to build their homes in the area, including Mary Pickford and Gloria Swanson."

Anyone have any idea where?

Those Who Squirm! Nov 22, 2013 4:13 AM

It's one of those weird things. When I was a kid we often bought gas here or at least drove past here down Crescent several times a week. I remember when the present structure was built, but for the life of me I couldn't remember the previous building, except for the fact that it already had been a Union 76 station for years, by that time.


Originally Posted by Godzilla (Post 6346350)
Burton Way and Crescent Drive

What predated this iconic Union-76 Station? :cool:


GaylordWilshire Nov 22, 2013 3:46 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6348693)
:previous: -Very interesting Martin_T.


There's a reason the doorbell is so high...

HossC Nov 22, 2013 4:26 PM

Almost in the center of the recent "Cityscape" photo is the Hotel Teris (I probably remembered it because I kept reading it as Hotel Tetris!). The Hotel Louise/Cortez is just off the right of this picture.
Detail from photo atUSC Digital Library

The hotel, standing at 1254 West 6th Street, was built in 1925. Here are a couple of postcards:
CSUDH Digital Collections

The USC site also has some interior photos from 1932. The door on the right in the first picture below leads to the Teris Drug Co., while the double doors hide the telephones. The second picture below shows the higher level to the left of the first picture. The door at the back near the stairs has a sign that reads "Beauty Shoppe". I wonder how much survives.
USC Digital Library

According to the 1932 CD, the manager at the time was Henry Stanley.

There's no date on this flyer that I found on Ebay, but I'd guess it's quite early as the Teris still has the $2 a day banner and the El Rey has singles from $1. Four of the "Five Aces" are still standing - only the Hotel St Paul (prominently visible in the "Cityscape") has been reduced to a parking lot. The El Rey Hotel is now the Weingart Center Association.

The Hotel Teris is now known as the Weingart Guest House, and is part of the Good Samaritan Hospital site. There's a brief piece about it on their website. It has lost its small balcony, but otherwise looks pretty intact.

A close-up of some of the detail:

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