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Hollywood Graham Apr 18, 2013 1:11 AM

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Originally Posted by MichaelRyerson (Post 6094896)
Here is the image and post that brought me to these shores originally. Ah, sopas ej, Beaudry, Gaylord Wilshire, some of the old gang. And by the way, sopas it turned out was wrong about the little girl's name, it was Marion after all.

Hickman's confession, which was written on the train when they brought him back to L.A. is on display at the LAPD Museum. It almost was thrown out after being on display for years at Central Station because nobody knew how big a case it was. It was a big deal at the time, the D.A. had personally gone to bring Hickman back to Ca..

ethereal_reality Apr 18, 2013 1:16 AM

Grover Odell, conductor on the Bimini Hot Springs trolley, circa 1914.

http://imageshack.us/a/img266/7770/la1218biminicar.jpg
ebay





detail
http://imageshack.us/a/img841/4899/l...11stvermon.jpg
ebay
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tovangar2 Apr 18, 2013 1:26 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6095330)
The Young Apartments, one of my favorites T2!

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Has it been on the thread before? I thought it must be, but searched and came up with nothing (?). It's just on the other side of the S Grand Ave freeway overpass from the Grand Olympic Auditorium that MR put me onto. That building's looking pretty good these days too, all things considered. What a bunker it is. I couldn't stop because I was on my way to an appointment, but it was great to see both buildings. The Grand Olympic has a great history.

CityBoyDoug Apr 18, 2013 1:29 AM

1921
 
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps3a2aaa52.jpg
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ed Henry (Post 6094915)
I suppose it was only a matter of time... I live here! (the 2nd floor). Oddly enough, I only recently deciphered the faint signage on the side: Sprague Meter Company. I've lived here a dozen years and every time I walk up to the place and look at that sign I've scratched my head. A couple months ago it just suddenly jumped out at me. Google tells me that Sprague made coin-operated home gas meters. You put in a nickel (or whatever) and it gave you a nickel's worth of natural gas.
My landlord tells me this building used to be a chili factory (processing chili peppers). But I don't think it is/was related to the El Pato hot sauce factory which is just up the road. Also said the place was built in 1917 or 27, I forget. He had some photo he found when he bought the place (I think)... I'll see if I can get my hands on that and scan it. In fact, I'll sit down with him next week and see if I can get the whole story from him (take notes, etc.).

I haven't been able to find any older photos online of this building. None. And very very few from this area of Mission Rd. This part of Mission Rd used to be called something else. I'll dig that up and post again another day.

Man, the place kinda looks like hell in these google street view pictures... :P It's taken some damage at one point or another, and has, within the last 20 years or so, been retro-fitted with additional structural supports. The landlord, who is an architect and specializes in earthquake retrofit, has an office on the ground floor, so I assume the place is relatively safe.

According to tax records this building was built in 1921. Its owned by an architect who's a teaches various architecture courses at a college and helps people obtain their architecture licenses. He does this by offering private tutoring and the books he has written. According to several reports he's well liked by his students. Nice to see you on this thread, Ed.

BDiH Apr 18, 2013 6:16 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6095330)
:previous: The Young Apartments, one of my favorites T2!
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Where was this located? (at first I had NBC & RCA confused) -sorry

Los Angeles 1940s
http://imageshack.us/a/img801/8453/aabrcasnap.jpg
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Is it a pressing plant for lps? /distribution center?
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This was the RCA Artists Relations building on the west side of Vine Street, just south of Selma Avenue. It was closed down and razed and the new RCA high rise building was built on Sunset Boulevard, west of Vine Street.

Godzilla Apr 18, 2013 6:45 AM

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Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 6095440)
Has it been on the thread before? I thought it must be, but searched and came up with nothing (?).


http://skyscraperpage.com/forum/show...postcount=2730

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=6105

http://skyscraperpage.com/forum/show...ostcount=13605

:)

tovangar2 Apr 18, 2013 4:48 PM

Young Apartments
 
Thank you Godzilla. When I first searched I got "no matches". Now I get two pages (plenty of them mis-hits as "Young Apartments" is too generic). But I certainly should have remembered BiffRayRock's recent post.

The place looks so astounding in person, like new. I had no idea it had fallen so low.

MichaelRyerson Apr 18, 2013 6:20 PM

Not sure about the culinary connection with 'Oil Can' but it was somebody's dream...
 
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8121/8...82a20e37_o.png
Oil Can Restaurant, Montebello, CA, 1928

USC digital archive/Dick Whittington Photography Collection, 1924-1987


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8124/8...1760678b_o.png
Oil Can Restaurant, Montebello, CA, 1928 (2)

USC digital archive/Dick Whittington Photography Collection, 1924-1987

ethereal_reality Apr 18, 2013 7:40 PM

The A.G. Bartlett Building is a 14-story building at 215 W. 7th Street. When completed in 1911 it was the tallest building
in Los Angeles for five years. -Designed by well-known Los Angeles architects John Parkinson & Edwin Bergstrom in the Beaux Arts style.


http://imageshack.us/a/img534/5986/a...fromspring.jpg
gvs

The Union Oil Co. occupied the upper floors from 1911 to 1923.






Sadly, at ground level a 'modern' facade has been tacked on the vintage building.

http://imageshack.us/a/img836/8937/aabbartlett7th.jpg
gsv

It appears the street level facade might have been remodeled years ago from Beaux Arts to Art Deco.





The classic street address two fifteen is almost hidden by the most recent 'modernization'.

http://imageshack.us/a/img839/1561/aabbartlettdeco.jpg
gsv




I came across this wonderful photograph showing the art deco entrance before the ill-conceived 'modernization'.

http://imageshack.us/a/img404/1559/aabbartlettasa2.jpg
old cd of mine



This same entrance was used in the legendary film noir D.O.A. as the Allison Hotel.

http://imageshack.us/a/img22/4522/aa...tasallison.jpg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj9Tl...ED49783C7490DA


http://imageshack.us/a/img109/3512/a...ttdoatitle.jpg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB0oUhyQ3E4




Vestiges of 1911 can still be seen in the hallways

http://imageshack.us/a/img35/275/aabbartletthallway.jpg
toplacondos.com



elevator bank.

http://imageshack.us/a/img850/6994/a...evatorbank.jpg
vrbo.com




and lobby.

http://imageshack.us/a/img195/7763/aabbartlettlobby.jpg
toplacondos.com
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WS1911 Apr 18, 2013 9:12 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6096539)
The A.G. Bartlett Building is a 14-story building at 215 W. 7th Street. When completed in 1911 it was the tallest building
in Los Angeles for five years. -Designed by well-known Los Angeles architects John Parkinson & Edwin Bergstrom in the Beaux Arts style.

http://imageshack.us/a/img534/5986/a...fromspring.jpg
gvs

The Union Oil Co. occupied the upper floors from 1911 to 1923.


Sadly, at ground level a 'modern' facade has been tacked on the vintage building.

http://imageshack.us/a/img836/8937/aabbartlett7th.jpg
gsv

(it appears the street level facade might have been remodeled years ago from Beaux Arts to Art Deco)


The classic street address two fifteen is almost hidden by the most recent 'modernization'.

http://imageshack.us/a/img839/1561/aabbartlettdeco.jpg
gsv

I came across this wonderful photograph showing the art deco entrance before the ill-conceived 'modernization'.

http://imageshack.us/a/img404/1559/aabbartlettasa2.jpg
old cd of mine


Circa 1913

Here is a not too clear image of the lower floors circa 1913. I'd also like to know when the art deco remodeling was done.

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/254...ldgca19132.jpg
USC Digital Archive

ethereal_reality Apr 18, 2013 9:20 PM

:previous: Oh man, that is a great image. It's just what I was looking for WS1911. thx

ethereal_reality Apr 18, 2013 9:26 PM

...just found this.

http://imageshack.us/a/img543/8472/a...ettvintage.jpg
http://rocknjosie.blogspot.com/2011/11/oil.html

In my opinion the art deco facade was a mistake as well. It covered up all those glorious windows shown in your 1913 photo WS1911.
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ethereal_reality Apr 18, 2013 9:40 PM

We've seen the Angelus Temple many times on the thread but I believe this is the first night photo.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/31/uaes.jpg
ebay





...and I haven't seen this particular angle before.

http://imageshack.us/a/img594/8400/a...plediffere.jpg
ebay

I like the men in the park.

tovangar2 Apr 18, 2013 9:40 PM

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Originally Posted by WS1911 (Post 6096731)

I'd also like to know when the art deco remodeling was done.

1937. I hope Parkinson got the job.
http://www.thebartlettbuilding.com/p...tthistory.html


P.S.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qMRvPBTxSs

ethereal_reality Apr 18, 2013 9:59 PM

http://imageshack.us/a/img33/7476/aa...sidencenoa.jpg
ebay

Anyone have an idea where this fine home is or was located?
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ethereal_reality Apr 18, 2013 10:15 PM

Found on ebay last Sept. 2012.

http://imageshack.us/a/img39/8499/aa...thhill1908.JPG




amazing detail
http://imageshack.us/a/img546/5641/a...ill1908det.jpg









detail
http://imageshack.us/a/img706/5584/a...illdetail2.jpg








detail
http://imageshack.us/a/img545/7282/a...illdetail1.jpg
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fhammon Apr 18, 2013 11:07 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6096774)
...and I haven't seen this particular angle before.

http://imageshack.us/a/img594/8400/a...plediffere.jpg
ebay

I like the men in the park.

What's with the writing on it?
Notice the name "Hammon" in sloppy script.
This spelling is highly unusual since it's usually spelled with a "d" on the end.
Can anybody make out what's written there? I wonder if it refers to one of my relatives. They've been here in CA since the late 1800's. (W.P. Hammon - "The Dredger King")

ethereal_reality Apr 18, 2013 11:07 PM

:previous: intriguing fhammon
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http://imageshack.us/a/img843/609/aabslip.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img600/8162/aabslip1.jpg
mb/ebay
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ethereal_reality Apr 18, 2013 11:13 PM

Does this help?

http://imageshack.us/a/img801/8400/a...plediffere.jpg

ethereal_reality Apr 18, 2013 11:27 PM

I accidentally came across this pink 'boutique' at 1724 N. Highland Ave.

http://imageshack.us/a/img407/4748/a...966o1pink1.jpg
gsv

To me the building looks like an old fire station (there's even an unused flagpole on the roof).



close-up
http://imageshack.us/a/img546/598/aaslide1966o1pink.jpg
gsv

Does anyone know if this was a fire station?
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