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FredH Dec 18, 2012 4:41 AM

:previous:

Looks like the original sign is still up on the roof too.

http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/6249/capturevmj.jpg
Google Street View

ethereal_reality Dec 18, 2012 4:53 AM

You're right FredH. Old rooftop signs are my weakness. I love them! It seems most owners can't be bothered to remove them.
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ethereal_reality Dec 18, 2012 5:14 AM

The Hollywood Flower Pot at 1124 Vine Street, circa 1920.

http://imageshack.us/a/img43/9641/aa...inemaprops.jpg
http://photos.lapl.org/carlweb/jsp/F...olNumber=46281

Notice the Cinema Props. Co. in the distance.








below: The Flower Pot still in business ten years later...1930. Good for them! :)

http://imageshack.us/a/img213/844/aa...930vinestl.jpg
http://photos.lapl.org/carlweb/jsp/F...olNumber=71500

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tovangar2 Dec 18, 2012 5:16 AM

rooftop signs & streamline towers
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5942085)
Arlington Laundry 2456 Washington blvd. at Cimarron.

http://imageshack.us/a/img651/2793/a...aundry2426.jpg
ebay

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There's a honey of a streamline one block west too:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-M...212%2520PM.jpg
gsv

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-N...126%2520PM.jpg
gsv

(Damn the scale of that streetlight though)

And re rooftop signs (sigh):
Here's a new view of an old fave:
http://cdn.cstatic.net/cache/gallery...eb4be50d_o.jpg
broadwayhollywoodlofts

malumot Dec 18, 2012 6:06 AM

Amen to that....always a bonus to see a rooftop sign - even if the lettering is long-since gone and all we see are the bones.

I'm sure there's a cost-factor involved as well, E.R., and not just sloth. Usually the owners of these older buildings are small business types, often immigrants. These guys throw around nickels like they are manhole covers.......and I don't blame them one bit.

You say there's an old sign on the roof? It's not causing any problem, and no one from the City is telling me to get rid of it? Fuggitaboutit.


Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5942124)
You're right FredH. Old rooftop signs are my weakness. I love them! It seems most owners can't be bothered to remove them.
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Earl Boebert Dec 18, 2012 4:42 PM

Mary Mallory via Larry Harnisch's blog on Frank S. Hoover and his apartment houses:

http://ladailymirror.com/2012/12/17/...per/#more-9845

Cheers,

Earl

FredH Dec 18, 2012 5:01 PM

Marie Antoinette Men's Shop
 
http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/3678/00059030.jpg
lapl

"Ties for the Elegant Men" - Hey, that's me!

rcarlton Dec 18, 2012 6:33 PM

Artist's sketch of the $3,000,000 Milliron's department store in Westchester on Sepulveda Blvd. near Manchester. The new structure has many ultra-modern features, including a rooftop parking area reached by huge concrete motor ramps. The store formally opened on March 17, 1949.

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics49/00044350.jpgLAPL

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics49/00044370.jpgLAPL

Exterior view of the new Milliron's store in Westchester on March 17, 1949. A large crowd was drawn to official opening ceremonies at the store on Sepulveda Blvd. near Manchester.

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics49/00044349.jpgLAPL

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4101/5...2f703816_b.jpgflickr

Was acquired by the Broadway in the 1950s. The building later became a Mervyn's and is now Kohl's.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8498/8...24000da0_b.jpgGoogle earth

No longer has parking on the roof.

Oops...looks like we touched on this earlier....Milliron's.

tovangar2 Dec 18, 2012 8:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rcarlton (Post 5942779)
Artist's sketch of the $3,000,000 Milliron's department store in Westchester on Sepulveda Blvd. near Manchester. The new structure has many ultra-modern features, including a rooftop parking area reached by huge concrete motor ramps. The store formally opened on March 17, 1949.

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics49/00044370.jpgLAPL

The four free-standing display windows out front were something I've never seen repeated by anyone. The Broadway kept them up but then they were demolished. Can't recall the year just now.

I love department stores. My first job was in the display dept at Marshall Field & Co in Chicago.

scanlessfool Dec 18, 2012 11:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5915010)
I'm really impressed you were able to figure out the location of my two slides. Thanks ProphetM. :)

http://imageshack.us/a/img849/1726/a...ewprophetm.jpg
google street view

http://imageshack.us/a/img35/8468/aa...naplosange.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img443/5937/a...nap2dogwit.jpg

I'd still like to see the dog wear that orange derby.
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Such a cool picture! I pass by this everyday to and from work.

tovangar2 Dec 19, 2012 12:12 AM

LA shop fronts
 
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alanlutz Dec 19, 2012 3:00 AM

I remember parking on that rooftop in 1969! Had to buy socks for my Sr. Prom when it was Broadway! Battery died and had to have my dad push my car around on the roof until it started. (alternative to jumping)! ha.

alanlutz Dec 19, 2012 3:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FredH (Post 5942628)
http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/3678/00059030.jpg
lapl

"Ties for the Elegant Men" - Hey, that's me!

OMG! LOL. How many "elegant men bought their ties there? And got a good deal on their watches too, while they were at it. Love it.

FredH Dec 19, 2012 4:36 AM

Old Car Barn - 1946
 
Located at 6th & Central

http://imageshack.us/a/img820/4246/000288601.jpg
lapl

Naturally, they tore it down

alanlutz Dec 19, 2012 6:10 AM

I'm going to be off work for the next two weeks and hope to visit DTLA for a few walking tours and photo shoots. Anyone else in the area available or want to come along to share in the knowledge of the streets, buildings, and history of the area? Would love some company and new perspectives we can share.

GaylordWilshire Dec 19, 2012 1:14 PM

http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/5697/villez.jpgLAPL

GaylordWilshire Dec 19, 2012 1:15 PM

Vehicular mayhem, 1932
 
http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/7861/ambucomplb.jpgLAT



http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics17/00008053.jpgLAPL

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-q...2520AM.bmp.jpgGoogleSV

The corner of the ambulance collision--Walker's Department Store was at the southwest corner of Broadway and 5th, then and now..

tovangar2 Dec 19, 2012 7:30 PM

Walker's/Millirons/Orbach's
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5943898)
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-q...2520AM.bmp.jpgGoogleSV

The corner of the ambulance collision--Walker's Department Store was at the southwest corner of Broadway and 5th, then and now..

Thx for the Walker's info, I only knew this building as Milliron's/Orbach's
(now it has what is just about my least favorite base modernization):
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics49/00059136.jpg
lapl

Tragic news article. I'll remember that forever.

GaylordWilshire Dec 19, 2012 8:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 5942148)


I thought we must have seen this building before... that it must have been a Ralphs or an A&P. It was in fact a market, but not one I was really familiar with. It was one of the Carty Brothers' eight in the city. There was a Van de Kamp's at this location, which I thought might help in locating a picture of the market, but no such luck. Maybe someone else can unearth a shot.


http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/7523/cartylogo.jpgbellavistaranch.net


And a touch of noir...

http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/5...ykidncompl.jpgLAT

GaylordWilshire Dec 19, 2012 8:43 PM

In the process of looking for the Carty market on Washington, I found a few other standing streamline buildings...


http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/5...ntrolcompl.jpg

3071 East 12th St, Boyle Heights


http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/406...ictorcompl.jpg

3821 South Santa Fe Ave, Vernon


http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/8...palmscompl.jpg

5931 Hollywood Blvd; the address is the same, but I can't explain the differences in the corner of the building.


http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/3...m6634compl.jpg

6634 Sunset Blvd. We've looked at this block before: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showpost.php?p=5558542&postcount=6078
--the horizontal louvers don't appear to be original to the building, but I do like the more colorful treatment of the facade, whatever its vintage, compared to the dreary brown of today.



B&Ws: Herman Schultheis/LAPL; color 6634 Sunset: Superstock; others: GoogleSV


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