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ethereal_reality Apr 21, 2010 9:14 PM

Los Angeles Department of Public Works van, circa 1930.


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usc digital archive

GaylordWilshire Apr 21, 2010 9:42 PM

And before Silverwood's and Desmond's were on Broadway, they were elsewhere in downtown L.A.:

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics49/00059134.jpg
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http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...71-1-ISLA?v=hr
USC

ethereal_reality Apr 21, 2010 11:25 PM

^^^The store photos you've been posting are great GaylordWilshire.




Below: Downtown at night, 1967.

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postcard

Johnny Socko Apr 21, 2010 11:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 4805853)
Great color shots you're finding, gsjansen and ethereal. Interesting to see the downtown Silverwoods, Desmond's, and Mullen Bluett stores in this shot. Here are their Miracle Mile branches:

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics49/00059088.jpg
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These two stores were in the west and east wings, respectively, of the the Wilshire Tower, 5514 Wilshire Blvd.

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Mullen Bluett was at 5570 Wilshire.

Now that's what I'M talking about. I used to live on Cochran Ave at Wilshire, in the heart of the Miracle Mile. (There is a great primer on the Miracle Mile at LAist, from where I snagged the photos.) This was and remains my favorite neighborhood in Los Angeles, and the Desmond's/Silverwoods building was one of my favorites. As you can see, it's still in good shape:

http://laist.com/attachments/la_dean...0Underwood.jpg
(LAist)

The SE corner of Wilshire & Cochran features another fine old Miracle Mile building, the former Myer Siegel store at 5420 Wilshire Blvd:

http://laist.com/attachments/la_dean...nt%20Store.jpg
(LAist)

I just discovered that this is a Morgan, Walls & Clements building. No wonder I liked it.

The Mullen Bluett building was a Sav-On pharmacy by the time I lived in the neighborhood in the mid-1990's. The property was purchased by a developer in the early 00's. An attempt to preserve the building was made by a few admirers, but authorities disagreed that it was architecturally significant. I recall the Times reporting on this, but I can't find the article; but there is a summary in this 2004 article from the Larchmont Chronicle.

GaylordWilshire Apr 22, 2010 1:00 AM

ah, Sister Aimee...
 
http://www.harpguitars.net/knutsen_i...mple_1920s.jpg
LAT

http://content.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/tf3f59n8tv/hi-res
Bancroft Library, UCB

GaylordWilshire Apr 22, 2010 1:37 AM

...and another famous L.A. damsel...
 
Julian Eltinge
http://images.nypl.org/index.php?id=TH-10434&t=w
NYPL

http://petulantrumblings.com/wp-cont...an_eltinge.jpg
NYPL

His house in Silver Lake was one of the first major Mediterranean houses in L.A., according to Gebhard and Winter.
Then and now:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thed...house_1918.jpg
LAT

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thed..._home_2007.jpg
LAT

I've seen better early shots of his house in books, but can't find any on the web.

ethereal_reality Apr 22, 2010 3:05 AM

Sister Aimee has always intrigued me.
With her fake kidnapping and all, she certainly falls into the L.A. 'noir' realm.

Any recent pics of the Angelus Temple? Is it still a 'church'?

ethereal_reality Apr 22, 2010 3:37 AM

An aerial view of the Japanese Gardens in the Hollywood Hills. aka Bernheimer Estate.


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Below: Another great view of the Japanese Garden complex.
You can pick out the Rollin B. Lane residence (1909) center left, which would later become the 'Magic Castle'.

http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/377...merjapanes.jpg
postcard










Below: And I LOVE this strange snapshot.

The two girls are a block south of Grauman's. (you can see the theater's roof towering over the lamps & shade store)
If you look closely, you can see the Japanese Gardens (now Yamashiro) up on the Hill above the sassy redhead.


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slide, ebay




The owner of the Japanese Gardens in Hollywood, also had a residence and gardens in Pacific Palisades.

http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/1...merresiden.jpg
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http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...921/jAd4m1.jpg
http://www.image-archeology.com/Bern...sidence_CA.htm




Here is the website for Yamashiro.

http://www.yamashirorestaurant.com/

sopas ej Apr 22, 2010 7:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Johnny Socko (Post 4806087)
Now that's what I'M talking about. I used to live on Cochran Ave at Wilshire, in the heart of the Miracle Mile.

Well what a co-inky dinky! I used to live on Cochran Avenue too, on the 900 S. block. But this was back in 1974-1977 when I was a very small child. I went to kindergarten at Wilshire Crest School and 1st grade at Cathedral Chapel School, right on the corner of 8th and Cochran. We still have family friends who live on S. Cochran Avenue. I remember when the El Rey used to be an actual movie theater. We would shop at the May Co. on Wilshire and Fairfax. Ah, memories!

sopas ej Apr 22, 2010 7:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4806371)
Sister Aimee has always intrigued me.
With her fake kidnapping and all, she certainly falls into the L.A. 'noir' realm.

Any recent pics of the Angelus Temple? Is it still a 'church'?

It still is a church. A former co-worker of mine told me that she attends (or attended, I haven't worked with her in years) that church. She's from Echo Park. Strangely I've never taken pictures of it; but looking the old photo of it has inspired to do so...

Great old color photos! What a find!

gsjansen Apr 22, 2010 11:02 AM

Foursquare Noir
 
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USC Digital Archives


hmmmmmm,
Quote:

Originally Posted by Johnny Socko:
I used to live on Cochran Ave at Wilshire, in the heart of the Miracle Mile.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Sopas EJ:
Well what a co-inky dinky! I used to live on Cochran Avenue too, on the 900 S. block.
And the plot thickens........I used to live in the wilshire district on edgewood place just off of Hauser. Cochran was at the end of the block. this was between 1978 and 1980

gsjansen Apr 22, 2010 12:27 PM

this one she couldn't fake


http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics42/00055782.jpg
LAPL

RIP Sister Aimee

Wrightguy0 Apr 22, 2010 4:15 PM

:slob: god i love streamline, Coulters was beautiful

ethereal_reality Apr 23, 2010 12:56 AM

Silent film actress' Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe on Pacific Coast Highway.


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usc digital archive


Below: A contemporary photograph.

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Loren Latker




Below: Lovely Thelma Todd

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unknown



Ms. Todd was found dead in her garage above her cafe/nightclub.

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LAPD




Below: The steps leading up to the garage. The steps are long gone.

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LAPD



Below: Two comparison photos of the 'death' garage.

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ucla archive Missing / I'm working on replacing the image


Below: The two turquoise garage doors center right.

http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/861...dddeathgal.jpg
Loren Latker Missing / I'm working on replacing the image




Below: Thelma Todd lying in state, covered in a blanket of yellow roses.


http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/3...ellowroses.jpg
herald/examiner


Thelma Todd's murder is still unsolved.

ethereal_reality Apr 23, 2010 12:57 AM

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Loren Latker


Several views of the Thelma Todd 'death' garage up close.

http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/2...nyblogspot.jpg
lakompany.blogspot


http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/8...yblogspoto.jpg
lakompany


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lakompany




Below: One last look at Thelma Todd.

http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/102...ddthelma02.jpg
publicity dept.

Johnny Socko Apr 23, 2010 4:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 4806773)
hmmmmmm,



And the plot thickens........I used to live in the wilshire district on edgewood place just off of Hauser. Cochran was at the end of the block. this was between 1978 and 1980

So the takeaway is that living in the Miracle Mile district is not a prerequisite for loving L.A. -- but it doesn't hurt! :tup:

Regarding Sister Aimee: There was a post at Hidden Los Angeles that had some awesome film clips of her in action. It was pretty cool to see.

http://www.usc.edu/libraries/archive...mee_older.jpeg

GaylordWilshire Apr 23, 2010 6:54 PM

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-b...webaddress.jpg

NOTE: Full, updated story here: http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...e-see-our.html

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LAPL 1987

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



I've always been intrigued by the story of the Higgins-Verbeck house at 637 S. Lucerne, just above Wilshire.
It has been attributed to John Austin and built in either 1897 or 1902 (reports vary) at 2619 Wilshire (northeast corner Rampart),
between Westlake and Lafayette parks, and moved westward--with a Verbeck family party taking place inside
enroute--one night in June 1924. The house appears even bigger up on its berm on Lucerne, but the current overdone fencing,
paving, and planting detract a good deal from the original effect. Apparently it was once cheaper to move a building this size
than to build something new--such moves were not uncommon in L.A. and elsewhere--but it must have cost a
small fortune to build a new foundation, put the house back together, repair plaster etc.

gsjansen Apr 24, 2010 12:55 PM

Moving Day
 
Quote:

originally posted by GaylordWilshire:
Apparently it was once cheaper to move a building this size
than to build something new--such moves were not uncommon in L.A.

1952
Half of this two-story house became stuck on Doheny Drive south of Sunset Blvd. (in what is now West Hollywood). 'No Parking' signs were posted on trees the day before, but motorists ignored them.

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics38/00068662.jpg
LAPL


1951
A Spanish style house being moved across the boulevard at Whitley Terrace in Hollywood became a massive blockade. As a result, thousands of cars had to be re-routed, as indicated by the two signs which are directing the northern and southern flows of traffic

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics38/00068658.jpg
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1950
Traffic around the exclusive Chateau Marmont, located at 8221 Sunset Blvd. (in what is now West Hollywood), had been tied up for several hours today when a house being moved up Marmont Lane was snagged by an immovable telephone pole. With difficulty movers "rocked" the house by the pole and traffic flowed again

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics38/00068660.jpg
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1948
Workmen are shown placing supporting ties beneath the tracks on which the firehouse is being moved. Yesterday, it was moved only 25 feet down the street and it will take six weeks to reach its new location. The firehouse has been at the Edgeware and Temple location for 30 years

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics38/00038995.jpg
LAPL

1948
While this two-story bungalow was being moved to a new location, a party was held inside. The house, originally located at 707 N. Mariposa and owned by Alice Blackburn, was relocated to make way for the Hollywood Freeway

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics38/00068661.jpg
LAPL

1947
An over-night moving job brought this huge Spanish style house to 407 N. Coronado Terrace. Nearby residents who didn't see the house there night before were surprised by the new sight. The house was moved from its original site at 416 and 418 North Centennial Street to make way for the city's planned super-highway. Four families are living in the building

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics38/00068659.jpg
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1939
Two single-story houses are jacked up, waiting to be put on foundations after being moved from another site. A cement mixer is next to a hedge. Photo caption reads: "the "battle ground" on Lucerne boulevard and Eighth street today. Residents in adjacent exclusive homes and apartments are protesting the moving of the two old vintage bungalows to the corner lot. They are the property of Superior Judge Ruben S. Schmidt, who plans to remodel them in modern style and move in the members of his family. The district is up in arms

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics45/00072029.jpg
LAPL


1939
They're building a new body on the old chassis of the Los Angeles Public Library Branch in Hollywood. This photo shows two sections of the old building, stripped of most of its adornment, after it was moved from the old location at Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Avenue to Ivar and Selma Avenues. The building was sawed apart for the moving operation. Cost of the alteration will be $72,000

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics40/00039862.jpg
LAPL

1925
Kress House Moving moving Compton High School on August 29, 1925

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics02/00020505.jpg
LAPL

1922
View of the second building of the San Pedro Branch Library, located at 820 S. Beacon St., in the process of being moved. In 1922, the City of Los Angeles ordered Beacon St. to be lowered by 14ft., requiring that the library be lowered as well

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics50/00059784.jpg
LAPL

1886
I know we've already covered this, but i am still amazed that they moved this building up fort moore hill in the 1880's yet it couldn't be moved a few hundred feet in 1949 to save it from the freeway..........sigh

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00077/00077679.jpg
LAPL

gsjansen Apr 24, 2010 1:13 PM

some additional moves
 
1970
The large, historically important Rochester House as it sits at its temporary location in the 1100 block of North Alameda Street on October 1, 1970, after being moved from its former location on Temple Street
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics41/00055383.jpg
LAPL

1969
Three heavy cranes support the upper floor of the historic Bunker Hill house called "The Castle." The upper floor was then lowered onto blocks to prepare it for relocation along with the "salt box" to Arroyo Seco Park. Since the size of the house made it impossible to move, the house was cut into three sections--the north wing, the third floor and the two main stories.............................unfortunately we all know how this turned out...............................sigh.......sigh........sigh

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics49/00059370.jpg
LAPL


one last parting glance........
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics49/00059374.jpg
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at least they tried to save them.......................

GaylordWilshire Apr 24, 2010 10:23 PM

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics01/00010151.jpg
LAPL

http://bitterqueen.typepad.com/photo...gsy_siegel.jpg
bitterqueen

Another kind of house-moving: Virginia Hill leaving her house at 810 N. Linden, Beverly Hills, after her main squeeze Bugsy Siegel was shot to death there on June 20, 1947, spoiling the chintz.


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