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Fab Fifties Fan Aug 16, 2011 11:42 PM

Franklin Garden Apartments
 
I found this photo on another thread with the caption "Franklin Garden Apartments 2000". I'm not completely sure, but I think that is them behind the wall and hedge.

Looking on Google street view at the corner of Orchid and Franklin today, the wall, hedge and Magic Castle sign are still there but nothing except a really big parking lot behind them.

http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/7...ardenapart.jpg

It is absolutely amazing to me that finding good pictures of an apartment complex that was there for over 80 years is so dang difficult. It's like trying to find a headshot of Sasquatch!!!

Photo credit : Jesus Salgado

Beaudry Aug 17, 2011 12:34 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5380834)
below: An aerial view from 1931 showing the State Building under construction. This is the exact same angle as the postcard above.


http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/361...erial1931u.jpg
usc digital archive


I didn't realize the old Los Angeles Times building was still standing as the State Building was rising. They look like they're mere feet from each other.
If you look closely you can see the two funicular 'cars' going up and down Court Flight.

Does anyone have any information on that slightly curved 'alley' in the lower right hand corner?
It seems to abruptly dead end behind one of the building facing Los Angeles Street.


___________

Here's the alley -- Jackson -- running from San Pedro to Los Angeles St. It doesn't dead end, kind of an optical illusion, but it does "pinch out" a bit:

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6186/...9d2c2bed_o.jpg

Here is a bunch of good stuff about the Times and State bldgs sharing quarters!

ethereal_reality Aug 17, 2011 1:44 AM

Thank you Beaudry for the information and link.

GaylordWilshire Aug 17, 2011 5:09 PM

Check out these pics: http://zev.lacounty.gov/news/public-...-by-flashlight

http://extras.mnginteractive.com/liv...10-JUSTICE.jpgPasadena Star-News

http://zev.lacounty.gov/wp-content/g...ustice-008.jpgZev Yaroslavsky

Can't wait for it to come back--I read that it will have a public restaurant of some sort.

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...CHS-44575?v=hrUSCDL

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...87BC54298?v=hrUSCDL

http://la.curbed.com/uploads/hoj1.jpgLACurbed

On November 5, 1963, a Times story had it that mice in the building were getting high on marijuana stored in the county clerk's narcotics locker. "Those mice are addicts," complained Peter J. Talmachoff, chief criminal division deputy. "They run riot all night, then stagger off to their nest leaving the floor littered with marijuana."


Sheriff's department employees--the future occupants--will apparently have a running track on the roof where prisoners once stretched and bartered cigs etc.... Some art left there by them:

http://zev.lacounty.gov/wp-content/g...ustice-050.jpgZev Yaroslavsky

Beaudry Aug 17, 2011 8:25 PM

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6071/...0a0081a2_o.jpg
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6088/...c6a078f2_o.jpg

Driving down Third from Beaudry toward Fig, 7/55; the Fourth St exit from the Harbor curves over in the bg.

Reminds me of this 'un...

ethereal_reality Aug 18, 2011 2:17 AM

Does anyone know the history of this impressive building at Pico Blvd. and Norton Avenue?

http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/7...bldgatpico.jpg
google street view




http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/786...bldgatpico.jpg
google street view




below: Looking south on Norton Avenue toward Pico Boulevard.

http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/2...bldgpicoat.jpg
google street view

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 18, 2011 7:13 AM

A former treasure
 
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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5382360)
I'm not sure if this is the proper place to ask, but does anyone know the history of this impressive building at Pico Blvd. and Norton Avenue.

http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/7...bldgatpico.jpg
google street view




http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/786...bldgatpico.jpg
google street view




below: Looking south on Norton Avenue toward Pico Boulevard.

http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/2...bldgpicoat.jpg
google street view

That incredible building was originally The Pico Forum Theatre, built in 1924.

I am happy, at the very least, that the impressive edifice still exists, but.....

Here is a link to the theatre's history from one of my other online browsing obsessions "Cinema Treasures".
http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/492

In its heydey
http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/7...umtheatre2.jpg

and then
http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/2...umtheatre1.jpg

I know I have several more images in my own files and will post them as soon as I can dig them up.

Photos:cinematreasures.org

GaylordWilshire Aug 18, 2011 12:46 PM

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-M...orumthext2.jpgWest Adams

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-l...forumthint.jpgWest Adams

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 18, 2011 4:43 PM

Great photos Gaylord Wilshire!!! Here are three more that were taken during the same time frame.

Front Foyer
http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/1641/forumlobby.jpg

Inner Foyer
http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/7...innerfoyer.jpg

Auditorium
http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/4...auditorium.jpg

Photos:Architectural Record

Engineeral Aug 18, 2011 5:19 PM

Music to Browse By?
 
What music should be playing while anyone is browsing through all the interesting images and stories in this thread?

There is at least one common slow bluesy/jazzy instrumental I frequently hear when some broadcaster wants to say "noir" but I don't know its name. So what pieces would be good? Maybe that common one will be included, as well as others tunes.

gsjansen Aug 18, 2011 6:35 PM

:previous:

anything by chet baker works as great background music to properly cruise this thread!

ethereal_reality Aug 18, 2011 7:38 PM

Thanks for the information on the old Pico Forum Theater Fab_Fifties_Fan & Gaylordwilshire.
My jaw dropped open when I accidentally came across it in google street views.
That photo of the front foyer is especially beautiful.

OldFontuckyHomer Aug 18, 2011 8:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Engineeral (Post 5382905)
What music should be playing while anyone is browsing through all the interesting images and stories in this thread?

There is at least one common slow bluesy/jazzy instrumental I frequently hear when some broadcaster wants to say "noir" but I don't know its name. So what pieces would be good? Maybe that common one will be included, as well as others tunes.

I like "Love theme from Chinatown" by Jerry Goldsmith while perusing the photos.
Almost anything by Art Pepper would lend itself to the LA Noir feel as well.

OldFontuckyHomer Aug 18, 2011 8:53 PM

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Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 5382994)
:previous:

anything by chet baker works as great background music to properly cruise this thread!

I vouch for this opinion!

sopas ej Aug 19, 2011 12:45 AM

It might not be "noir-y" per se but I will sometimes listen to Doris Day's (with the Les Brown Orchestra) 1944 version of "Sentimental Journey" when I look at these old photos. It definitely has that 1940s sound to it, and is perfect for looking at 1940s photos, in my opinion.

Video Link

ethereal_reality Aug 19, 2011 3:40 AM

In terms of music.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9KAqhbIZ7o



the love theme from 'Blade Runner'.

Handsome Stranger Aug 19, 2011 4:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Engineeral (Post 5382905)
What music should be playing while anyone is browsing through all the interesting images and stories in this thread?

I'm usually listening to a mix of stuff from mid-1930s to mid-1940s. Lots of Billie Holiday, Django Reinhardt, Tommy Dorsey (this recording gets me every time I hear it), Bunny Berigan, Jimmie Lunceford, the Boswell Sisters, and so on.

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 19, 2011 5:25 AM

That is very hauntingly beautiful music ethereal_reality. I turned on my surround sound and have listened to it several times!!!

I have to confess that I have never seen Blade Runner. I know weird, especially considering my passion for the Ennis House, Harrison Ford and ccccrazy girl Sean Young!

I just added it to my weekend Netflix downloads

Thanks for posting the link:cheers:

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 19, 2011 5:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Handsome Stranger (Post 5383690)
I'm usually listening to a mix of stuff from mid-1930s to mid-1940s. Lots of Billie Holiday, Django Reinhardt, Tommy Dorsey (this recording gets me every time I hear it), Bunny Berigan, Jimmie Lunceford, the Boswell Sisters, and so on.

All of the above Handsome Stranger!

with some Ella Fitzgerald and Rosemary Clooney in the stack as well....oh and Kay Starr (the whole Fab Fifties thing):D

JeffDiego Aug 20, 2011 1:32 AM

L.A. Noir Music
 
Here are my two cents of suggestion for music that evokes 1940's Los Angeles. Both numbers can be found at youtube and both were recorded in the mid 40's at Capitol Records in Hollywood. If interested, go to youtube and type in "Benny Carter & his orch - Malibu Capitol Records." "Malibu" was recorded in 1945 and has a plaintive, haunting sound.
For a more upbeat number that brings to mind 40's cars and boulevards, type in "Stan Kenton Intermission Riff original 78." Make sure you listen to the original.
Kenton was THEE sound of 40's L.A.. "Intermission Riff" is from 1946.


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