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BifRayRock Jan 25, 2014 3:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 5385274)
Some Pasadena then-and-nows--- or now-and-thens.

The Forever 21 store in Old Pasadena, August 20, 2011. It became a Forever 21 some years ago, after being vacant for some time after a boutique Saks Fifth Avenue that was in this building, closed. The Saks had only been in business for about 4 years or so, during the 2000s. When I first moved to the area in the late 1990s, this building was a vacant, run-down auto body repair garage.
http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/7111/p1180630s.jpg
Photo by me

The same building, circa 1930s. I knew it was originally a garage, but I had no idea that it was an open building with gas pumps until I saw this photo.
http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/3...lding1930s.png
Pasadena Collection




Quote:

Originally Posted by Tetsu (Post 6352916)
Just occurred to me I know this building - Penn Oil & Supply Co. at the southwest corner of Union & Delacey in Pasadena, designed by Bennett & Haskell (1930). Here's another pic that looks like it was taken about the same time as yours:

http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4bf045da.jpg

Missing the Penn Oil signage, but hard to say if the pic dates from later, after the it was taken off the facade, or if it's earlier, before the signage was ever put up. Surprisingly, this one's doing pretty well these days:

http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1587db62.jpg

It's been altered, sure, but at least the alterations were sensitive to the original architecture of the building.












Penn Oil & Supply
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...YBCAR5HSLJ.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...YBCAR5HSLJ.jpg



Noirish lighting (Primary reason for this post/repost. Apologies if this is a retread.):shrug:

http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...16IECGBRCX.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...16IECGBRCX.jpg





BifRayRock Jan 25, 2014 3:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 6063596)

1/29/1931 - Willard H. George Co. Furriers, 3330 Wilshire Boulevard west of Immanuel Presbyterian. Seen in above shot.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics27/00033006.jpg lapl


1937
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics30/00064720.jpglapl








http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...F6PN96XJT6.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...F6PN96XJT6.jpg



http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...LRY6IJDPH9.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...LRY6IJDPH9.jpg


http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...LS36GKJ82A.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...LS36GKJ82A.jpg


http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...VABKMC81CE.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...VABKMC81CE.jpg

http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...6M177NM4I7.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...6M177NM4I7.jpg


http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...87H8J8KQAL.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...87H8J8KQAL.jpg


http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...G9QIRJS119.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...G9QIRJS119.jpg


http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...17116S9CFU.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...17116S9CFU.jpg



http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...RS3A7BRX5U.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...RS3A7BRX5U.jpg


http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...UAJY5HDCXH.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...UAJY5HDCXH.jpg


Contemporary-modern treatment.
http://s.lnimg.com/photo/full/1c152f...3b05c89ca5.jpghttp://s.lnimg.com/photo/full/1c152f...3b05c89ca5.jpg




HossC's discussion of nearby Hammond Organ (3328 Wilshire) http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=17969



Design trend or coincidence?
3443 Wilshire Blvd. (Cord Building mentioned numerous times on this thread.)
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...L2KIUF4RHA.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...L2KIUF4RHA.jpg

8800 (Robertson) Wilshire
http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/3774/vxst.jpghttp://img96.imageshack.us/img96/3774/vxst.jpg

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=17726
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=17725



6320 Hollywood
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...YMEMEYMXMP.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...YMEMEYMXMP.jpg

6600 Hollywood Blvd.
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...ASN14A573H.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...ASN14A573H.jpg

http://skyscraperpage.com/forum/show...ostcount=15719


. . . . .





GaylordWilshire Jan 25, 2014 5:08 PM

:previous:

A little noir on the corner... note the reference to the late Edward Doheny Jr.:

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/22/yl97.jpgLA Times


A little on the southside block of Wilshire between Catalina and Berendo, a partial view of which is at the lower right corner of the aerial below:

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...0/826/536x.jpgLAPL

More here: http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...e-see-our.html

BifRayRock Jan 25, 2014 5:36 PM





Speaking of rubber and tires :previous:

Undated - 1114 Porter [Rd.]. San Fernando (?)
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...T6AB6M65BU.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...T6AB6M65BU.jpg



Circa '30. "Somewhere" in or near Los Angeles (Probably Montebello, Desser Tire Co.)
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...JE961N7R88.jpg http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...JE961N7R88.jpg

http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...JG9MMAMPIN.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...JG9MMAMPIN.jpg

Desser - '30s
http://www.desser.com/images/company_img2.jpghttp://www.desser.com/images/company_img2.jpg http://www.trade-a-plane.com/company...eller_id=53441


1938 - Tire Cemetery with familiar City Hall in background.
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics33/00066227.jpghttp://jpg3.lapl.org/pics33/00066227.jpg






Rebirth - Tire making with shirts
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics27/00048097.jpghttp://jpg2.lapl.org/pics27/00048097.jpg


May 28, '29.
Quote:

Russell Firestone watches as a worker removes a cured tire from its mold. 5000 tires and 7500 tubes are being made daily at the Firestone Factory. Once the expansion program is completed, 12,000 tires and 14,000 tubes will be produced daily.
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics21/00045130.jpghttp://jpg2.lapl.org/pics21/00045130.jpg

Undated - BF Goodrich (7th and Alameda)
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics27/00048122.jpghttp://jpg2.lapl.org/pics27/00048122.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.n...70573270_n.jpghttps://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.n...70573270_n.jpg


1938 - 5400 East 9th Street (aka Mines, Olympic), Commerce.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00099/00099142.jpghttp://jpg1.lapl.org/00099/00099142.jpg


'38
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00099/00099141.jpghttp://jpg1.lapl.org/00099/00099141.jpghttp://jpg1.lapl.org/00099/00099137.jpghttp://jpg1.lapl.org/00099/00099137.jpg


'30 - Frank Dillon's (mentioned before) (1017 S. Olive Street) makes it work!
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics43/00056312.jpghttp://jpg2.lapl.org/pics43/00056312.jpghttp://jpg2.lapl.org/pics43/00056316.jpghttp://jpg2.lapl.org/pics43/00056316.jpg



BifRayRock Jan 25, 2014 5:43 PM





November 5, 1931 - Birthday Celebration - Los Angeles Herald Express.


Quote:

Quote:

1243 Trenton Street, the Mediterranean/Churrigueresque structure was designed by Morgan, Walls & Clements and built in 1925. When the Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express merged in 1931, it became the Herald-Express Building. After the Examiner merged with the Los Angeles Herald-Express in 1962, it was demolished sometime between the mid and late 1960s.
Photo shows the Goodyear blimp 'Volunteer' soaring over The Evening Herald building today and picking up a bundle of Twentieth Birthday editions for delivery to civic officials at the city hall. The blimp dropped a rope weighed with a sandbag to the roof of the Evening Herald building. While the ship slowly passed over, two men running across the roof unhooked the sandbag and hooked on a bag containing the papers. The blimp then hauled the bag aboard, roared away and on reaching the city hall let the bag down on the end of the rope.

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics48/00073778.jpghttp://jpg3.lapl.org/pics48/00073778.jpg




BifRayRock Jan 25, 2014 5:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tourmaline (Post 6420697)



November 15, 1935 - 1158 and 1160 W. 8th Street "We fix anything." (Forced/controlled ventilation seems almost as good as roll up windows!)

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00104/00104249.jpghttp://jpg1.lapl.org/00104/00104249.jpg

Retired_in_Texas Jan 25, 2014 6:09 PM


Okay, I have to admit I'm a sucker for the understated elegance of a combination of Art Deco and Streamline Modern interiors. Same holds true for exteriors which have no Art Nouveau leaning garbage embellishing them.

In the above we see understated elegance while at the same time presenting an interior retail space that beckons one to return in the future. Timeless!

BifRayRock thanks for digging up these great photos, they have motivated me to dust off the drafting table and get busy drawing the plans for a new home which will have Streamline Modern interior leanings with the exterior having both Streamline Modern and the Frank Lloyd Wright leanings. Darn, now I'm going to have to go looking for acreage that will be the right showcase.

BifRayRock Jan 25, 2014 6:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6422423)
:previous:

A little noir on the corner... note the reference to the late Edward Doheny Jr.:

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/22/yl97.jpgLA Times








"Five pages of rambling incoherence!" :haha:

An inside job, by a disgruntled employee primarily responsible for Beaver hat resizing?

Chinchilla's are not known for their coherence.:rolleyes:

Inglewood Chinchilla farm.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00097/00097668.jpghttp://jpg1.lapl.org/00097/00097668.jpg

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics16/00007792.jpghttp://jpg1.lapl.org/pics16/00007792.jpg


Union issues?


http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics40/00069999.jpghttp://jpg3.lapl.org/pics40/00069999.jpg

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics40/00069997.jpghttp://jpg3.lapl.org/pics40/00069997.jpg

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics41/00070000.jpghttp://jpg3.lapl.org/pics41/00070000.jpg

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics40/00069998.jpghttp://jpg3.lapl.org/pics40/00069998.jpg



BifRayRock Jan 25, 2014 6:19 PM




Road Trip!


1938 - Pershing Square and Hill Street. (Photog Herman Schulteis's wife, Ethel.)

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00101/00101326.jpghttp://jpg1.lapl.org/00101/00101326.jpg


BifRayRock Jan 25, 2014 6:29 PM





Source's only identification of this image is a "Hollywood estate." The gingerbread relief sure seems familiar. So do a couple of the faces.

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics46/00072931.jpghttp://jpg3.lapl.org/pics46/00072931.jpg




Hollywood Garden Court Apts. - 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
http://www.thepapergallery.net/-Morgan/84996.jpghttp://www.thepapergallery.net/-Morgan/84996.jpg



Martin Pal Jan 25, 2014 7:26 PM

some Richfield Building photos -- not in search results, but...?
 
Enjoyed revisiting the Richfield Building yesterday - thanks!

Undated postcard:
http://ladailymirror.files.wordpress.../richfield.jpg
Mary Mallory

Richfield Building's Elevator:
http://ladailymirror.files.wordpress...ngelevator.jpg

1960's:
http://ladailymirror.files.wordpress...ingalonebw.jpg

From article:
http://ladailymirror.com/richfield-building-los-angeles-skyline/

A quote:

The Richfield Co. merged with Atlantic Refining Co. in 1966, and decided that the building was not producing enough revenue. [...] Louis Ream informed The Times on March 9, 1967, that “We’d like to think as big as possible – the economics of a site like this dictates that we do.” He claimed, “The building is beautiful, but it is only 52% usable. We’re planning on tearing it down, with tears in our eyes.”

...and if you believe that...meet me at the Brown Derby for a Cobb Salad.

Pdxrailtransit Jan 25, 2014 7:41 PM

An end to drudgery?


https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Q...CT0013-002.JPG

I took the picture above in the late 80's. I think I am on the western end of Melrose. The building next door had just been demolished and this well preserved sign was seeing the light of day for the first time in years. I can't find any info on the Block washing machine.

Martin Pal Jan 25, 2014 7:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6421570)
...this brings a whole new meaning to carriage house.

An Apartmobile for Hollywood.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/839/jtqq.jpg
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/138/g8tn.jpgebay
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While on paper this might seem like an interesting, even practical, idea, can you imagine if "cranes" moved these things around regularly? Who'd want to live around all that noise, commotion etc.? Was actor Don Beddoe's career on the wane? :shrug:

It reminded me of this:

http://www.nevadacounty.com/wp-conte...ailer-park.jpg

BifRayRock Jan 25, 2014 8:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Retired_in_Texas (Post 6422496)
Okay, I have to admit I'm a sucker for the understated elegance of a combination of Art Deco and Streamline Modern interiors. Same holds true for exteriors which have no Art Nouveau leaning garbage embellishing them.

In the above we see understated elegance while at the same time presenting an interior retail space that beckons one to return in the future. Timeless!








:tup:


A few omitted "lesser" interior images:

http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...6F2MX3F9X2.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...6F2MX3F9X2.jpg

http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...6BKN73HU4Y.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...6BKN73HU4Y.jpg

Bullocks Wilshire - understated window front
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...DBEYHEUG6S.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...DBEYHEUG6S.jpg


Sadly, today's bean counters would wring their hands over the ratio of square footage to sales, and say the future lies with [Filene's] basement sales*. Boutique franchises may try, but they rarely approximate the imaginative opulence evidenced in this thread. LA never had a monopoly on impressive man-made gilded and/or streamlined surroundings. NY, Boston, Chicago, SF, Dallas and many other communities come to mind. However, rightly or wrongly, LA seems to have devalued more of its structural bounty than so many other communities. This even includes examples of "art nouveau" (555 Flower) and plaster quirks/whimsy like Wilshire’s Brown Derby. Fortunately, many treasures survive.


*Gone.

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/c...s/012416pr.jpghttp://lcweb2.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/c...s/012416pr.jpg

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/c...eet/00013r.jpghttp://lcweb2.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/c...eet/00013r.jpg

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/c...s/012404pr.jpghttp://lcweb2.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/c...s/012404pr.jpg

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/c...s/012424pr.jpghttp://lcweb2.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/c...s/012424pr.jpg

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/c...s/012442pr.jpghttp://lcweb2.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/c...s/012442pr.jpg




CityBoyDoug Jan 25, 2014 8:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 6422611)
Enjoyed revisiting the Richfield Building yesterday - thanks!


1960's:
http://ladailymirror.files.wordpress...ingalonebw.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psccbf5215.jpg

From article:
http://ladailymirror.com/richfield-building-los-angeles-skyline/

A quote:

The Richfield Co. merged with Atlantic Refining Co. in 1966, and decided that the building was not producing enough revenue. [...] Louis Ream informed The Times on March 9, 1967, that “We’d like to think as big as possible – the economics of a site like this dictates that we do.” He claimed, “The building is beautiful, but it is only 52% usable. We’re planning on tearing it down, with tears in our eyes.”

...and if you believe that...meet me at the Brown Derby for a Cobb Salad.

I remember seeing this building from the window of my father's 12th floor law office. It really stood out with all of its gold decoration. You could see it for many blocks. It truly was one of a kind. It looked exotic and mysterious...dripping with sparkling gold. I recall asking my father's secretary [Eva Jacques] the name of the building.

Tourmaline Jan 25, 2014 8:41 PM

More Streamline Moderne?


756 Waring Ave. This '36 building has often been referred to as the "Wallace Berry duplex." Sources indicate the building was built for WB and reflected his interest in aviation. Why would WB have needed, let alone wanted, a duplex? Any images of the structure when first built or during construction?

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3219/3...b3a2471f_b.jpg http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3219/3...b3a2471f_b.jpg


WB in '29
http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/gcatg/i...lace_beery.jpghttp://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/gcatg/i...lace_beery.jpg

BifRayRock Jan 25, 2014 8:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pdxrailtransit (Post 6422636)
An end to drudgery?


https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Q...CT0013-002.JPG

I took the picture above in the late 80's. I think I am on the western end of Melrose. The building next door had just been demolished and this well preserved sign was seeing the light of day for the first time in years. I can't find any info on the Block washing machine.





The artwork is probably far more memorable than the washer. Knowing a little more about the store advertising it could be interesting. "A.C . . ." "432 So. B"

Is that the only image of the billboard?


1928
http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDgwWDY0MA...dwRg~~60_3.JPGhttp://www.backtothepast.biz/pictures/0/IMG_4209.JPGhttp://www.backtothepast.biz/pictures/0/IMG_4209.JPG Bay


hth


HossC Jan 25, 2014 8:54 PM

Any excuse for another picture of the Richfield Building. This Dick Whittington shot is labeled 1929, which is around the time the building was completed. The panels above and below the windows look lighter than in later shots. I'm not sure whether it's the lighting or if they were darkened sometime afterward.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...3.jpg~original
USC Digital Library

The first floor is still boarded up in the photo. The advertisements say "Stores & Building For Rent". The real estate agent handling the property is Joe Toplitzky at 205-9 H. W. Hellman Bldg. - GW posted some info about Joe Toplitzky here. It looks like the hoardings included some fancy embellishments, possibly echoing details of higher floors. The second floor also seems more elaborately decorated than in later images.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...4.jpg~original
Detail of picture above.

ethereal_reality Jan 25, 2014 9:46 PM

Does anyone recognize this corner building? The street light tells us Wilshire Blvd.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...0/826/gyql.jpgebay
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Fantastic interior views of 3330 Wilshire Blvd BifRayRock. I half expected Dolores Del Rio to come strolling down the stairs.

I really liked the image of the Block Washing Machine AD Pdxrailtransit. Do you have any similar ones?:)
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If interested in Ralph Phillips' lighting scheme for the Richfield Building go here.
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=11098

-this and more.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/69/y3er.jpg

HossC Jan 25, 2014 10:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6422820)
Does anyone recognize this corner building? The street light tells us Wilshire Blvd.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...0/826/gyql.jpgebay

The picture was taken near the intersection of Wilshire and Serrano Avenue. Fashion Trends Beauty Salon was at 3717 Wilshire (1956 CD). The picture below is dated 1930/1940.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original
USC Digital Library

That block is now the location of Chase Bank and Pacific City Bank.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...2.jpg~original
Google Maps


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