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GaylordWilshire Oct 14, 2011 1:14 AM

:previous:

The Eagle Eyes of Sopas

Woolworth's and Graysons were at 8485 and 8469 Crenshaw, respectively--the corner now looks like it's a schoolyard, empty of buildings; Hair Zone Beauty Supply is at 8501. The Hair Zone was an Owl Rexall Drugs in 1956, apparently built to more or less mirror Woolworth's across 85th.

ethereal_reality Oct 14, 2011 1:35 AM

Damn, you guys are good! My bad.

So you're saying Owl Rexall and Woolworth's were both at the same intersection and diagonally across from each other?

GaylordWilshire Oct 14, 2011 12:24 PM

:previous:

ethereal-- not diagonally--the Owl and Woolworths were on the same (west) side of Crenshaw, with 85th Street in between

Fab Fifties Fan Oct 14, 2011 4:30 PM

Excellent detective work sopas_ej and GaylordWilshire! I was, admitedly, a bit confused by the orientation of the buildings but now it makes sense.

"Look up JP, look up!!!"

~Jon Paul

Handsome Stranger Oct 14, 2011 5:41 PM

Just stumbled across this short but interesting article about Poundcake Hill and Fort Moore Hill, posted yesterday at KCET's website:

The Lost Hills of Downtown Los Angeles

GaylordWilshire Oct 14, 2011 5:55 PM

Went looking for shots of Crenshaw & 85th in Inglewood--nothing turned up, but I did find
an interesting photostream that includes detail shots of other Inglewood locations and
of other Calif locations--including downtown Los Angle-ess:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-D...2520AM.bmp.jpgorngejuglr's photostream


It was the doorway of a printing business, which was here:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-B...2520AM.bmp.jpgGoogle Street View
This is 214 S. Spring, still standing; in 1929 Wolcott's was listed at 226 S. Spring--
the building at what Google Maps gives as that address is now a parking lot--not sure
what that discrepancy is about.

Anyway, here's another shot from the same photostream, identified only as "Broadway in
Downtown LA"--can anyone identify it?
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/--...2520PM.bmp.jpg

Cyberider Oct 14, 2011 7:37 PM

http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_fo...s-angeles.html

The Lost Hills of Downtown Los Angeles
by Nathan Masters
on October 13, 2011 3:35 PM

Interesting article from the KCET website that is dear to our hearts. Good history and representative photographs.

ethereal_reality Oct 15, 2011 12:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Handsome Stranger (Post 5444677)
Just stumbled across this short but interesting article about Poundcake Hill and Fort Moore Hill, posted yesterday at KCET's website:

The Lost Hills of Downtown Los Angeles

This is really a well done article. Good job KCET!

...and thanks for pointing it out Handsome_Stranger and Cyberider.

ethereal_reality Oct 15, 2011 12:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5444697)
Anyway, here's another shot from the same photostream, identified only as "Broadway in
Downtown LA"--can anyone identify it?
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/--...2520PM.bmp.jpg

This is really beautiful but I have no idea where it is located on Broadway.
If I were in L.A. I'd go down and look for it.....treat it like a scavenger hunt. :) (sopas?)

ethereal_reality Oct 15, 2011 12:34 AM

An apartment at Vermont and Grand being moved for the Harbor Freeway, circa 1954.


http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/7...aptatvermo.jpg
http://www.lapl.org/



http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/8...reewayapta.jpg
http://www.lapl.org/

Looks as if it's been karate-chopped in half.

Horthos Oct 15, 2011 2:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5445158)
This is really beautiful but I have no idea where it is located on Broadway.
If I were in L.A. I'd go down and look for it.....treat it like a scavenger hunt. :) (sopas?)

Ill take a look tomorrow, Ive seen it before, but cant remember exactly where it is.

In other news, it looks like the hotel clark might be coming back to life. I was walking up Hill and saw that the neon hotel clark sign was lit up, after it not being lit for I dont know how long. Ill take some pictures tomorrow though.

ethereal_reality Oct 15, 2011 3:08 AM

Sounds good Horthos!
Keep us informed about the Hotel Clark as well....sounds like a positive development.

ethereal_reality Oct 15, 2011 3:23 AM

View along the north side of Angels Flight in 1962.

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/9805/...sflightnor.jpg
I found this on an old cd of mine. No details...sorry. If anyone knows the source please let me know.

rick m Oct 15, 2011 3:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5445292)
View along the north side of Angels Flight in 1962.

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/9805/...sflightnor.jpg
I found this on an old cd of mine. No details...sorry. If anyone knows the source please let me know.

Sure looks like Arnold Hylen - from his book of course ---

gsjansen Oct 15, 2011 1:24 PM

:previous:

it's actually from the Los Angeles Public Library Collection

The Photograph is dated May, 1962


the photo is not credited to Hylen, (it doesn't mean that it's not his though)

ethereal_reality Oct 15, 2011 5:08 PM

:previous: Thanks for the info on the photo guys.


There is a heart warming article and video in today's Los Angeles Times about the elevator operator at the old Desmond's building.

Here's the link:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...,1134762.story


http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/7329/sentrance.jpg
http://www.lapl.org/

ethereal_reality Oct 15, 2011 8:32 PM

Here's a hidden little gem. The Galesia Apartments at 221 N. Rampart Blvd. Notice the two tiny trees in front of the building.


http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/5...s221nrampa.jpg
http://www.lapl.org/






http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/2...aaptstoday.jpg
google street views

above: Yep, those two trees sure have grown!



below: Here is an aerial view showing the dense foliage in front of the apartment building.

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/6...stodayaeri.jpg
google street view

I love nature and all......but why can't they hire someone to trim those DAMN trees.

Horthos Oct 16, 2011 7:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5444697)
Went looking for shots of Crenshaw & 85th in Inglewood--nothing turned up, but I did find
an interesting photostream that includes detail shots of other Inglewood locations and
of other Calif locations--including downtown Los Angle-ess:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-D...2520AM.bmp.jpgorngejuglr's photostream


It was the doorway of a printing business, which was here:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-B...2520AM.bmp.jpgGoogle Street View
This is 214 S. Spring, still standing; in 1929 Wolcott's was listed at 226 S. Spring--
the building at what Google Maps gives as that address is now a parking lot--not sure
what that discrepancy is about.

Anyway, here's another shot from the same photostream, identified only as "Broadway in
Downtown LA"--can anyone identify it?
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/--...2520PM.bmp.jpg




So I checked out that bit of the sidewalk on broadway tonight. I am not sure what the building is as far as what it was historically, but now its just some typical greasy broadway shops, and the rest of the building seems empty.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...tulio-/1-2.jpg
Image from Google Earth

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...tulio-/2-1.jpg
Image from Google Earth

Also, here is the hotel clark sign lit up, as I had mentioned. The "R" doesnt seem to be working...oh well.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...-/P1010170.jpg
Photo by me...

Beaudry Oct 16, 2011 9:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Horthos (Post 5446110)
Also, here is the hotel clark sign lit up, as I had mentioned. The "R" doesnt seem to be working...oh well.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...-/P1010170.jpg
Photo by me...

Thank you for the image! This sign is very recently restored and as such its failed R is a bit disconcerting...

...there are some "bucket list" signs that I always figured I'd never see relit -- Bendix...the Palace blades...ad infinitum...but they were relit! ...and my natural-born cynicism warred against any optimism in hoping the Clark would be reborn: I do confess to having a bit of a fetish for the old girl. http://www.flickr.com/photos/3930393...th/4792823724/ (I'm not sure why; my passion just...is. If any member of the Chetrit Group is perusing this thread, uh, PM me, because I would love to aid you in restoring your building.)

esotouric Oct 16, 2011 5:43 PM

Free rooftop screening Oct. 20 - Newly discovered 1949 color Main Street footage
 
WHAT: Of Scrap & Steel: free rooftop screening of rare 1949 color film set on Main Street, Downtown L.A.
WHEN: Thu, 10/20/2011 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
WHERE: Rooftop garden of the Union Rescue Mission, 545 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90013

Dear friends of noirish L.A.,

Hoping you can join us on the rooftop garden of the Union Rescue Mission this Thursday for a free and very interesting film screening introduced by this thread's own Beaudry (Nathan Marsak) & Richard Schave, and picnic supper.

For more info and a link where you can reserve your spot (required for this free event) click here

WHAT: Of Scrap & Steel: free rooftop screening of rare 1949 color film set on Main Street, Downtown L.A.

LAVA - The Los Angeles Visionaries Association is pleased to announce a free roof-top screening of a newly-discovered circa 1949 short color film of Main Street and other downtown Los Angeles locations, the Union Rescue Mission-produced Of Scrap & Steel. The screening celebrates the launch of a new series of downtown stories on the In SRO Land time travel blog, featuring material from the Union Rescue Mission Archives.

ABOUT THE FILM: In mid-1948 the Board of Directors of the Union Rescue Mission approved the expenditure of $5,000 to make the 30-minute film Of Scrap & Steel which portrays the redemption and good works of Arthur Hawkins, an alcoholic executive who ended up on the streets of Los Angeles and whose life was saved when he turned to the URM for help. Porter Hall (Arthur Hawkins) is one of only two actors in a film otherwise populated by real Los Angeles characters. (You may recall Hall's performance as the pesky guy on the train in Double Indemnity.)

Of Scrap & Steel was only shown in screenings organized by the URM or related organizations, and would have been completely lost if Liz Mooradian, URM historian, had not saved a deteriorating 16mm print and had it transferred to video before it was too late. Of Scrap & Steel is just one of the remarkable artifacts discovered in the Union Rescue Mission archives and explored in the In SRO Land blog.

This entertaining and powerful short film is a compelling snapshot of life on Skid Row (Main Street) circa 1949, and a fascinating document of the important work that the URM continues to do with the most needy in the community. Although downtown Los Angeles features in numerous noir films, it is extremely rare to see color images of eastern downtown, and rarer still to see full-color live-action footage of the vibrant street scene that included rescue missions, pawn shops, amusement parlors, bars, restaurants and the ever-patrolling paddy wagon in search of drunkards to haul away to jail or County work crews.

This free rooftop screening is jointly organized by LAVA - The Los Angeles Visionaries Association, the In SRO Land time travel blog and the Union Rescue Mission. Seating will be provided, and attendees are encouraged to dress warmly for the cool night air.

Gourmet box dinners: “Meals with a purpose” will be available for purchase ($7, cash only), with a choice of sandwich (vegetarian, roast beef or chicken), cookie, fruit, crackers and beverage. 100% of proceeds from your meal donation goes to the URM, and the proceeds from each dinner will feed two other people.

Limited free parking is available at the URM’s underground parking lot. Just tell the attendant you are there for the film. Please carpool: if each guest arrives with one other person in their car, there should be enough parking for all. Those arriving later will have to leave their keys with the parking attendant. Should the URM lot fill up, there is also off-site, paid parking available at Joe’s Parking Lot at 1st & San Pedro. A free shuttle will run between this parking lot and the Union Rescue Mission from 5pm-9pm. Nearest Metro station: Little Tokyo.

Rain check: if it's raining on October 20, this event will be rescheduled for October 27.

Schedule

6pm Doors open (reserved guests check in at the main entrance and are sent up to the roof)

6pm-7pm Box dinners available for purchase, guests can watch the sunset (6:13pm)

7pm

* Introduction to the URM by Rev. Andy Bales, CEO
* Historians Nathan Marsak & Richard Schave introduce the film in the context of the neighborhood's history, and their work on the In SRO Land time travel blog.

7:30pm Film screening

8pm Q & A

8:30pm Event ends

For more info and a link where you can reserve your spot (required for this free event) click here


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