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ethereal_reality Apr 25, 2013 8:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Matthew (Post 6102649)

Great find Matthew! When I posted the photos of the 'Golden Sahara' I had no idea it was made from a wreck. (I thought it was a prototype from the laboratories of GM) lol.


from the link you provided
http://imageshack.us/a/img855/6568/a...nnaugahyde.jpg
http://www.machine-history.com/Golden%20Sahara%201955

Naugahyde! We've met him once before on the thread.

Remember the Nauga?
http://imageshack.us/a/img856/9139/a...augmonster.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naugahyde
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lemster2024 Apr 25, 2013 9:12 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6104949)
http://imageshack.us/a/img708/2803/aabhe.jpg

lol. What in sam hell is this thing?

It's a type of arcade machine, e_r; my guess is that it's supposed to be an R2D2 knockoff. When I went back there on the weekend, kids were dropping quarters into it, and it lights up and plays robotic sounds...Chinatown needs the revenue...!

tovangar2 Apr 25, 2013 9:13 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6104987)
Naugahyde!
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I know. That was so jarring. 24-karat-gold plating, 40 coats of "oriental pearl lacquer" and...naugahyde (!)

so-cal-bear Apr 25, 2013 9:17 PM

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ethereal_reality Apr 25, 2013 9:25 PM

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Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 6102344)
That's where Frances Gumm and her family stayed on vacation in 1926. It was later called the Hotel St Moritz. The club on the west side of the entrance was "The Ski Room". It had crossed 3-D skis as part of the signage. I recall one ski fell off (I guess this was in the late 70s) and was never replaced....

T2, I was hoping to find those crossed skis in this photo from the 1970s. I am able to make out 'Ski Room'.
Actually, the longer I look at it, I believe I see the one remaining ski as well. cool!

http://imageshack.us/a/img41/6646/aabmoritza1.jpg
ebay

fyi to casual viewers. Frances Gumm that T2 mentions was Judy Garland.




Here's a postcard from decades earlier, when the Ski Room was the Cafe St. Moritz.
http://imageshack.us/a/img23/3365/aabmoritzpc.jpg
ebay

Thanks MichaelRyerson for posting the vintage photograph. I didn't realize it used be known as the Hotel Iris....that was news to me.

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tovangar2 Apr 25, 2013 9:46 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6105046)
T2, I was hoping to find those crossed skis in this photo from the 1970s. I am able to make out 'Ski Room'.
Actually, the longer I look at it, I believe I see the one remaining ski as well. cool!

http://imageshack.us/a/img41/6646/aabmoritza1.jpg
ebay & http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=10128

That's it! Thx e_r. You're the best :-)

lemster2024 Apr 25, 2013 10:12 PM

Some Interesting Buildings in South Central
 
Here are a few Google streetview shots of three buildings in the neighborhood where I grew up that have a distinctive look to them.

This is an apartment building currently undergoing a total interior renovation. Located 4775 Broadway, tax rolls indicate this building was erected in 1919. The ghost sign says "Anderson Apartments"
http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/879...bdway1919a.jpg
gsv

Located on the same block, taking up the majority of the block's length, is this structure built in 1928. It features some detailed ornamental ironwork around the second story windows. I used to walk past this building every day while attending grammar school nearby. Storefronts are numbered starting at 4759 Broadway. The corridor down Broadway from Vernon Avenue to Slauson was for many years a vibrant business section. Many of the stores and business were victimized during the 1965 riots, and the entire area suffered.
http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/7...plbway128b.jpg
gsv

Across from the Olympic Swimming Stadium at the corner of Menlo Avenue and Santa Barbara/MLK Avenue is this small medical office building. It is good example of streamline moderne applied to a smaller structure. I remember this used to be tan/offwhite in color; the present signage and yellow paint doesn't enhance the professional services being offered. It was built in 1938.
http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/1806/menloa.jpg
gsv

ethereal_reality Apr 25, 2013 10:13 PM

:previous: Interesting buildings lemster2024. I like that 'ghost' sign.
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(below) The sign on the wheel reads...

B & M Wheel Sirens
931 S. Main St.
L.A.

I like her gloves.
http://imageshack.us/a/img16/1977/aa...lsirens931.jpg
http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/
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MichaelRyerson Apr 25, 2013 10:18 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6105046)
Here's a postcard from decades earlier, when the Ski Room was the Cafe St. Moritz.
http://imageshack.us/a/img23/3365/aabmoritzpc.jpg
ebay

Thanks MichaelRyerson for posting the vintage photograph. I didn't realize it used be the Hotel Iris....that was news to me.

You'll notice they failed to proofread their postcards. They've got the wrong street address on them. They transposed the last two numbers. Should be 5849, they've got 5894.

ethereal_reality Apr 25, 2013 10:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 6103774)


:previous: That's such a great photograph Flyingwedge. Kids must have loved it with the little rail-cars going up and down.



I just found out the substation that supplied the electricity for the Mt. Lowe Scenic Railway still stands in Altadena.

http://imageshack.us/a/img812/6072/a...g1147difal.jpg
gsv






http://imageshack.us/a/img542/6313/a...g1147difsu.jpg
http://www.triposo.com/poi/Pacific_E...station_No2e_8

"The Pacific Electric Company Substation Number 8 was built in 1905 on N.Lake Avenue just north of E. Calaveras Street in Altadena."




The substation with the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance.
http://imageshack.us/a/img94/6072/aa...g1147difal.jpg
gsv
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ethereal_reality Apr 25, 2013 11:31 PM

The Pacific Mutual parking garage on May 1st 1926.(as we've recently discussed/the garage is now known as the Carriage House)


A good look at the Grand Ave. facade minus today's trees.
http://imageshack.us/a/img199/5030/p...garageaddi.jpg
I found this on an old cd of mine. probably lapl or usc.
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tovangar2 Apr 25, 2013 11:57 PM

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Originally Posted by MichaelRyerson (Post 6105127)
You'll notice they failed to proofread their postcards. They've got the wrong street address on them. They transposed the last two numbers. Should be 5849, they've got 5894.

I saw that and just thought I'd mis-remembered it. I can remember a club sign from decades ago but not what I did this morning.

Pfft. Old people.

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6105242)
The Pacific Mutual parking garage on May 1st 1926.(as we've recently discussed/the garage is now known as the Carriage House)


A good look at the Grand Ave. facade minus today's trees.
http://imageshack.us/a/img199/5030/p...garageaddi.jpg
I found this on an old cd of mine. probably lapl or usc.
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Wow, great find, and still under construction too! One can clearly see the difference in fenestration between the Grand and Olive halves of the building. The elevator/entrance tower also stands out. All three Pacific Mutual Buildings are in this shot as well. Too bad it's not a little wider as this was before the Biltmore was extended to Grand. As far as I know, the building holds 2 levels of parking, one underground, one street level, two on the upper stories and the last on the roof (plus the spaces outside on the north side of the building) I've actually never been in it.

P.S.

Apparently there was/is a cafeteria/dining room in there somewhere too:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-H...13736%2BAM.jpg

...and here's the hallway leading to the cafeteria:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-H...13931%2BAM.jpg

lapl / http://www.worldcat.org/title/pacifi...=di&ht=edition

WS1911 Apr 26, 2013 12:08 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6105242)
The Pacific Mutual parking garage on May 1st 1926.(as we've recently discussed/the garage is now known as the Carriage House)


A good look at the Grand Ave. facade minus today's trees.
http://imageshack.us/a/img199/5030/p...garageaddi.jpg
I found this on an old cd of mine. probably lapl or usc.
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Thanks ethereal_reality for posting this great photo. It looks way better without the trees.

I see the second level windows open. I never took notice - is the entire building above and below ground a garage or is parking underground?

westcork Apr 26, 2013 12:48 AM

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Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 6100716)
That's where Eastside ("Put Eastside Inside") beer was brewed.

Post here: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=10485


Thank you Flyingwedge and alanlutz. Gorgeous posts.
(BTW, the tilework at the Fine Arts is by Batchelder Studios)



P.S.

Here's a current pic of the Brewery Arts Complex (formerly the Los Angeles Brewing Company)
2100 N Main (between the 5 and the river):

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-x...113%2520PM.jpg

Good LAT article on Eastside. George Zobelein really was one of the good guys:

http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/07/local/me-29791

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-z...623%2520AM.jpg
http://www.taverntrove.com/item.php?ItemId=55084

Zobelein was, if you recall, the one who tried to save El Aliso when he was partnered with Maier

Just stumbled upon this

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics27/00048044.jpg
LAPL

Wenders Apr 26, 2013 1:07 AM

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Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 6105077)
That's it! Thx e_r. You're the best :-)

After Ski Room the bar became "Raji's." I lived behind the building on Harold Way around 1998-2000. I visited the bar too, it was hardcore dive at that time. Bartenders were mainly Thai, and according to one of them, owners owned also the notorious Black Lite on Western. The "Ski Room" -name was still visible inside the entrance door. Once a ganbanger -type of older lady was asked to leave. On her way out she grabbed an empty beer bottle and threw it at the bartender, missing. Then she threw a barstool. The tiny, skinny Thai lady jumped over the bar, pushed the gangbanger on the ground and started to beat her. Eventually ganbanger left and the service continued normally. This was early weekday evening. One time pre -24 Kiefer Sutherland came in too, a lady friend in tow (just an hour before he happened to be at Frolic Room too.)
Then Raji's was sold and the new owner tried to make it a bar/club hybrid. Nobody I know goes there anymore.

WS1911 Apr 26, 2013 1:28 AM

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Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 6105275)

Wow, great find, and still under construction too! One can clearly see the difference in fenestration between the Grand and Olive halves of the building. The elevator/entrance tower also stands out. All three Pacific Mutual Buildings are in this shot as well. Too bad it's not a little wider as this was before the Biltmore was extended to Grand. As far as I know, the building holds five levels of parking, one underground, one street level, two on the upper stories and the last on the roof (plus the spaces outside on the north side of the building). I've actually never been in it.

http://imageshack.us/a/img199/5030/p...garageaddi.jpg

Thanks tovangar2 for the great info on the beautiful Pacific Mutual Garage. I wanted to post this garage as a contrast. It's on Broadway between 7th and 8th. Last week I noticed cars parked up at the edge on the roof. I'm surprised no one has driven off.

http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/6...dway7th8th.jpg
GSV photo

westcork Apr 26, 2013 1:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Matthew (Post 6101522)
This is a structure called "The Victory House." It was a place to buy war/victory bonds for WWII.

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics21/00045397.jpg
Source: www.lapl.org

Spectators filled Pershing Square to watch the War Bond Show held there.
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics41/00055025.jpg
LAPL

tovangar2 Apr 26, 2013 2:17 AM

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Originally Posted by westcork (Post 6105344)
Just stumbled upon this

Thx. That's a much bigger version than the one I had: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=14016

The drawing is of the Maier & Zobelein brewery on the west side of the Los Angeles River. Zoebelein quit that one in 1907 and started his Eastside brand over at the Los Angeles Brewing Company on the east side of the river (shown in the photo, now the arts complex).

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=10485

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=10490

tovangar2 Apr 26, 2013 3:21 AM

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tovangar2 Apr 26, 2013 6:29 AM

I hope you all will indulge me and answer a question I've had for a long time. I'm confused by the scene in Criss Cross (1949) where the armored truck is loaded and leaves the Pacific Mutual garage. As it leaves the camera follows it through a window directly above the exit ramp, which appears to be part of a skylight structure. Nothing like this is there now nor was in my memory. I see no sign of it in e_r's construction photo. Are we really inside the garage or is this a very good set and back-projection effort or what? There are some cuts, but basically it's one continuous scene coming down the stairs from the second floor (or a mezzanine) counting room until the truck turns north on Grand. I cannot get my Google car to stop in exactly the right place so I can look down into the garage exit (and never thought to explore further when I was actually on Grand Ave). I hope this doesn't take forever to load. Thx.

Nice screen. It opens automatically:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-a...536%2520AM.jpg

Kenneth Patterson and Griff Bennett exit the counting room with the cash:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-i...743%2520AM.jpg

Patterson's told he has to leave for home right away:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-3...814%2520AM.jpg

Patterson hands off the money bags to Burt Lancaster:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-q...945%2520PM.jpg

Bennett and Lancaster head down the stairs. Note the very utilitarian railing:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-K...939%2520AM.jpg

Lancaster and Bennett cross to the truck over some oddly luxe flooring:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-J...956%2520AM.jpg

Lancaster stuffs Bennentt and the cash in the back of the truck:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-G...044%2520AM.jpg

Lancaster gets in the driver's seat. Note the translucent exit doors to the garage:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-h...108%2520AM.jpg

The doors automatically slide open as the camera pans up (I don't note any drain at the bottom of the ramp):
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-p...141%2520AM.jpg

We can now see the ramp through a window with decorative crossbars:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-N...214%2520AM.jpg

We now see the top of the truck through the window and the Mayfair/Checkers Hotel across Grand:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-0...424%2520PM.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-j...257%2520AM.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-P...325%2520AM.jpg

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