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MichaelRyerson Apr 20, 2013 6:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 6098982)
Great photos of Wilshire Blvd., MichaelRyerson! I love how you can see the wicker seating on that Wilshire Blvd. double-decker bus.



A tribute or nod to the Montebello Oil Fields, maybe? They still exist, BTW. Near the shopping mall up in the hills, you can see some of the pumps pumping away.

Really glad someone else noticed those wicker chairs, with the two older gentlemen riding pensively along this one is really a nice shot even with no other real location detail.

I hadn't considered the local oil patch but you're probably right. Oil field workers got to eat. I really like the 'eat' sign over the door and 'Put Eastside inside'.

sopas ej Apr 20, 2013 6:18 PM

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena.

1913
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00076/00076466.jpg
LAPL

The west end of the bridge, circa 1928. Apparently some time during the 1920s, not even being 20 years old, the 5 globe lamps must've been considered outdated? They removed the lower 4 globes and retained the main ones.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics31/00035339.jpg
LAPL

Someone posted these earlier in this thread... A "suicide barrier" is erected in 1937. Ugly. Basically a chain link fence with barbed wire on top, set up in front of the ornate balustrade.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00099/00099439.jpg
LAPL

It looks like they even blocked off the seating bays.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00099/00099441.jpg
LAPL

Here's one of the seating bays before the chain link was put up.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics31/00035313.jpg
LAPL

This picture is from 1956. Apparently, some time during the late 1940s or early 1950s, the chain link fence AND the balustrade were removed, and a freeway style, tall metal fence was erected. It looks like they even removed the seating in the little bay there. It changes the look of the bridge, and I assume driving on it after this would've just looked like driving on a regular freeway overpass or something.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00093/00093246.jpg
LAPL

After the Whittier Earthquake of 1987 and the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989, the Colorado Street Bridge was closed and totally reconstructed/retrofitted to meet the latest earthquake codes. It reopened in 1993, with its 5-globe lamps, balustrades, and seating bays restored.

I took the following three photos on April 7, 2013.

As you can see, as part of its restoration, they added a guardrail, and the balustrade has fencing along the top of it, as a "suicide barrier."
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...59356332_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...85478824_n.jpg

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...18391040_n.jpg

I took these three pictures in January of 2010. You can hike along the Arroyo Seco near and beneath the bridge.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot..._1005384_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot..._2453834_n.jpg

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot..._6046174_n.jpg

MichaelRyerson Apr 20, 2013 7:05 PM

Thought I'd chip one in...Happy Birthday. (think the date on this image may be off by a few years.)


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8037/8...83dfec7b_o.jpg
Colorado Street Bridge, looking northwest, Pasadena, ca.1915-1920

Photograph of the Colorado Street Bridge, looking northwest, Pasadena, ca.1915-1920. The trusted deck arch bridge appears to be in the late stage of its construction. At the left end of the bridge are construction machinery. An undeveloped part of the mountain (at left) blocks the road and the bridge from connecting. Midway across the bridge hangs two signs which reads: "Mercereau Bridge & Cons Co. Contractors", "Riverside cement used". Street lamps line the bridge. Nearby the bridge are several residential houses. A two-story house is clearly visible in the foreground. Also in the foreground is a road sign that reads "private grounds".

USC digital archive/Title Insurance and Trust / C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, 1860-1960

or two..


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8042/7...0a70a858_o.jpg
Colorado Street Bridge and the Vista del Arroyo Hotel, Herman Schultheis, 1937

This view of the Colorado Street bridge in Pasadena captures terraced ground, cypress and palm trees and the Vista del Arroyo Hotel. The Colorado Street Bridge was designed and built in 1913 by the Kansas City (MO)-based firm of J.A.L. Waddell. With a span of 1,486 feet and known for its distinctive Beaux Arts arches, lights, and railings, the bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Marston and Van Pelt designed the Vista del Arroyo Hotel in 1920 and in 1930 George Wiemeyer added the tower. Myron Hunt designed some of the bungalows. In 1981 the hotel and courtyards were listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2001 the building became a District Court building. The pool and most of the bungalows have been destroyed. The bridge has, of course, long been a tragic favorite of despondent people for many years, hence its dark nickname, 'Suicide Bridge'.

LAPL

WS1911 Apr 20, 2013 7:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 6099035)
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena.

1913
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00076/00076466.jpg
LAPL

The west end of the bridge, circa 1928. Apparently some time during the 1920s, not even being 20 years old, the 5 globe lamps must've been considered outdated? They removed the lower 4 globes and retained the main ones.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics31/00035339.jpg
LAPL

An excellent post on the Colorado Street Bridge. The 1928 west end shot shown above intrigued me. When was the arch removed? The hillside had me stumped until I remembered the 134 Freeway wiped out that area.

jg6544 Apr 20, 2013 8:32 PM

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8241/8...6f4c0e80_o.png


Rumor has it, the owner of this building is planning to renovate it and convert it to condos.

tovangar2 Apr 20, 2013 8:42 PM

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Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 6098622)
How Traffic Lights Work

Thx. That little film reminded me of a Monogram film, Foreign Agent (1942) which shows a close-up of the street-signage-topped semaphore signal at Hollywood & Gower just long enough for it to change it from "GO' to "STOP":

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-g...556%2520AM.jpg

The previous shot is of the streetcar on Hollywood Blvd passing Gower:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-t...840%2520AM.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-y...457%2520AM.jpg

The following shot is the camera panning down from "The Broadway Hollywood" and "Plaza" signs to a long-since-demolished house:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-s...717%2520AM.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-6...749%2520AM.jpg

All above: Monogram Pictures/Netflix

Secret Agent is as dreadful as most Monogram pictures, although I'm devoted to the James Wong, Detective series they did, especially the two with Marjory Reynolds.

Thank you too MR for the Wilshire Blvd. shots. Gorgeous.

The wicker seats took me back. Happy memories.

There's also a shot of Pershing Square in Secret Agent looking SE. I cannot recall knowing about the structure shown:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-v...034%2520AM.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-m...108%2520AM.jpg
Monogram Pictures / Netflix

ethereal_reality Apr 20, 2013 9:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 6098605)
e_r?

Here's the 'noirish' photograph of the Angelus Temple T2. I'm not sure why it was dropped from my post.

http://imageshack.us/a/img713/2739/a...templenoir.jpg
ebay
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Thx for the information on 1724 N. Highland Mayor Shaw. I would have bet money it was an old fire station.
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ethereal_reality Apr 20, 2013 9:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lemster2024 (Post 6098540)
Greetings to everyone! Am new to this thread, but have spent the past several weeks catching up from the start way back when! I'm so impressed by the knowledge shown by everyone and all of the images posted to date. Like some of you, I grew up in Los Angeles (in the shadow of the Sports Arena) and am familiar with many of the buildings, landmarks, and historical anecdotes that have been mentioned, but not to the extent of everyone else's level of expertise! Hopefully, in the days ahead I might be able to contribute something everyone can enjoy!

Welcome the 'noirish' Los Angeles lemster2024! Feel free to add any photographs you might like to share. :)
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westcork Apr 20, 2013 9:53 PM

Here are a few more of the Colorado Street Bridge. Some of these are not captioned. All Images LAPL

No caption
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00076/00076473.jpg
LAPL

Looking west from the Colorado Street Bridge, located over the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00076/00076474.jpg
LAPL

Construction of the Pasadena Pioneers Bridge, also known as the Colorado Freeway Bridge, is underway directly north of the Colorado Street Bridge, seen on the right. The majestic Vista del Arroyo Hotel is visible in the background on the right. A portion of the photograph caption reads, "The mid-section of the new bridge will be 93 1/2 feet wide. Thirty-two thousand cubic yards of concrete will be poured into the bridge. At right is the old one, where so many people plunged to death." Photograph dated November 15, 1951.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00076/00076476.jpg
LAPL

Construction of the Pasadena Pioneers Bridge, also known as the Colorado Freeway Bridge, is well underway directly north of the Colorado Street Bridge, seen on the right. The majestic Vista del Arroyo Hotel is visible in the background on the right. Photograph dated August 19, 1953.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00076/00076477.jpg
LAPL

A couple overlooks the Colorado Street Bridge, located over the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena. Two other local landmarks are visible in the background,the Pasadena City Hall on the left and the Vista del Arroyo Hotel on the right. Photograph caption reads, "Not many months ago this was 'suicide bridge.' Now the famous Pasadena span is the 'bridge of romance' for couples like Anne McGill and James Ford. This paper won a fight to have it screened." Photograph dated March 11, 1939.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00076/00076478.jpg
LAPL

The Colorado Street Bridge was designed and built in 1913 by the Kansas City (MO)-based firm of J.A.L. Waddell. With a span of 1,486 feet and known for its distinctive Beaux Arts arches, lights, and railings, the bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Photograph caption reads: "While the Colorado Street Bridge today spans a humble waterway, it was a different story in 1913". Photograph dated: Oct. 20, 1983.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00076/00076479.jpg
LAPL

No caption
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00076/00076480.jpg
LAPL

ethereal_reality Apr 20, 2013 10:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Oviatt Building Fan (Post 6096990)
I'm trying without much success to find out the history of a wonderful 1920s 'French Norman revival' building that was located on the southeast corner of Sunset Blvd. and Crescent Heights Blvd., just east of the Garden of Allah apartments. The structure faced Sunset Blvd.

Circa 1930:

http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4cbf9c4e.jpg
Huntington Library Collection

Oviatt, this is by far the best photograph of this exceptional building. I'm sorry to say, I wasn't able to dig up any additional information for you.

That said, I am also curious about the drug store that appears along the left hand side of your photograph (across Sunset Blvd.) It looks like it
might have been an interesting building as well.
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ethereal_reality Apr 20, 2013 10:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 6099035)
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena.

As you can see, as part of its restoration, they added a guardrail, and the balustrade has fencing along the top of it, as a "suicide barrier."
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...59356332_n.jpg

So beautiful! They did a tremendous job with the restoration. Thx for sharing your photos sopas_ej.
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westcork Apr 20, 2013 10:17 PM

Here is another cluster, just because

Side view of the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics31/00035300.jpg
LAPL

Photo of the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena. View 1: shows the length of the bridge as it curves across the ravine.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics31/00035302.jpg
LAPL

Postcard of an earlier view of the Colorado Street Bridge, in Pasadena. View shows people walking and standing along the sides. Note the lamps on the bridge.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics31/00035303.jpg
LAPL

Scenic view of the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics31/00035305.jpg
LAPL

Photo of cars travelling the Colorado Street Bridge as construction work continues on the 134 Freeway, in Pasadena.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics31/00035308.jpg
LAPL

Repair work being done on the Colorado Street Bridge. Photograph dated December 1991.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics31/00035320.jpg
LAPL

Aerial view of traffic congestion on the Colorado Street Bridge. Cars are backed up across the bridge, and further.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics31/00035323.jpg
LAPL

Construction work on the Colorado Street Bridge, in Pasadena. The Vista Del Arroyo Hotel is on the right.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics31/00035340.jpg
LAPL

tovangar2 Apr 20, 2013 11:03 PM

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Oviatt Building Fan Apr 20, 2013 11:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6099254)

... I am also curious about the drug store that appears along the left hand side of your photograph (across Sunset Blvd.) It looks like it
might have been an interesting building as well.


Thankfully, that particular building still exists. Its most famous tenants these days are "Greenblatt's Deli & Wine Shop" and "The Laugh Factory".


Here's a link to a recent photo. It shows the building's northeast corner:

http://www.slashgamer.com/wp-content...gh-Factory.jpg


And here's a link to an older image. Same corner:

http://www.joelloveskimberley.com/we...latts-deli.jpg

ethereal_reality Apr 20, 2013 11:35 PM

Thanks Oviatt.
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I found some interesting information on the Pacifc Mutual Building on their marketing website the other day. (I never knew about the Carriage House)

http://imageshack.us/a/img28/6679/aa...ualwebsite.jpg
http://pacmutualdtla.com/



http://imageshack.us/a/img16/8642/aa...estoration.jpg
http://pacmutualdtla.com/
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http://imageshack.us/a/img836/6310/aabpacmutualusc1.jpg
http://www.lapl.org/





http://imageshack.us/a/img109/2724/aabpacmutualpc.jpg
ebay




The art deco make-over of the Clock Building is visible this 1963 photograph. (the University of Wisconsin played in the Rose bowl that year)

http://imageshack.us/a/img29/3738/aa...lclock1963.jpg
http://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/



...more information from http://www.viewfromaloft.org/2012/04...tual-sold.html

http://imageshack.us/a/img339/535/aabpacmutual1.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img843/4889/a...afigureswi.jpg
http://www.viewfromaloft.org/2012/04...tual-sold.html

So I wonder if they're going to restore the Clock Building back to it's Beaux Art origins? I think they should if it's possible.
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ethereal_reality Apr 20, 2013 11:44 PM

I recognize the building now Oviatt. Glad you included the link.

http://imageshack.us/a/img46/6640/aabfongs.jpg
http://www.joelloveskimberley.com/we...latts-deli.jpg

This must be from Ed Ruscha's photography book of EVERY Building on Sunset Boulevard. Has anyone seen that book in person?
I think they're quite rare (and expensive). Just in case you were thinking of getting me something for my birthday.


Too bad about the scratches though. ;) I'm kidding.

tovangar2 Apr 21, 2013 12:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6099359)
Thanks Oviatt.

I found some interesting information on the Pacifc Mutual Building on their marketing website the other day. (I never knew about the Carriage House)

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That's just the Pacific Mutual Parking Garage. I never heard of it being called "The Carriage House" before either. It contains LA's first underground parking.

It and the "VIP ramp" between it and the Biltmore are often used in films. A key scene in "Criss Cross" is filmed both inside on "The Carriage House"'s and on the exit ramp to Grand (MR identified the interior as a set. Thx!).

The plinth-mounted lanterns at either end are particularly nice.

There's a post here: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=11158

Here's one more screen grab, this time from "Dave" (1993) LA plays DC

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-4...92926%2BAM.jpg

http://movie-tourist.blogspot.com/20...dave-1993.html

ethereal_reality Apr 21, 2013 12:57 AM

:previous: I remember that location now T2. I guess 'Carriage House' threw me off.
I should have figured it out.
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WS1911 Apr 21, 2013 1:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 6099396)
That's just the Pacific Mutual Parking Garage. I never heard of it being called "The Carriage House" before either. It contains LA's first underground parking.

It and the "VIP ramp" between it and the Biltmore are often used in films. A key scene in "Criss Cross" is filmed both inside "The Carriage House" and on the exit ramp to Grand.


I walked by the Pacific Mutual Parking Garage today. It's the most architecturally attractive garage I've ever seen. The facade on the Grand Ave. side is different from the Olive St. side. Is this one garage or two separate ones?

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ethereal_reality Apr 21, 2013 1:45 AM

I found this 1925 photograph among ebay images I had saved to a cd.

http://imageshack.us/a/img402/948/ae...yhugemarch.jpg

The alley intrigued me right away so I checked Google Earth and there it was.


http://imageshack.us/a/img844/8777/aerial1925a.jpg
google earth




Next I checked my 1947 street map and discovered this 'alley' had a name, Lebanon St!

http://imageshack.us/a/img802/1203/a...2lebanonst.jpg

I was pretty psyched thinking I had 'rediscovered' this obscure little alley-like Lebanon Street. That is, until I finally typed in
'Lebonon Street' and found it still listed in the digital age.

http://imageshack.us/a/img40/1310/ae...lebanonst2.jpg
google

It's amazing how these 'ghosts' from the past can turn up on our computers screens.
That's what makes this so much fun, you never know what you're going to discover....or rediscover.
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