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Old Posted Jul 2, 2018, 11:51 PM
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My stray notes on the Temple Market House/Court House, should there be any facts of interest: "February-September 30, 1858, being built; March 12, 1859, published (Los Angeles Star): “Operations have been commenced on the lot where the city market house is to be built. The old houses and corrals having been removed, the excavation is now progressing. The contracts for the various portions of the work have been entered into”; July 30, 1859, published (Los Angeles Star): “This building is rapidly approaching completion, the workmen being now engaged on the cupola, which is to be built to the height of sixty-five feet above the roof, and furnished with a large clock, the bell of which will weigh seven hundred pounds. The first story of the building is for a market, and is divided off into stalls, the second story is for an assembly hall, with retiring rooms. The building occupies a square, with main entrances on Main and Spring streets, and side entrances on the lateral streets.—The structure has been built in the most substantial manner; the design and execution is by W. Dearien, who has done himself infinite credit by the manner in which he has performed the work.—The lot and building is the property of John Temple, Esq.; cost at least $40,000. It is to be leased by the city for a term of ten years”; September 24, 1859, published (Los Angeles Star): “On Monday last, fifty squares [of mastic roofing] were put on the Market House in a few hours”; October 1, 1859, published (Los Angeles Star): “Yesterday, a special meeting of the Common Council was held, when the contractor for the erection of the Market House delivered over the keys of the building to the city authorities, who formally received the same. The building is now the property of the city, and is highly creditable to the public spirit of Mr. Temple, as is the work to the builder, Mr. Dearien. Today, the stalls will be let by public auction”; December 29, 1859, sale by Mayor Marchesseault of the market stalls for three-month terms, only six remaining unsold, at length followed by charges of favoritism concerning the manner in which the market was conducted; October 8, 1859, published (Los Angeles Star): “The Market House was taken possession of on Monday last. The lessees immediately went to work to prepare the stalls for use. In most instances, two or more stalls have been taken by one person, thus securing large space for transacting business. There was considerable competition, and the stalls brought good rents, varying from $20 to $40 per month. We understand it is intended to open the market to the public to-night”; February 18, 1860, published (Los Angeles Star): “The large hall over the City Market, is being fitted up as a theatre. The stage is forty-five by twenty feet; with a private box on each side. The scenery is being painted by an artist brought from San Francisco for the purpose, under whom the decorations of the house are to be executed. The accommodations for the public are comfortable; the gallery consists of two tiers of raised benches; the parquetted to be furnished with arm chairs. From present appearances, it will be a very neat and commodious theatre, creditable to the enterprising proprietor, John Temple, Esq.”; November 28, 1863, published (Los Angeles Star): “We notice that the Cupola on the new Courthouse is receiving a coating of tin at the hands of Messrs. Hicks & Carson, preparatory to the approaching rainy season. When finished, it will be a decided improvement on the former covering”; May 21, 1864, published (Los Angeles Star): “The Market House which has already cost the City $5,000, still hangs like an incubus upon our hands, and during the past year has drawn $700 from the Cash Fund” [excerpt from the Mayor’s address]; 1866, lot and building sold by Temple’s executor Hinchman for $14,000 to J.S. Griffin and B.D. Wilson, who re-sold it in due course to the County; ca. 1870, Jewish services located here; later the site of the Bullard Block."
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