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...be sure to see the comparison pics on the previous page.

Here's a couple more.



Below: NE corner of Hollywood and Las Palmas.
I wonder where the 'passageway' led to? A mystery for sopas_ej to solve perhaps.



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Below: The NE corner of Hollywood and Las Palmas today.



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I lost the info for the contemporary photographs. Sorry.

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Cool comparison pics, ethereal! And that mystery passageway fascinates me. I wonder what it was for... hmm...
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Below: Wilshire at Western. Melody Lane



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Sopas_ej.......do you have any info on Melody Lane?
Cocktail Room WITH car service. That is VERY strange indeed.

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Hey ethereal, great find on Melody Lane!

I'm not sure, but I think they were a chain of restaurants/coffee shops-cocktail lounges. Sounds very old school to me, you know, I'm sure they might exist in your area, ethereal, but here in LA there are some old coffee shops that have a separate "Lounge" room with its own entrance, and in there are booths and a bar. Some Denny's here have that set up. And in Pasadena near where I live, there's a place called Conrad's, which is a restaurant/coffee shop kind of place, but it's a total time-warp, it looks like it hasn't been remodeled since the 1970s, save for the reupholstery for the booths; but it has a separate cocktail lounge with its own entrance, but can also be accessed from the regular restaurant part.
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Harry Mann Chevrolet, 1952. Funny name when said aloud.

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Interesting to me that many old car dealerships had the showroom right up against the sidewalk. I wonder if this building still exists, and if it does, what it's being used as now. No address was given in the caption from the USC archive.

You see buildings similar to this throughout LA, many having been converted to other commercial uses, or being used as auto-body repair shops or garages.
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cool pic.

Harry Mann....very hirsute.



Interesting information about the Denny's with a 'lounge'.
That is completely unheard of here in the midwest.
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^^^Great work 'ThreeHundred', very interesting photos.
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Below: Flower Street near 7th Street in 1926.



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What an odd little house.




Below: Fremont Hotel at 4th Street and Olive in 1920.



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A couple more from the 1920s.


Below: Looking north along Hill Street in 1928.



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Cool little gas station lower right.





Below: La Vista Terrace bungalow court.



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Anyone have a clue what that impressive building is behind La Vista Terrace? Sopas_ej?
It almost looks like two different photographs have been spliced together.

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Below: Looking southeast from State Normal School in 1920



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This one is confounding because I'm not sure where the Normal School was located.

Anyone know what that auditorium looking building with the two turrets is?
(center-right in the photograph)
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Below: Looking southeast from State Normal School in 1920



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This one is confounding because I'm not sure where the Normal School was located.

Anyone know what that auditorium looking building with the two turrets is?
(center-right in the photograph)
Really nice pics, ethereal!

The State Normal School was on the site that is now occupied by the main branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. The Normal School evolved into what became UCLA.

That auditorium-- my guess is that it's the back part of the now demolished Philharmonic Auditorium/Clune's Auditorium, which used to face Pershing Square. That site has been long vacant (since the mid-1980s); if the plans still haven't fallen through, it's the future site of the development called Park Fifth.
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Anyone have a clue what that impressive building is behind La Vista Terrace? Sopas_ej?
It almost looks like two different photographs have been spliced together.
It does look like some splicing; when I get home I think I'll do some investigating...
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Hmm, I looked up La Vista Terrace on the LAPL website and it doesn't give a street number, just that the location is Columbia Street. Looking through my Thomas Guide, though, there's no location of a Columbia Street in Los Angeles that I can see; there's a Columbia Place and Columbia Avenue in Echo Park, but I'm not sure if that's the same street. There's a Columbia Street in Pasadena and South Pasadena but I doubt this is the same location...

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Here are some pics of the Philharmonic Auditorium. The LA Philharmonic played there until the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion opened in the mid 1960s.

This building replaced an older building called Hazard's Pavilion and was dedicated in 1906. For a while, silent films were shown there, and it was known as Clune's Auditorium. It became the Philharmonic Auditorium in 1920, or thereabouts.

Here it is in 1906:

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Here's the interior of the auditorium in 1928:

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In the 1930s, it was remodeled into a restrained Deco Moderne style. Here it is in 1984:

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In 1985 it was demolished to make way for an office building, but those plans fell through. It has since remained a surface parking lot. And as mentioned before, that parking lot is the site of the planned Park Fifth development, a hotel/residential and commercial high-rise development, but I'm not sure if those plans have been put on hold or canceled.
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The information about the auditorium is very interesting.
It's amazing how cities evolve (or might that be devolve).



Well hopefully the Park Fifth project will eventually go forward.



I see they have incorporated the art deco building that was adjacent
to the Auditorium Bldg.
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The information about the auditorium is very interesting.
It's amazing how cities evolve (or might that be devolve).



Well hopefully the Park Fifth project will eventually go forward.



I see they have incorporated the art deco building that was adjacent
to the Auditorium Bldg.
Yes, and the Park Fifth developers are supposed to revamp Pershing Square across the street, too, which would be really nice, though I haven't seen any renderings of their plans for it. As it is now, Pershing Square is a very bleak concrete space. Its las re-do was in the early 1990s; at the time, I saw what the intent was-- to add a splash of color and somehow make it a more inviting gathering space while at the same time discouraging homeless people from setting up camp there, but it looks so horribly dated now and very depressing. And to be honest I wasn't all that enthused about it back then when the makeover was new.
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Another reminder of just how long this downturn is...
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I hear you. It's all very frustrating.
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