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Old Posted Sep 9, 2020, 10:47 PM
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"Statue used to create Ringo Starr figure was purchased by Capitol Records from Excalibur Pacific, Inc. located on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. The 23 foot statue was moved from the car lot to Capitol Records on Vine Street where it was transformed into Ringo by Mobile Production Systems, Inc."


LA GAZETTE DROUOT

Vintage Los Angeles/Facebook

Also some pictures in a June 2018 post from ethereal_reality showing the production of the promo for Goodnight Vienna on the Capitol Records building's roof.
And Handsome Stranger did the work too! (Thanks, riichkay.)

It's odd that with all the work they put into this, there are hardly any pictures of Big Ringo on the roof. The video only shows his lower half for a few seconds at the end

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Add re: Ringo, the thread covered the Capital Records roof promo video a few years back (pg. 2363)...e_r and Handsome Stranger did the work.
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420 S Broadway, Downtown

Hi All. I was wondering if anyone had any photos or information on 420 South Broadway, in downtown's historic core. Apparently my great-great grandfather lived there when he moved to LA from the East Coast. I know he lived there starting in 1924, and probably for a few years, as by 1928 he had moved.

I assume this was a boarding house of some sort at the time. GSV shows it to be a one-story block of shops from when it started in 2009, sometime in 2015/2016 it was razed, and currently it's the construction site of luxury high-rise condos (Perla on Broadway)
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. .just listed on eBay.

Two color slides of nightlife along Hollywood Boulevard in 1959.



eBay

I recognize most everything but what is YAL?

note how the Barker Bros. sign appears to be floating in front of the Roosevelt Hotel sign.




eBay

Is that a neon leg ?

The mammoth Coca-Cola sign blocks the view of the Kress Building.



Winner of the most boring sign: ...SHOE CITY top slide.



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Hi All. I was wondering if anyone had any photos or information on 420 South Broadway, in downtown's historic core. Apparently my great-great grandfather lived there when he moved to LA from the East Coast. I know he lived there starting in 1924, and probably for a few years, as by 1928 he had moved.

I assume this was a boarding house of some sort at the time. GSV shows it to be a one-story block of shops from when it started in 2009, sometime in 2015/2016 it was razed, and currently it's the construction site of luxury high-rise condos (Perla on Broadway)
Here's 420 S Broadway on the far left of this 1928 image. The sign above "Glick & Co" says "Entrance 420 Take Elevator".


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420 S Broadway appears to have been called the Winstel Building. The 1924 CD lists its businesses as H Glick & Co, milliners, Martin Schaefer & Co, signs, Everlasto Luggage Shop and Miller's Photo Service. Signs for a couple of these were still present in 1928 (above). I can't see any indication of residential accommodation. There's a demo permit dated 9/21/1955 for 420-422 S Broadway.
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Some new LA Noir reading material for a case in-no-ways beaten to death here:

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The Black Dahlia

The Long, Strange History of Los Angeles’ Coldest Cold Case
https://delacortereview.org/2020/09/...est-cold-case/
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The link that Beaudry provided to the Ed Ruscha collection had a thumbnail of the above 1966 image, 5905-25 Sunset Blvd....n/w corner of Sunset and Bronson...the site is now improved with a recently completed 13 story office building that has been leased in its entirety to Netflix.


Here is a night view, courtesy of Randall Insurance....




The 1935 building permit tells us it was designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, who was also responsible for the Wilshire Tower, which housed Desmond's and Silverwood's....he also designed numerous stations for Union Pacific....more on Underwood here.....https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_Stanley_Underwood


The 1935 permit...





The building was demolished in '91....



The last usage shown is as a theater, certainly it was not a movie theater....I would guess a playhouse of some kind, but I could find no reference to the building housing a legitimate theater.    



On the site sketch attached to the demo permit is a notation that the city's Cultural Heritage commission found the building unworthy of preservation....  

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. .just listed on eBay.

eBay

I recognize most everything but what is YAL?
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Something doesn't look right with that YAL. Look at the bottom left corner of it. It almost looks like a square insert on the slide.
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Something doesn't look right with that YAL. Look at the bottom left corner of it. It almost looks like a square insert on the slide.
I think it's a sign on a framework that sits on the sidewalk in front of the movie theater.

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. .just listed on eBay.

Two color slides of nightlife along Hollywood Boulevard in 1959.



eBay

I recognize most everything but what is YAL?
Per the 1960 CD:

Shoe City was at 6666 Hollywood Bl, and at 6672 was the Hollywood Stationers and Typewriter Shop. The sign might be animated and advertising "Royal Typewriters."

Or, in between at 6670 Hollywood Bl was the Lucky Value Shop. Maybe what looks like a Y was actually a malformed V?
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I think it's a sign on a framework that sits on the sidewalk.
I think you're correct, Earl. . .and I believe Lorendoc is on to something with his ROYAL TYPEWRITERS suggestion.



Impressive deducing, Lorendoc.
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The 1956 LA Street Address Directory shows a Royal Room restaurant at 6700 Hollywood Blvd., which could account
for the YAL we see.

There is a June 2, 1948, building permit to "construct and install neon sign" at that address. Although the sign on the
permit says "Royal Room," it is a different design than the orange YAL.
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The 1956 LA Street Address Directory shows a Royal Room restaurant at 6700 Hollywood Blvd., which could account
for the YAL we see.

There is a June 2, 1948, building permit to "construct and install neon sign" at that address. Although the sign on the
permit says "Royal Room," it is a different design than the orange YAL.
- Many possibilities although the sign seems rather grand for a bar, a typewriter store and an "outlet store."
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Here's 420 S Broadway on the far left of this 1928 image. The sign above "Glick & Co" says "Entrance 420 Take Elevator".


USC Digital Library

420 S Broadway appears to have been called the Winstel Building. The 1924 CD lists its businesses as H Glick & Co, milliners, Martin Schaefer & Co, signs, Everlasto Luggage Shop and Miller's Photo Service. Signs for a couple of these were still present in 1928 (above). I can't see any indication of residential accommodation. There's a demo permit dated 9/21/1955 for 420-422 S Broadway.

Thanks Hoss, for this info. So it was purely a commercial building and not a boarding house or hotel as I thought ... perhaps my relative used a business address for his mailing address, since he was new to the area, and had not yet found a permanent place to live.

Were those the only businesses listed in the CD? Is it available on-line so I can search and see if there were other clues I can find that may clear this up a little? Cheers!
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- Many possibilities although the sign seems rather grand for a bar, a typewriter store and an "outlet store."
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That is true, Lorendoc.

There's also a couple spotlights across the street shining into the sky which wouldn't be there normally.

(I love the Vogue's blade sign in this photo.)
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Were those the only businesses listed in the CD? Is it available on-line so I can search and see if there were other clues I can find that may clear this up a little? Cheers!
They were the only businesses listed in 1924. The City Directories are available at LAPL. You can either open an individual CD (Browse Titles) or search all the CDs for a name or address (Simple Search).

Note that the CDs of the 1920s tend to use the abbreviation "420 s bway" for 420 South Broadway.

Feel free to PM me if you need more help searching the CDs.
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Paul's Duck Press at 2353 E. Olympic Blvd. at Santa Fe Avenue at the edge of Downtown.

Photo from eBay
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1960s-Pauls...T/193657272546


Webstore
https://www.webstore.com/item/Pauls-...rnia/102723088

That original Bank of America on the corner always caught my eye. I had no idea it was part of this famous restaurant. The building next door is still intact, but the banquet room part of the restaurant has been demolished. A 1945 permit says this space had already been a restaurant for 15 years.

Before he opened this restaurant, owner Paul Peter Della Maggiora (1890-1965) worked at the Mt. Lowe Tavern above Pasadena, ran a speakeasy in Venice, and had ventures in San Diego. He was also partners with Caesar Cardini of Caesar salad fame: https://classicsandiego.com/restaura...urant-tijuana/

This auction ad gives a good idea of what the interior looked like: black diamond-tufted booths, brass chandeliers, 1920 Italian espresso machine, copper hibachis for tableside cooking, antique duck presses (of course), plus mounted heads of kudu, elan, bighorn sheep!

(LAT 2.5.78)
According to permits, 75' of the building was demolished in 1980 which left 40' remaining. Here it is today.

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Old Posted Sep 11, 2020, 11:43 PM
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According to permits, 75' of the building was demolished in 1980 which left 40' remaining. Here it is today.

GSV[/QUOTE]

Like so many older buidlings in LA, another nondescript bricked up fortress.
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Excellent post, Snix.

I happened upon your top photo on eBay yesterday & was preparing a post but you beat me to it. (Darn it)


I initially didn't think any of the building was left until I noticed the medallion with the B of A schooner in both views.









It's such a strange location for a fancy restaurant. The area is almost entirely industrial.

............................................................................................................................................................................................that's the L.A. River - - - >

google earth

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