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Wilshire Boulevard Temple

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Now I'm curious above that proposed glassy structure next to the temple.
I think that "proposed glassy structure" may be the new Rem Koolhaas-designed events center.

There's lots of info on the net:

New York Times

la.curbed

...many more via Google.

No images yet that I could find.

Interesting 2012 article on the background of the overall master plan for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple campus:

"They considered selling the [Wilshire Boulevard Temple] property, a concept [Senior Rabbi] Leder said he couldn’t stand for. “It would have become a Korean church,” he said. So to make the picture real, he’d take potential funders out around the immediate neighborhood to illustrate his point.
“We’d go to Fourth [Street] and New Hampshire [Avenue], and we’d get out across the street from a beautiful old synagogue that was Sinai Temple, and there’s a gigantic cross on the front of it, just above the Ten Commandments in Hebrew, and I’d just look at people, and I’d say: ‘That’s the other alternative; it’s very disturbing.’ ”

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Thanks for the picture of the new building on W 6th, e_r.


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This Bank of America was at 2212 W Washington Boulevard, near the intersection with Western Avenue. For search purposes, this is Julius Shulman's "Job 1558: Bank of America (Los Angeles, Calif.),1953".



The building on the left was the Ebony Showcase Theatre. I couldn't find it in the 1956 CD, and the 1960 CD lists it at 4368 W Adams Boulevard.



Next to the bank is James Van Lines, a moving and storage company.



And here's a close-up of the Washington Hardware Company.



All from Getty Research Institute

Each corner of the intersection now has a small strip mall, and both the Bank of America and Ebony Showcase Theatre have gone. It's possible that the two-story building nearly opposite the bank has been cut down to a single story. I think this building is the old hardware store. Nowadays, I bet the local residents have to go miles to get their aircraft parts .


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Hoss , I was driving down Wilshire yesterday and at Cresent Heights is Wells Fargo...however i saw a huge ship on the side of the building, I wish i could of snapped a pic but i was turning north onto Cresent Heights. What caught my eye was the fact that i remember the building next to it was a C and H suit outlet (maybe C and R , im not sure they use to be big before Men's Wearhouse came to be). Hope this helps.
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nice work on the Hobart mysteries, FW and HossC.





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I just came across this photograph of the Culver City Speedway, circa 1924.

be sure to pan right-->

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Los-Angeles-...item3f151c0678

It's so much larger than I ever imagined. Now I understand the importance of this racing venue (located just south of the old MGM Studios).
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There is a much nicer version of this image here: http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single.../id/4278/rec/8 And it more accurately identifies the subject.




Various sets can be seen in the background.








Extremely steep banking!







Is this a Japanese flag, or does it have some other Culver City or racing significance? Perhaps it merely demarcates an entrance/exit or is a not-so-secret regarding the availability of beer during prohibition?





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That Huntington image is well worth a look. Not only is it huge, but there's also a lot more background detail than we could see in e_r's original post.


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Hoss , I was driving down Wilshire yesterday and at Cresent Heights is Wells Fargo...however i saw a huge ship on the side of the building, I wish i could of snapped a pic but i was turning north onto Cresent Heights. What caught my eye was the fact that i remember the building next to it was a C and H suit outlet (maybe C and R , im not sure they use to be big before Men's Wearhouse came to be). Hope this helps.
Thanks for the tip-off, unihikid. The Googlemobile last went past in April, and the ship can clearly be seen above the door on the left.


GSV

Here's a closer view.



6301 Wilshire Boulevard was a Bank of America in the 1956 CD (the only one I checked). I'll keep an eye out for a vintage picture as I work my way through the Shulman images.
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Nice work on the Hobart mysteries, FW and HossC.
I concur!

And it all started with this simple postcard.


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Thanks for the information on the 'glassy structure' t2.
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Thanks for the tip-off, unihikid. The Googlemobile last went past in April, and the ship can clearly be seen above the door on the left.


GSV
Thank you to both of you for the follow-up on the ship logo.

The combination of the ship plus "Bank of America" spelled out in the distinctive Old English typeface was very familiar and instantly identified the bank back in the 1950s. Surprisingly hard to research now.

The ship and the Old English typeface seem to have been holdovers from the Bank of Italy days. A search turned up this image, titled "Bank of Italy ship ornamentation" from San Jose:


flickr

As for the Old English typeface, we've all seen this:

uscdl (detail)

The Nantucket Pacific Bank (a forerunner? of Bank of Italy/America) may have been the source of the ship logo.

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I think we talked about this once before, was the Culver City Speedway the source of the current street configuration and the name "Motor Ave"?


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I love how the streets mirror the old track. -so cool.


Demolished R.R. Watchman's Tower at 3rd and Alameda, September 1939.


eBay







This is the building that is visible on the right in the vintage photograph above.


gsv



Surprisingly, the building has a 'Neptune' motif.


detail

Trident on left, and Neptune himself on the right.



More Neptunes, and a rather odd engaged column topped with a 'headdress'.


detail



architectural panels bookend the balconies.


detail

Does anyone know the history of this building?
(I'm pretty sure we haven't seen this building on NLA; I think I would have remembered the Neptune motif)

If we have seen it....my apologies.
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I think we talked about this once before, was the Culver City Speedway the source of the current street configuration and the name "Motor Ave"?


google maps
I also thought we covered the Culver City Speedway before, but all I could find is that one panorama.

So here's a good shot of the track on the day of its first race, Dec. 14, 1924. We're looking SE. In 1924,
the intersection in the foreground at the corner of the parking lot was Putnam and First; now it's Culver and
Overland (Culver runs nearest the track, on the north side). The MGM lot is in the lower left corner:

LAPL -- http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics34/00051978.jpg

Here's a diagram of the facility from the November 23, 1924, Los Angeles Times. The speedway was built in just 42 days!:

LAPL

This 1927 photo looks NW at the west grandstand:

UCLA Digital Collections -- http://digital2.library.ucla.edu/

This photo, probably taken at the track's last race on March 6, 1927, provides a good look at the track surface:

LAPL -- http://jpg1.lapl.org/00081/00081840.jpg

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The Neptune Building

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Surprisingly, the building has a 'Neptune' motif.


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Does anyone know the history of this building?

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701 E 3rd Street was built in 1924 as a warehouse for the Neptune Meter Company to the designs of architect Walter Jesse Saunders:





The original permit was for 3 floors. The building now has four.

By the 1950s, the building had changed owners and was being used for manufacturing.

According to this, the building is owned by Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions.

Filming90210locations says the Neptune Building was used as a filming location in the 2006 Jason Statham vehicle "Crank".

They're right, but the appearance is very brief:

netflix

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Thanks so much for the information on the 'Neptune Meter Co. building tovanger2! I really appreciate it.
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I just came across this amazing 'mystery' photograph on eBay.


"Crooked House, Los Angeles, 1923."


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Crooked-hous...item3d0179d3dd


reverse / 10-21-23


This is so cool. Has anyone heard of this place before?
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The Upside-Down House

Could this be it?
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Talk about straight from central casting! This guy looks like he just stepped out of a film noir. (note the dramatic shadow )

originally posted by CityBoyDoug


Good find CBD.__
He looks like he should have his own theme song.
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Another 'mystery' photograph from the 1920s. (it's been a good night , eBay wise)



http://www.ebay.com/itm/1920S-PHOTO-...item567a5c5311

I'm not sure where the eBay seller came up with 'Japanese-American'.





Larger...for your viewing pleasure.


note the fountain at extreme right--->
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The Upside-Down House

Could this be it?



I think that's probably it t2. It fits the description.

I'm surprised we haven't we heard of this place before.


eBay

Is there an address.....is it still standing?
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I dunno.

The home was built by Joseph E Henabery (1888-1976)
His IMDB page is here
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thx again t2.



I just came across this exceptional photograph earlier this evening.


eBay

Does anyone recognize this street?

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