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Of course the first thing I wanted to know is if the Pacific Fidelity Building is still standing.

below: The Pacific Fidelity Bldg can be seen down the block on the right (that's Bullock's Wilshire on the left).
To my surprise Westmoreland Avenue has been blocked off at this point.


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below: This view is looking north from 7th Street showing the blocked off Westmoreland. That's the Pacific Fidelity Building at the center
and Bullock's Wilshire on the right.


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It turns out the Pacific Fidelity Building is part of Southwestern Law School. It's now known as the Westmoreland Building.


below: The closed off portion of Westmoreland Avenue forms a mini 'quad' connecting the Westmoreland Building to the Bullock's Wilshire building
(now the main building & library of Southwestern Law School)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwestern_Law_School

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Next I wondered about the two towers that can be seen in the distance in the old construction photo.






The taller of the two is The First Baptist Church at 760 S. Westmoreland Avenue.


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below: The shorter tower belongs to the first Unitarian Church at 2936 W. 8th Street.


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below: The shorter tower belongs to the first Unitarian Church at 2936 W. 8th Street.


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I'd never noticed this church before, e_r. It looks remarkably unchanged--the clock is gone (though a shadow appears to have been left behind), but even the various finials seem to have been deemed stable enough to remain.
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I'd never noticed this church before, e_r. It looks remarkably unchanged--the clock is gone (though a shadow appears to have been left behind), but even the various finials seem to have been deemed stable enough to remain.
It looks as though the street lighting remains original too.

Regarding the Pacific Fidelity Bldg., is there a construction date? (Assume it to have been post WW2) When visiting the BullocksW, the docent referred to the same building as having been used by Shell Oil. Was Shell a former occupant?

Pacific Fidelity is not listed at Westmoreland in '56 phone book, but several Ins. Cos. are at 621 and 630 Westmoreland. A glimpse of '60s phone books indicates 601 was Federated Dept. Stores and 616 included Chicago Title and Aviation Underwriters, but there is no Shell. For that matter, there is no "670" listed either. Guess the Fidelity Bldg., acquired a new mailing address when it eventually grew walls.



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September 19, 1939, address unk.
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Looking N., Shell Oil Station South Broadway and Olympic Blvd. Circa 1939
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Looking west from Broadway and Eleventh Street, November 21, 1931. In the first photo, there is a building bearing a long linear sign for "Southwestern University."



Good timing for the following motto: "The store where bargains reign." Do we know the store's name?




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Like the reference to "Los Angeles' Finest Legitimate Play House"...I sure hope people at the time knew the difference and didn't go to the wrong sort (if they didn't want to).
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Like the reference to "Los Angeles' Finest Legitimate Play House"...I sure hope people at the time knew the difference and didn't go to the wrong sort (if they didn't want to).
Interesting duct work on the roof of the building advertising "Mayan Theater." Similar duct work is absent on other buildings. 1931, probably early air conditioning, like the Tower theater?

On a hot enough day, that might make even the worst moving picture play seem - legitimate!
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It looks like the old Southwestern University building had tennis or basketball courts on the roof (the fenced off area on the left).

I really like the building on the corner. Is it an automobile showroom? Also notice the well dressed woman at the corner.
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Here are a couple more interesting construction photographs.

below: You can see the steel frame for the Pacific Fidelity Building in the distance.


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Could very well have been both, or even a multi-use deck, but I think in Chuckaluck's first pic you can see the backboard for a basketball hoop.
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Regarding the Pacific Fidelity Bldg., is there a construction date? (Assume it to have been post WW2) When visiting the BullocksW, the docent referred to the same building as having been used by Shell Oil. Was Shell a former occupant?

Pacific Fidelity is not listed at Westmoreland in '56 phone book, but several Ins. Cos. are at 621 and 630 Westmoreland. A glimpse of '60s phone books indicates 601 was Federated Dept. Stores and 616 included Chicago Title and Aviation Underwriters, but there is no Shell. For that matter, there is no "670" listed either. Guess the Fidelity Bldg., acquired a new mailing address when it eventually grew walls.




An even-numbered address doesn't makes sense for the west side of an L.A. street.... I figured the typist of the crane picture captions for a ditz, especially after noticing "Westmore" for "Westmoreland" in the second.... Anyway, the 600 "block" of Westmoreland is really two blocks, from 6th to 7th with Wilshire in between. The Bullock's business office and later its Federated parent company were a block north of the store at 601; the Pacific Fidelity Building was, as you can see from the two Times articles above, at 675. Interesting to note that it was a Welton Becket design. The articles are, respectively, from June 28, 1959, and June 24, 1960.


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I will post some pictures eventually; on reviewing what I already had I found that they really need to be re-shot with the better equipment that I now have.
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article originally posted by Gaylord_Wilshire

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A very 'noirish' apartment building just east of the Unitarian Church on 8th Street.


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...and in color.


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In the same general vicinity is the old Wilshire Place Hotel & Apts.at the corner of 7th & Magnolia.


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I really like the unusual arched 'canopy' over the front entrance.


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An even-numbered address doesn't makes sense for the west side of an L.A. street.... I figured the typist of the crane picture captions for a ditz, especially after noticing "Westmore" for "Westmoreland" in the second.... Anyway, the 600 "block" of Westmoreland is really two blocks, from 6th to 7th with Wilshire in between. The Bullock's business office and later its Federated parent company were a block north of the store at 601; the Pacific Fidelity Building was, as you can see from the two Times articles above, at 675. Interesting to note that it was a Welton Becket design. The articles are, respectively, from June 28, 1959, and June 24, 1960.


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Interesting. I mentioned Shell Oil, because that is what I heard from a docent. This piqued my curiosity further.

In 1956, the 675 address has listings for what appears to be two residents and possibly a business. Pacific Fidelity is listed in 1960 book at 675, "DU5-8131" (in case anyone has Univac questions), along with a couple of other businesses. By 1964, the only 675 listing is for "Pacific Finance." By 1968 "675" is listed as "building" with no number.

Could the Univac have possibly become obsolete sooner than expected? Or maybe it was the precursor or inspiration for the 1968 appearance of HAL9000?

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The Lankershim Hotel has been mentioned here. My effort at searching for it turned up a reference at P 150 of this thread. Fascinating set of photos taken from the Hotel circa 1907 featuring Broadway, Seventh and Spring Streets. Should anyone ask whether the Alexandria is fireproof, the correct answer is ABSOLUTELY!









http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/search...=1337893974126
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Excellent photos Chuckaluck!

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below: Where in the heck is Bliss?


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Here's the evolution (or devolution) of the 3rd St. Tunnel area of Bunker Hill:

3rd and Hill, 1901


3rd and Hill, 1903


3rd and Hill, circa 1910


3rd and Hill, circa late 1920s


3rd and Hill, 1930s


3rd and Hill, 1950


3rd and Hill, late 1960s


3rd and Hill, 1978


3rd and Hill, 1986


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Union Station with a sign advertising Cafe' Caliente on Olvera St ('curios novelties').


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Casualties of USC's format change.



On the hunt for more of Bob's Air Mail Service. Posted in Ethereal's honor. Cochran and Wilshire looking East '39

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/re...coll59/id/1221

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0






Miracle Mile - Coulters '39
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...-EN-39-95?v=hr



Looking west along Wilshire from St. Andrews, '39
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...-EN-39-90?v=hr

Lucerne and Wilshire looking West. '39 Is that what we have all come to know as a Helm's-type Bakery Truck - without the Helms?
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...-EN-39-92?v=hr

Wilshire looking west from June Street. '39
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...-EN-39-93?v=hr

OEste along Wilshire from Highland, '39
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...-EN-39-98?v=hr

West on Wilshire from Vermont Avenue, '39
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...-EN-39-88?v=hr

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Particularly gritty view of traffic over Los Angeles River at Ninth Street, ca. '23
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...-EN-172-5?v=hr

East between 2nd and 3rd Streets from point above Beaudry, 1937
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...EN-106-27?v=hr

First Street, Los Angeles. Looking east on First Street from point 200 feet west of Fremont Street, 1926
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...AAA-EN-42?v=hr

Western Avenue looking north from 9th Street, Los Angeles, 1937
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...EN-106-25?v=hr

All from http://digitallibrary.usc.edu

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Would like to acknowledge having noticed this photo elsewhere on this thread. Source indicates "1897."


Cahuenga Pass 1899
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Md9z_-LK7q...Pass+1899+.jpg

Cahuenga Pass 1911
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South end of Cahuenga Pass ca. '40
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Cahuenga Boulevard just west of Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, 1938




Cahuenga Pass, near summit, '38 (keep eye out for Monkeys?)


Late '30s(?)
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The Pass, ca. '52
http://www.pacificelectric.org/pacif...rsal-citywalk/

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