The recent question by shadyguy
about the dead-end stub of 4th Street at Hope prompted me to look for pictures. I think most of the pictures below are new to NLA, but I didn't check every one!
There were many times when I found a great shot of the Hildreth Mansion/Hopecrest and just wished the photographer had turned 45 degrees to left for the view over Flower Street. Then I tried to find photos looking up at the stub, but the only one I found was in a previous post by MichaelRyerson
, and that's a wet, blurry view from Figueroa. There seem to be loads of pictures after construction began on the 4th Street Cut, but the earlier ones just miss the instersection of 4th and Hope. The stub is just visible on the 1948 and 1952 images at Historic Aerials, but only if you know what you're looking for. In the end I had to settle for this scale model. According to the caption, the model is located at the California Museum of Science & Industry. The 4th Street stub is on the right side, slightly over halfway down.
Here's one of those pictures where I wish the photographer had moved a bit. LAPL date it at circa 1930.
Skipping forward to 1946, Mabel Haufe, one of the home's new owners, stands at the base of the stairs. The "For Sale" sign has yet to be removed.
Here's a 1951 portrait of John & Mabel Haufe, owners of "Hopecrest".
After purchasing the Hildreth Mansion, the Haufes renamed it Hopecrest and spent several years restoring it to its former glory. What a shame it wasn't saved. This 1949 picture shows work-in-progress.
The picture below, posted by kznyc2k
, shows how the house looked after restoration.
Originally Posted by kznyc2k
Hildreth Mansion, 1950, Huntington Digital Library
LAPL has the same picture (sadly not zoomable), and also the one below which was probably taken at the same time.
The LAPL collection also has several interior shots of Hopecrest, all in color! I could only find one of them in previous posts. The first is titled "John and Mabel enjoying their home."
The 1950 picture shows John and Mabel Haufe in their front parlor.
Does anyone recognize this "unidentified woman" posing on the grand staircase?
This is the interior picture we've seen before, although I've tweaked the colors. It was previously posted by Beaudry
in post #10347
. The picture shows Mabel Haufe walking down the grand staircase. It looks like John Haufe was a little more camera-shy, or maybe the photographer.
The last interior shot looks west towards the staircase landing.
I'll finish with a current shot of the corner of 4th and Hope. You'll now find the Bank of America tower just past where Hopecrest and the Stuart K. Oliver house once stood. The ramp on the left leads to Figueroa, so you still can't get directly from Hope to Flower at 4th!