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Old Posted Jun 29, 2014, 7:13 PM
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I thought people who regularly hang out here might like to see this map I’ve been working on with a friend, Dave DeCaro from Davelandweb.com
I write a series of novels set in and around the Garden of Allah Hotel which stood on Sunset Blvd from 1927 to 1959 during Hollywood’s heyday. For a while I’ve wanted to put together a map of LA/Hollywood showing where the major points of interest were, and where my characters (both fictional and real) frequented. But the design and software skills necessary to put something like that together were far beyond my pay grade. I was mentioning my I-have-a-map-dream to Dave—he has a terrific map of Disneyland which I've long admired ( http://davelandweb.com/disneyland/ ) and he suggested we work on one together. This is the result. You can find a list with the places, addresses and dates on my website: http://bit.ly/1iQhiMv

Fabulous map Martin, particularly when viewed with the information on your site.

I have just completed my order for your three books on amazon. can't wait to read them!
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Old Posted Jun 29, 2014, 7:15 PM
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Hmmm...I wonder if I didn't jump the gun on the Times basement idea, now that I see the two floors in esotouric's shot. But why would the north wall of the new underground garage have been angled?
The best reason I can think of is that the "new" garage was simply repurposing the existing Times basement. The entire shape is the same including that extra chunk at the back, and if they were building a new structure there's no reason not to build it larger and eliminate that extended corner. On Hunter's shot I can see what appears to be a bit of wall sticking up above the top of the remaining basement. Like they tore down the building but left that little bit of first floor wall as it was going to be under the lawn anyway.



Despite its use as a garage, I'm betting it was still originally the Times basement.
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Old Posted Jun 29, 2014, 7:19 PM
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Great to see you again gsjansen. We MISSED you!
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Thanks E_R! Have been busy the past two years working on the renovation/restoration of the Doral resort in Miami for he Trump Organization. (has it really been two years?.....yikes!)

I had a free moment this afternoon and logged back on. I need to go back and see what has been posted and try and catch up!......( did I say yikes?.....YIKES!!!!).

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Old Posted Jun 29, 2014, 7:36 PM
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The best reason I can think of is that the "new" garage was simply repurposing the existing Times basement. The entire shape is the same including that extra chunk at the back, and if they were building a new structure there's no reason not to build it larger and eliminate that extended corner. On Hunter's shot I can see what appears to be a bit of wall sticking up above the top of the remaining basement. Like they tore down the building but left that little bit of first floor wall as it was going to be under the lawn anyway.



Despite its use as a garage, I'm betting it was still originally the Times basement.
I am in complete agreement. As the original times building was destroyed in the 1910 bombing incident, it would make sense that the new and lager times building would have been constructed to withstand any future agitation attempts. The foundation and below grade walls were probably designed to withstand any future attempts.

The garage for the State building obviously used the foundation walls of the expanded times building site to save costs. The angular shape of the garage walls matches the layout of the times building.
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Old Posted Jun 29, 2014, 8:19 PM
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A view months ago I noticed that the outdoor escalators at the Beverly Center have been enclosed in glass.

La Cienega side

GSV



Beverly Blvd. side

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When I first moved to L.A. (from Illinois and it's cold winters mind you) I was amazed with these HUGE escalators
on the outside of the building.
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OOPS. Memories can be tricky. Here's a photograph from 1982 (the year I moved to L.A.), and the escalators were actually enclosed
in glass. I would have bet money that they were open air.


http://videopolis.tumblr.com/post/22296709094
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Old Posted Jun 29, 2014, 8:33 PM
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Fabulous map Martin, particularly when viewed with the information on your site.

I have just completed my order for your three books on amazon. can't wait to read them!
Thanks much! Putting a map like this together has been on my mind for a while, but I wanted at least the 3rd book out before I did anything about it. Personally, I'm fairly map-oriented in my own reading--I like to know where places actually are so I thought this might help my readers and anyone interested in "back in the day" LA & Hollywood...such as the fine folks who follow this amazing thread.
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Old Posted Jun 29, 2014, 9:20 PM
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I really enjoyed your Garden of Allah map as well Martin_T, especially with the annotations.
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I've found no photographs of this house in either of its locations other than the Times shot below.


Los Angeles Times, May 11, 1931


Here's a photograph. -sorry about the obnoxious watermarks.

ebay


GW's post. (page 400)
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=7992
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Old Posted Jun 29, 2014, 10:48 PM
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Fickett Hollow


http://boryanabooks.com/?p=92



Has anyone heard of Fickett Holllow?

I'm guessing it's somewhere along the northern end of Fickett Street where the street does a jog or two.


google_earth

..anyway, Fickett Hollow is such an intriguing name, I couldn't ignore it.


Fickett Street has been mentioned only once before on noirish Los Angeles,
in GW's post on the original buildings at Theodore Roosevelt High School.
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=6654
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Here's a photograph. -sorry about the obnoxious watermarks.

ebay
I did my best to get rid of them .

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Because I am so dedicated to photographing DTLA, here are some images from this morning at the State Building Foundation site.

It looks like the outline we thought was the LA Times building may have just been this 2-story underground parking garage. But if thats the case, why does it have the interesting layout? You guys would know better than I.

Here are just a handful of the 40+ pics (click through to Flickr for the rest).

State Foundation Site 1st/Broadway by Hunter DTLA, on Flickr

State Foundation Site 1st/Broadway by Hunter DTLA, on Flickr

State Foundation Site 1st/Broadway by Hunter DTLA, on Flickr

State Foundation Site 1st/Broadway by Hunter DTLA, on Flickr

State Foundation Site 1st/Broadway by Hunter DTLA, on Flickr

State Foundation Site 1st/Broadway by Hunter DTLA, on Flickr
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Because I am so dedicated to photographing DTLA, here are some images from this morning at the State Building Foundation site.

It looks like the outline we thought was the LA Times building may have just been this 2-story underground parking garage. But if thats the case, why does it have the interesting layout? You guys would know better than I.

Here are just a handful of the 40+ pics (click through to Flickr for the rest).

State Foundation Site 1st/Broadway by Hunter DTLA, on Flickr

State Foundation Site 1st/Broadway by Hunter DTLA, on Flickr

State Foundation Site 1st/Broadway by Hunter DTLA, on Flickr

State Foundation Site 1st/Broadway by Hunter DTLA, on Flickr

State Foundation Site 1st/Broadway by Hunter DTLA, on Flickr

State Foundation Site 1st/Broadway by Hunter DTLA, on Flickr
Thanks so much for going! I'm cruising through all of the pics right now. I'm not versed in building techniques so I can't tell, but maybe someone else can - is there anything in the pics that would date any part of that structure to 1912 rather than 1939?
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Old Posted Jun 30, 2014, 2:12 AM
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Fickett Hollow


Has anyone heard of Fickett Holllow?
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There are a series of pictures related to slums. Fickett Hollow was treated the same as Ann St. The city forced it to be cleared, but I don't recall a project to rebuild in the same area.

LAPL is buggy tonight. But when you get a chance, search for images 33519 - 33725. I think 33663 is another shot from Fickett Hollow




Edit... I found a shortcut link: http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics28/
I can't get to the picture descriptions, but I did save the ones below....

Exterior view of wooden-frame slum houses in an area called Fickett Hollow

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Exterior view of two slum houses in an area called Fickett Hollow. Both houses are made of wood and in need of repairs.

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Exterior view of several slum houses in an area called Fickett Hollow. Makeshift wooden fences surround most of the homes. Majority of the slum homes are made of wood and in need of repairs.

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Exterior view of several slum houses in an area called Fickett Hollow. Makeshift wooden fences surround most of the homes. Majority of the slum homes are made of wood and in need of repairs.

LAPL

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Here's a photograph. -sorry about the obnoxious watermarks.

ebay


GW's post. (page 400)
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=7992
ER & Hoss: GREAT find, GREAT fix--

I fixed the broken links in that old post of mine--including the article about George Kress's strange habits....
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More Slums... Trying to post ones with addresses or identifying features...

I think this is the Aliso Project area or Ann Street ...

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Children play ball outside the Estrada Courts housing project, located at 3232 Estrada St.

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Exterior view of a run-down wooden apartment building, located at 204 North Fremont, Los Angeles.

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Exterior view of a five story, 71 unit building owned by Beach and Kordell, located at 334 South Figueroa. Units are three rooms and rent from $7 to $10.50 per week, depending on the number of people. Gas and electricity are included in the rent. There are four toilets and two baths per floor. 102 children live in the building. Manager is Mr. Zeigler, 427 S. Olive Street.

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Rear yard of slum dwelling located at 1354 Lawrence Street, in the Olympic area.

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View of small houses on a deadend street which became part of a CRA redevelopment area called Ann St. Project. Naud st and Schieffelin St

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I submitted the info to the LA Times with a link to your Flickr, in case they might actually want to check it out.

Incidentally, I hope I'm not the only one who thinks the new LA Times site design is absolute garbage. It's irritating in the extreme, with dead space on the sides, stuff popping out at inopportune times just because you put your mouse cursor in the wrong spot, and a never-ending scroll that adds to the bottom and subtracts from the top so you never get to the bottom of a page, among other problems. It took me several minutes just to figure out how to contact them to tell them something.
Good Man.
The LA Times followed up on your lead and posted an article:
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...629-story.html
And they even linked back to this thread.

P.S. I don't mind the new format, I just wish they would just stop deleting my comments. They've gone completely over-the-top moderating posts.
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Good Man.
The LA Times followed up on your lead and posted an article:
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...629-story.html
And they even linked back to this thread.

P.S. I don't mind the new format, I just wish they would just stop deleting my comments. They've gone completely over-the-top moderating posts.
Sweet. We are "alert history buffs."
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Sweet. We are "alert history buffs."
Just wanted to say thanks to ALL of you for making this site really special.

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More Times Building Basement/State Building Garage

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I am in complete agreement. As the original times building was destroyed in the 1910 bombing incident, it would make sense that the new and lager times building would have been constructed to withstand any future agitation attempts. The foundation and below grade walls were probably designed to withstand any future attempts.

The garage for the State building obviously used the foundation walls of the expanded times building site to save costs. The angular shape of the garage walls matches the layout of the times building.
Yes, the post-bombing Los Angeles Times building was built stronger than its predecessor:

Los Angeles Times, September 29, 1937

The post-bombing 1912 building had a basement and sub-basement, perfect for repurposing into a two-story subterranean parking garage:


Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer, July 29, 1911 (Volume 7, Number 12) @ HathiTrust -- http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?i...ew=1up;seq=365

So the 1912 basement and sub-basement walls have survived until now, with the 1938 parking structure built within them, correct?

The only thing that doesn't quite add up is why the 1938 drawing of the parking structure shows the long part of the eastern wall at an angle (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=22274), when that part of the eastern wall of the Times building was straight (parallel with Broadway). That angled wall would seem to have to start under the building to the east of the Times building on 1st Street.

P.S. Also in regard to that 1938 drawing, it shows the upper parking level 19 feet high, and the lower parking level just under 9 feet. Would the pressroom, described in the 1911 article as being located in the basement/upper parking level, need to be 19 feet high? The answer to that might determine if what's being demolished now includes the entire Times building basement (walls and floors).

And welcome back gsjansen!

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I did my best to get rid of them .

You're a marvel HossC.

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Excellent follow-up to Fickett Hollow westcork. -much appreciated.

westcork wrote:

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The post-bombing 1912 building had a basement and sub-basement, perfect for repurposing
into a two-story subterranean parking garage:



Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer, July 29, 1911 (Volume 7, Number 12) @ HathiTrust -- http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?i...ew=1up;seq=365
-very interesting research flyingwedge.


Congratulations ProphetM and DTLAdenizen for making the L.A. TIMES! -and everyone else on noirish Los Angeles
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