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Beautiful mid-century modern MR!

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California Bank building, 1960 (2)

12 August 1960. California Bank Building. Sixth and Spring Streets. Interior of first floor banking area".

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...more mid-century modern, circa 1955:
CBS Television City Fairfax and Beverly Blvd. -absolutely stunning!


http://www.ebay.com/itm/TWO-Vintage-...item27d07cb53b
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If I lived in Los Angeles in the 1930s, I'd like to live at the ZELDA Apartments. Wouldn't most anyone living in those noir days?



Image: http://silentlocations.wordpress.com "Duck Soup", 1933, Paramount

DU: The scene above is not from Duck Soup but rather from a great video of process shots from the '40s. We've seen it here before, but the link bears repeating: http://archive.org/details/ADriveThr...ngelesCa.1940s


I think part of it might have been used in Shockproof...
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Saugus, a closer look?

1931



Marker commemorating Gold discovery. Photo - circa 1930
"Francisco Lopez here discovered the first gold in California March 9, 1842."



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I find this photograph uncomfortably mesmerizing.

mesmerizing, like Leni Riefenstahl is mesmerizing.


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Can someone refresh my memory and tell me what street this is. Isn't this the front of the library? (I need to pull out my vintage map)
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First, all these shots from 1943 are stunning. The one looking up Grand is my favorite thus far.

But to answer your question, that's Hope Street looking at the south face of the library. The California Club sneaks into the shot towards the left and the church building is the old Bible Institute, the one with the old "Jesus Saves" sign.
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Old Posted Mar 7, 2013, 4:04 AM
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Thank you kznyc2k! -much appreciated. I was thrilled to come across the 1943 photographs on ebay today.

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Another wonderful 1943 snapshot.
The Los Angeles Public Library with the little known Hotel Del Mar on the right. pan right--->


http://www.ebay.com/itm/WWII-1943-Ho...item5aeedc87fd

A bit further down the street (right hand side) is a sign that says 'Church of the Open Door'.

Can someone refresh my memory and tell me what street this is. Isn't this the front of the library? (I need to pull out my vintage map)
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This photo reminds me of a question I’ve had for some time…what is the dark double doors at the base of the library at the end of the street. It’s not a public entrance…. so is it delivery or utilities or ? Anyone have an idea?

And to th question "is this the front" I don't know which side might be the front It's been many years sine I'e been there, but waaaaaaaaaaaay back when we I was at Belmont we would use the library a lot for school projects becasue it was so close, but we never used any other entry besides the 5th. street.

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Another wonderful 1943 snapshot.
The Los Angeles Public Library with the little known Hotel Del Mar on the right. pan right--->


http://www.ebay.com/itm/WWII-1943-Ho...item5aeedc87fd

A bit further down the street (right hand side) is a sign that says 'Church of the Open Door'.

Can someone refresh my memory and tell me what street this is. Isn't this the front of the library? (I need to pull out my vintage map)
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View is looking north up the 500 block of So.Hope towards the rear LAPL door
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Another wonderful 1943 snapshot.

Can someone refresh my memory and tell me what street this is. Isn't this the front of the library? (I need to pull out my vintage map)
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The Sunkist Bldg's peeking out over Central Library's shoulder (under the UFO in previous post).


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I parked in the open lot on the NW corner of 6th & Hope for years (they had a great early-bird rate). A beautiful dead-end and a favorite spot with a group of three buildings left over from my childhood by Beelman, Farquhar & Goodhue. This side of Central Library played the Federal Reserve in some heist movie I've forgotten the name of.

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Five construction workers just inside portal of Forbes Broadway Tunnel, [s.d.]

Could this be an undated shot of the 'lowering' of the Broadway tunnel that we were talking about a while back? It certainly looks as though they are lowering an existing tunnel.

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Los Angeles magazine's website posted the pic above yesterday (see story here). I think it might be possible that they've confused SHAFFER'S with SHAEFER'S, but for the moment I thought I'd revisit the intersection of Hollywood and Western.

LAPL


Among the shots we may or may not have seen here before is the one above (I know we've seen this one--who could forget that Cadillac?) that shows the still-standing St Francis; below is an earlier view from farther east. The intersection is being redeveloped with some odd mixed-use buildings; the Rector at right in the shot below and the building at left have been replaced*.


LAPL


Another view of the Rector...

LAPL


...and a view of the building on the southwest corner of the intersection, which, "anchored" by a CVS, looks like it might have a chance to stay.






* Have we noticed before that the Starbucks building that stands on the Rector's site has mimicked the hotel's second-floor window pediments? (You don't suppose it's a truncated, drastically remodeled Rector, do you? I don't think so.) Seems odd that the Starbucks architect designer would have used them to slyly hark back to what was torn down? Who knows.


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Shaefer's Battery & Ignition, 6550 Sunset.



We've seen the complex to its west here before, but I can't remember the details:


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below: Roberts Brothers Drive In in Hollywood circa 1943. In the distance you can see the large buildings at Hollywood and Vine.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/WWII-1943-Ro...item589d1583b5

Trying to pinpoint the exact location I came across a couple of interesting items.




first I found this beautiful graphic...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79761301@N00/8355763477/



Next, I finally found the exact location...Sunset Boulevard at Cahuenga.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/7976130...4641/lightbox/
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E.R. - I think this one may be "The Burbank" at Victory and Olive:


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Five construction workers just inside portal of Forbes Broadway Tunnel, [s.d.]

Could this be an undated shot of the 'lowering' of the Broadway tunnel that we were talking about a while back? It certainly looks as though they are lowering an existing tunnel.

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Yes, it sure does. Nice find! I am surprised at how thin the tunnel roof was, and how the space above it is just empty. Did it just stay an empty space like that, I wonder. The regular patches of exposed brick on the old roof could have been where framing was to be attached, as you can see further back in the distance. Or, maybe this is a shot of the tunnel's demolition and they've just removed the framing.

Oh hey, look what I found in Google Books:
A 1916 article in a publication called Municipal Journal, in which the reconstruction of the Broadway Tunnel has just been completed. Pictures included!

And here's another article from 1917, with more photos!

Looks like Municipal Journal changed its name to Municipal Engineering in the interim.

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This photo reminds me of a question I’ve had for some time…what is the dark double doors at the base of the library at the end of the street. It’s not a public entrance…. so is it delivery or utilities or ? Anyone have an idea?

And to the question "is this the front" I don't know which side might be the front It's been many years sine I'e been there, but waaaaaaaaaaaay back when we I was at Belmont we would use the library a lot for school projects because it was so close, but we never used any other entry besides the 5th. street.

Belmont Bob: I believe that you are correct. The main entrances are around the other side on Fifth Street or through the park on Flower Street.
I am guessing that this entrance on Hope Street was originally the delivery gate, since it looks like it used to be at street level.


ebay


It is now walled off and gated with a curb in front.


Google Street View


The current delivery entrance is over on Flower Street.


Google Street View
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Yes, it sure does. Nice find! I am surprised at how thin the tunnel roof was, and how the space above it is just empty. Did it just stay an empty space like that, I wonder. The regular patches of exposed brick on the old roof could have been where framing was to be attached, as you can see further back in the distance. Or, maybe this is a shot of the tunnel's demolition and they've just removed the framing.

Oh hey, look what I found in Google Books:
A 1916 article in a publication called Municipal Journal, in which the reconstruction of the Broadway Tunnel has just been completed. Pictures included!

And here's another article from 1917, with more photos!

Looks like Municipal Journal changed its name to Municipal Engineering in the interim.

Great photos/new info, PM & MR. I see that Lynn Atkinson was the contractor. Perhaps more famous for building his own legendary house:


http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=9688

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=9690

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Fixed it....

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DU: The scene above is not from Duck Soup but rather from a great video of process shots from the '40s. We've seen it here before, but the link bears repeating: http://archive.org/details/ADriveThroughBunkerHillAndDowntownLosAngelesCa.1940s[/URL]
I think part of it might have been used in Shockproof...
Thanks GW for the correction. I deleted the reference. I've seen that BW clip from Shockproof and should have recognized it.
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E.R. - I think this one may be "The Burbank" at Victory and Olive:


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beautiful drive in. nice find FredH.
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detail of the 1943 photograph I posted yesterday.






here's another snapshot from three years earlier.


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Thanks GW for the correction. I deleted the reference. I've seen that BW clip from Shockproof and should have recognized it.

I don't have a Shockproof DVD--avoiding having to netflix it, I went looking for it on youtube to double check the process shots. Found only the opening, but what an opening... including the Bradbury Building, mattes of the Hall of Justice and the Hall of Records--all this and Cornel Wilde too (can't remember who she is). Totally worth the 3:36 min:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp43NGzAv2U



I'd never thought of the similarities of the opening of two great noir movies whose titles begin with "S"...


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