Originally Posted by Flyingwedge
In 1905 it was home to the Los Angeles School of Art and Design:
USC Digital Library -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si.../id/4793/rec/1
The former 6th and Alvarado site of the Los Angeles School of Art and Design is now occupied by this, planned by someone arguably unfamiliar with either art or design, or by someone with a keen appreciation of historical irony...
Safe to say that the builder of the current building was completely uninterested in art and design but rather more interested in exploiting the value of the property. Nothing wrong with that, but neither does it do much for anything but very local commerce--just makes Los Angeles that much uglier. Now, RiT
... Santa Fe may be a concocted cityscape, but, as someone who spends time there, I've never seen anything like this. Certainly there is lots of this crap in old
Mexico aside from the tourist towns, maybe in Texas border towns, but not in Santa Fe.
Anyway, I'm not sure how long the LA School of Art & Design remained at 602 S Alvarado, but another apparent tenant, at least for a while, looks noirishly interesting...
July 10, 1910
There seems to be no end to Dr. White's foolishness...
May 22, 1915/Sept 24, 1921/Sept 26, 1921/NYT
Dec 25, 1913
Looks like Dr. White escaped prison:
Nov 1, 1931
Still in trouble as late as the '40s..
National Library of Medicine
; full report here:
Another notorious quack of the early 1900's was George Starr White, who claimed several degrees, three of which (N.D., D.C., and Ph.C.) were issued to him in 1921 by the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. White also had medical degrees obtained from the New York Homeopathic Medical College in 1908 . White, who promoted himself through newspaper advertisements and testimonials, was a follower of Albert Abrams and taught courses in spondylotherapy -- that lasted one week -- throughout the west and midwest. In addition to the practice of chiropractic, White was responsible for the promotion of an endless array of mechanical and medical nostrums. Many such "medical practitioners" are quoted today by cults and quasimedical organizations that still exist in the twilight of pseudoprofessionalism. The teachings and quackery of both Abrams and White still exert an influence over the practice of a few present-day chiropractors.