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ethereal_reality Nov 16, 2012 3:07 AM

:previous: I didn't realize that Wenders. I just reread GW's post and he mentions it as well.

Co-operative nurseries in 1880 Los Angeles.

I like the five little boys sitting on the wooden sidewalk below the sign. -cute

tovangar2 Nov 16, 2012 3:13 AM

Claud Beelman, LA architect (1883-1963)
John Parkinson, together with his various collaborators, may win top honors as the architect of many of LA's most famous and filmed noir icon buildings, but Claud Beelman runs a close second.

Beelman, born a Buckeye in 1883, had a career that lasted into his seventies. He died in LA in 1963. His architectural style evolved, over his long career, from classically inspired to iconic Art Deco, Streamline Moderne to mid-century modern.

Some highlights:
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The Talmadge (1922) A gift from Joseph M. Schenck to his wife, Norma Talmadge. 3278 Wilshire Blvd between Bullock's Wilshire and the Ambassador Hotel. If you need a unit with 4 bdms + maid's, they have one for you.

Elks' Lodge No. 99 (1923-1924).On Park View St overlooking MacArthur Park. Heavily in demand as a film location.

The Culver Hotel, Culver City (1924). Billed as Culver City's first skyscraper, the six story building, built on the site of Culver City's first movie theater, was owned by Harry Culver (founder of Culver City) and Charlie Chaplin. It is said that Chaplin lost his share of the hotel to John Wayne in a poker game. Housed the actors during the filming of the Wizard of Oz (and many other MGM films), including, of course, the little people. Has been used as a film location from the start.

The Roosevelt Building (1926) Seventh & Flower, DTLA. Gives some weight and ominous glamour to the western part of downtown. Outstanding metalwork over the first-floor windows.

The Heinsbergen Decorating Company Building (1928). On Beverly Blvd between Martel and Vista. Built for Anthony Heinsbergen (1894-1981) who ran his famous business here for 50 years. Dutch-born Heinsbergen contributed murals and other decorations to theaters, hotels, civic buildings etc across the country, including the Beverly-Wilshire, Hollywood Roosevelt, Elks' Lodge No. 99, The Wiltern Theater and City Hall here in LA. As part payment for his work at City Hall Heinsbergen accepted a load of salvaged bricks from old City Hall. They were used to build this slate-roofed, fantasy building. The stone trim includes statuary and gargoyles. The wall along the sidewalk between the doors encloses a koi pond.

The Eastern Columbia Building (1930). Broadway at 9th. Beelman's universally-loved DTLA masterpiece is often used for location shoots.

U.S. Post Office, Hollywood Station (1937).1615 Wilcox, between Selma and Hollywood Blvd. Anticipates the Thalberg Building (see below) right down to the plinth-mounted lanterns.

The Thalberg Building (1938) at MGM (now Sony), Culver City. Louis B. Mayer ran his reign of terror and benevolence from his roost at the top. Thalberg died two years before completion. I sure miss the big "MGM" that used to sit on top of the cantilevered entrance cover. It was integral to the overall design.

The Don Lee Mutual Broadcasting Building (1948) Vine Street at Fountain, Hollywood. Built specifically for television broadcasting with four large state-of the-art stages. CBS rented half the space. KCET was a tenant from 1964 to 1971. It is now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Pickford Center.

The Harbor Building (1955). Wilshire at Irving. Built as Getty Oil Headquarters on the site of the old Getty mansion that served as a location for both "Sunset Boulevard" (1959) and "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955). Very similar in detail, materials and fenestration to Occidental Petroleum Headquarters at Wilshire and Westwood and the Standard Hotel (see below), originally built for Superior Oil. Another Getty Building, 3800 Wilshire (at Western) is also related.

The Standard Hotel / Superior Oil Building (1956). Flower at Sixth, DTLA, directly across from the site of the Richfield Building. Completed when Beelman was 73. Shown to very good effect in the nod-to-noir "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (2005). Many of the Richfield Oil Company employees were stationed here while the Richfield Building was demolished in 1968 until they could move into the new Atlantic Richfield Company building at 5th and Flower in 1972. The Richfield Building was in very good condition when it came down. Charlie Jones, who retired as chairman when R.O. Anderson merged the company with Atlantic Refining, maintained it beautifully. Painters and other maintenance crews were still fulfilling work orders the day before the demolition crews arrived.

Below is another great shot lifted from a 2008 ethereal_reality post (thread page 5). It shows the Superior Oil Building/Standard Hotel going up directly across from the Richfield Building in 1956. Intersection of 6th & Flower looking east down 6th.
USC digital archive.

ethereal_reality Nov 16, 2012 3:21 AM

There's this from


ethereal_reality Nov 16, 2012 4:32 AM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5900443)

I really liked your post GW.
To be honest, I was mortified when Lorimar took down the MGM signs (even though I worked for Lorimar I thought this was a huge mistake).
The gate you posted is actually the east gate facing the Thalburg Building (seen on the left in your last photo).

The old Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer main gate was an impressive Corinthian Colonnade facing Washington Boulevard.

below: An extremely early view of the colonnaded gate in 1918 (yes, 1918!)

below: Looking east along Washington Boulevard in 1935.

below: A screen-grab from a 1925 video/film.

...and here's the best part of the post. :)

This almost 100 year old gate has never looked better.
google street view
google street view

Opposite the gate on the north side of Washington & Jasmine is St. Augustine's Catholic Church.
google street view

On one of my lunch breaks I noticed limousines lined up along Washington Blvd. in front of St. Augustine's.
That afternoon I learned it was Rita Hayworth's funeral.

rick m Nov 16, 2012 5:26 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5901935)
I came across this interesting video today that I am almost certain hasn't been posted.

:click on the link attached to the photo

I had a little fun with it and located one of the buildings you briefly see in the video.

The same building today :(
(It looks as if there was a thoughtful addition on the left)
google street view

The building is located on the northeast corner of Oxnard St. & Woodman Avenue in an area just west of North Hollywood.
(google maps labels this area as Valley Glen)

The vintage 'foto-car' proceeds and hangs a left. It immediately passes Grizzy's on Woodman Avenue.
(our 'cupola' building is still visible at far right)

below: Grizzy's site today.
The distinctive triangular wedge is missing and the building is at least twice as wide as when it was Grizzy's.
google street view

The Oxwood Inn.
google street view

below: I really love the classic 'cocktail' sign.

If you're at all interested, please watch the video.

There are other areas in the film/video that I haven't been able to locate.
(especially the last sequence)

tovangar2, I can't wait to hear more from you. The details in your posts are amazing! :)

The Oxwood Inn has a most wonderful website- founded in late 60s by a truly impressive woman!

tovangar2 Nov 16, 2012 5:59 AM


tovangar2 Nov 16, 2012 7:39 AM

old Bunker Hill Steps
Yay! Here's a much better pic of the old Bunker Hill Steps, originally posted by ethereal_reality in Feb 2008 back on page 2 for goodness sake. One can't go far wrong using this thread for research. I'd been looking everywhere else with no luck, which was driving me crazy because I KNEW I'd seen this image before.
(no photo credit on the original post)

The first flight of the steps was within the arches then one emerged though the landing arch to the exposed second flight. The balcony at the top of the steps was a great place to work on one's delusions of grandeur while lording it over the peons below.

The arched and curved glass canopy over the Engstrum's entrance can be seen in this shot too. The small single-family home that was just west of the Engstrum had been demolished by the time this pic was taken. Street-level parking takes its place.

I always loved the Sunkist Building with its shaggy roof gardens. How Sunkist could have moved from such a beautiful place out to the Worlds Ugliest Building in Sherman Oaks is beyond me.

GaylordWilshire Nov 16, 2012 4:44 PM

I've got the Hollywood Center Motel on the brain... Rockford Files TV Blog
A couple of screencaps from "The Rockford Files" (from a 1976 episode called "The Real Easy Red Dog")
The Times ran this auction ad on Jan 10, 1954 Map Works

The 1914 Baist insurance map shows 6720 close to the center of its block. The street to its left is
now McCadden Pl, which continues north from about in front of #6726; LeMoyne is now Leland Way.
(Hollywood High is on the upper left blue corner at Sunset & Highland.) Below is a 1918 aerial at the
top center of which appears to be 6720 Sunset; although it's really not clear enough to photographic-
ally match the house that sits there today (and actually appears larger somehow), it is in the exact
same spot.

One last note from

"The New Colony Six moved into a duplex at 6720 Sunset Blvd. Paul Revere & The Raiders lived upstairs. Walt Kemp: "We both pulled in about the same time, wearing the same colonial outfits. The only difference was that they had an audition with Dick Clark, which they took good advantage of. We cursed them daily as they went to work – while we sat around the pool unemployed."

BifRayRock Nov 16, 2012 5:17 PM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5898707)
Ellen Bloom Underhill/Bing

Ellen and Kenneth Bloom on Sunset in front of Hollywood High with their family's '58 Country Squire. I never knew Hollywood High was painted pink. The same view in the '30s.


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BifRayRock Nov 16, 2012 5:19 PM

Hollywood High ca., 20

Some 13 years later . . .
Highland avenue, parked in front of Hollywood High Auditorium '37
For sale

Not yet for sale;)

BifRayRock Nov 16, 2012 5:26 PM

More Hollywood High. Interesting facade on many levels. Unk. date.

GaylordWilshire Nov 16, 2012 5:47 PM


Gosh, is that all there is?

ethereal_reality Nov 16, 2012 8:20 PM

A very early postcard postmarked 1907 with some interesting personal annotations.

Do you think this is the car he mentions driving? I expected something a little more sleek.

He also mentions the 'Thomas Flyer' (written vertically along the right edge of the pc)

ethereal_reality Nov 16, 2012 9:05 PM

"los feliz frostless foothills."

I spy the Ostrich Farm.

ethereal_reality Nov 16, 2012 9:11 PM

This is also interesting.

ethereal_reality Nov 16, 2012 10:55 PM

I found this earlier today on ebay.

"Mrs. Alice Blackburn's house moving party, Los Angeles 1948." other details, but an interesting photograph none the less.

Godzilla Nov 17, 2012 4:04 AM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5904139)

Gosh, is that all there is?


Peggy Lee visits Angels Flight, Nov. 1, 1968

GaylordWilshire Nov 17, 2012 3:05 PM

Seems that the house was once at 707 N. Mariposa. According to the article below, the house was moved to Silver Lake--but to where? Does it still stand?


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5904420)
I found this earlier today on ebay.

"Mrs. Alice Blackburn's house moving party, Los Angeles 1948." other details, but an interesting photograph none the less.
___ Angeles Times, Dec 18, 1949

Sounds like Ms. Blackburn was quite a character--she was even a Nash dealer. Her Times obit of Aug 3, 1996:

"Alice Blackburn, pioneering Los Angeles businesswoman who was an executive of Arden Farms Co., has died. She was 86.

Blackburn died July 19 in a Chico, Calif., hospital, said her son, William J. Blackburn III of Mount Shasta, Calif.

In 1948, she was featured in Life magazine when she gave a party during the moving of her home to make way for construction of the Hollywood Freeway. Blackburn wrote a story about the historic move, "Alice Moves Her Dream House."

Born Alice Collins in Los Angeles, she was orphaned as a child and attended Mooseheart, a school in Illinois for children of members of the Loyal Order of Moose.

After jobs with Pacific Electric Railway and Glendale radio station KIEV-AM, Blackburn joined Arden in the early 1940s and rose to president of some of its subsidiaries.

She was head of two automobile agencies, Nash La Brea and Nash North Hollywood, and in 1959 paid $1 million to buy the Lone Palm Hotel in Palm Springs from bandleader Horace Heidt.

Blackburn was married successively to John Blackburn, Andy Hervey and Leonard Lazarus.

The family has asked that any memorial donations be made to the Mooseheart School, Mooseheart, Ill.

In addition to her son, Blackburn is survived by two grandsons."

Back the the question of whether it still stands... indeed it does, if a little hemmed in, at 2919 St. George Street:


Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 4810187)
While this two-story bungalow was being moved to a new location, a party was held inside. The house, originally located at 707 N. Mariposa and owned by Alice Blackburn, was relocated to make way for the Hollywood Freeway

BifRayRock Nov 17, 2012 6:00 PM


Originally Posted by Fab Fifties Fan (Post 5434272)
Happily browsing through a good friend's huge Southern California ephemera collection, I found this:
I would say it's from right around 1940.~Jon Paul

August '45 celebrating VJ day, in front of a Simon's. Location?

In '42 Simon's listed many locations, as befitting the West's largest restaurant chain ^^^ including, Broadway, Figueroa, Hill, Olive, Olympic, Spring, Sunset, Washington and Sunset.

BifRayRock Nov 17, 2012 6:20 PM

Hadn't noticed any Mt. Lowe winter images. Until now. Suspect these kids had the run of the place.

January 22, 1930. "Redondo High School students arrive at Mt. Lowe Tavern for a snow battle royal."

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