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ethereal_reality Apr 29, 2011 12:25 AM

^^^Wow! I am so glad that this beautiful house survives GaylordWilshire.

I have some then/now photos I'll post later today.

ethereal_reality Apr 29, 2011 1:47 AM

First of all, my knowledge of the residences of Los Angeles is keep that in mind.

I found this photograph on ebay of a beautiful house in Los Angeles, circa 1910

Later I found out it was the Frederick Rindge residence at 2263 S. Harward.

below: Much to my surprise it still exists!
google street view

Most of you probably already knew it survived after all these years.
I didn't, so it was quite wonderful to discover that this imposing edifice has survived! :)

below: An aerial view from Google street view. This gives you an idea of how LARGE this house is.

ethereal_reality Apr 29, 2011 2:38 AM

A beautiful house at 501 S. Boyle Avenue.

below: I could not find this home on google street view. I believe this is what took its place.....the Puente Learning Center.
If I'm wrong...please let me know.
google street view

This building is actually quite interesting with it's steel cantilever roof trusses.


ethereal_reality Apr 29, 2011 3:19 AM

The Adolphus Busch residence in Pasadena (all three structures)

below: The John P. Jones residence in Santa Monica (later the Miramar hotel).

below: The Jeannie C. Carr residence at Orange Grove Ave. & Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, circa 1905.
This design is so Tyrolean I can almost smell the Edelweiss.

below: The William Garland residence at 8th Street & Westlake Ave.

Notice the engraved granite block at the foot of the steps.


ethereal_reality Apr 29, 2011 3:39 AM

The M. A. Wright Residence at 1255 Westchester Place.

This unusual architectural style is perfect for southern California. Who needs gables when you can have open air balconies. :)

ethereal_reality Apr 29, 2011 4:04 AM

I was ready to log out for the night and then decided to google '1255 Westchester Place'
This beauty is still there!
google street view

The state of decay is especially intriguing. The overgrown flora..the makeshift ramp...the peeling paint...the obsolete television antenna.

Floyd B. Bariscale Apr 29, 2011 4:29 AM

Hello, Sleuths of Los Angeles. So in tracking L.A.'s Historic-Cultural Monuments I was lucky enough to find photos through a variety of sources - about which most of you know - for nearly all the landmarks. However, I was never able to locate pictures of HCM No. 192, (the Site of) Franklin Garden Apartments besides this 1978 shot from the city's Department of Planning website. Until the late 1970s the building was next to the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Since discovering this thread, I've been thinking if there's anyone who could provide images of this long-gone complex, it's you lot. Thanks a ton.

And thank you for the information on the Broadway tunnel a few posts back.

gsjansen Apr 29, 2011 10:38 AM


i'll keep looking, but there are these two aerials (the first from 1924, the 2nd from probably 1922, as the hollywoodland sign is not erected yet, but the whitley heights H is), of the neighborhood surrounding the Bernheimer Estate.

the franklin garden apartments are visible to the right of the magic castle. (as an added plus, another long lost historic apartment house, the garden court apartments is very prominent in the foreground)
Source: LAPL
Source: LAPL

gsjansen Apr 29, 2011 2:12 PM

here's a view looking east on franklin past orange, you can see a sliver portion of the magic castle on the far left. this image is from 1934, so that has to be the west facade of the franklin garden apartments.......(at least i think it is....)
Source: USC Digital Archive

i'll keep looking, but it wasn't easy finding this one.........

LAboomer52 Apr 29, 2011 7:30 PM

Garden Court Apt. Hotel close ups
As seen in the 1920's cal state lib

taken in the late 1970's cal state lib

The last straw:(home to runaways and gang members

a 1982 Time Magazine article talks about the heyday 1920s in these apartments when all 72 suites had a baby grand piano, and the likes of Laurel and Hardy, Louis B Meyer and John Barrymore lived there.It also tells of the battle between developers and those are trying to turn it into a museum, from the perspective of 1980's resignation over Hollywood's decay.,00.html

PHX31 Apr 29, 2011 9:39 PM

Damn those houses are amazing that etheral_reality posted! At least some still survive.

GaylordWilshire Apr 29, 2011 10:56 PM

What's not to love about these colorful WPA land-use maps of Los Angeles?

All images: USCDL

ethereal: great house shots--my kind of thing

westcork Apr 30, 2011 12:16 AM


Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 5253836)
looking west across figueroa at the start of construction of the stack interchange between the hollywood, arroyo seco, and harbor freeways 1949. once again, the sunset block between fig and grand is visible in the lower right

That's the best picture I have ever seen of Court Circle. Now the location of the Bank of America Data Center

ethereal_reality Apr 30, 2011 1:30 AM

WHOA..what a coincidence Gaylord Wilshire! I spent all last night looking through those same WPA maps from 1939.

I enlarged a few of the interesting things that caught my eye.

below: I found a good view of Court Circle which had been discussed a few posts back.

below: I also noticed a heart shaped park in the Boyle Heights area.

below: In the area east of Union Station (the location of the enormous gasometers)
I was surprised by the total land area owned by the Los Angeles Gas Co.

I thought it was interesting to see the boundary placing West Hollywood and the Sunset Strip outside of the city limits.

"As the Strip lies outside of the Los Angeles city limits and was an unincorporated area under the jurisdiction of the County of Los Angeles, the area fell under the less-vigilant jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Department rather than the heavy hand of the LAPD. It was illegal to gamble in the city, but legal in the county. This fostered the building of a rather wilder concentration of nightlife than Los Angeles would tolerate, and in the 1920s a number of nightclubs and casinos moved in along the Strip, which attracted movie people to this less-restricted area."


below: I thought it was rather curious that this oil field was also outside the city limits.

malumot Apr 30, 2011 4:35 AM

Photos......maps......and now artwork.

Something for the Noirish Los Angeles enthusiast.

"Moore Hill"

"Old Lugo House"

Titled "L.A. Trainyard" (7th Street Bridge, perhaps? I'm not perfectly fluent in my LA River crossings.)

ladowntowner Apr 30, 2011 5:07 AM


Originally Posted by malumot (Post 5260623)
Photos......maps......and now artwork.

Titled "L.A. Trainyard" (7th Street Bridge, perhaps? I'm not perfectly fluent in my LA River crossings.)

:previous: Looks like the Broadway (fore) and Spring (rear) bridges/viaducts just northeast of where the Los Angeles Historic State Park now is. Also, I believe The Brewery and the County General are in the further distance. Awesome artwork malumot!

Beaudry Apr 30, 2011 6:18 AM

187 pages in, and this thread just keeps getting better?

Western & Slauson:

(a Dick Whittington from the archives)

austlar1 Apr 30, 2011 7:23 AM

This thread is hands down the best thing of SSP. The posts are always interesting. The photos are so evocative The discourse is civil. I have always loved LA, and you guys that regularly post here just keep serving up good stuff. Thanks and please keep it up.

gsjansen Apr 30, 2011 2:40 PM

before the railroad crossing gate, we had the latest in modern safety technology........................a swinging pendulum Wig Wag!

looking east on market street towards pacific avenue in venice 1929
Source: USC Digital Archive

The Wig Wag was invented right here in Los Angeles by Albert Hunt, a mechanical engineer with the Pacific Electric Interurban Railroad.

looking east on ocean park boulevard across main street in santa monica 1929
Source: USC Digital Archive

a self standing wig wag in arcadia 1923
Source: USC Digital Archive

gsjansen Apr 30, 2011 4:24 PM

while i have railroads on the brain, (and also since E_R and GW have gotten me hooked on a new drug........................WPA Land Use i needed another addiction.......sheeeesh) , thought i would find some photos of this locale;

the old LARR train barn at 12th and georgia street

now it looks like this, The convention center, and a portion of la live occupy the site now
Source: USC Digital Archive
Source: USC Digital Archive

looking north on georgia street past the train barn. the trains are lined up, after having halted service due to the "Battle of Los Angeles" the night before (February 25th, 1942)
Source: LAPL

looking north on georgia street past the barn from 12th 1924
Source: LAPL

the train barn at night
Source: LAPL

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