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Retired_in_Texas Jan 24, 2014 8:36 PM


Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 6420978)
The people who decided to destroy this building should be arrested and tried for a crime against the people and City of Los Angeles.

It was a great looking building and should have been saved, but I think whomever came up with that "Mess" at the main entrance should have been shot. Served to mess up an otherwise very clean and attractive timeless design, in my not so humble opinion.

ethereal_reality Jan 24, 2014 9:09 PM


Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 6418526)

It's still in business Chuckaluck! -as the Islander Motel.

Albert's as it appears today, from my post dated Nov. 10, 2013.

Chuckaluck Jan 24, 2014 9:21 PM


Not the first time my search skills have dissappointed. :blush:

Strange as it may seem, the post originally started with a reference to "Chester" Place, Mr, Doheny's humble abode.$_58.JPG$_58.JPG

ethereal_reality Jan 24, 2014 9:38 PM

I recently found this rare postcard of the Hotel Munn.

I've outlined the Hotel Munn on this detail of a 6x8 negative found on ebay

Beaudry described the view in 2010.

Originally Posted by Beaudry (Post 5108707)
I believe the precise and specific architectural/historical term would be bitchin'. We're on top of the Palace Hotel, at the 317 S Olive. Beneath us is the Ems, but we're looking over that, and the railing we see below is this nifty turreted structure at 327 (which disappeared in the 40s). Below that is 331 which was gone by '22. Then usual suspects the Fremont, the Trenton, then counter clockwise up Olive from 5th, love the backside of the Auditorium, and note the 'lil Mission-style Munn, which was eaten up by the subway terminal project. The Wales up the street.

As far as I can tell, there is one other photograph of the Munn on NLA,

posted by kznyc2k. -it's a must see! -check it out.


ethereal_reality Jan 24, 2014 9:53 PM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6417477)

Also not sure if we've seen this before--I guess I have to admit that, given the length of the thread and the balky search feature, it's getting harder & harder to tell--but here's a pretty dealership at 297 W Colorado in Pasadena. Great vintage shot with a Pierce-Arrow and the make's distinctive fender-mounted headlamps.

Per the W&P caption: "View of the Hewson Motor Company showroom at 297 West Colorado. Architect: Frederick Kenedy Jr.... The car at the curb with 1927 dealers' plates is most likely a 1927 Pierce-Arrow Model 80. In 1928 Studebaker took over Pierce-Arrow and in 1930 local Studebaker dealers Keller Brothers and Marcy Auto operated at this location. In 1935 is was called Earl Lundy Motor Company."

Another hyphenated brand is now in residence.

P.S. Lose the pink!

Good find GW. I don't remember seeing this charming little building before.
I have to agree about the pepto-bismol pink. :(

Martin Pal Jan 24, 2014 10:01 PM

some Richfield Building photos -- not in search results, but...?

Disagree, I like the pink.

ethereal_reality Jan 24, 2014 10:07 PM

...this brings a whole new meaning to carriage house.

An Apartmobile for Hollywood.


GaylordWilshire Jan 24, 2014 10:22 PM

Shirtless tiremaking?

GaylordWilshire Jan 24, 2014 10:24 PM

The short of it is that this is actually the first house in Chester Place, built by Nathan Vail, set back from and facing Adams Street--Vail also built the present Chester Place gates on Adams as his entrance. In 1885 Vail sold the house to his business partner Charles Silent, who went on to develop part of the property into St. James Park, and, later, after moving his house out of the way and extending to driveway to 23rd Street, creating Chester Place (named after Silent's son). The ambitious ex-telephone operator Estelle Doheny, apparently fanatical about controlling her environment, eventually bought up all the houses built on CP. She tore down the Vail/Silent house, which had became #4. (One poster here in 2010 has it that the house was torn down to make way for the driveway-turned-street, but this is incorrect.) More info in prior posts.

Retired_in_Texas Jan 24, 2014 10:40 PM


Originally Posted by Tourmaline (Post 6421039)
With USC's format change a few more images have been temporarily lost.

Recent mention of assembly lines brought to mind these ready-to-install Boron-gobbling Lincoln-Mercury power plants. Please consult owner's manual for warranty coverage concerning low-lead fuels.


Those engines are known as M-E-L block engines among vintage car enthusiasts. "M" for Mercury, "E" for Edsel, and "L" for Lincoln. The engines in the photos would have been destined for Mercury and Edsel production only as Lincolns were produced only in Ford's Wixom, Michigan plant from it's opening in 1957 until its closing in 2007. The engine type would have only been placed in cars produced in L.A. through 1960 Mercury production. For Edsels it was a two year deal. In the photos the exhaust manifolds on pictured engines implies that the most of them were destined for Edsels (the ones without the "Camel hump" manifold design). Some of the engines depicted appear to be "FE" block engines that were used in Ford and Edsel production.

I have a '58 Mercury with the 430 c.i. version of the "MEL" block engine, shared only with Lincolns, and as originally produced there wasn't enough Boron on the planet to improve its fuel consumption. A little re-engineering and $6,000 fixed it to where it now gets 19 mpg highway.

GW knowing you are a Mercury affectionado PM me your E-Mail address and I'll shot you a couple of photos of the car, which is virtually identical to the one my Dad special ordered in October of 1957.

ethereal_reality Jan 24, 2014 10:58 PM

Garden of Allah Guest Book, 166 pages, 1942. (not meant to leave the premises)

1 day, 20 hours left on this auction.

GaylordWilshire Jan 24, 2014 11:11 PM

Great find, ER.

A 1953 Mercury born at the Los Angeles Lincoln-Mercury plant in July ' now lives at my house in Connecticut.

ethereal_reality Jan 24, 2014 11:13 PM

"feed me seymour."

ethereal_reality Jan 24, 2014 11:38 PM

I don't recall seeing this public space in the Hotel Alexandria before.

Gentlemen's Writing Room

below: "Looks like the movie people are having a convention around here".

GaylordWilshire Jan 24, 2014 11:48 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6421633)
Garden of Allah Guest Book, 166 pages, 1942.


I don't remember seeing anything here about the restaurant Sarnez...

Looks like it may still be under a later facade at 170 N La Cienega

ethereal_reality Jan 25, 2014 12:57 AM

Anyone familiar with this organization?

ProphetM Jan 25, 2014 2:33 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6421792)

Found a blog post about the house also, which included the same picture:

ethereal_reality Jan 25, 2014 3:32 AM

:previous: Thanks for the information ProphetM. -much appreciated.

FredH Jan 25, 2014 4:27 AM

The Richfield Building was indeed a beauty

GaylordWilshire Jan 25, 2014 1:09 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6421792)


Originally Posted by ProphetM (Post 6421906)

Found a blog post about the house also, which included the same picture:

According to the Herald, top architects Hunt & Eager designed the house built by the Chaffeys in 1904--as was common in the era, it appears that Andrew put the house in his wife's name. Prophet provided a link to the excellent Boyle Height History Blog above; in the blog is mentioned Andrew and Maud's relocation to his father's house on Wilshire, which is this one:

More here: http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...e-see-our.html

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