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3940dxer Sep 8, 2013 3:22 PM

Where was our first photo taken from?
Our inaugural photo. Does anyone know where it was taken from? I'd like to do a now version of this great night time shot.

Chuckaluck Sep 8, 2013 5:50 PM


Originally Posted by WS1911 (Post 6258638)
I couldn't resist adding a few anachronisms to your image. :)
modified image from Berkeley Digital Library

Good choices.

REO was popular from the early 1900s, but the "Speedwagon" would not have arrived on the scene for at least another two decades. "J Starship" might have been untimely and equally inappropriate. But . . . 1910 Fruitgum Company . . . ? :uhh:

'03 Reo. Forget the speed, as long as there is ample light. 1960 photo.

1908 - Oil field workers in the foothills near Brea. Arrow points to dignitaries in a Reo. (Interesting parallel objects extending from building. Flexible smoke stacks?)


Focusing on appealing advertising, this would have been a welcome sight. :)

Undated. Per text on cab siding, Globe Ice Cream, at corner of Jefferson and Hill Streets Background structure has enough plant coverage to make one wonder if it wasn't related to Sister Aimee. :no:

Godzilla Sep 8, 2013 6:00 PM

1970 - a city in transition, North on Harbor Freeway. Arco Towers are being constructed.

drumhedd Sep 8, 2013 6:12 PM

Was at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown at my dentist's office (in the same building strangely enough) and captured a few images of the lobby and the amazing artwork and architecture on the ceiling. If you have never been there before, it is something to see. It is almost like walking into a museum!!

this is above the staircase leading to main lobby

photo of staircase

Hallway to lobby (sorry for the glare from the street)

ceiling of hallway leading to main lobby

ceiling of main lobby

main lobby

drumhedd Sep 8, 2013 6:21 PM

Saw this really cool old building (used to be a Masonic Temple) on Brand Blvd across from Americana Mall in Burbank. I dunno if they are fixing it up or planning to raze it as has been the trend in this area recently to build luxury apts :(

Im still having trouble with photobucket getting the images to show up here directly without needing to click the link. Been a while since I have done this!!

Godzilla Sep 8, 2013 6:50 PM

3404 S. Figueroa St is the given address for the Casa Figueroa Adobe, built in 1846. Any steps to preserve it by surrounding it with trailers or disguising it to look like the Richfield Tower? When was it replaced by the home of USC's Basketball team?

July 17, 1939 - Casa Figueroa adobe (Text accompanying this image asserts build date of 1835 (?) and 1890 remodel by architect Sumner P. Hunt.)

While in the neighborhood,

1940 - Figueroa near Jefferson

December 1938 - Looking east on Jefferson near 12th Street. Building on right, 3210 Jefferson Blvd. It's still there as a red brick front, with slight alterations.

ProphetM Sep 8, 2013 6:57 PM


Originally Posted by 3940dxer (Post 6259058)
Our inaugural photo. Does anyone know where it was taken from? I'd like to do a now version of this great night time shot.

I've been trying to match the angle with Google Earth, using the reference point of where the roof of the Hall of Justice intersects with the left edge of the City Hall tower.

I think this view is from Mount Lookout, an area that was wiped out by the construction of Dodger Stadium. Here's a map:

Of the two wide streets at the bottom of the map, Chavez Ravine Road is now Stadium Way, and Lilac Terrace is still Lilac Terrace. Everything north of that is Dodger Stadium property. All those twisty roads marked Mount Lookout are now the parking lot in front of Dodger Stadium.

Here's a modern view - I have marked two possible viewpoints with red squares:
Google Earth

Going north from Lilac Terrace, there is a hillside, then a level of parking lot, then another small hill up to a higher level of parking lot that encircles Dodger Stadium. I think your best bet for recreating the angle is going to be that upper level parking lot, straight out from the front of the stadium. That's the upper red square marker. You could also try the edge of the lower parking area, that looks down onto Lilac Terrace. I marked a second possibility towards the bottom of the pic - there's an empty hillside above Chavez Ravine Place, next to the Kaiser Mental Health Center. I think that anything else with a similar line of sight is going to be too low, blocked by buildings or hillside.

Godzilla Sep 8, 2013 7:14 PM

Undated. - Home on the corner of Hobart and Washington boulevards. Perfect for those fond of shingles. There are some lovely homes reminiscent of this one on South Hobart.

Curious about the obelisk near the driveway. Was it: an address marker, post designed to support mailbox or driveway light, or maybe an homage to hitching posts of years gone by? There appears to be a sign in front of driveway. "Tom Mix keep you horse Tony on the street?" :rolleyes:

GaylordWilshire Sep 8, 2013 7:45 PM


A few priors, one inclduing another picture of the house:

Fred A. Cutler, the probable builder, lived here in 1909. Its address was 1902 Hobart Blvd then, and 1902 South Hobart after the address realignments following the annexation of Hollywood and other districts. I don't know about the post at the curb, but maybe that's Cutler's name carved into the horseblock to its left.

BifRayRock Sep 8, 2013 7:52 PM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5624391) Library of Congress

Found this apparently hand-colored shot of one of my favorite bits of L.A.--the stretch of Figueroa in front of the famous Stimson house, which still stands, of course. Its neighbor to the right, the Slauson house, is gone, as is its southerly neighbor, the Sabichi house. The Sabichi's driveway contour is preserved, however... are features of its fencing:

What I really like about this short stretch of Figueroa is that it has remnants of the zanjas... check out this old post:

Looking for Zanjas in all the wrong places . . . :whistle:

1904 - Somewhere on Figueroa Street

Guessing Pampas this big had a decent source of agua. Zanja?

Figueroa Vicinity (Source indicates 1890 for this photo, '95 for the companion below.)

1895 Figueroa vicinity

1893 - Stimson Home

1897 - Idyllic Adams Street from Figueroa (Though we know Zanja feeds nearby Figueroa, not sure I see Zanja evidence here.)

Reposts from

Figueroa near 23rd Street

Figueroa near Washington/Pico

Godzilla Sep 8, 2013 8:01 PM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6259241)

Thanks. Overlooked the other photo.

This looks like new construction. It also looks like the sidewalks, pathways and driveway are poured concrete. Were concrete slabs popular during the horse and buggy age, or could this home have been designed with horseless carriages in mind? Maybe the obelisk is a hitching post.

BifRayRock Sep 8, 2013 8:32 PM

Gates Hotel, 830 W 6th has been mentioned before. Lasted from '12 to '72.

Jim Jeffries recommends the Gates Cafe's undercooked meatloaf, for those in training.




GaylordWilshire Sep 8, 2013 8:37 PM


Originally Posted by Godzilla (Post 6259253)
Maybe the obelisk is a hitching post.

Does look like the post would be at the horse's bit and the horseblock where the carriage would stop.

GaylordWilshire Sep 8, 2013 8:43 PM


Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 6259245)
1897 - Idyllic Adams Street from Figueroa (Though we know Zanja feeds nearby Figueroa, not sure I see Zanja evidence here.)

There was a zanja along the south side of Adams. It was decommissioned in 1901. See The Los Angeles River: Its Life, Death, and Possible Rebirth by Blake Gumprecht, among other sources.

BifRayRock Sep 8, 2013 8:56 PM

Welcome to our guests? Somewhere, Pasadena.

1887 - Source labels this photo "Gate of Lillies."

Anyone care to volunteer additional information?

(Perhaps this is where one might find some of those pictured in other photos. ;) )

ethereal_reality Sep 8, 2013 9:08 PM

"no scene twice seen"

Los Angeles Herald 1910

BifRayRock Sep 8, 2013 9:16 PM

Another mystery photo? :hmmm:

Circa 1890. Source identifies this only as a building in Santa Monica.

Is an 1890 Santa Monica directory available? Dr. Bates? Pharmacist, W.T. B/S/illits?

Could the battlement/parapet designs be a clue?

ethereal_reality Sep 8, 2013 9:42 PM

:previous: -very nice building/I hope it's still standing.

I've posted slides from 1961 in the past, but somehow I missed this one.

It appears the color blue was popular that year.

I used the search app.for 1961/if this turns out to be a re-post, sorry.

BifRayRock Sep 8, 2013 11:19 PM


Originally Posted by fhammon (Post 5799702)

Is anybody hip to the Farmers Field plan? Anybody know who the farmer was? I do. Maj. Horace Bell's farm stretched from the corner of Figueroa and Olympic to Union and Washington. They should name it Bell Stadium. There is still a little street near the convention center named after his wife Georgia.
They are both buried at Rosedale Cemetery...but I have yet to find their grave sites (help please)

As part of a recent digital-zanja expedition, I neglected to specially mention two photos of Horace Bell's pampas-preferred Figueroa residence (1337 Figueroa Street, just below Pico). Easy to overlook the small print on one of the pictures with his name printed at the bottom and even easier to overlook his name on raised stone markers near the sidewalk, at the bottom of each photo. :shrug:

fhammon and others have noted that Bell was a colorful character who had more roles than an opium addicted fiction writer could imagine. He wrote about early LA History, including the Bella Union. For more Bella Union, see ; Nathan Masters of KCET fame also wrote about the Bella Union here: The City of Bell was not named for Horace. That distinction goes to James George Bell and family whose 1876 home is pictured at bottom. One more tangent, Horace Bell's 1337 Figueroa address and its pampas was later developed for bowling.

From Elisabeth L. Uyeda's LA Revisited site


James George Bell and his wife Susan Abia Hollenbeck Bell, and their two children, Maude Elizabeth and Alphonzo Sr. moved from Los Angeles where they lived for a short period with Susan's brother, John Hollenbeck, in their Victorian style home — the Bell House, now a historic landmark located at 4401 East Gage Avenue,_California

Beaudry Sep 8, 2013 11:44 PM

Great stuff here of late, so thank you everyone.
Something from outta my collection, ca. 1966, compared to good-ol' Google SV.

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