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GaylordWilshire Feb 7, 2012 1:34 PM

:previous:

An early remote vacuum cleaner that has somehow found its way onto the roof?

Wenders Feb 7, 2012 6:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FredH (Post 5580257)
3940dxer:

I did not think it was possible, but you have outdone yourself again!

If the wife ever hits the Mega Millions, I will buy the place and have a noirish party.
I will have to move quickly before she realizes what I have done and has me done in.
If that is the case you can all come to my wake. I'll leave word for an open bar.

By the way, what is this?

http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/2...utmountain.jpg

p.s. I love the telephone booth.


Looks like skylight to me. Perhaps that extra large garage is underneath.

malumot Feb 7, 2012 7:38 PM

The Phone Booth
 
I think we all love the phone booth. Funny how something so ubiquitous not so long ago is now so rare.

Maybe it served other purposes than just placing calls. A fast elevator-style drop to lower floors? You gotta imagine there were a fair number of Black-Ops Company Men who visited Lookout Mountain over the years.

http://www.tvacres.com/images/props_booth.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by FredH (Post 5580257)
3940dxer:

I did not think it was possible, but you have outdone yourself again!


p.s. I love the telephone booth.


ethereal_reality Feb 7, 2012 11:02 PM

It's a bit odd that the phone booth is missing in the photo I posted from the late 70s/early 80s.

http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/1...mountainai.jpg
unknown

...maybe malumont is on to something. ;)

ethereal_reality Feb 7, 2012 11:20 PM

Car through house. Coronado Terrace in the Echo Park area 1951.


http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/317...arage1951a.jpg
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/search...=1328656364317

I don't think this guy is having a very good day.

One question: Is that thing in the yard one of those citywide incinerators or a butt-ugly outdoor grill?

KevinW Feb 7, 2012 11:21 PM

If you look, the skylight isn't there either.

KevinW Feb 7, 2012 11:23 PM

I hate getting out of place. What I meant was, in the 70's shot of the Lab, neither the phone booth nor the skylight are in that parking lot.

ethereal_reality Feb 8, 2012 12:13 AM

I hadn't noticed that kevinW. Thanks for pointing that out.

jhny12 Feb 8, 2012 3:41 AM

:previous:
It's hard to tell from the 70s/80s shot, but it looks like a blue tarp on the ground where the skylight would be.

so-cal-bear Feb 8, 2012 4:42 AM

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Wenders Feb 8, 2012 6:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jhny12 (Post 5581634)
:previous:
It's hard to tell from the 70s/80s shot, but it looks like a blue tarp on the ground where the skylight would be.

The tarp could explain the skylights elevated base. The surface probably got flooded during hard rain and water was leaking in. The tarp was used until the skylight was "modernized." Because of its shape, it's most likely plexiglass and not part of the original structure.
Just assuming.

ethereal_reality Feb 8, 2012 7:39 AM

Let me briefly return to the Alvarado Terrace area.

The First Church of Christ, Scientist built in 1912 anchors the southwestern end of Alvarado Terrace at Alvarado Street & Hoover Street.

http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/5...hchristsci.jpg
usc

above: This view is from Hoover Street. Alvarado Street is on the left and Alvarado Terrace is on the right.


below: The church is far left (labeled Seventh Day Adventist).

http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/1...alaterrace.jpg
google street view


below: Here is a slightly different angle looking down Alvarado Terrace. The 'peaked'
high-rise apartment building is visible down the street.

http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/7...bldgdownal.jpg
usc


below: The 'peaked' high-rise apartment down Alvarado Terrace.

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/1388/jonespeaked.jpg
google street view




below: The First Church of Christ, Scientist viewed from Alvarado Terrace. This is an exceptionally beautiful building.

http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/5...lvaradot2a.jpg
google street view



Now for the 'noirish' aspect of this post.

In 1971 Jim Jones' People's Temple established urban congregations in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
In Los Angeles the Jim Jones' People's Temple inhabited the First Church of Christ, Scientist on Alvarado Terrace from 1971 to 1977.

The Los Angeles branch was the larger of the two. It's weekly offering was $15,000 to $25,000 compared to San Francisco's $8,000 to $12,000.
Jim Jones preached here every two weeks. A line of buses filled with members and Jim Jones himself would drive down from the small headquarter church in Ukiah CA and the San Francisco church.


below: A People's Temple convoy.

http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/6...usesflickr.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/peoples...th/5508109305/
people's temple archive/flickr


below: Leaving Ukiah CA.

http://img851.imageshack.us/img851/5...sredwoodva.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/peoples...th/5508109305/



below: The interior of the People's Temple on Alvarado Terrace in 1971.

http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/6938/stemple.jpg
LAPL



below: Many of the Los Angeles' Temple members lived in this apartment building on Alvarado Terrace.

http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/7614/jonesapt1a1d.jpg
google street view



below: This view shows the close proximity of the apartment building to the church (far left).

http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/7582/jonesapt1a1.jpg
google street view


http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/3153/jonesi1apt.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/peoplestemple/4801579243/





When the San Francisco church became the People's Temple headquarters (previously it was in tiny Ukiah CA)
many of the Los Angeles members eventually moved to the San Francisco area.

As we all know, the members of the People's Temple eventually committed mass suicide in Guyana in 1978.
918 members died, including 276 children after drinking cyanide laced grape kool-aid

I've obviously skipped over many details. Here is a link to fill in the blanks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peoples_Temple

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GaylordWilshire Feb 8, 2012 1:12 PM

:previous:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...drawing%29.jpgPCAD

The Alvarado Terrace elevation...

Elmer Grey was no slouch when it came to building Los Angeles:
https://digital.lib.washington.edu/a...rchitects/198/

minkykat Feb 8, 2012 3:10 PM

Yep, I just found me a new neighborhood to explore! Missed this area utterly when I actually lived and worked in the area 14 years ago! How could I have done that?

austlar1 Feb 8, 2012 10:30 PM

The church on Alvarado Terrace is beautiful. I especially admire the photo of the interior. Is this interior still intact? It is very imposing.

ersatz01 Feb 8, 2012 11:33 PM

Clifton's Brookdale metal facade lifted today
 
The unveiling happened today: http://www.ladowntownnews.com/news/o...9bb2963f4.html

I wonder why the windows were bricked up in the first place? Horribly done too.

ethereal_reality Feb 9, 2012 12:34 AM

:previous: Thanks for the heads up ersatz01. I thought I would good ahead and post the photo, hope you don't mind.


http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/791...aryleonard.jpg
by gary leonard

http://www.ladowntownnews.com/news/o...=image&photo=0






below: Before the 'screen' removal.

http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/4...onsoutside.jpg
http://franklinavenue.blogspot.com/2...ts-facade.html

ethereal_reality Feb 9, 2012 12:50 AM

I just found this photo from the Los Angeles Times.

http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/310...onslatimes.jpg
http://framework.latimes.com/2012/02...-cafeteria/#/1

ethereal_reality Feb 9, 2012 2:45 AM

OK..I don't want you to think I'm obsessed with Alvarado Terrace but I just wanted to point out these four interesting homes that surround
the old First Church of Christ, Scientist.


below: I've placed arrows on the four homes.

http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/2...doarrowsd4.jpg
google street view


Moving left to right.

#1 1515 South Hoover Street built in 1905.

http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/8...5shoovertr.jpg
http://www.travelinlocal.com/alvarad...strict-part-4/




#2 1458 Alvarado Terrace. I'm confused by that ornate area that resembles a mirror.

http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/8...8alvaradot.jpg
http://www.travelinlocal.com/alvarad...strict-part-4/



#3 The Henderson House at 1421 Alvarado Terrace.

http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/8...varado1214.jpg
http://www.travelinlocal.com/alvarad...strict-part-3/






#4 1400 Alvarado Terrace built in 1905 (this one I posted once before)
This craftsman bungalow was built as a honeymoon cottage for Grace Powers by her father who lived across the street.

http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/169...ghterhoney.jpg
http://www.travelinlocal.com/alvarad...strict-part-4/

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ethereal_reality Feb 9, 2012 4:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by austlar1 (Post 5582830)
The church on Alvarado Terrace is beautiful. I especially admire the photo of the interior. Is this interior still intact? It is very imposing.

I think it's safe to say that the interior is still intact austlar1.

below: Here are two snapshots of the interior downloaded on flickr in 2010.

http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/1...iorflickr1.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/peoples...in/photostream


http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/5...riorflickr.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/peoples...in/photostream


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