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Martin Pal May 1, 2014 9:49 PM

I saw an interesting article from a month ago titled:

Why Isn't There a Freeway to Beverly Hills?

In various stages it was called the Santa Monica Parkway, West Hollywood Freeway and ultimately the Beverly Hills Freeway.

The proposed route:
Metro Transportation Library and Archive.

An oddity:
In West Hollywood, the freeway turned to the southwest and followed the path of Santa Monica Boulevard, plunging below grade into a submerged trench. In Beverly Hills, the city considered capping the freeway with parking and surface street lanes.
Metro Transportation Library and Archive.

West of Beverly Hills, it emerged from its trench and passed by Century City before finally ending south of Westwood at the San Diego (I-405) freeway.

The 101 (Hollywood) Freeway’s wide median at Vermont is a remnant of the Beverly Hills Freeway interchange that never materialized. c. 1951

(If that’s smog in the above photo, consider there aren’t even any cars on the road yet!)

The article has other maps, links and information:

Flyingwedge May 2, 2014 12:16 AM

More Ville de Paris

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6556848)

The Ville de Paris department store has been briefly mentioned before on NLA. Here's their advert from the 1921 CD.


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6559238)

There is a connection via the Fusenot family...check it out here:


Prior Ville de Paris:

LAPL also has this staff photo ( and dates it 1901:

A slightly larger version of GW's photo with Laughlin over door at right:
Los Angeles, The Old and The New (J. E. Scott, 1911) at HathiTrust --;seq=81

Below is an undated interior photo of Ville de Paris store "between Broadway, Hill, 2nd and 3rd":

Looking north on Hill St., 1905; the Ville de Paris building is across the street with the awning:

Homer Laughlin Annex on Hill Street, 1907:
CA State Library --

Broadway side, February 21, 1913:
Huntington Digital Library --

SE corner 7th and Olive location being built. Source says 1920/30; LAPL has same photo ( and dates it 1917:



ethereal_reality May 2, 2014 1:16 AM

:previous: -excellent post FlyingWedge. -very interesting.

originally posted by HossC

I wonder if Jennie ever crossed paths with Paul Chomistek down on 7th Street?

X-ER-VAC!! It looks like an early IBM with a snozzle. suuuck..pressure..grow. suuuck..pressure..grow.

Tourmaline May 2, 2014 1:48 AM


Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6404005)
While looking for pictures of the elusive shoe store and cleaners on Santa Monica Boulevard yesterday, I stumbled across this picture of the Santa Monica Freeway under construction - I don't think we've seen it before. Just left of the construction zone, about halfway down, is Dr. Kurtz's house on Toberman Street. On the right, just above the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, is the Young Apartment building.
USC Digital Library

Looking a little closer, we can see the subjects of a few more posts. Near the "Weber" sign at the top, left, and partly hidden by a tree, is the Otsego Apartment building. I posted a picture of the unfinished sections of road across the Harbor Freeway in post #17868. The large building near the bottom is the Odd Fellow Temple on Oak Street. I think we can even see the rooftop radio station that e_r mentioned in post #16718. The dark mound above the Odd Fellow Temple marks the future home of the CHP building.
Detail of photo above.

A couple of previous posts with pictures of the Santa Monica Freeway being built:

Circa '25, An imposing Patriotic Hall

ethereal_reality May 2, 2014 2:25 AM


Originally Posted by Oviatt Building Fan (Post 6560936)
Well, thanks largely to the good people here at Noirish Los Angeles, I've been able to piece together this remarkable building's story. So much so, in fact, that I'll be giving an hour-long slideshow talk about it this Saturday, at the Los Angeles Central Library.

Good luck with your talk Oviatt. I wish I could be there.

ethereal_reality May 2, 2014 2:31 AM



FredH May 2, 2014 4:39 AM

I don't recall that we have seen these

March, 1955




FredH May 2, 2014 4:50 AM

The Title of this photo is: Old Barn on Bunker Hill Avenue near 2nd Street

Can this really be a barn?

FredH May 2, 2014 5:10 AM

02/01/1957 - Courthouse being built along 1st Street while a South Olive Street housing structure has been demolished.

JScott May 2, 2014 5:12 AM


FredH May 2, 2014 5:20 AM

March, 1966

Flyingwedge May 2, 2014 6:14 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6561515)

-no address included in the ad.

The same photo was used in an ad that ran in the Los Angeles Herald on September 3, 1905:
Library of Congress --

We just read about another of Louis Lichtenberger's buildings:

Tetsu May 2, 2014 6:38 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6561515)

-no address included in the ad.

One more photo of the building, second from the left, and its neighbors in 1950. my files

Tetsu May 2, 2014 7:00 AM

And what a coincidence! Curbed LA just posted another pic of the building (really meant to show city hall & the work of John Parkinson but it's an even better shot than the one I just posted).

ethereal_reality May 2, 2014 2:18 PM

:previous: That is a coincidence Tetsu.


Originally Posted by FredH (Post 6561691)
Old Barn on Bunker Hill Avenue near 2nd Street

Can this really be a barn?

I'd say it was the carriage house,with space for hay, to the building next door. The decorative element about the "barn's" center entrance mimics
the decorative element atop the building to it's right.

I guess you could call it a quasi-barn. :)

Oviatt Building Fan May 2, 2014 2:43 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6561508)
Good luck with your talk Oviatt. I wish I could be there.

Wish you could too. It would be wonderful if some people from Noirish Los Angeles could come. :tup:

ethereal_reality May 2, 2014 2:55 PM

rescue squad 1931

That is one loooong car.

ethereal_reality May 2, 2014 6:46 PM

Surprisingly, we haven't seen the Lido Apartment Hotel on NLA, except for a brief mention here:

I came across this postcard a day or so ago.

the same view today


With the corner entrance closed, there is an entrance on Yucca Street

and on Wilcox.
-what's that I see up there on roof?

could it be..?


ethereal_reality May 2, 2014 7:03 PM

I just noticed that there's another rooftop sign in this aerial of the Lido.

Can you see it?

There it is across the street. (looking north on Wilcox)

-the Mayfair Apartments (1925) at 1760 N. Wiclox Ave.

a noirish view.
Corey Miller at

It looks like the neon is still in place. I wonder if it still lights up?

Silverlaker May 2, 2014 7:25 PM


I love this card....My grandmother was another "Vivian" of that same era. She came out here as a young girl in the 20's from Minneapolis on vacation and never left - eventually drawing the rest of the family to join her. First living in the Westlake area then to Windsor Hills. She loved every day here and even 50 years+ after leaving Minneapolis still called Los Angeles a "fairyland" (in the old sense) that was every bit as wondrous and magical to her the day she arrived in the 1920's as the day she passed in the early 90's.

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