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ethereal_reality Dec 5, 2012 11:33 PM

I came across these two photos on an old cd of mine today.

The photos were tagged with 'van ness & fernwood'. So I used the street number (obviously) with van ness and found this building in Hollywood (see below).
google street view

I wasn't sure if this was the same building until I 'googled' a bit further and found this...

circa 1941

Sure enough, it's the same building.

Here's an additional photo.

ethereal_reality Dec 5, 2012 11:38 PM

Porky Pig shaking hands with Leon Schlesinger.

"Tha tha tha that's all folks!" :)

FredH Dec 6, 2012 12:17 AM


Originally Posted by fhammon (Post 5926478)
It's the white (I suppose) Soochow Restaurant building next to Jerry's Joynt. You can make out the "ANT" of "restaurant" reverse imaged.

Nice! fhammon. It looks like Dennis O'Keefe came out of Ferguson Alley and went straight across the street.

By the way, what was the thing with Chop Suey back then? It seems like every Chinese restaurant had a big neon Chop Suey sign.

DouglasUrantia Dec 6, 2012 12:47 AM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5926647)
Do we think this marriage was consummated? Nevermind.

I'm sure Dolly was going to turn Mr. Hedrick into her new "sex slave" but sadly she only lived another two weeks.

Otto had a good deal going. He got free room and board for servicing Dolly up to eight times a a little light housework and vegetable washing. What more could a guy ask for.

ethereal_reality Dec 6, 2012 12:49 AM

347 E. 1st Street, opened in 1935.
Corey Miller at


ethereal_reality Dec 6, 2012 1:21 AM

....still standing at the northwest corner of Brighton Avenue and 30th Street.
google street view


I posted this one larger because I like those birds. :)
google street view

It's nice to see no security fence and no bars on the windows. How safe is this area?


tovangar2 Dec 6, 2012 2:00 AM

St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral 1924-1980

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5926121)
I found these two interesting photos while looking for views of 7th & Figueroa.

below: Another view from the Barker Brothers building. This time showing Figueroa, circa 1938.


Wow, thanks e_r. It's nice to see St Paul's Episcopal cathedral (Johnson, Kauffman & Coate, 1924) again, a building I had all but forgotten.

In it's prime:

Demolition (1979-80):

It was built to replace the old 1881 St. Paul's, which made way for the Biltmore Hotel:

An even older 1865 version stood on the site of the present City Hall, St Athanasius, built at the base of Poundcake Hill. It was the first non-Catholic church in LA:
paradise leased

I was never in the 1924-1980 cathedral, but was amazed when it was demolished for the Sanwa Bank building (A.C. Martin, 1986-90), as it looked so "permanent".

The Jonathan Club, also built in '24, appears in the first and last photos.


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5925944)
Yes, please drop it, tovangar. No one is interested in your politics, or malumot's, or mine, or those of anyone else here. Personal politics are incredibly boring, and one of the best things about this thread is that it is has been free of them.

I don't know what possessed the member above to try to bustle up with his nonsensical two-cents worth after my exchange with Malumute (in which politics were not mentioned) had firmly snapped shut . No one, least of all me, is interested in his "Fox News" attitudes or his attempts to make them the norm on the thread.

rbpjr Dec 6, 2012 2:00 AM

You Tube version...
Found "The Man on the Attic" at You Tube as stated...but could not get any audio...anyone else experience this "inconvenience"...

Rycroft Dec 6, 2012 2:34 AM


I was wondering if anyone has any information/photos of this building. I used to drive past it every day and wondered if it's a factory or if it's an apartment building. And if it's the later, do people still inhabit it being that it's right next to the 10/110 interchange. The building is just off Venice on Wright street. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Photos by Google maps

ethereal_reality Dec 6, 2012 2:52 AM

As many of you probably know Dave Brubeck died today.

The 1953 concert was recorded at the Wilshire Ebell Theater (located at far left behind the main building)

This old (shall I say 'noirish') neon sign still stands on the property.

Dave Brubeck's iconic signature song, 'Take Five". click on the link below


GaylordWilshire Dec 6, 2012 3:00 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5926812)

....still standing at the northwest corner of Brighton Avenue and 30th Street.
google street view


Given the development patterns of residential Los Angeles, my first thought was that this house might have been moved to its corner from an eastern part of the city and given a bit of a combo Colonial/Craftsman makeover (the exposed rafters, for instance, and the roof that tones down the verticality of the turret). But knowing that while such Victorian features of asymmetry as the turret were definitely out of fashion in the rest of the country by the first years of the 20th century, and that L.A. lagged behind in the trend away from them, I then thought that 2957 Brighton Ave might have been built new if it was early enough in the 1910s. And then I found this... Angeles Times May 31, 1903

William G. Sylvester was a druggist who between 1903 and 1904 moved from 2010 S. Union to... 2957 Brighton Ave. Unfortunately, I can't access the "House Beautiful and Architectural Department of the Weekly Illustrated Magazine of the Times" referred to as having a sketch of the house, which would confirm that is was when the house was built.

PS-- Yes, ER, it is great to see the rare house in old central LA that doesn't have an ugly, distracting security fence... this is the way the house has always looked...for 109 years.

Rycroft Dec 6, 2012 3:00 AM


Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 5926462)
Yikes, are those her breasts on her belly?


LOL I was thinking the same thing! Guess, ladies undergarments are only worn for your first 30 years.

GaylordWilshire Dec 6, 2012 3:08 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5926939)
As many of you probably know Dave Brubeck died today.

The 1953 concert was recorded at the Wilshire Ebell Theater (located at far left behind the main building)

ER: That is actually a postcard of the old Ebell Club down on Figueroa.... below is the Wilshire Blvd Ebell--clubhouse facing Wilshire at right, theater at rear...

tovangar2 Dec 6, 2012 4:04 AM

Hermosa Beach Pier
A little further afield, the arched entrance to the Hermosa Beach Pier (1913-1961), AKA the Pavilion, here in ca 1947
(I've seen this building referred to as "The Auditorium" in print, but never heard it called that IRL)
The Pavilion originally held the offices of the Hermosa Beach Land and Water Company, the Post Office
and the Civic Center (Hermosa was incorporated in 1906):

Opening Day, 1914. The new concrete pier replaced the old timber pier, built in 1904 and washed away in 1913:

Development was slow going during the 14-18 War:
ebay (detail)

Circa 1920:
hermosa beach historical society

The Strand's timber planking was replaced with concrete between 1914 & 1926. Looking north:

An early long shot:

The view east from out on the pier. The distinctive lamp posts were recreated for the current pier:

A view from the north, 1950s. Palos Verdes in the distance. One can also see the Redondo breakwater.
The City of Hermosa Beach actually owns its beach. The beaches at Redondo and Manhattan are owned by the state or the county, I can't remember which.
The part of the 1913 pier out over the water was closed in ca 1945 after a series of storms damaged it.
It was finally demolished in 1961, along with the Pavilion:

A view from the south, ca 1920s. The Redondo power plant may be seen at the lower edge. Santa Monica Bay curves around to Malibu, upper left.
The Manhattan Beach Pier is the next one north. Farmland (including the famous flower farms) and countryside were not far away.
Tiny Hermosa is just 15 blocks from east to west and 40 blocks from north to south.
This view explains why my mother was always so anxious to escape "into town". Hermosa was too provincial for her.
My childhood home was five blocks south of the pier at 7th and Strand, now demolished and replaced with condos:

Tiny Hermosa, insulated by its larger beach-town neighbors:

The pier entrance in 1937:
lapl - Herman J. Schultheis

The well-used library in 1955. The library was first in the Tower Room, then moved to the North Pavilion wing
and finally, in 1926, to the South Pavilion, formerly known as the Dance Pavilion:
LA Co. Public Library

The reverse view, looking east up Pier Ave, through the Pavilion's beautiful arch, in 1941:

The Pavilion being wrecked in 1961 :-(
Although the pavilion building has now been gone longer than it existed, I still miss it:
daily breeze

The Red Car tracks along Hermosa Avenue connected Hermosa Beach with DTLA.
This 1920s view of Pier Ave is looking west from Hermosa Ave:

Here's our well-loved, little downtown in 1955:

The same view today:

1901, pre-pier:

A look back at the old timber pier, built in 1904 and wrecked in a 1913 storm:
daily breeze

The current pier seems to be holding up just fine: breeze

The Lighthouse jazz club, just three doors in from the pier at 30 Pier Ave.
Opened in 1940, it was Hermosa's own center of noir & naughtiness.
As a child, I was told to stay well clear of it. (It did smell mightily of weed):

The Lighthouse today. In the 50s Hermosa was a ramshackle town of misfits.
I cannot imagine what Chet Baker and Miles Davis would make of today's gentrification.:

'Round the back of the Lighthouse:

Chet Baker (left) and Miles Davis (center) recording at the Lighthouse, September 13, 1953:

The current pier (The building on the south side of the pier entrance is the LA County Lifeguards Southern HQ, no match for the long-gone Pavilion building):
google maps

No hyperbole here:

It still is the "most beautiful beach":
google maps images


ethereal_reality Dec 6, 2012 4:04 AM

posted by GaylordWilshire

Thanks for the correction GW. -much appreciated.

ProphetM Dec 6, 2012 4:08 AM


Originally Posted by DouglasUrantia (Post 5926648)
Fun to see all the names of those old cars in that program. Most of which have faded into the distant past. Who ever heard of a Saxon-Columbia?

I can't say that I remember that one specifically, but I've heard of a lot of obscure brands. Back in my old home town the reference section of the library had an amazing set of books called the Standard Catalog of American Cars. Here's the most interesting one, spanning 1805 to 1942. I could read through that thing for hours. Major makers, minor makers, even down to little companies from the turn of the (20th) century that did little more than build one or two custom cars. It had everything. I always wanted a copy for my own.

ethereal_reality Dec 6, 2012 4:20 AM

What do you think was located in this towering nave? The height seems excessive.

Is this the back-stage area? (to be honest, I pictured the auditorium facing the other way)

ethereal_reality Dec 6, 2012 4:52 AM

EDENDALE area 1932.

I am intrigued by 'Airport Gardens(?) Night Club' south of Grand Central Airport.

ethereal_reality Dec 6, 2012 5:05 AM

An exceptional 'noirish' photograph from 1963.

You can vaguely make out the rotating 'Lindbergh Beacon' atop Los Angeles City Hall.

unihikid Dec 6, 2012 5:24 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5927064)
What do you think was located in this towering nave? The height seems excessive.

Is this the back-stage area? (to be honest, I pictured the auditorium facing the other way)

I dont know why they placed the aud in that area,but maybe because most building on wilshire at the time were homes and the club house looks like a house? but the back portion is the fly space,most auds have fly spaces for larger sets and flying objects during shows.

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