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Notinkeys Mar 3, 2012 11:22 PM

If you picket, it will never heal.
This is a picture taken outside the Sports Arena in 1961. The woman is picketing an ``anti-communism'' school featuring Roy Rogers, Ronald Reagan and Pat Boone.

rcarlton Mar 4, 2012 12:29 AM

Streetcar Home.

Dec. 10, 1950: Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Smith gardening in front of their Sun Valley streetcar home. Housing quarters are made up of retired cars that formerly operated on the Watts line. They’re all-electric and air-conditioned.

This image was published in a Dec. 10, 1950, edition of the Los Angeles Times not kept on microfilm. No further information is available about the Smith’s home. I did find one reference posted in 2009 entitled “Street Car Smith” at the website. According to the post, Mr. Smith “strung [eight cars] together with short corridors between each car, using one as a kitchen, one as a family room, several as bedrooms etc.”

malumot Mar 4, 2012 12:10 PM

Nice photos, but.....

That top pic is Seals Stadium in San Francisco. Certainly not the LA Coliseum.

A single-deck and rather utilitarian WPA job, it only lasted a shade over 30 years, and was bulldozed in the early 60s after Candlestick's completion.


Originally Posted by Notinkeys (Post 5614170)
The beginning of an era:

GaylordWilshire Mar 4, 2012 1:44 PM Above Sunset
The Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection
The Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection

I noticed these shots of pupils at the Misses Janes School of Hollywood, taken in front of the famous
Hollywood Boulevard house that held their classrooms. Surprisingly, the school only seems to have
been gotten passing glances here, at least from what I can tell from using the search key.

Somehow, as is well-known, the house still stands behind a Janes-themed mini-mall after 109
years. Full story and interior and exterior views here: Big Orange Landmarks
It's somewhere in this jumble at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard.

The restaurant and/or nightclub that was its last incarnation is now apparently closed.

GaylordWilshire Mar 4, 2012 2:33 PM

As mentioned in my previous post, the Janes house restaurant/nightclub is now closed. Perhaps
the closing had to do with the neo-noir goings-on at the Hillview apartments next door:

(You'll have to put up with the camerman's seriously annoying prattle, but the video at the
beginning shows some interiors of the Hillview.)

Edit: I guess it makes sense, given its ground-zero-Hollywood location, but I was surprised to read in various reports that Sam Goldwyn and Jesse Lasky built it in 1917 to house movie folk, who would include Mae Busch, Viola Dana, Stan Laurel, Jack La Rue, Barbara LaMarr, Joan Blondell, Jack Dougherty, Clara Bow, and Mary Astor, not to mention Valentino, who supposedly ran a speakeasy entered from a trap door on the sidewalk (?). I have also read that Chaplin was once the Hillview's proprietor.


No luck in finding any picture showing the rooftop sign intact.

rcarlton Mar 4, 2012 3:53 PM

King Edward Hotel
The King Edward, built in 1905. The proprietors of this hotel liked to tell people that they were near Main St.; they were actually on Los Angeles St.


The lobby:

Beverly Hills 90210: Steve and Janet's Haunted Hotel - Screenshot

This is the haunted hotel that Steve and Janet go to investigate and end up getting locked inside in the season nine episode "Confession"

King Edward Hotel, 121 E. 5th St, Los Angeles CA

"I have a friend who lives in the King Edward Hotel, located above King Eddies. I finally got to venture into this apartment/hotel yesterday. To be honest I was hesitant, leave your ID at the front desk. There are notices around for jobs, items for sale and little parties going on in the lobby. There is a collection of old TVs in the lobby along with a small collection of books. The upstairs reminds me of the first building I lived in when I came to LA, living in MacArthur Park, therefore I come in open minded. There is a bathroom at the end of one hall. Hipsters, prison tattooed guys, and just old men are walking around. The only scary one was the hipster who quickly ran to his door and closed it quickly when we passed him in the hallway, he is a door sign saying NO MAID SERVICE. They have maid service? Inside my friends place was small, but with a decent bathroom, full shower and huge windows. I would say for the extremely cheap rent, this place is not bad at all. Am I checking in, hell no. But can I walk in without being creeped, sure."

"These rooms are great, if you are "sub-human". Management does as little as it can. If I could afford it, I would definately move!"

"well at least it was used in a cool 80's slasher -Private Parts (not the howard stern movie)"

"The lobby of the hotel is marble, with a sweeping staircase between 18 foot pillars, the landing featuring a mural in the style of (or by) maxfield parrish - the neighborhood is crowded and non-elite, definitely dangerous at night - over the registration desk is a large - 2' x 3' - photographic portait of George V in military uniform - the hotel was named for his father Edward VII, who was King (and emperor) when the hotel was built in 1904."

rcarlton Mar 4, 2012 4:19 PM

Hotel Van Nuys
This hotel came up earlier when e_r was looking for the Van Nuys building:
"The large roof sign calling folks to the Hotel Van Nuys on Main Street is "aimed" at the train stations east towards the river."

Today it is known as the Barclay Hotel.

Historic locations from the 2009 Fox Searchlight film “(500) Days of Summer.”
103 West Fourth Street
*Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #288

In the film, the Barclay lobby serves as the hangout for Tom and his buddies.

Built by Morgan and Walls in 1896. Designed in the Beaux-Arts style with Romanesque features (which are less detailed and ornate than the more formal Beaux-Arts style). Look up to the top of the building to see “The Van Nuys” Commercial venture by Isaac Newton Van Nuys, one of L.A.’s wealthiest businessmen and landowners.

Opened in 1897 as the Van Nuys Hotel, one of the finest in the city with the latest amenities. First hotel to provide telephone and electric service in every room; “a neat device for the electrical heating of curling irons in each room is a new feature of special interest to the ladies” (Los Angeles Times). Fourth Street lobby has many original elements, including ceiling decorations, columns, arched doorways, stained-glass windows with old-fashioned scenes, and a crest with “V. N.” held up by sea horses. The oldest continuously operating hotel in Los Angeles, now a low income residential hotel.

Barclay Hotel,103 West Fourth Street, was transformed into the coffee bar in which Tom and his mates hang out. You’ve probably seen the Barclay dozens of times without noticing – remember the ‘New York’ meteor shower at the beginning of Armageddon? the monster stomping past it in Godzilla? Or the ‘Manhattan’ cafe where Jack Nicholson annoys Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets?

Firefighters tear apart a smoldering mattress inside the Barclay Hotel while fighting a fire on March 15, 1972. A second blaze broke out in September.

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Around 2am on August 21, 1972, guest Harry Roche smelled smoke from his bed in room 532 of the Barclay Hotel at 4th and Main. Finding his room phone dead, he ran downstairs to alert the hotel manager.

No one was killed or seriously injured in the blaze that night, but just over five months earlier a similar fire had left three guests dead and seven others injured.

Blame for that March 15 blaze was placed on a guest who was smoking in bed on the hotel's sixth floor. Two women and a man were burned to death on that floor.

The September fire broke out on the same floor -- something a little odd given that the hotel had not even returned the rooms to use. Guests were evacuated from the 4th and 5th floors of the hotel and waited in the lobby while fire crews fought the flames above.

Fire again broke out at the hotel on September 11, 1974. This time, though, a new fire-alarm system and fire-resistant doors. The devices had been installed the year previous in response to new city rules that required residential buildings be brought up to current fire codes.

A curious side-note to the March 15 blaze: While fire crews were still at work, Harvey Lynn Beagle II, a resident of the Cecil Hotel, approached a police officer and claimed to have set the fire. He pulled out a newspaper clipping from his wallet that showed him to be a convicted arsonist. Police took Beagle into custody, but released him a few days later when it became clear he could not have been responsible.

This website has numerous screenshots of movies set at the Barclay.

GaylordWilshire Mar 4, 2012 7:05 PM

Here is more on the Van Nuys/Barclay from a search of the thread:

Mark L Mar 4, 2012 9:38 PM

Grand Army of the Republic Highway???
Noticed on google maps that a stretch of Interstate 5 around Elysian Pk also has the name "Grand Army of the Republic Highway". Had never noticed this before. Anyone know of an interesting backstory?

GaylordWilshire Mar 4, 2012 11:27 PM


"Grand Army of the Republic" is a reference to the Civil War-- Grand Army of the Republic Highways must be something like the Blue Star Memorial Highways that commemorate the dead of WWII (and maybe WWI & other wars, not sure). Google it.

ethereal_reality Mar 4, 2012 11:32 PM

:previous: The Grand Army of the Republic was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army who had served in the Civil War.

above: The G.A.R. band marching in Los Angeles on June 5, 1930.


I didn't see your post G_W.

3940dxer Mar 4, 2012 11:33 PM


Originally Posted by Beaudry (Post 5613651)
Hey all! Been a long time. But seeing the KEHE made me need to jump back in. First of all, I wanted to note that the domed building up the street is the B'nai B'rith temple, talked about here. But back to KEHE...One of my fave buildings in town, one of the greats by the great Stiles Clements. A 1937 wonder criminally demolished. More about the building here and here and here.

Beaudry, many thanks for your post. I had no idea about this history of the building so it was quite an eye opener to read your post along with the links you gave. I didn't catch the year that it was demolished but seems like it was 70's or later, which makes me think I drove past the building many times without knowing its history.

Best wshes, and hope to see you here again.

3940dxer Mar 4, 2012 11:54 PM


Originally Posted by Handsome Stranger (Post 5613895)
3940dxer, thanks for the photos of the Hollywood Storage Co. Building on Highland. I've read that this same building was home to television station KTTV for a year, 1949-1950 or so. It's hard to imagine how they set up television studios in such a narrow building...

I remember that earlier in the thread someone posted a great noirish story about a huge, wild party in the 40's or 50's in this building that was broken up by the cops. I was looking for it the other day, without success.

I'm pretty sure that this building later became a Bekins storage facility, as did the similar building near Santa Monica Blvd. and Holloway. I used to live near the latter facility and well remember looking out at its huge green Bekins sign from my living room window. It was pretty impressive and really "made" the view!

I've been trying to find some night time shots of these buildings, but no luck so far. It's odd that these buildings were so narrow and so high, I wonder what the reason was. I think there was another one like this in Van Nuys, perhaps there were more. These uniquely shaped buildings are certainly worth a photo essay here but it seems that few photos survive. If anyone has more shots, especially night time views, I'd love to see them.

Mark L Mar 5, 2012 12:50 AM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5615124)

Google it.

looks like history buffs have a little power. interesting.

great photo e.r.

GaylordWilshire Mar 5, 2012 12:51 AM
How could one little train station have so much charm? Just found this undated shot of the South Pasadena
Santa Fe depot. Take away the signs and it could be an ancient provincial station in Europe....


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5613085)
Santa Fe station, South Pasadena

I know I've seen a color shot of the train station at the Raymond Hotel on the thread before... but I don't remember seeing this one. It plays on all my fantasies of SoCal in its prewar state....

sopas... any memories? (Not that you're prewar yourself.)


Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 5613378)
This is actually not the Raymond Hotel Station but another station that was torn down in the 1950s. It is presently the site of South Pasadena's Gold Line station (Mission Station). I don't remember if I've posted this then and now comparison before.
photo by me

Too bad it was demolished. It would've made a great Gold Line station.

ethereal_reality Mar 5, 2012 1:45 AM

Re: A 'lost' silent film studio.

The Thomas C. Regan Studios under construction in north Van Nuys in 1925. (the distinctive 'castle' structure is the administration building)
found on ebay

Searching the same area, I came across this American Legion Post in what is today's Panorama City. The twin turrets immediately caught my eye.
google aerial

below: Is it possible this Legion Post is the old 1925 administration building of the long lost Regan Studios?
google street view
google street view


below: After a few more searches I found this excellent blog that came to the same conclusion that I did....
that the American Legion Post #817 is indeed the long lost administration building.
Robert S. Birchard as noted above

How cool is that? :)


GaylordWilshire Mar 5, 2012 1:53 AM


Fantastic, e_r. What a find!

GaylordWilshire Mar 5, 2012 3:04 AM

#19 Berkeley Square Halliburton Family Collection The Western Architect
The Whittlesey and Terwilliger design for #19 was completed in 1910 for real-estate investor Hugh Barclay
Brown and sold soon after to Mrs. Melville H. Hudson. Mrs. Hudson sold the house to the legendary Erle
Halliburton of the legendary oil concern in the mid-'20s.

Since completing my history of Berkeley Square, I've received a number of responses from individuals who lived on the vanished street or visited there before its demise. One very kind descendant of the Erle Halliburton family of #19, who appears as a baby in a photograph taken there circa 1950 that can be seen in my history of the house, surprised me with images from her family's collection, one of which is seen here at top. It is the only shot I've ever seen of the house as remodeled by the family. Little by little I'm able to amend my history with new details of life on the Square and fresh images that could only come from private sources. The individual history of #19 is here.

kanhawk Mar 5, 2012 3:23 AM


Originally Posted by rcarlton (Post 5613808)

Eventually the twins and their plane were found by the FBI. The Finns were charged with theft, but a federal grand jury refused to indict them because a key prosecution witness could not tell which of the identical twins stole the aircraft.

This part of the story on the twins gave me a chuckle. I bet their defense lawyer couldn't wait to bring that out in court.

Wig-Wag Mar 5, 2012 3:39 AM

Streetcar Home

These streetcar bodies are from “a group of 20 cars built for the Southern Pacific Railway’s local streetcar operation in Oakland, California. Southern Pacific transferred 10 of these cars to its Pacific Electric operations in 1913, where they were needed to meet growing demand. The new 170-class cars were the first steel-bodied cars in the PE's fleet, and PE crews nick-named them "Submarines", after the then-emerging naval phenomenon. The West Coast's first submarine base had opened in the L.A. Harbor that same year

The 170-class cars were almost retired by 1928, but three remained in service in Long Beach until final retirement in 1934. Many of these sturdy steel cars ended up being sold to the public as empty carbodies. One became a home in the Crestline area of the San Bernardino Mountains and was later rescued for restoration by the Orange Empire Railway Museum at Perris, California.” The information in these first two paragraphs is from the Orange Empire Railway Museum Website.

I find rcarlton’s Shorpy research especially intriguing given the fact that only ten of these cars served the PE. If the Smith’s did indeed have as many as eight 170 Class bodies on the property at one time, then they owned most of the fleet!

In 1970 I had the opportunity to meet those folks and take photos of the cars and property. At that tine they were still in PE red and all the numbers were visible. In addition, there was one wooden car (the same one seen in the background of the LA Times photo) - a 500 class if I recall correctly. At that time there were a total of four 170 Class cars and all were partially obscured by heavy brush, making photography difficult. Also, of the four, one had been partially buried in a hillside on the property in an attempt to create a bomb shelter during the 1950’s. Unfortunately, at the time I had a so-so camera so the photos are not great but they can be accessed via the links below from an earlier post I made to another website.

Interestingly, the property is now a horse farm and at least some of the cars are still in use as offices. They are now painted silver.



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