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ethereal_reality May 23, 2011 1:19 AM

Beautiful fragments of the past in downtown L.A.


http://img852.imageshack.us/img852/6...wjericlcat.jpg
Jericl Cat


http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/4...loristlaje.jpg
Jericl Cat


http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/5...ferjaimesf.jpg
Jennifer Jaimes


http://img815.imageshack.us/img815/3...cliftonsc2.jpg
Jericl Cat


http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/479...1jericlcat.jpg
Jericl Cat


http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/9...brackshops.jpg
Robby Cress



http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/134...afeteriaje.jpg
Jericl Cat


Here is a link to Jericl Cat.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/79761301@N00/2092406462/

sopas ej May 23, 2011 1:31 AM

:previous:
Great DTLA sidewalk shots, ethereal! I used to not be a fan of terrazzo until some years ago, when it seemed to have made a comeback. Now I look at terrazzo floors in old buildings and some of them look pretty cool.



Some then and nows:

Wilshire Professional Building, 1929
http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/8...ssionalbui.jpg
USC Archive

Another view from 1929
http://img541.imageshack.us/img541/8...ssionalbui.jpg
USC Archive

Same building, from Google Street View
http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/412/picture1gq.png

http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/4681/picture2yn.png
Google Street View

I would like this building if the ground floor weren't so horribly destroyed. Screw Mr. Pizza!

ethereal_reality May 23, 2011 1:57 AM

Oh my....that is tragic what has happened to the ground floor.
Just look at photograph #2....it shows a sophisticated retail area with elaborate art deco lattice-work.

I'm hoping the original facade is somehow/somewhat still intact under all that awfullness.

Los Angeles Past May 23, 2011 6:26 AM

Another cabinet card on eBay.

https://otters.net/img/lanoir/hollenbeckhotel1888.jpg
photoantique on eBay


Shows the Hollenbeck Hotel with Coulter's occupying the retail space on the ground floor. Can be dated pretty precisely as 1888, because the Bryson-Bonebrake block at right is in the earliest stages of its construction.

-Scott

gsjansen May 23, 2011 12:42 PM

it was a warm june day 1938. with no scratch in my pockets, i decided to knock off the easy pickings arrow drug at 4th and hill. made my get-a-way up 4th. my plan was to high-tail it like quick up olive and duck into my rear flat in the ems...............

i turned the corner onto olive,

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2485/...98dd4bf9_b.jpg
Source: LAPL

this was not my day.......................................

gsjansen May 23, 2011 2:35 PM

a beautiful tile mosaic mural in the lobby of the Parker Center Police Headquarters building 1955

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics04/00011813.jpg
Source: LAPL

and what was on the back side of the mural?

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics04/00011798.jpg
Source: LAPL

very cool.................................

ethereal_reality May 23, 2011 6:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Los Angeles Past (Post 5288066)
Another cabinet card on eBay.

http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/v...khotel1888.jpg
photoantique on eBay


Shows the Hollenbeck Hotel with Coulters occupying the retail space on the ground floor. Can be dated pretty precisely as 1888, because the Bryson-Bonebrake block at right is in the earliest stages of its construction.

-Scott

I saw this amazing photograph on ebay as well. Thanks for the description Scott.....I wasn't entirely sure what I was looking at.

Los Angeles Past May 23, 2011 7:50 PM

:previous:
:yes: We're standing on Spring here looking up Second Street. Farther up, there's the First Presbyterian Church at the SE corner with Broadway. And I just noticed - the trolleys appear to be cable cars...

Los Angeles Past May 24, 2011 3:37 AM

http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/v...crop_sky-1.jpg



Just curious...

Which of these structures was/were replaced by the Law Building?

gsjansen May 24, 2011 10:26 AM

:previous:

in this 1953 photograph looking west from city hall, the building, directly to the south of the law building exists in both photographs.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3655/...68019c8a_o.jpg
Source: LAPL

without seeing sanborn maps, i don't know for sure if the law building took one or two lots.

in 1959, the law building and it's short neighbor to the north hang on, (can't say as much for the hill)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3376/...060dcd15_o.jpg
Source: LAPL

1963? still hanging on..........................................

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3385/...00c30137_o.jpg
Source: LAPL

1974?.....................(not so much)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3546/...878d7a8f_o.jpg
Source: LAPL

Los Angeles Past May 24, 2011 10:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 5289331)
:previous:

in this 1953 photograph looking west from city hall, the building, directly to the south of the law building exists in both photographs.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3655/...68019c8a_o.jpg
Source: LAPL

Perfect view! Looks like the Law Building occupied the site of the house with the eucalyptus over the front stairway, and maybe the site of the Franklin Apartments, too. Thanks!

-Scott

gsjansen May 24, 2011 3:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rbpjr (Post 5227323)
I am hoping that someone, at this site, might have picture(s) of the 100 block of South Hope Street...specifically 116. It was called the Bunker Hill Hotel in the 50's. My (biological) mother lived there when I was born (at the old General Hospital)...in 1934. It would be great to see the entire block...perhaps an old aerial...whatever would be appreciated. Thanks, RBPJR

here is a photograph looking north across 2nd street on hope street. it shows the buildings on the west side of hope street between 1st and 2nd

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...-EN-28-50?v=hr
Source: USC Digital Archive

gsjansen May 24, 2011 4:53 PM

View of the aftermath from a major automobile accident on Fifth Street, outside of Central Library. Photograph caption dated July 21, 1983 reads, "An LAPD, pipe in hand, ponders the mess on Fifth Street near Hope after a truck loaded with Scientology books by L. Ron Hubbard failed to make a turn and crashed through a wall before overturning yesterday. The driver of the truck managed to jump from the vehicle and escaped injury. No other vehicles were involved."

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00082/00082141.jpg
Source: LAPL

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics14/00026778.jpg
Source: LAPL

"it is indeed a great wall".....................richard m. nixon, (nixon in china)

DeadlySerious May 24, 2011 4:59 PM

I envy the USA. It's such a large place and your archives are brimming with amazing images. Those images defiantly have a nior feel to them. Maybe it's because their black and white, but they have character.

gsjansen May 24, 2011 6:31 PM

here's a building that i have to say that i am not familiar with. it's the metropolitan building which was at 5th and hill

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics49/00044405.jpg
Source: LAPL

apparently the central public library was housed in the building for 12 years between 1914 and 1926 when it then permanently moved into it's new and current building at hope and 5th.

What got me really intrigued about the building, are some of the interior images on the LAPL site of when the library was located here. that means that the images are prior to 1926

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics24/00031866.jpg
Source: LAPL

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00078/00078956.jpg
Source: LAPL

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00078/00078951.jpg
Source: LAPL

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00078/00078959.jpg
Source: LAPL

could this possibly be the space 18 years later that served as the filming location of walter neff's pacific all risk insurance company in double indemnity?

for some reason, i can't seem to find suitable images from the film right now to do some comparisons...................

rbpjr May 24, 2011 7:05 PM

Thanks for the photo...any idea what the sign on the top of building says...behind the Holsum Bread sign and trees? "furnished apartments" and....

Beaudry May 25, 2011 4:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 5289785)
here's a building that i have to say that i am not familiar with. it's the metropolitan building which was at 5th and hill

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics49/00044405.jpg
Source: LAPL

apparently the central public library was housed in the building for 12 years between 1914 and 1926 when it then permanently moved into it's new and current building at hope and 5th.

What got me really intrigued about the building, are some of the interior images on the LAPL site of when the library was located here. that means that the images are prior to 1926

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics24/00031866.jpg
Source: LAPL

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00078/00078956.jpg
Source: LAPL

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00078/00078951.jpg
Source: LAPL

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00078/00078959.jpg
Source: LAPL

could this possibly be the space 18 years later that served as the filming location of walter neff's pacific all risk insurance company in double indemnity?

for some reason, i can't seem to find suitable images from the film right now to do some comparisons...................

I'm pretty sure the library was in the Metropolitan Bldg at Fifth and B'way:

http://www.you-are-here.com/broadway/metropolitan.jpghttp://www.you-are-here.com/broadway/metropolitan.html

The Metropolitan Theater was at Sixth and Hill -- it's more commonly known as the Paramount, for that's how it spent its days after remodeling --


http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater3/00015540.jpglapl

It went from this
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...84-4-ISLA?v=hr usc
to
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater3/00015542.jpglapl

in 1961...and was a parking lot for twenty years...

http://www.you-are-here.com/los_ange...lry_center.jpgyouarehere

ethereal_reality May 25, 2011 5:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 5289331)
:

1963? the law building still hanging on..........................................

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3385/...00c30137_o.jpg
Source: LAPL


below: A view from the opposite direction in 1967. The Law Building is still standing (along with it's tiny neighbor to the north).

http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/5...center1967.jpg
uscdl

ethereal_reality May 25, 2011 5:57 AM

The only information I have on this photograph is "A view from the top of the Foy Residence, 1903."


http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/316...ofthefoyre.jpg
possibly ebay...I'm not exactly sure.

ethereal_reality May 25, 2011 6:27 AM

I vaguely remember a gasometer visible in photos of the 'Black Dahlia' murder scene.
A few days ago I came across this cropped photo from a website.

http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/255...meterdeath.jpg

This book is very interesting....especially for anyone interested in art and Surrealism.


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