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alanlutz Apr 24, 2013 4:23 AM

Statler Hilton / Hilton / Wilshire Grand being torn down
 
[QUOTE=westcork;6090692]Another view looking for Garland
Aerial view of the Hilton Hotel and the surrounding area.
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics23/00046398.jpg

The way it looked April 2012
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8519/8...2bd6e299b8.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8123/8...85680f4539.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8255/8...4e0f331d04.jpg

I took a couple shots of the destruction of the Statler Hilton last time I was downtown on April 5, 2013. Don't know how fast they are going or how much is left, but something really tall is going to take its place.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8114/8...67cf8acb30.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8535/8...acc6bfcd47.jpg
IMG_0860 by alutz51, on Flickr

westcork Apr 24, 2013 1:48 PM

Bridges of Downtown Los Angeles
 
Overview of Downtown Los Angeles Bridges
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Glendale-Hyperion Viaduct
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Fletcher Drive Bridge
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North Broadway Bridge
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North Spring Street Viaduct
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westcork Apr 24, 2013 1:50 PM

Main Street Bridge
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Cesar Chavez Avenue Viaduct
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First Street Viaduct
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westcork Apr 24, 2013 1:51 PM

Forth Street Viaduct
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Sixth Street Viaduct
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Seventh Street Viaduct
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westcork Apr 24, 2013 1:53 PM

Olympic Blvd Viaduct
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Pre-1925 - The 9th Street Bridge can be seen mid-photo, spanning over a set of parallel railroad tracks, as multitudes of cars travel across. The Chamberlain Company Inc., located at 2550 E. Ninth Street is visible in the forefront, and manufacturing buildings can be seen in the background on both sides of the bridge. Clouds of smoke from several of these businesses make for a hazy view of the city.
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics35/00067460.jpg
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1925 - Aerial view of Los Angeles River at Ninth Street
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics17/00028255.jpg
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1925 - We are looking across railroad tracks towards the side of the viaduct being constructed for Ninth St. Work is being done by North Pacific Construction Co.
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1925 - A view of the 9th Street Bridge, or Viaduct, which spans over the Los Angeles River and multiple railroad tracks, from the yard of the St. Louis Fire Brick Co. at 2464 E. 9th St. A row of corrugated tin sheds, stacked pipes, barrels and other industrial equipment cover the yard around the manufacturing buildings. Men are walking across the bridge and cars are parked at its side. Over a year in construction, the bridge's total length is 1,870 ft.; the width is 70 ft., including 5 foot sidewalks on either side of the causeway.
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics48/00073835.jpg
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1929 - Built in 1925 and originally titled the "Ninth Street Bridge," the 1,422' long and 70' wide bridge was renamed in honor of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. The sidewalk expansion joints were reconstructed in 1945; the railing was replaced in 1955, and restrainers were installed at the joints of approach spans in 1982.
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1930 - The 9th Street Bridge spans over the Los Angeles River and multiple railroad tracks in this view. The Chamberlain Company Inc., located at 2550 E. Ninth Street is visible on the left, and manufacturing buildings can be seen throughout the background. The 1,422 foot bridge was built in 1925.
Photo dated: August 19, 1930.
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics48/00073833.jpg
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westcork Apr 24, 2013 1:53 PM

Washington Blvd Bridge
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Franklin Avenue Bridge
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Sunset Bridge over Silverlake Blvd
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Forth Street Bridge over Leona Street
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tovangar2 Apr 24, 2013 5:15 PM

LA Bridge Survey
 
What a gorgeous collection westcork. Thank you for posting these here.

AlvaroLegido Apr 24, 2013 8:48 PM

El Aliso
 
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Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 6102349)
Lugo House seems to be made of adobe in the "oldest close-up view of Los Angeles" pic (1858)
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-w...222%2520PM.jpg

I always wanted getting a good view on El Aliso, the 400 years old giant sycamore at Aliso Street. Here it is at last ! By 1858 there were no other trees around which would spoil the view on photos.

alanlutz Apr 24, 2013 9:14 PM

westcork, THANK YOU for finding and posting that comprehensive look at bridges!! That was one of the next things on my list to try and match up the various bridges I have been photographing with the streets they connect. Awesome work.

belmont bob Apr 24, 2013 10:54 PM

bridges
 
WOW...westcork...what a show...civil engineers dream..haha...thank you...would ther be anything on Sunset over Glendale? walked over and under that one many times as a kid growing up in Echo Park...

CityBoyDoug Apr 24, 2013 11:39 PM

Dancing at noon....
 
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Originally Posted by MichaelRyerson (Post 6102262)
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8405/8...fe815d63_b.jpg
Cafe Grotesque, 625 1/2 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, 1922

I somehow feel sure that Betty Katz, Margrethe Mather, Roy Rosen, Weston and the rest of the arts and progressive crowd visited this place. Café Grotesque? Ha, I love it! Wish I could find a pic, even something from down the street.

Los Angeles Guide and Apartment House Directory, 1922

Those olden years must have been a very different era. I can't imagine any place offering "Dancing" at lunch these days.

Flyingwedge Apr 25, 2013 12:03 AM

1895 La Fiesta de Los Angeles
 
Check out this Mt. Lowe Railway float:

http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...ps00bca788.jpg
CA State Library - http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...A5SL4XBRSB.jpg

BTW, Anchor Laundry was at 719 S. Los Angeles St.:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9d39e117.jpg
1894 Sanborn Map @ LAPL

And we were just talking about Maier and Zobelein and their brewery:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...ps711c5df3.jpg
CA State Library - http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...U3E4AMD1JA.jpg

lemster2024 Apr 25, 2013 3:11 AM

Great collection of images on the bridges, westcork! I've probably driven over each of these numerous times but could never see the fine details of each of the structures because of the flow of traffic!

jaco Apr 25, 2013 4:24 AM

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Originally Posted by lemster2024 (Post 6104019)
Great collection of images on the bridges, westcork! I've probably driven over each of these numerous times but could never see the fine details of each of the structures because of the flow of traffic!

I wish a plastic model/kit company would offer these as scaled down versions.

Oviatt Building Fan Apr 25, 2013 5:15 AM

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Originally Posted by MichaelRyerson (Post 6101054)



Some more 1929 images of the small but striking Maddux Air Lines building (and its adjacent shoeshine stand). The interior was designed by Joseph Feil of "Feil & Paradise". Feil had designed the interior of "The Chocolate Shoppe" in 1914, and the Oviatt Building's menswear store and penthouse in 1928. He was also involved in the interior design of Bullock's Wilshire.


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California Hist. Room (CALIF) ; Picture Collection ; STKS 3 PHOTO: MOTT-MERGE COLLECTION BOX 17: FOLDER 448Library Info

westcork Apr 25, 2013 11:39 AM

Zanja No.3; Brick Culvert
 
Zanja No.3; Brick Culvert
Alameda St. between Temple and Aliso Streets
Photographer: Bob Tucker, September 1986

Dates of Construction:
Open ditch dug between 1825 and 1831
Brick culvert over ditch at Commercial Street built 1869
Wooden sewer connection built 1869, disconnected 1871
Clay sewer pipe laid in wood sewer and through culvert 1881

Abandonded 1882-1883

Zanja No. 3 represents a portion of the original Los Angeles water system. The zanjas, a series of ditches from the Los Angeles River, were begun immediately after the establishment of the pueblo in 1781 and provided the community with water for domestic use and irrigation. At it's zenith in the early 1880s, the low service water system consited of the main ditch, calld the Zanja Madre, and eight side ditches, including Zanja No. 3. When Commercial Street was opened from Los Angeles to Alameda Streets in 1869, the brick culvert was installed to carry traffic over Zanja No. 3, then an open ditch.

The significance of zanja No. 3 is three-fold: It survives basically intact, including modifications; It's construction typifies that found in other brick culverts in the area; and most importantly, it provides a tangible link to the system that once fed the life-blood to a dry but highly productive agricultural region that later evolved into one fo the nation's largest metropolitan areas.

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High Resolution Original located at Huntington Library


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Collection located at
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lemster2024 Apr 25, 2013 6:31 PM

Anna May Wong and Chinatown Willow Tree Follow-up
 
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Originally Posted by SoCal1954 (Post 6085590)
From Time Magazine January 29, 2005:

Tall, pretty and sinuously graceful, Wong had a smoldering effect on people, especially men; they could be driven to a purple passion trying to describe her beauty. It's said that her friend Eric Maschwitz wrote the dreamy lyrics to the memorable pop standard These Foolish Things in Wong's honor.

A cigarette that bears a lipstick's traces
An airline ticket to romantic places
And still my heart has wings
These foolish things
Remind me of you
A tinkling piano in the next apartment
Those stumbling words that told you
What my heart meant
A fairground's painted swings
These foolish things
Remind me of you
You came, you saw, you conquered me
When you did that to me
I somehow knew that this had to be
The winds of march that make my heart a dancer
A telephone that rings, but who's to answer?
Oh, how the ghost of you clings
These foolish things
Remind me of you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsUVKmDHNcg

She also had mesmerized set and costume designer Ali Hubert, in his little Wong rhapsody: "On her tender and youthful body, expressing every moment with the indescribable grace of the Oriental woman....only a Van Eyck or a Holbein could capture her on canvas."

In 1938 Look magazine named her the "world's most beautiful Chinese girl." TIME magazine, run by, China-born Henry Luce, was a special champion, taking every opportunity to chronicle her social life.

All this, for an actress who by convention, was not allowed to kiss her leading man. All this, for a Hollywood star who, at the peak of her popularity, could not have bought a house in Beverly Hills. All this, for a woman (an American citizen) no white man could legally have married in her home state of California, until 1948.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/arts/articl...#ixzz2Q4mwN73W


New Chinatown Los Angeles 1938
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Here's a short follow-up regarding Anna May Wong and her Chinatown treeplanting: at some point after the plantings were done, the area surrounding the wishing well/fountain was renovated and the plantings removed. She planted her tree on the south side of the well, at the site of where the blue painted building now stands (indicated by the yellow arrow). I've asked staff members of the Chinatown Historical Society if they could research/answer if the tree was relocated or simply removed but have yet to hear from them. Interestingly enough, the son of the owner of the K.G. Louie Gift store around the corner in the plaza has a framed photo of Anna May taken that day, posing at the entrance of the store. The son is an acquaintance of my cousin, who told him that there is a Anna May Wong fan who periodically comes into the store, visits the well, and visits the cemetery (there's the noirish angle to this story!). The son also stated he did not believe the tree to have been transplanted.

The wishing well area today:
http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/5491/img0534aaa.jpg
photo by me

Oviatt Building Fan Apr 25, 2013 7:37 PM

A tree grows in Brooklyn ... and a robot grows in Chinatown. Go figure.

tovangar2 Apr 25, 2013 8:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Oviatt Building Fan (Post 6104141)
Some more 1929 images of the small but striking Maddux Air Lines building (and its adjacent shoeshine stand). The interior was designed by Joseph Feil of "Feil & Paradise". Feil had designed the interior of "The Chocolate Shoppe" in 1914, and the Oviatt Building's menswear store and penthouse in 1928. He was also involved in the interior design of Bullock's Wilshire.

Thanks so much for the lush pix. I love the Feil & Paradise info. It makes one more LA overlay that helps me make the connections which result in a fuller picture of the whole

Feil did the Carpenter's Drive-In 1941 redesign too:

Carpenter's Drive-In, Sunset & Vine, 1932 (before):
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-h...12440%2BAM.jpg
http://cdm16003.contentdm.oclc.org/c...id/3415/rec/36

Carpenter's Drive-In, Sunset & Vine, 1945 (after):
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4...12322%2BAM.jpg
water and power

Carpenter's info:
http://books.google.com/books?id=-2K...ed=0CFEQ6AEwAw

Feil & Paradise info:
https://digital.lib.washington.edu/a.../partners/285/
https://digital.lib.washington.edu/a...rchitects/597/
https://digital.lib.washington.edu/a...rchitects/598/

Maddux info:
http://books.google.com/books?id=t8w...radise&f=false


And LOL, you lot have me reading up on the Parker/Hickman case again. Found this two-year-old (hence the Teabagger references) article. Never knew about Ayn Rand's admiration for Hickman before.
No wonder that case gives me nightmares.

Atlas Shrieked:
http://exiledonline.com/atlas-shriek...n-rands-heart/

ethereal_reality Apr 25, 2013 8:21 PM

http://imageshack.us/a/img708/2803/aabhe.jpg

lol. What in sam hell is this thing?


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