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GaylordWilshire Dec 17, 2013 1:47 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6376500)
Luckily, the advertisement on ebay led me to this article.


Reminds me of this:

Full story:

GaylordWilshire Dec 17, 2013 1:54 AM

I found this detail of the Western Avenue gates of Berkeley Square in the background of a random USC shot. The photographed is dated 1931, before the gates were closed
at the east end to prevent the street from being used as a shortcut. (Remember when we were all upset a few years ago when USC revamped its database? Here's another example
of the amazing things that can be discovered with the zoom feature....)

Full story of the gates here: http://www.berkeleysquarelosangeles....e-arrived.html

and of the Square itself here:

ethereal_reality Dec 17, 2013 2:45 AM

:previous: That's an excellent detail GW!

-posted earlier by HossC/looking west on Wilshire from Bixel in 1934

HossC's photograph reminded me of this scale model of the Good Samaritan Hospital by Wm. McCallum. 1/8 inch=1 Foot.
old file of mine/probably ebay

I wasn't aware of the chapel until I came across this model.

After a few searches, I found another view showing the chapel.

GaylordWilshire Dec 17, 2013 2:54 AM


Never saw that model before, ER. It's great.

Shall we revisit the still-extant wall that predates even the hospital?

austlar1 Dec 17, 2013 5:11 AM

Regarding the Merry-Go-Round restaurants, can somebody post more information? How long was this business in operation? How many locations? Are there more pictures? I find this kinda/sorta automat fascinating.

Wig-Wag Dec 17, 2013 6:52 AM

American History and Library Museum

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6376460)
While 'touring' in the google-mobile I came across a couple charming buildings in the Glendale area.

I was only able to dig up this information.

I don't know what it was originally...a post office perhaps?

ER, I found this one especially intriguing as I must have driven past the place numerous times during my 50-plus years living in the North Hollywood/Burbank/Glendale area.

So I did a bit of "webwork" and found this. Scroll down and enjoy the fun!


GaylordWilshire Dec 17, 2013 2:06 PM


Great link, W-W. Calif/LAPL

As much as it has been my experience that ancestor-worship organizations attract a rather tiresome, self-serious sort, I do have to give them their contribution to preserving history, even if they have actually relied on others to make it... I was sure we must have seen the two buildings above on the thread before, but nothing came up-- the Sons of the Revolution's own jewel box at 437 South Hope, razed with Bunker Hill, and the Granada Building at 672 S Lafayette Park Place--still standing-- where the boys rented space in later years.

In the link is another link to a hagiography of Orra E. Monnette, attorney, banker, self-styled nobleman and prexy of the SoR 1917-18. He was quite a contributor to the growth of Los Angeles, no doubt about it, but there was also his domestic side (just ask his wives Lucy and Helen)... Full story here.

SHERIFFPAUL Dec 17, 2013 5:25 PM

Eastbound on Hollywood Blvd. at Ivar St. LA
Eastbound on Hollywood Blvd. at Ivar St. LA

Credit Weird Hollywood :cheers:

SHERIFFPAUL Dec 17, 2013 5:28 PM

Lincoln Park, Los Angeles, 1935

Credit Weird Hollywood


ethereal_reality Dec 17, 2013 5:58 PM

:previous: Nice find. That's the old Selig Zoo entrance.
found on ebay/aug2013

-note the pastel colored rooftop vents.

Here's a black and white view taken ten years earlier (1952).

Scott mentioned the multi-colored roof ventilators way back in 2009. (photo with gas-meter).


originally posted by Beaudry

jtown Dec 17, 2013 7:11 PM

First timer, first post! Greetings!
Good day, all!
I'm new to the forum and have been making my way through all the great posts. Coming up on page 200, so I have a way to go yet.

The forum caught my attention because I've worked in downtown LA off and on for a few years. My office is now around the area of 2nd and Santa Fe, very close to the old La Grande Station of the SFRR. I'm curious to know what may have been around just west of that intersection back in the day.

My handle jtown is a tip of the hat to my Little Tokyo roots. All the best to you and thanks for great research and insight into this city I call home. :tup:

ethereal_reality Dec 17, 2013 7:43 PM

:previous: Welcome jtown! I am glad you found the thread.

The Evangeline

ethereal_reality Dec 17, 2013 8:08 PM


Originally Posted by sadykadie2 (Post 6374885)
Have I died and gone to heaven? All my life I've been obsessed with architecture--photographing old buildings as a very young adult, trying in vain to interest my family. Now I've found it--a website full of pictures that make my brain light up like a Christmas tree. A website full of people as excited about old buildings as I am!

Welcome to you as well sadykadie2! :)

Back when men wore hats.

HossC Dec 17, 2013 8:10 PM

I've been looking for more pictures of Chavez Ravine before the Dodgers stadium obliterated most of the housing. I'll start with a larger aerial from 1952.
Historic Aerials


Originally Posted by corriganville (Post 6375154)
Located on the northeast corner of Effie Street and Paducah Street was the Palo Verde Elementary School. In the late 1950's, the roof was removed from the school and the interior was filled with dirt. The entire valley floor along Effie Street and cross streets were land filled. This area is now beneath a parking lot of Dodger Stadium. By the time the "Highway Patrol" program (ZIV) filmed there, most of the housing had already been removed because of a 1949 U.S. law which allowed communities to be rezoned and affordable housing erected. The area was condemned and housing removed as people sold, moved, or were evicted. A few years later, a new mayor of L.A. decided not to go forward with the redevelopment of the area. Then the Dodgers baseball team came and the city gave/sold them the area that was already condemned. The final buildings were removed, except for the school, and the area filled with dirt.

Sebisebster previously posted a smaller version of this picture in post #2558. The LAPL caption says "Children are playing in the schoolyard behind Palos Verdes Elementary School in Chavez Ravine." That should be Palo Verde Elementary School, which was at 1029 Effie Street (according to the 1942 CD). The 1942 CD also lists Paducah School at 1345 Paducah Street. On the aerial, the school is just above Effie Street to the right of Paducah Street.

The school picture also appears in the KCET article Chavez Ravine: Community to Controversial Real Estate, which is where I found the picture below. They credit it to LAPL, but I couldn't find it there. LAPL does have a similar photo (which appears in Sebisebster's post), but they incorrectly identify it as Bishops Road. The photo actually shows the south-western part of Paducah Street, taken from near the lower left corner of the aerial above.

This picture shows the real Bishops Road. It was taken from near the lower right corner of the aerial above.
California State Library

LAPL has this picture of Bishops Road taken slightly north of the one above. The car on the dirt track is heading up the hill toward the intersection with Effie Street, and on to Pine Street.

Sebisebster's four-part history of Chavez Ravine:

The history of Chavez Ravine - Introduction.

The history of Chavez Ravine - Part One.

The history of Chavez Ravine - Part Two.

The history of Chavez Ravine - Part Three.

ethereal_reality Dec 17, 2013 8:20 PM

:previous: I really like the aerial where you filled in the names of the streets. That's very helpful.

mystery building

paint store interior

The information is a bit confusing. At the bottom it says Orange Street paint store.


Godzilla Dec 17, 2013 9:24 PM


Originally Posted by SHERIFFPAUL (Post 6377155)
Lincoln Park, Los Angeles, 1935

Credit Weird Hollywood



ethereal_reality Dec 17, 2013 9:55 PM

After a few google searches I found out the clubhouse shown above, burnt down and was replaced in 1937 with a WPA clubhouse.

second clubhouse



CityBoyDoug Dec 17, 2013 10:30 PM

Just a proposal in la la land.....

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6376500)
:previous: Sounds noirishly ghoulish. Post the dead bodies Krell58.

I found this intriguing 1930 advertisement (with chopsticks) on ebay.

The place looks cavernous!

reverse/-the other addresses are obscured. :(


ER....for some odd reason I get the feeling that this dining wonder was never built. What we see here is just a Hollywood pipe~dream.

Here's a lonely sailor waiting for someone to invite him for a refreshment. :cool: This is the Long Beach Pike in the 1930s.

ethereal_reality Dec 17, 2013 10:34 PM

I didn't realize there are three courses in Griffith Park; Wilson, Harding and Roosevelt, all named after presidents.

I am struck by the wildlife thriving in a city park that is surrounded by millions and millions of people.

Wilson Golf Course,

Roosevelt Golf Course,

Roosevelt Golf Course,

Is it normal to have wild animals roaming the greens?

GaylordWilshire Dec 17, 2013 10:55 PM


How about coyotes in Windsor Square?

The library's caption: "A taxidermy shop, Colburn's Inc., at 716 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, features a woman working to fit a stuffed coyote with glass eyes."

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