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westcork Oct 22, 2011 4:06 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5452593)
:previous: Very interesting...This is the first time I've heard about this idea/proposal.

The fun searches on LAPL and USC are keywords such as plan, model, drawing, design, etc. I have a whole series of pictures I was going to post of plans that never came through, like the LAX airport extension on an island off Playa Del Rey. But I lost all the original links and haven't had to to find them again.

Here are a few:

Original plans for the Forum

ethereal_reality Oct 22, 2011 4:50 AM

:previous: I have the first two illustrations of the 'Santa Monica Island' in my files, but the last one of 'The Forum' is quite surprising!
I would LOVE to see further plans for this proposal. The majority of sports facilities built during this era placed the arena and a vast majority of the seating below grade. I can't imagine what's going on inside this top-heavy proposal.

sopas ej Oct 22, 2011 5:23 AM

Speaking of LAX, I didn't realize that pre-Jet Age, LAX was on the EAST side of Sepulveda. Here's a rendering from 1951, for a "proposed" development at LAX-- or was it still called Mines Field in 1951?

I didn't realize the Sepulveda underpass under the runway at LAX dates from 1953:

Mines Field circa 1937

LAX circa 1976. The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no parking in the red zone.

Construction, 1960

LAX Theme Building under construction, 1960

LAX, 1988. Bradley International Terminal and double-decking of roadway were completed in 1983, in time for the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Circa 1960s

LAX, 1962

Hangar 1, LAX, 1983. This building is one of the original buildings of LAX, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mines Field, 1939

Jackie Brown, 1997

The Graduate, 1967

ethereal_reality Oct 22, 2011 5:40 AM


Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 5453025)
The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no parking in the red zone.

LOL You made my night sopas_ej! That is too funny.

Jackie Brown and Ben Braddock....I never expected to see them in the same post. Kudos to you. :)

GaylordWilshire Oct 22, 2011 4:32 PM
A mid-'50s air show at LAX

jg6544 Oct 22, 2011 11:02 PM

Since LAX has degenerated into such a horror show today, I wonder what it was like when it was brand-new and futuristic almost beyond believing.

Horthos Oct 23, 2011 3:33 AM

These are a bunch of photos I have taken around the area, I thought maybe some of you would like to see them. I usually like to go out very early on sundays as soon as it starts to get a little bit bright outside, especially if its foggy or raining. I find there are very few people out, so I can get some really good shots with no people around. I find that the lack of life in my pictures just...I dunno, looks really cool (I was trying to think of something deep and artsy to say, but then I would have just sounded like a twat). Anyways, I hope you like them.
Between 9th and Olympic on Main
Santee between Olympic and 11th
Between 11th and 12th on Santee St.
Corner of 11th and Santee St.
Random bit of Olvera Street
Another random bit of Olvera Street
Corner of New High and Alpine St.
Arts District...Angel City Brewery...Corner of Traction Ave. and Rose St.
Wilshire and S. Berendo St.
Park View St and 6th.
Park View St and 6th.
6th and Hoover St.

All photos by me...

ethereal_reality Oct 23, 2011 5:29 AM

:previous: I am very impressed horthos.

I especially like the first four photos. Their desolation is hauntingly beautiful.
When I look at them I hear the song 'Waltzing Matilda'.*


GaylordWilshire Oct 23, 2011 12:10 PM


Originally Posted by Horthos (Post 5453672)
Arts District...Angel City Brewery...Corner of Traction Ave. and Rose St.

A detail: LA

John A. Roebling was most famous for designing, among other crossings, the Brooklyn Bridge. I'm always fascinated to find Los Angeles branches of East Coast firms, especially their remnants.

Handsome Stranger Oct 23, 2011 7:21 PM


Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 5453025)

I have a vivid memory of the flat round building in the lower left quadrant of this photo. It was a gas station, moderately large by today's standards but absolutely vast in comparison with other gas stations in the 1960s. (Or perhaps it just appeared vast to a wee tot such as I was at the time.) Can't recall the brand, but the building was most impressive at night when fully illuminated.

In the run-up to the 1984 Olympic games I briefly worked as a shuttle bus driver for a tiny, cheap car rental company near LAX. During the peak of construction as they were adding an upper level to the traffic loop, all lanes of traffic were sometimes corralled down to a single lane. Of course this brought traffic to a virtual standstill, and the passengers in my shuttle were frequently panicked that they would miss their flights.

One of my co-workers was driving a shuttle on the upper level of the loop not long after it first opened, when the entire left rear wheel of the shuttle suddenly broke free, catapulted over the guard rail, then fell and smashed into a moving vehicle on the lower level.


Horthos, your photos are gorgeous. I hope you'll be sharing more of them.

so-cal-bear Oct 23, 2011 7:50 PM


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GaylordWilshire Oct 23, 2011 9:14 PM

ethereal_reality Oct 23, 2011 9:26 PM

originally posted by sopas_ej

:previous: When I first saw that LAX photo I wondered about that round answered my question Handsome Stranger.

It looks like a 'mini-me' Pan Am terminal at Idlewild/JKF. (see below)

ethereal_reality Oct 23, 2011 10:56 PM
google street view

I LOVE the old Olympic Apartments sign.
google street view

ethereal_reality Oct 23, 2011 11:55 PM

This is truly an amazing snapshot from the Workman family collection.*
Loyola Marymount University

OOPS....I just realized I posted this many months ago. It's such a great photograph I'll go ahead and leave this post.
Just so you all know, I have a terrible memory. I try to make sure I don't double-post...but sometimes one slips past.

GaylordWilshire Oct 24, 2011 12:02 AM Crate Art
Anyone know what that big building is in the background?

College is about to come on TCM

ethereal_reality Oct 24, 2011 12:53 AM

In 1947 this site was chosen for the Baldwin Hills Reservoir.

below: View of the recently completed Baldwin Hills Reservoir in 1951.

below: This is my favorite photograph of the series. At the bottom of the reservoir you can see two individuals
walking atop the concrete intake pipe as it begins to fill the reservoir with 300 million gallons of water from the Owens Valley.
In the distance a mysterious car overlooks the reservoir.


ethereal_reality Oct 24, 2011 12:55 AM

In 1963 a small crack appears.

ethereal_reality Oct 24, 2011 12:59 AM

This small crack grew into a gaping hole that eventually released 300 million gallons of water into the community below the reservoir.

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