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Joe Gillis Oct 4, 2012 4:23 PM

Hope I got the now shot lined up right??

The building at right in light brown with white window framing appears to line up with the white building in the old shot, see how the windows down the side alleyway seem to match

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GaylordWilshire Oct 4, 2012 4:47 PM


I'd say you got it, Joe. I hadn't looked closely at the windows of the big building above the parking meter in the old shot to see that they appear the same as the ones in the modernized version today.

rcarlton Oct 4, 2012 4:56 PM

Looks to be pretty close, maybe within a car length. I think the shape of the roof of the computer store next to the brown building fits the old picture. Mind you, I am blowing it way up in order to see. I would love to have higher resolution scans.

ethereal_reality Oct 4, 2012 5:07 PM


Originally Posted by Arch2000 (Post 5855262)
I work right near this building, it's now a dance school. It looks like it could be restored to its original condition fairly easily, replace the windows and remove the giant billboard, and re-introduce the blade sign (with neon, no doubt).

I had no idea that it used to be a bowling alley. Any chance any lanes are still there? Has anyone been inside or found photos of the existing or original interiors?

I was looking at the pics again after your post Arch2000. I noticed that you can easily see where the second story windows were located by the two rectangles that are still visible on the facade (I've circled them in black).

Since you work nearby Arch2000 you should try to go inside (with a camera of course) ;)


Chuckaluck Oct 4, 2012 5:07 PM

December 4, 1921 Cornerstone placement of the American Legion Post 140 building in South Pasadena. Participants include Marshal Foch (right center).

Chuckaluck Oct 4, 2012 5:30 PM

1934 - National Bank of Commerce. Next to a Safeway on Hill Street (?)

Chuckaluck Oct 4, 2012 5:47 PM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 4794699)
UCLA/L.A. Times
Another smoggy day, this one as seen from the Perry Mason courthouse at the corner of Hill and First, March 1962. (Take note of the peripatetic statue of Stephen M. White in the foreground--more to come on that.)

Fewer tears. Another day 1981 1st and Hill

Chuckaluck Oct 4, 2012 6:26 PM

Turning the clock back to 1890.

Corner of Spring and Temple

Corner of Second and Broadway

North on Spring from First St.

Northern View of Spring Street, from Third

View of Spring from Nadeau Hotel

Main Street, Junction of Spring and Temple All from C.St.Lib

And nine years later, the east face of 100 Spring Street

BifRayRock Oct 4, 2012 6:55 PM

A follow-up to the Selig Zoo, With advanced elephant-assisted day care!


1910 remaining view of Selig Polyscope (?) fromC.St.Lib

BifRayRock Oct 4, 2012 7:36 PM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 4992900)

Well, maybe we have a little bit of consolation in the 1931 Selig Retail Store on the nw corner of Western and 3rd. Architect Arthur Harvey
was clearly inspired by Stiles Clements's 1928 Richfield Building. After his 1928 Chateau Elysee (now better known as the Scientology
Celebrity Center), Harvey really got on the Deco bandwagon--two other of his L.A. works are the American Storage building and the Wilshire
Professional Building. Imagine if they, too, had been done in black and gold: American Storage Company building, 3636 Beverly Blvd
Wilshire Professional Building, 3825 Wilshire

In 1942, Architect Arthur Harvey had his office at 245 S. Western. This might have made it easy for him to admire his work and direct prospective clients there., e.g., black/gold at 269 S. Western.

Godzilla Oct 4, 2012 9:17 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5854555)
I just found an earlier matchbook of the Wilshire-La Brea Recreation Center.

A complete air change every 4.5 minutes?

Does 28 bowling alleys, cocktails and coffee shop require this much air flow, or maybe it was a suggestion that the bowling shoes were adequately ventilated!

Another way of advertising air conditioning, for smokers? :shrug:

How was the air change measured? (With a clock? :haha:)

Godzilla Oct 4, 2012 9:23 PM

1948 Digital

rcarlton Oct 4, 2012 9:28 PM

Angels Flight photo on E-bay.

BifRayRock Oct 4, 2012 9:42 PM

A Pasadena Bowling Alley, circa '31. (At least that's what the sign says!) Source does not identify address. "Recreational Grill" "Billards" :shrug: All from C.St.Lib.

ethereal_reality Oct 4, 2012 10:19 PM

:previous: Wow, that little bowling alley is a jewel! I hope someone can dig up the address.

By the way, I loved those Selig Zoo photos as well. Good find.

jhny12 Oct 4, 2012 11:11 PM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5855047)


Just odd, everyone else seems to be having fun.

GaylordWilshire Oct 4, 2012 11:20 PM SV

If I've ever seen 7051 Hollywood Blvd, I never realized that it and its wing to the west have had stories added. The newer architecture is pretty bad and nearly ruins the whole.

Graybeard Oct 5, 2012 12:32 AM


Originally Posted by rcarlton (Post 5854542)
Great restoration! There must be more photo's out there that need help. Color corrections are easy. Please post them...most can be fixed!:notacrook:

That was just a quick clean up.
Here is one I restored over a couple of days.

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ethereal_reality Oct 5, 2012 12:48 AM

:previous: I'm did a great job Graybeard!

Beethoven in Pershing Square, 1932.

Does Beethoven still reside in Pershing Square?

ethereal_reality Oct 5, 2012 12:58 AM

below: Aerial view of the hospital today.
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