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Ninja55 May 9, 2011 1:25 AM

Ninja55 May 9, 2011 1:25 AM

Ninja55 May 9, 2011 1:26 AM

Ninja55 May 9, 2011 1:27 AM

gsjansen May 9, 2011 1:52 PM

Ninja55, i love your family's history collection! Thank you so much for sharing these with us!

some interesting Lucca items from the 1930's at the LAPL Menu Collection which you may or may not have in your personal collection.
Source: LAPL Menu Collection

gsjansen May 9, 2011 2:47 PM

interesting news items contained in the LAPL California Index

may 14th, 1938 los angeles evening herald express article on the fading glory of bunker hill mansions
Source: LAPL California Index

The original image is too large to appreciate here. to see the full sized image, click here

gsjansen May 9, 2011 5:03 PM

well we're movin' on up.......................................

1970 bunker hill towers brochure
Source: LAPL California Index

ethereal_reality May 9, 2011 11:49 PM

A truly beautiful image from 1959 by photographer Marc Riboud.
Marc Riboud

ethereal_reality May 10, 2011 12:15 AM

I have a question and I know you wonderful sleuths will know the answer. :)

What is the name of the nearly block long building that resembles gabled rowhouses?
If I remember correctly uscdl

Beaudry May 10, 2011 1:12 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5271875)
I have a question and I know you wonderful sleuths will know the answer. :)

What is the name of the nearly block long building that resembles gabled rowhouses?
If I remember correctly uscdl

I believe these were known as the Martz Flats... state lib

And according to this were also known as the Doheny House...

GaylordWilshire May 10, 2011 1:18 AM

ethereal: That's the SE corner of 7th & Figueroa--the YMCA is the big building at left--but I don't think I've never seen those before-- if those are rowhouses, they must be the only examples ever built in old LA--

great ID, Beaudry---do you know if they were set up as attached houses? If so, interesting as that urban type is basically unknown in LA--

Beaudry May 10, 2011 1:31 AM

Everything you always wanted to know about the Martz Flats! July 1, 1965:

ethereal_reality May 10, 2011 2:22 AM


Originally Posted by Beaudry (Post 5271954)
I believe these were known as the Martz Flats...[I] cal_state_library

Thanks Beaudry for all the information on the Martz Flats.
I had heard of them in the past but hadn't quite pieced it all together.
From the photo you posted above...they were much more ornate than I expected.

...again thanks. -ethereal

ethereal_reality May 10, 2011 3:11 AM

This photo from 1922 shows 5th Street dead ending at Fremont Street.

below: Here is the same area viewed from a slightly different angle in 2010.
google street view

gsjansen May 10, 2011 11:03 AM


the lapl california index database indicates that there is quite a bit of information, including architectural plans available at the library. unfortunately these items can only be viewed in person, (and i do believe you need a library card to do so).

here are some of the items mentioned as being available

anyway, there are 54 records of items being available. you can search for them here

btw, love your berkeley square blog!

gsjansen May 10, 2011 5:22 PM

well, i'm sure havin' quite the time parusin' the california index over at lapl.

1930 arts and architecture article on the richfield building

1949 article on the excavation and demolition of fort moore hill and the broadway tunnel for the construction of the 101 freeway

1966 herald examiner article on what to do with the subway terminal tunel

just slap me silly and call me goofy, but i'm havin' the time of my life............(granted i don't get out much................)

gsjansen May 10, 2011 6:07 PM

a great article from 1983 on the prudent beaudry house
Source: LAPL California Index.........(well duh...........)

nostalgie May 10, 2011 9:08 PM


Have just reached the last page of this incredible thread. Each day for the past few weeks I've nibbled on ten or so pages & been completely blown away by the quality AND quantity of research.

Some pages have brought floods of memories (I've lived in L.A.since 1955), others have brought me to the brink of tears; all of the material is spectacular. Thanks to all of you for putting it out there for L.A. junkies like me to feast upon...I'll be looking for more.

ethereal_reality May 10, 2011 10:37 PM

Welcome to the thread nostalgie. Your post in itself is touching.

ethereal_reality May 11, 2011 3:56 AM

Whenever we revisit the Richfield Building I struggle to come to terms with the loss.
This thread has briefly covered some of the Richfield 'angels' that have been located in several gardens and collections.

Recently I discovered that several of the Richfield 'warriors' have survived and are located at the University of California Santa Barbara
in front of the Student Health Buidling.


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