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Martin Pal Jan 29, 2021 6:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 9172928)
Moving on down the block...(to be continued)


Now to the last building on that block, a place that needs no introduction because it is the only business left from the 60's still in operation on this stretch of the Strip! 57 years! The Whisky-a-Go Go! (Or Whiskee á-go go if you're sentimental!)


This is a 2008 photo of the Whisky. Photos are usually taken in the other direction. This one shows that the 8909 Sunset Blvd. address of Sneeky Pete's location next door was occupied by Duke's Coffee Shop that had migrated up to Sunset Blvd. after the original location at the Tropicana Motel on Santa Monica Blvd. was replaced by a Ramada Inn complex.

https://s3-media0.fl.yelpcdn.com/bph...ahtUqWwQ/o.jpgYelp

https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net...c6&oe=6037B9E1 The building was a bank from 1929-1955.

It was the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music from 1957-1963. https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net...d6&oe=6036D368

Then very briefly, it was a restaurant/club at the same location called "The Party".

This 2019 article from WeHoVille which talks about the city granting the building Historic Status and approving digital bilboards on the roof, says this: "[The] building was constructed in 1923, one of the first commercial buildings on what would become the Sunset Strip. It originally housed real estate offices and later various banks. In 1963, it opened as a nightclub called The Party, a private club for women, but soon went out of business. Elmer Valentine, a Chicago cop with mob ties, who moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960's, took over the lease and transformed it into the Whisky a Go Go."

https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net...ff&oe=6034E597

So all these guys on the street in the above photo, must be waiting for the women to come out? :)

The Whisky is most often seen painted red, but it's not always that way. A couple examples.

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ozWIenFr6...ky4-600pxW.jpg..........https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net...4c&oe=603848C8


Here it's two-toned.

https://i0.wp.com/rockandrollroadmap...40%2C264&ssl=1


2019
And now here's a 2019 video (4 1/2 minutes) of KISS arriving at the Whisky and taking a stroll out to the cross walk for a photo in front of this row of buildings being spotlighted the last several days.
Sort of a KISS-off to this block of the Sunset Strip.
:cheers:

Video Link


A few odds and ends...to be continued...

CaliNative Jan 29, 2021 7:43 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by MartinTurnbull (Post 9173936)
On my website, there is a page on which I have a collection of views of the Richfield Tower during the all-too-brief time it stood at 555 South Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles from 1929 to 1969. You can see that collection here: http://bit.ly/RichfieldBuilding


I suppose it was for this reason that I was recently contacted by someone who said that he had the entry plaque into the Richfield Tower building and would I like to see a photo of it? WOULD I EVER?!?! So he sent me this photo and said: “This came to me from a friend of many years. It was given to the foreman of the demolition crew when the demo started in 1967. He had it set in the entry way of his home. After his passing, it was removed and given to my friend and now to me.”

The words “ERECTED 1929” is surrounded by eight discs. Richfield was an oil company (now part of ARCO) so I’m guessing these eight discs represent fields of endeavor in which oil has played a central role. They are: oil wells, airplanes, skyscrapers, small boats, trains, ships, factories, and automobiles. I'm not sure why sea craft are there twice, unless the "small boats” is something else. I am SO glad that someone thought to save something from the jewel in the crown of Los Angeles architecture aside from the two bronze doors.



https://martinturnbull.com/wp-conten...aque-small.jpg

^^^
As I have said before, I sure miss that building! A more creative plan in 1969 could have saved it by tweaking the zoning laws or used height transfers, and probably erected a neighboring taller tower(s) in a smaller plaza. In 1968/69 it was not appreciated enough to save. So we have 2 almost identical half empty dominos/Space Odyssey slabs (ARCO & BAm long departed) instead of the original art deco masterpiece and a 65-70 story newer tower nearby.

Arch2000 Jan 29, 2021 6:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MartinTurnbull (Post 9173936)
On my website, there is a page on which I have a collection of views of the Richfield Tower during the all-too-brief time it stood at 555 South Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles from 1929 to 1969. You can see that collection here: http://bit.ly/RichfieldBuilding


I suppose it was for this reason that I was recently contacted by someone who said that he had the entry plaque into the Richfield Tower building and would I like to see a photo of it? WOULD I EVER?!?! So he sent me this photo and said: “This came to me from a friend of many years. It was given to the foreman of the demolition crew when the demo started in 1967. He had it set in the entry way of his home. After his passing, it was removed and given to my friend and now to me.”

The words “ERECTED 1929” is surrounded by eight discs. Richfield was an oil company (now part of ARCO) so I’m guessing these eight discs represent fields of endeavor in which oil has played a central role. They are: oil wells, airplanes, skyscrapers, small boats, trains, ships, factories, and automobiles. I'm not sure why sea craft are there twice, unless the "small boats” is something else. I am SO glad that someone thought to save something from the jewel in the crown of Los Angeles architecture aside from the two bronze doors.



https://martinturnbull.com/wp-conten...aque-small.jpg

I suspect there are two ships/boats, one to represent 'shipping' and the other to represent pleasure craft. If created more recently, you might see an auto to represent every-day driving, and a big rig to represent shipping/industry. In the 1920s they had trucks of course, but they weren't very big or much different from autos of the time (compared to today, that is).

As to CaliNative's follow-up, yes, the original tenants have long vacated the downtown Arco twin-towers. But I believe KMPG has taken significant space in the North tower, and Gensler has a huge office, having re-done the small bank building in the middle, and has 2-3 floors of the North tower as well.

riichkay Jan 29, 2021 11:07 PM

https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag...080&fit=bounds

The Ruschamobile in action, reflected in the glass of 1424 Santa Monica Bl., Santa Monica.....1974.



https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag...080&fit=bounds





https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag...080&fit=bounds

Also '74, again on S.M. Blvd., I think in the Virgil/Hoover area.....evidently this woman was inquiring as to the nature of the project....I believe that's Ed on the left and his longtime friend/art school classmate Jerry McMillan on the right.    



https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag...080&fit=bounds



https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag...080&fit=bounds



https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag...080&fit=bounds

ethereal_reality Jan 30, 2021 5:39 PM

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:previous: Such sweet pictures. :)

Ruscha is still alive. I wonder if he remembers this encounter.








I haven't found a Wm R Morgan painting contractors on Sunset Blvd. but I found this one on Santa Monica Blvd. (1941 directory)...I'm going by "pntg contrs"

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...923/eUgbME.jpg
lapl

That might be Wm. R's home address on Edinburgh Ave. (married to Florence) - -unless, of course, that's a different William R.

hmmm, but who is this mysterious Mona White?




I know the Sunset Blvd. address is out there and I plan to find it. ...*takes puff on pipe*

oops...I just reread riichkay's post and see that the three photographs were taken on Santa Monica Blvd. :duh
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ethereal_reality Jan 30, 2021 7:54 PM

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mystery aerial


This negative is currently on eBay.


"Aerial view of Los Angeles Streets & Shops, c.1950"

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...922/zqlwrr.jpg

I've looked at this for waaay too long. I'm hoping someone will recognize the area.



Here's a positive of the negative.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/aLVPVF.jpg
eBay.








Let's take a closer look at the. . .umm. . .apartment complex(?) with a hidden interior courtyard.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/fvd7pk.jpg
detail







And here's a closer look at the buildings on the north side of the street.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/v3mCjf.jpg
detail


The whitish one has the unmistakable shape of a movie theater.




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Martin Pal Jan 30, 2021 10:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by riichkay (Post 9174705)
The Ruschamobile in action, reflected in the glass of 1424 Santa Monica Bl., Santa Monica.
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That was quite interesting, riichkay, thank you!

Speaking of Ed...

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 9173972)
A few odds and ends...to be continued...


A recap of this block from Hilldale east to Clark Street, seen in Ed Ruscha's 1966 photoshoot of Sunset Blvd.:



And...

Martin Pal Jan 30, 2021 10:52 PM

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...and a look back down the street, in psychedelic color...

...first in 1963.

The video title says Sunset Strip 1964. The Whisky opened in January, 1964, but at 0:24 in that location, seen below, "The Party" comes into view.................................................................................................................................................
...followed by The Unicorn, The Golden Violin, Cavalier and Hamburger Hamlet...............................................................................................................................................
(The video continues on down to Sunset and Doheny Rd., almost colliding with a light blue...I don't know, Chevy, maybe?)..............................................................................................................................................

Notice the cranes (like antennae) on the left. The 9000 building is under construction. (Looks like about three floors.)..............................................................................................................................................

Video Link
..............................................................................................................................................


Two views from the other direction...............................................................................................................................................

Not dated:.....https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-d2RyR3t1Q...let%2B60s.jpegEllenBloom..............................................................................................................................................


An eleven second twilight look at the location...............................................................................................................................................

Video Link
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Lastly, a 1968 view--on the left the Richfield is now a Union 76 and 9000 building is completed. Scroll right for the entire photo view...!!!..............................................................................................................................................

https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net...ed&oe=6032CEF3

Arch2000 Jan 30, 2021 11:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 9175474)
That was quite interesting, riichkay, thank you!

Speaking of Ed...




A recap of this block from Hilldale east to Clark Street, seen in Ed Ruscha's 1966 photoshoot of Sunset Blvd.:



And...

He should have named it 'Ruscha StreetView', and he could have sued Google for a lot of $$$$.

That pickup with the camera on it must have looked as strange back then, as the hybrids with the camera on them look now!

Arch2000 Jan 30, 2021 11:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 9175341)
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mystery aerial


This negative is currently on eBay.


"Aerial view of Los Angeles Streets & Shops, c.1950"

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...922/zqlwrr.jpg

I've looked at this for waaay too long. I'm hoping someone will recognize the area.



Here's a positive of the negative.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/aLVPVF.jpg
eBay.








Let's take a closer look at the. . .umm. . .apartment complex(?) with a hidden interior courtyard.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/fvd7pk.jpg
detail







And here's a closer look at the buildings on the north side of the street.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/v3mCjf.jpg
detail


The whitish one has the unmistakable shape of a movie theater.




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While I don't recognize the area, I think I can provide some more context to the photo. What ER has called out in the center as an apartment building, I think, looks to be a high school complex. The area immediately behind the building is a quad/lunch area, and there are tennis courts and a ball field further behind the building. I suspect the complex at lower left to be a middle or elementary school, and they may have shared facilities- note the striped white crosswalk mid-block connecting the two.

To the middle right, I suspect that could be a library building fronted by a park. Many times smaller cities will have civic facilities grouped like this. So perhaps it's one of the smaller municipalities in the LA area, or not near LA at all!

But I do agree about the white building likely being a movie theater.

Earl Boebert Jan 30, 2021 11:38 PM

A photographer named Matt Oswalt has just published a coffee-table book devoted to photos of Los Angeles liquor stores. Some are in black and white. Here's his (noirish) criteria for choosing that mode:

I ask myself five questions before I shoot a liquor store in black and white.

1. Could Ed Wood purchase a bottle of Four Roses Bourbon while wearing an Angora sweater and not raise any suspicion?

2. Are the parking lot acoustics perfect for Quint from Jaws to sing a sea shanty?

3. Has this liquor store inspired Warren Zevon to write a song about it?

4. Is there an autographed photo of Wally George on the wall?

5. Is this where Easy Andy from Taxi Driver goes to restock on merch?


More here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/meet-m...re-photography (may be paywalled)

Cheers,

Earl

CaliNative Jan 30, 2021 11:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arch2000 (Post 9175488)
While I don't recognize the area, I think I can provide some more context to the photo. What ER has called out in the center as an apartment building, I think, looks to be a high school complex. The area immediately behind the building is a quad/lunch area, and there are tennis courts and a ball field further behind the building. I suspect the complex at lower left to be a middle or elementary school, and they may have shared facilities- note the striped white crosswalk mid-block connecting the two.

To the middle right, I suspect that could be a library building fronted by a park. Many times smaller cities will have civic facilities grouped like this. So perhaps it's one of the smaller municipalities in the LA area, or not near LA at all!

But I do agree about the white building likely being a movie theater.

^^^
Just a wild guess...Manual Arts High School? My mom went there in the 1930s. Or perhaps L.A. City College on Vermont?

CaliNative Jan 30, 2021 11:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 9175475)
.

...and a look back down the street, in psychedelic color...

...first in 1963.

The video title says Sunset Strip 1964. The Whisky opened in January, 1964, but at 0:24 in that location, seen below, "The Party" comes into view.................................................................................................................................................
...followed by The Unicorn, The Golden Violin, Cavalier and Hamburger Hamlet...............................................................................................................................................
(The video continues on down to Sunset and Doheny Rd., almost colliding with a light blue...I don't know, Chevy, maybe?)..............................................................................................................................................

Notice the cranes (like antennae) on the left. The 9000 building is under construction. (Looks like about three floors.)..............................................................................................................................................

Video Link
..............................................................................................................................................


Two views from the other direction...............................................................................................................................................

Not dated:.....https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-d2RyR3t1Q...let%2B60s.jpegEllenBloom..............................................................................................................................................


An eleven second twilight look at the location...............................................................................................................................................

Video Link
..............................................................................................................................................


Lastly, a 1968 view--on the left the Richfield is now a Union 76 and 9000 building is completed. Scroll right for the entire photo view...!!!..............................................................................................................................................

https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net...ed&oe=6032CEF3


^^^
Newly constructed Sierra Tower residential building in the backround. In the 1960s the tallest residential building in the west. 31 stories, 398 feet.

Bristolian Jan 31, 2021 7:03 AM

:previous:
At the time of his death in 1982, Jack Webb lived there in a two story penthouse apartment that he designed.
How cool is that?

CaliNative Jan 31, 2021 11:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bristolian (Post 9175714)
:previous:
At the time of his death in 1982, Jack Webb lived there in a two story penthouse apartment that he designed.
How cool is that?

^^^
Very cool!

"This is the city...it is raining in Los Angeles...and I can see most of the city from my high perch in Sierra Tower...especially keeping tabs on those reefer smoking hippie punks on the Strip through my camera equiped telescope".

Bristolian Feb 1, 2021 3:43 AM

The Man Looking Out at "The City" from his Pad
 
https://i.imgur.com/S32AXfW.png?1

Earl Boebert Feb 1, 2021 3:45 AM

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--kesrK13j9...raggedNet1.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--kesrK13j9...raggedNet1.jpg

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Cheers,

Earl

Mackerm Feb 1, 2021 8:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 9175341)
.
mystery aerial


This negative is currently on eBay.


"Aerial view of Los Angeles Streets & Shops, c.1950"

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...922/zqlwrr.jpg

I've looked at this for waaay too long. I'm hoping someone will recognize the area.



Here's a positive of the negative.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/aLVPVF.jpg
eBay


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This is one of those places where you can see the clashing street grids. The street which runs from the upper left corner could be Hoover.

GaylordWilshire Feb 1, 2021 6:45 PM

https://i.postimg.cc/NGWwtS46/WAD1815-GSV-bmp.jpg


A demolition permit for this 1909 Craftsman at 1815 West Adams Boulevard, seemingly well-cared for, was issued last August. Perhaps if anyone in LA is covid-bored, lives nearby and/or needs to get out of the house, he or she might want to check to see if this has happened yet. It will probably be replaced by the type of multi-unit building for which houses like this one are rapidly being bulldozed. It sold for $820,000 in July 2019.

More pictures here https://www.redfin.com/CA/Los-Angele...8/home/6897982

ethereal_reality Feb 1, 2021 8:53 PM

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mystery location

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...922/BhGXoX.jpg








The following images are from a short newsreel dated 12 / 25 / 1929. (go to shermangrindberg and type in "horseshoes")



Does anyone know where, in Hollywood, this horseshoe park was located?

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/qHO7zs.jpg
shermangrindberg






As you'll see there are numerous signs for clues.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/QYvg8W.jpg
shermangrindberg

Note the two gentleman enjoying a game of chess.











https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/GdWNNa.jpg
shermangrindberg

The ad with the all seeing eye and horseshoe looks like something out of the occult.







https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/Vn9G9M.jpg
shermangrindberg


I believe I've shown you all sides of the park.

Now go find it sleuths! :whip:



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