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ethereal_reality May 24, 2012 12:10 AM

http://imageshack.us/a/img716/2749/a...cfidelity6.jpg
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Of course the first thing I wanted to know is if the Pacific Fidelity Building is still standing.

below: The Pacific Fidelity Bldg can be seen down the block on the right (that's Bullock's Wilshire on the left).
To my surprise Westmoreland Avenue has been blocked off at this point.

http://imageshack.us/a/img11/6391/aa...cviewsofro.jpg
google street view




below: This view is looking north from 7th Street showing the blocked off Westmoreland. That's the Pacific Fidelity Building at the center
and Bullock's Wilshire on the right.

http://imageshack.us/a/img210/461/aa...cfidelityl.jpg
google street view

It turns out the Pacific Fidelity Building is part of Southwestern Law School. It's now known as the Westmoreland Building.


below: The closed off portion of Westmoreland Avenue forms a mini 'quad' connecting the Westmoreland Building to the Bullock's Wilshire building
(now the main building & library of Southwestern Law School)

http://imageshack.us/a/img209/2072/a...cf1westmor.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwestern_Law_School

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Next I wondered about the two towers that can be seen in the distance in the old construction photo.

http://imageshack.us/a/img802/2749/a...cfidelity6.jpg




The taller of the two is The First Baptist Church at 760 S. Westmoreland Avenue.

http://imageshack.us/a/img52/461/aac...cfidelityl.jpg
google street view


below: The shorter tower belongs to the first Unitarian Church at 2936 W. 8th Street.

http://imageshack.us/a/img526/461/aa...cfidelityl.jpg
google street view

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GaylordWilshire May 24, 2012 1:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5710892)

below: The shorter tower belongs to the first Unitarian Church at 2936 W. 8th Street.

http://imageshack.us/a/img526/461/aa...cfidelityl.jpg
google street view

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http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics32/00065626.jpgLAPL


I'd never noticed this church before, e_r. It looks remarkably unchanged--the clock is gone (though a shadow appears to have been left behind), but even the various finials seem to have been deemed stable enough to remain.

Chuckaluck May 24, 2012 2:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5711360)
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics32/00065626.jpgLAPL


I'd never noticed this church before, e_r. It looks remarkably unchanged--the clock is gone (though a shadow appears to have been left behind), but even the various finials seem to have been deemed stable enough to remain.

It looks as though the street lighting remains original too.

Regarding the Pacific Fidelity Bldg., is there a construction date? (Assume it to have been post WW2) When visiting the BullocksW, the docent referred to the same building as having been used by Shell Oil. Was Shell a former occupant?

Pacific Fidelity is not listed at Westmoreland in '56 phone book, but several Ins. Cos. are at 621 and 630 Westmoreland. A glimpse of '60s phone books indicates 601 was Federated Dept. Stores and 616 included Chicago Title and Aviation Underwriters, but there is no Shell. For that matter, there is no "670" listed either. Guess the Fidelity Bldg., acquired a new mailing address when it eventually grew walls.

http://imageshack.us/a/img716/2749/a...cfidelity6.jpg

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Shell gas station and El Vaquero drive-in market, date unk.
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics49/00059328.jpg LAPL

September 19, 1939, address unk.
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics46/00057647.jpg LAPL


Looking N., Shell Oil Station South Broadway and Olympic Blvd. Circa 1939
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...DB62DAB51?v=hr http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/search...=1337867411393

Chuckaluck May 24, 2012 2:17 PM

Looking west from Broadway and Eleventh Street, November 21, 1931. In the first photo, there is a building bearing a long linear sign for "Southwestern University."

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../CHS-7644?v=hr

Good timing for the following motto: "The store where bargains reign." Do we know the store's name?
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../CHS-7643?v=hr

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../CHS-7642?v=hr

1939
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...6-18-ISLA?v=hr

1939
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...9-22-ISLA?v=hr

1928
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...A-EN-1237?v=hr

1925
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...CHS-37270?v=hr






All from http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/search...=1337867411393

Moxie May 24, 2012 2:47 PM

:previous:
Like the reference to "Los Angeles' Finest Legitimate Play House"...I sure hope people at the time knew the difference and didn't go to the wrong sort (if they didn't want to).

BifRayRock May 24, 2012 3:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Moxie (Post 5711476)
:previous:
Like the reference to "Los Angeles' Finest Legitimate Play House"...I sure hope people at the time knew the difference and didn't go to the wrong sort (if they didn't want to).

Interesting duct work on the roof of the building advertising "Mayan Theater." Similar duct work is absent on other buildings. 1931, probably early air conditioning, like the Tower theater?

On a hot enough day, that might make even the worst moving picture play seem - legitimate!

ethereal_reality May 24, 2012 4:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 5711425)

It looks like the old Southwestern University building had tennis or basketball courts on the roof (the fenced off area on the left).

I really like the building on the corner. Is it an automobile showroom? Also notice the well dressed woman at the corner.

ethereal_reality May 24, 2012 4:45 PM

Here are a couple more interesting construction photographs.

below: You can see the steel frame for the Pacific Fidelity Building in the distance.

http://imageshack.us/a/img844/9854/a...c1midlandi.jpg
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http://imageshack.us/a/img6/9854/aac...c1midlandi.jpg
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"self erection" ;)

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MichaelRyerson May 24, 2012 5:00 PM

Could very well have been both, or even a multi-use deck, but I think in Chuckaluck's first pic you can see the backboard for a basketball hoop.

GaylordWilshire May 24, 2012 7:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 5711417)
Regarding the Pacific Fidelity Bldg., is there a construction date? (Assume it to have been post WW2) When visiting the BullocksW, the docent referred to the same building as having been used by Shell Oil. Was Shell a former occupant?

Pacific Fidelity is not listed at Westmoreland in '56 phone book, but several Ins. Cos. are at 621 and 630 Westmoreland. A glimpse of '60s phone books indicates 601 was Federated Dept. Stores and 616 included Chicago Title and Aviation Underwriters, but there is no Shell. For that matter, there is no "670" listed either. Guess the Fidelity Bldg., acquired a new mailing address when it eventually grew walls.


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-_...icfidelduo.jpghttps://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-K...neinfoduo2.jpg


An even-numbered address doesn't makes sense for the west side of an L.A. street.... I figured the typist of the crane picture captions for a ditz, especially after noticing "Westmore" for "Westmoreland" in the second.... Anyway, the 600 "block" of Westmoreland is really two blocks, from 6th to 7th with Wilshire in between. The Bullock's business office and later its Federated parent company were a block north of the store at 601; the Pacific Fidelity Building was, as you can see from the two Times articles above, at 675. Interesting to note that it was a Welton Becket design. The articles are, respectively, from June 28, 1959, and June 24, 1960.


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Those Who Squirm! May 24, 2012 7:29 PM

Greystone Park
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5459445)
Please post 'Those Who Squirm'.

I will post some pictures eventually; on reviewing what I already had I found that they really need to be re-shot with the better equipment that I now have.

ethereal_reality May 24, 2012 8:07 PM

article originally posted by Gaylord_Wilshire
http://imageshack.us/a/img36/922/aaunivacii.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img546/2639/aaunivac2.jpg
http://www.salesianos-ubeda.com/main...gen1/index.htm

ethereal_reality May 24, 2012 8:40 PM

A very 'noirish' apartment building just east of the Unitarian Church on 8th Street.

http://imageshack.us/a/img18/461/aac...cfidelityl.jpg
google street view

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...and in color.

http://imageshack.us/a/img832/461/aa...cfidelityl.jpg
google street view




http://imageshack.us/a/img594/461/aa...cfidelityl.jpg
google street view





http://imageshack.us/a/img137/6091/a...unitarianc.jpg
google street view

ethereal_reality May 24, 2012 9:17 PM

In the same general vicinity is the old Wilshire Place Hotel & Apts.at the corner of 7th & Magnolia.

http://imageshack.us/a/img6/9862/aac...thmagnolia.jpg
google street view

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http://imageshack.us/a/img576/5894/a...cfidelitya.jpg
google street view






http://imageshack.us/a/img341/5894/a...cfidelitya.jpg
google street view




I really like the unusual arched 'canopy' over the front entrance.

http://imageshack.us/a/img715/5894/a...cfidelitya.jpg
google street view

Chuckaluck May 24, 2012 9:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5711857)
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-_...icfidelduo.jpghttps://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-K...neinfoduo2.jpg


An even-numbered address doesn't makes sense for the west side of an L.A. street.... I figured the typist of the crane picture captions for a ditz, especially after noticing "Westmore" for "Westmoreland" in the second.... Anyway, the 600 "block" of Westmoreland is really two blocks, from 6th to 7th with Wilshire in between. The Bullock's business office and later its Federated parent company were a block north of the store at 601; the Pacific Fidelity Building was, as you can see from the two Times articles above, at 675. Interesting to note that it was a Welton Becket design. The articles are, respectively, from June 28, 1959, and June 24, 1960.


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Interesting. I mentioned Shell Oil, because that is what I heard from a docent. This piqued my curiosity further.

In 1956, the 675 address has listings for what appears to be two residents and possibly a business. Pacific Fidelity is listed in 1960 book at 675, "DU5-8131" (in case anyone has Univac questions), along with a couple of other businesses. By 1964, the only 675 listing is for "Pacific Finance." By 1968 "675" is listed as "building" with no number.

Could the Univac have possibly become obsolete sooner than expected? Or maybe it was the precursor or inspiration for the 1968 appearance of HAL9000?

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The Lankershim Hotel has been mentioned here. My effort at searching for it turned up a reference at P 150 of this thread. Fascinating set of photos taken from the Hotel circa 1907 featuring Broadway, Seventh and Spring Streets. Should anyone ask whether the Alexandria is fireproof, the correct answer is ABSOLUTELY!

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../CHS-5781?v=hr
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../CHS-5782?v=hr
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../CHS-5783?v=hr
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../CHS-5780?v=hr
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../CHS-5779?v=hr
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../CHS-5778?v=hr
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../CHS-5777?v=hr
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../CHS-5776?v=hr
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/search...=1337893974126

ethereal_reality May 24, 2012 10:04 PM

:previous: Excellent photos Chuckaluck!

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below: Where in the heck is Bliss?

http://imageshack.us/a/img6/3165/aab...asthistake.jpg
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sopas ej May 25, 2012 12:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 4305111)
Here's the evolution (or devolution) of the 3rd St. Tunnel area of Bunker Hill:

3rd and Hill, 1901
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics18/00008530.jpg

3rd and Hill, 1903
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics18/00008585.jpg

3rd and Hill, circa 1910
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics18/00008586.jpg

3rd and Hill, circa late 1920s
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics18/00008549.jpg

3rd and Hill, 1930s
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics18/00008534.jpg

3rd and Hill, 1950
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics18/00008552.jpg

3rd and Hill, late 1960s
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics18/00008548.jpg

3rd and Hill, 1978
http://jpg2.lapl.org/spnb2/00017537.jpg

3rd and Hill, 1986
http://jpg2.lapl.org/spnb2/00017538.jpg

All pics from lapl.org

Yesterday evening. (05.24.12)
http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...38919244_n.jpg
Photo by yours truly

ethereal_reality May 25, 2012 12:54 AM

Union Station with a sign advertising Cafe' Caliente on Olvera St ('curios novelties').

http://imageshack.us/a/img28/6734/sn...calientacu.jpg
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BifRayRock May 25, 2012 3:27 AM




Casualties of USC's format change.



On the hunt for more of Bob's Air Mail Service. Posted in Ethereal's honor. Cochran and Wilshire looking East '39

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/re...coll59/id/1221

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0






Miracle Mile - Coulters '39
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...-EN-39-95?v=hr

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/i...H8HaI7ydNEDQlQ

Looking west along Wilshire from St. Andrews, '39
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...-EN-39-90?v=hr

Lucerne and Wilshire looking West. '39 Is that what we have all come to know as a Helm's-type Bakery Truck - without the Helms?
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...-EN-39-92?v=hr

Wilshire looking west from June Street. '39
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...-EN-39-93?v=hr

OEste along Wilshire from Highland, '39
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...-EN-39-98?v=hr

West on Wilshire from Vermont Avenue, '39
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...-EN-39-88?v=hr

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Particularly gritty view of traffic over Los Angeles River at Ninth Street, ca. '23
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...-EN-172-5?v=hr

East between 2nd and 3rd Streets from point above Beaudry, 1937
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...EN-106-27?v=hr

First Street, Los Angeles. Looking east on First Street from point 200 feet west of Fremont Street, 1926
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...AAA-EN-42?v=hr

Western Avenue looking north from 9th Street, Los Angeles, 1937
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...EN-106-25?v=hr

All from http://digitallibrary.usc.edu

BifRayRock May 25, 2012 4:20 AM



Would like to acknowledge having noticed this photo elsewhere on this thread. Source indicates "1897."
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../CHS-6418?v=hr

Cahuenga Pass 1899
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Md9z_-LK7q...Pass+1899+.jpg http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Md9z_-LK7q...Pass+1899+.jpg

Cahuenga Pass 1911
http://laist.com/attachments/la_zach...gaPass1911.jpghttp://www.google.com

South end of Cahuenga Pass ca. '40
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3431/3...4a432371_o.jpghttp://www.flickr.com/


Cahuenga Boulevard just west of Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, 1938
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...EN-106-86?v=hr

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...EN-106-49?v=hr

Cahuenga Pass, near summit, '38 (keep eye out for Monkeys?)
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...EN-106-12?v=hr

Late '30s(?)
http://www.amoeba.com/dynamic-images...Pass_1938.jpeg http://www.google.com

The Pass, ca. '52
http://www.pacificelectric.org/wp-co...-July-1952.jpghttp://www.pacificelectric.org/pacif...rsal-citywalk/

Except where indicated, all from http://digitallibrary.usc.edu





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