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Chuckaluck Nov 18, 2012 11:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Godzilla (Post 5851683)
I remember other interesting courtyard-style apartments or bungalows - close to the property on 1330 N. Formosa that has been attributed to Chaplin aka the French Village. http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=6887

The first address that comes to mind is 7207 Hampton Avenue in West Hollywood. It is where Poinsettia meets Hampton
https://www.google.com/maps/vt/data=...UgWHP37YmCRyW_ If you look at google maps, that complex has been designated as having historic significance. Unfortunately, the historic designation sign is practically worthless since it does not explain why the building is important. Perhaps one of you Noir-vets can post a link by which one can follow-up when confronted with an historic designation sign. Again, the tan sign is clearly visible. Unfortunately, the foliage completely obscures the complex as I remember it.


Normandy Towers 1238 3/4 Poinsettia Place
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...80809195_n.jpghttp://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=1&theater

tovangar2 Nov 18, 2012 11:44 PM

Gilmore Adobe
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 5905907)

The Gilmore Adobe is there too. Lower left corner in both photos.

Built by Antonio Jose Rocha in 1828-31, the adobe was later sold to Arthur Gilmore who ran a dairy farm on the surrounding property. Arthur's son, Earl B. Gilmore was born there in 1886. Even though the Gilmores eventually became very wealthy due to the oil found on the property and the development of the land, Earl B. Gilmore continued to live in his childhood home. He died there, in the room where he was born, in 1964.

http://www.placesearth.com/usa/calif...287_061021.jpg
Kenneth A. Larson

ethereal_reality Nov 19, 2012 12:12 AM

http://imageshack.us/a/img266/5545/g...orniahotel.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img843/5545/g...orniahotel.jpg
ebay




It took me quite awhile to located this photograph of the California Hotel.

http://imageshack.us/a/img29/5545/gl...orniahotel.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/glendal...n/photostream/

I don't believe I've ever seen a photograph of it before. I would have remembered the amazing rooftop sign in the shape of an oil derrick.
I wonder how the light on top lit up? -blinking red perhaps -or a steady warm yellowish glow -or rotating, like the beacon on City Hall.

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tovangar2 Nov 19, 2012 12:59 AM

Brandwood Hotel outlasts its bigger rival
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5906013)

It took me quite awhile to located this photograph of the California Hotel.

http://imageshack.us/a/img29/5545/gl...orniahotel.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/glendal...n/photostream/

I don't believe I've ever seen a photograph of it before. I would have remembered the amazing rooftop sign in the shape of an oil derrick.
I wonder how the light on top lit up? -blinking red perhaps -or a steady warm yellowish glow -or rotating, like the beacon on City Hall.

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That's the SW corner of N Brand Blvd at E Lexington. There's a Bank of America branch there now. Too bad, I really like the combination of theater & hotel and it was a great sign. (It says "California" at least nine times on the building altogether.) Musta been taken in 1952, "Come Back Little Sheba" is playing. The much smaller hotel next door at 339 N Brand is still in business and looks prosperous.

http://streetview.merchantcircle.com.../2/7052452.JPG

ethereal_reality Nov 19, 2012 1:11 AM

:previous: I was really hoping the building was still there. :(
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I don't know if this has been posted before. A very 'noirish' photograph of the old Hollywood Hotel. It almost looks like a movie set.

http://imageshack.us/a/img43/8416/aa...dhotel1956.jpg
http://vickielester.com/
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tovangar2 Nov 19, 2012 1:23 AM

1956(?)
 
Wow e_r, that pic of the old Hollywood Hotel addition has almost more atmosphere than I can handle. Thanks so much, it's a beaut.

ethereal_reality Nov 19, 2012 1:38 AM

:previous: It's an addition?




Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 5905983)

This is such a great find Chuckaluck! It's truly remarkable.

If you remember, we discussed this mysterious apartment complex earlier in the thread. I don't believe we ever came up with a good photograph of the place.




Below: A large portion of Normandy Towers is quite a distance from the street. The property looks to be in the shape of a L (lying down) with the west portion (left in the photo) continuing behind the private home.

http://imageshack.us/a/img59/7886/aabnormandytowers.jpg
google aerial





This is the view from Poinsettia Place. The sign simply says 'historic building'.

http://imageshack.us/a/img442/2672/a...oinsettiap.jpg
google street view









...see, I told you. :)

http://imageshack.us/a/img837/4287/a...insettiapl.jpg
google street view

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ethereal_reality Nov 19, 2012 1:51 AM

An odd find on ebay.

http://imageshack.us/a/img838/5749/a...llagemotel.jpg

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Albany NY Nov 19, 2012 1:56 AM

People who live in one shouldn't throw stones
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5906013)
It took me quite awhile to located this photograph of the California Hotel.

http://imageshack.us/a/img29/5545/gl...orniahotel.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/glendal...n/photostream/

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With a hotel, movie theater, and bar all in one building, it looks like people were living it up at the Hotel California (sorry, couldn't resist. But c'mon....you know SOMEONE would eventually say it!) But I'm curious, what is that all-glass structure on top of the hotel? It's too industrial to be an odd hotel amenity like a rooftop garden. Is it covering building mechanicals such as heating units, etc.? Maybe, but why all glass? And why in such a prominent location on the face of the building? Any ideas? Or am I missing something really obvious?

(BTW....an early wish that you all have a very happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones. What am I thankful for? I'm thankful that we can all gather here to discuss and explore a beautiful city's history at a time when countless others around the world are simply struggling to survive another day. How blessed are we?)

ethereal_reality Nov 19, 2012 2:00 AM

:previous: I hadn't noticed that it was all glass until you mentioned it. Good eye Albany_NY. Your guess is as good as mine.
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File this one under bucolic.

http://imageshack.us/a/img33/9035/aa...arrail1909.jpg
ebay

A group of electric rail passengers disembark to pick wild poppies.
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ethereal_reality Nov 19, 2012 2:14 AM

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce display circa 1897.

http://imageshack.us/a/img805/2618/b...ofbottles1.jpg
ebay


So what do you think is in the bottles? Also, what is the other tall structure made of..corn cobs?
That said, the atrium skylight is quite nice. The L.A. Chamber of Commerce moved around so much
I can't remember which building this would be.
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GaylordWilshire Nov 19, 2012 2:52 AM

http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/2...ancomplete.jpg

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/37/chapman21125.jpg

http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/961...complete11.jpg


Three views of the Chapman Park I hadn't seen before...perhaps because the source identifies them thusly: "Chapman Park Hotel, 5th & Spring Streets, Los Angeles. Formerly named the Alexandria Hotel, it was built in 1906 and enlarged in 1909."

The third shot appears to have been taken toward the Gaylord before the hotel added its Pueblo bungalow addition in the mid-'30s, seen in the first two shots.


All pics: Frank Mt. Pleasant Library

tovangar2 Nov 19, 2012 3:01 AM

Hollywood Hotel trebles in size:
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5906097)
:previous: It's an addition?
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Yes, e_r, the original 40-room Hollywood Hotel was built in 1902 at the NW corner of Hollywood and Highland. (See first photo below). It was so successful that a huge addition, which included a new entrance, chapel, ballroom, etc and 125 guest rooms, was constructed running along Hollywood Blvd, stretching west to Orchid Dr (second photo below). It opened in 1905. The whole place, including the gardens, took up three acres. They did a nice job of matching the architecture by repeating the "mission" arches twice more on the addition's facade.

In the wonderful photo you posted one can just see the round turret of the original structure on the right. The old hotel starts immediately to the right of the new entrance porch.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...lhollywood.jpg
wikipedia

Hollywood Hotel 1902 structure

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...hotel-1905.jpg
wikipedia

Hollywood Hotel 1905 addition, with the original building on the right.


Masthead of Paradiseleased.wordpress.com:
http://paradiseleased.files.wordpres...ood-blog-2.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_XRrU8-3Nmi...l+Highland.jpg
pc from wikimedia

BifRayRock Nov 19, 2012 4:50 AM

Tis almost the season.

1948 General Petroleum
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00095/00095734.jpg

Late '40s Wilshire May Co., in front of "Annex."
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...24033893_n.jpghttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

The interior:
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...07484803_n.jpg

For perspective: 1978 image including some of the Annex to right:
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00090/00090507.jpgLAPL

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...12602622_n.jpgwww.facebook.com

BifRayRock Nov 19, 2012 5:29 AM

A few blocks east of the Wilshire May Co., was the Miracle Mile Du-pars.

1978
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00090/00090442.jpgLAPL

1966
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...01565155_n.jpghttp://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...01405860_n.jpghttps://www.facebook.com

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In the later Du-par's images there appears a high rise located at 5670 Wilshire which used to be called the California Federal Plaza Building. I have a vague recollection that in 1966 or 67 the building and its sculpture (eclipsed by the light standard in the Du-par photos) were featured in a Sonny & Cher movie (Good Times?). Bound to have several shots of the surrounding Miracle Mile.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3068/2...e94a7d12_b.jpghttp://www.flickr.com


1978
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00090/00090456.jpg http://jpg1.lapl.org/00090/00090460.jpg LAPL


2000
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00092/00092276.jpgLAPL



ethereal_reality Nov 19, 2012 5:30 AM

:previous: Very nice photos of Du-pars BifRayRock.
We even get a glimpse of the old Coulters Dept. Store (now The Broadway..on the left).




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Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 5906172)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...hotel-1905.jpg
wikipedia

Hollywood Hotel 1905 addition, with the original building on the right

Thanks for clarifying tovanger2. I appreciate it. :)
So this addition to the Hollywood Hotel was built in 1905...that is extremely early, all things considered.
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ethereal_reality Nov 19, 2012 6:10 AM

A list of the cities that lie within Los Angeles County.

http://imageshack.us/a/img641/1572/a...esinlacoun.jpg
ebay

We've only just begun here at 'noirish Los Angeles'. Imagine all the untold stories waiting to be told. :)
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tovangar2 Nov 19, 2012 6:25 AM

Partial Demo of old Pickford Fairbanks Studios
 
Has anyone heard the latest on CMI Group's partial demo of the Pickford Fairbanks/United Artists/Sam Goldwyn/Warner's Hollywood/the Lot Studios on Santa Monica at Formosa? All I've seen recently is a pic of the start of the demo of the Pickford Building (below).

http://i.ytimg.com/vi/KVzxHZ3A3uk/0.jpg
ytimg

There was a flurry of articles when the project was announced at the end of March, but since then not much. The Fairbanks Building, the Writer's Building, the Editorial Building and the offices that front Santa Monica Blvd were all also slated for demolition.

http://paradiseleased.files.wordpres...pg?w=640&h=523
paadiseleased.com

On the left in the undated but early photo of the studio (above) one can see the vertical neon sign for the 1925 Red Post Cafe which would later become Jack's Steakhouse and finally the Formosa Cafe in 1939. Looks like the roof of the east tower of the studio isn't quite finished.

LAT:http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar...tudio-20120326

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5906273)
Thanks for clarifying tovanger2. I appreciate it. :)
So this addition to the Hollywood Hotel was built in 1905...that is extremely early, all things considered.
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I'm sorry e_r, I'm getting way too OCD. I shoulda let that one slide.

ethereal_reality Nov 19, 2012 4:09 PM

You don't have to apologize T2. Everything's fine. I didn't realize the original hotel was so small.
I'm out of town for a day or so. Have fun!

mark cunningham Nov 19, 2012 4:30 PM

Regarding the glass structure on roof of the California Hotel, Glendale. I believe that is a structure for the flies, storage space for scenery, lighting and the motion picture screen; assuming the theater had a proper theatrical stage. Just my guess.


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