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Old Posted Apr 29, 2012, 4:47 PM
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Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire View Post for the incredibly charming 2107 Brooklyn Ave--East Cesar Chavez if we must--it's another building whose trees I might consider sparing.... In the mid-'50s, it was the Louis Sheldon Hotel. It really doesn't look like it to me, but
apparently it was painted fairly recently--it's blue in the March 2009 Google Street View. Haven't really dug for information--couldn't find much of anything--but apparently it has nothing to do with the arch homophobe of the same name.
I had never explored that stretch of (nee) Brooklyn Avenue before, but it's very interesting and photogenic, and was the highlight of our 5 hour walk yesterday. This is a very old, generally un-modernized, un mini-"mauled" neighborhood with tons of personality and local color. It was crowded with families, bursting with music and we saw dozens of mariachis in full uniform. My wife and I kept thinking "Are we really in Los Angeles? This is a whole other world". There are 2 more very old buildings in this area I still want to find -- yesterday there were just too many good distractions and I kept getting sidetracked. I'll definitely be back for more. Brooklyn Ave. is lined with loads of old, full growth trees, the sidewalks cracked from the roots but shady. Lots and lots of interesting old buildings and homes.

That old building at 2107 must have a good story; wish I knew it. Thanks for discovering that it was a hotel in the 50's. The trees in front are so old and overgrown that they hide most of the front.


We also visited the 1646 Spring building that e_r recently discovered. There was some sort of event or showing which made it hard to get good building shots, but here 2 images.

And then there is the very old wedge shaped building, at 1635 N. Spring St., at Baker. I have a note that it dates to 1888. Have seen it described as the "Charles Raphael Plate Glass Co. Building at Junction Block", but I've also seen the the block called "Raphael Block". I think we can all agree that it would look better without the "mural". Why all the traffic cones? A conservation group was planting 500 trees in this neighborhood yesterday. (GW, don't even think about it!) I've only seen one old photo of this one, a small low-res image that I can't find now. Anybody...?

Speaking of very old Spring Street buildings, the Capital Milling building may be the grand-daddy of them all, dating to 1883. Old shots, anyone?

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