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Old Posted Aug 27, 2013, 1:53 AM
BifRayRock BifRayRock is offline
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Remembering a time when Wilshire Boulevard's sidewalks were bordered by grass.

Discovered a '29 listing for two dentists, JD and JR McCoy at 3839 Wilshire Blvd., Room 300. By '32 they were listed in room "301."

Office photos are presumptively from the interior of 3839 Wilshire address, circa '28. Looks to be on second or third floor. This would have been a few doors east of the oft mentioned Wilshire Professional Bldg. (3875). Close to the northeast corner of Manhattan Place and Wilshire. Note that many sources locate the Wilshire Pro Building at 3825, which, of course, would turn my geography around. The building's front entrance is currently marked "3875." Why others confuse it with "3825" is a mystery which perhaps someone can illuminate.

1926 - Fabulous Wilshire looking west from Manhattan Place. St. James' ongoing construction? A glimpse of residences prior to Wilshire Pro Building's construction?

1927 - Viewing Manhattan Place from Wilshire

1926 - The former Temple EManuEl (639 Manhattan Place). To the left, a residence/dental office?

1978 - to the right (north) of former temple-now church is a period residence. It has been described as a church parsonage. Landscaping may have changed, but it's still around.

1927 - Address not provided. Said to be Sister Aimee McPherson's residence on Manhattan Place, after leaving the Angeleus Temple Parsonage.

1932 - Nice Area. What time does Perino's close?



Focus on bottom right of photo, building "hidden" behind the "Garage" Sign

Same focus (Thank you Vokoban)

1942 - Wilshire and Manhattan Place. (Office to far right?)


Sadly, window views are too overexposed to provide much information. Roofline? Palm fronds?

1928 - (Well equipped office. Does a Dentist need a scale, except to determine dosages?)



Wilshire Professional Building, a height-limit structure designed particularly for physicians and dentists, will be built on the northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and St. Andrews Place. Announcement of the project was made last week by Wright & Becker, Wilshire Boulevard brokers. Construction on the structure is slated to begin April 1, the Shell Oil Company having made arrangements to vacate the property on March 31.
The plans, as prepared by Arthur E. Harvey, architect, call for thirteen stories of Class A construction. A basement garage will handle cars of all the lessees. High-speed elevators, water softeners, running ice water, steam heat, are included in the specifications.
(Sept. 22, 1929) - The Wilshire Professional Building, just west of Western avenue, will be formally opened on October 1, next, according to the announcement of its owners. Vokoban -
Undated LA Times ad, previously posted on the thread.

A gas station to the east of the Wilshire Professional Building. Could it have been Exxon?

Last edited by BifRayRock; Aug 27, 2013 at 8:31 PM.
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