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Old Posted Nov 14, 2015, 7:24 AM
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Pickit Villa / Bellevue Terrace Hotel / Jonathan Club

There have been a few posts on the Bellevue Terrace Hotel before. I maybe found a bit more info and a couple of new pix.

The Bellevue Terrace Hotel was on Pearl St (formerly Grasshopper, now S Figueroa) at 6th. Bellevue Terrace continued 6th St to the west as a lane/alley. (The company that currently runs the gift shop in the Jonathan Club's parking structure is called Bellevue Terrace Service, Inc.)

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality View Post

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Here's a clearer view taken from the same spot up on Bunker Hill ca 1886 or later. The Bellevue Terrace is at center left (the 1886 four-story addition is in place). The Foy house (EF Kysor, 1872), up on its little hillock, appears in both photos. The rolling Crown Hills are in the background. The most elevated of the homes there may be on St Paul Avenue (or under the Harbor). Fifth and Flower (I think) is at lower left center. This intersection regularly flooded (for obvious reasons) up until the mid-twentieth-century.:

lapl/wm henry fletcher, n.d.

Even earlier, Augustus Koch's 1871 birdseye shows Grasshopper St and 6th forming a corner nestled against the hills. Los Reyes, spilling out of its arroyo, runs diagonally across the lower right corner of the image:

ucla dl (detail)

Baist, plate No. 8, 1910 (detail). The Bellevue Terrace Hotel is near the top, the Foy house is near the lower edge at No. 651:

historic mapworks

The structure on the left may have been a pre-existing building.* Its tower doesn't match the other two. It was later extended to the west. The center building was built in 1885 as the "Pickit Villa" by owners Donald and Mrs Katie Pickit. The hotel had a combined total of forty rooms and was such a hit that the four-story addition on the right was built in 1886. The two new buildings were connected by a second-floor balcony and renamed the more melodious "Bellevue Terrace". The hotel was "out in the country", but the 6th St trolley came right to the door:

overland monthly, july 1886

Much work went into the connecting balcony and the the porches, built in a late-Victorian style
(sort of a combination of Queen Anne and Stick):

huntington dl (detail)

The Belmont Hotel, aimed at a similar clientele, burned down in 1887

The Bellevue Terrace got refurbished with new paint, paper and carpeting in 1891 when it was taken over by new proprietor CW Stewart.

There were some crackerjack country homes built to the south of Bellevue Terrace:

lapl n.d.(detail)

Would you just look at that tower growing out of the second frame home!
It brings "Alien" to mind. I assume a damsel was imprisoned there. The retaining wall of the Bellevue Terrace Hotel is on the right margin:

huntington dl n.d.

I'm a little confused about the "Alien" house's address. It's between 609 and 615. If it was No. 611, demo permits were issued in 1922 and 1924, each for a "dwelling" there. Either the carriage house was counted as a dwelling or the '22 permit wasn't used and had to be reissued. Anyway, it's gone now.

In 1915, no less a person than John Parkinson designed and built a one-story, ten-room brick store building at 601-609 S Figueroa, south of Belleview Terrace (now called W 6th) and the Bellevue Terrace Hotel. As we've already seen, Parkinson was not the first LA architect to engage in real estate speculation (Ezra Kysor actually quit his firm to go into it full time):


As for the Bellevue Terrace Hotel, below is its decline in pictures.

ca 1891-1895. The refurbished hotel looks splendid done up in its new creamy paint. Edward Doheny stayed here with his family in 1892. He said he got the idea for drilling for oil while watching fuel and tar wagons pass by from his perch on a balcony:
Originally Posted by ethereal_reality View Post

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1900. Still looking good, if a little old-fashioned:


But by 1920, the Bellevue Terrace was rundown:


Detail from above image:

JScott posted an outstanding 1916 detail shot of the Bellevue Terrace Hotel and its urban surroundings here (the full image is here)

In 1922 three demo permits were issued for the three structures which made up the hotel.

In 1924 the Jonathan Club was granted a permit to build their Schultze and Weaver designed, twelve-story building from brick, stone and terra cotta. It cost $1.8 million.

Those priors:

*Don't miss FW's astounding bit of detective work on the original Bellevue Terrace Hotel building:

Well worth the 7 1/2 year wait.


Last edited by tovangar2; Feb 12, 2023 at 6:36 AM. Reason: add link, image, priors & a great addition (see last lines)
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