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Old Posted Feb 28, 2015, 7:59 PM
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I originally posted this postcard of Ye Bull Pen Inn at 633 S Hope in post #25209.


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Now I've found this accompanying dining room shot. The seller also has the postcard above, and both are dated 1915 this time around.


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The post I linked to above also mentions Ye Bull Pen Inn moving to 535 S Grand Avenue by 1929. Here's their sign under the one for the Mayflower Hotel in a detail from a 1930 Dick Whittington panorama. I posted the full image in post #24347


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Here's an undated postcard of Wilshire Boulevard that I don't recall seeing before. By the cars, I'm guessing it's from the late-50s/early-60s. On the left is the pylon for the Ambassador Hotel, while on the right is the Brown Derby and Chapman Park Hotel. Off in the distance is the Wiltern.


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I had to go back to February 2014 to get the Googlemobile on the north side of the road for this "now" picture. It's a shame that so many wonderful buildings are missing, although the Gaylord Apartments behind the photographer are still there.


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"Classical School for Boys, 59 So Euclid Ave opened in 1889. New building erected in 1891. Steven Cutter Clark, principal."


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Because of the shadows under their noses, the two boys on the left with the hats look like little Charlie Chaplins! (And the ones without hats look like little Hitlers?)
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Here's an undated postcard of Wilshire Boulevard that I don't recall seeing before. By the cars, I'm guessing it's from the late-50s/early-60s. On the left is the pylon for the Ambassador Hotel, while on the right is the Brown Derby and Chapman Park Hotel. Off in the distance is the Wiltern.


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I had to go back to February 2014 to get the Googlemobile on the north side of the road for this "now" picture. It's a shame that so many wonderful buildings are missing, although the Gaylord Apartments behind the photographer are still there.


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I was in this area last June for an appointment and had some free time to walk around quite a few blocks and visit some of the buildings, which I posted about (no photos) here:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=22117

One thing I did not know, or discover, while there, was that this is where the Chapman Park Hotel was located! I believe that's where the female athletes for the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics were housed. Thanks for posting this, HossC!
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The two boys on the left with the hats look like little Charlie Chaplins! And the ones without hats look like little Hitlers.
Very funny Martin.

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mystery location. -3 slides.


Playground/basketball court being used for roller-skating, los Angeles, 1950s.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Photo-Sl...item46353fecd9

Interesting houses across the street.

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In this photo we see they have set up a record player for skating music. Looks like a lot of fun.


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I hadn't noticed that. Good eye CBD. Knowing that there was music playing makes it seem all the more fun.
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Here is a beautiful receipt dating from 1878.


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To M. Keller Dr.
Proprietor of the
Rising Sun and Los Angeles Vineyards.
Los Angeles, California

Eastern House: Nos. 24, 26 & 28 South 15th Street.

I'm a little confused by this receipt. It says Philadelphia at the top...so why the elaborate artwork for a Los Angeles vineyard.
..and is the Eastern House address (South 15th Street) referring to Philly?

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'Spearmint' bus, 1970s.


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At first I thought I recognized the building on the corner, but now I'm not so sure. (it appears to have a blade sign, but we only see the last two letters, an O and N?)
I'm probably imagining things, but that orange sign on the building behind the bus looks like it has the vintage A & W logo (root beer).

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That's 6th and Broadway with Pershing Square and the Pacific Mutual Life building on the far left.


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Thanks HossC.

Here is another slide with a 'spearmint' bus (different number) that is near that orange sign I previously mentioned.


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www.addoway.com

Yep, that's the same logo, except that the arrow is pointing in the opposite direction and the orange and white colors are reversed.

Also note the oversized clock on the roof of the Pac Mu building. We've seen it before on NLA, but I had forgotten about this particular design (it even had a second hand!)

I believe it was digital later. right?

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It looks like your first guess was spot on, e_r. The 1973 CD lists an A & W Root Beer stand at 319 W 6th Street.


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Main Street at Third Street. Liberty Theatre, Gray Hotel, Harris Hardware Company - 09/24/1929


http://lacityhistory.pastperfect-onl...34345;type=102


http://lacityhistory.pastperfect-onl...34345;type=102

The Primrose Path (1925) starred Clara Bow


http://www.imdb.com/media/rm40834053...5?ref_=tt_ov_i



Adventures in the Far North (1923) was a travel documentary.

The New York Times had this to say:

"Although documentary filmmaker Captain F.E. Kleinschmidt got himself in quite a bit of hot water for
supporting the Germans during World War I, he continued making and releasing documentaries about
the frozen north into the 1920s. This entry, released by the Lee-Bradford Corporation, involves an
expedition which took the captain, his wife, and his crew from Seattle to the Yukon."

The sign on the Gray Hotel says "Building Coming Down"

This is from one of the new websites that So-Cal-Bear found





1912 - Liberty Theater






1912 - Looks like a good year for Eastside Beer. Source indicates that the Eastside sign "moved."


http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single...id/12299/rec/3



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I came across this slide earlier this evening on eBay.

"Los Angeles, Pacific Electric, Interurban, San Pedro Line Bridge, 1952"


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Los-Angeles-...item4ae5b8e78f

Is this the only bridge the Red Cars traversed on their route to San Pedro?
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There have been several mentions of Chutes Park on NLA, and Los Angeles Past posted a couple of great pictures in post #739, but I don't recall seeing a colorized picture before. The postmark dates it at 1905.



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The neighboring Washington Park has also had a few passing mentions, but I didn't find any pictures. The Chutes Theater and waterslide are clearly visible in the background of the second picture below.


Ebay


Ebay

The parks were located just south of Washington Boulevard between Grand and Main. The site was just marked as "The Chutes" on the 1910 Baist map.


www.historicmapworks.com

The "Base Ball Grounds" are shown by 1914.


www.historicmapworks.com

The stands of the ballpark are much larger by 1921, and the site next to the ballpark is now labeled "McCartney's Washington Gardens".


www.historicmapworks.com

Today, nothing remains of either park. Olive, Hill and Broadway have all been extended through the site.


Google Maps

And finally, a recent aerial shot.


Google Maps





Wiki's larger version of Washington Park offers some added detail.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...os_Angeles.jpg



1925 - Pro Ball Player, Charlie Root and his Hudson outside Washington Park

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single.../id/2506/rec/1


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Goudeycard.jpg





And on an unrelated sports note, before the LA Rams, the Los Angeles Dons. http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=20154

1946
http://www.qualitycards.com/pictures...1346ticket.jpg


1948
http://www.qualitycards.com/pictures...ticket1948.jpg




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This incredible image of Fifth and Olive Streets has been posted no less than three times on NLA.http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=8776 Not sure about the second image of the same locale, approximately 12 years later, 1922.


1910 Fifth and Olive
http://img547.imageshack.us/img547/3...hstreetlos.jpg

1922 Fifth and Olive. (If you wish to avoid going back in time and the hassle of parking at or near Pershing Square, see Robin Hood here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x73nPX-06X8 )
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...MN94JMNMXL.jpg

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/image...1075355249.jpg

https://fandangogroovers.files.wordp...robin-hood.jpg








1906
http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/4...uditoriumd.jpghttp://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=8782

Undated - could be as late as '20s
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...DIUXKIQHVJ.jpg




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Cool Fort Street/Broadway Cut

Many of the pix below have been seen before, but probably not together. My ongoing interest in Broadway between Temple and 1st St, plus the hilltop neighborhood on its west side, leads me to this question:

When was Fort St/Broadway cut through to the north from 1st St, severing Poundcake Hill (AKA La Loma de las Mariposas) from the rest of Bunker Hill and thereby creating the engineering problem of the crumbling slope, which was met with various solutions, until the whole thing was hauled away?

We know what happened after (see below). But how did it start?

Flyingwedge found some periodicals that I missed (Thank you Flyingwedge!) They are here and here. Apparently the Common Council approved the grading of Fort Street in 1874, noting that the project would have to wait its turn, as other projects, approved previously, would have to be finished first. I'm not sure if cutting through and grading are the same thing, but 1874 is a useful date.

Also, Harris Newmark, writing in 1914, remembers in "Sixty Years in Southern California" (1916):

"Up to the fall of [1870], no connection existed between
Temple and First Streets west of Spring; but on the first day of
September, a cut through the hill, effected by means of chain-
gang labor and continuing Fort Street north, was completed, to
the satisfaction of the entire community."


Yet this drawing shows the high school (1872) in place before the cut.

Poundcake Hill's tether looks intact here. Fort St dead-ends just north of 1st St:

lapl

This not-always-reliable, 1929 map of 1871 LA shows Fort St stymied by the terrain. No. 29 marks what will become Poundcake Hill:

http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/...64l+pm000231))

The 1849 Ord survey agrees:

http://www.lapl.org/sites/default/fi...ps/map0039.jpg

Here's a view looking south down Fort St from Temple. The foot of the west slope has not been totally cut away. LAHS (1872) is in place:

lapl via water & power

Fort Street is through to Sand St, just north of Temple. Poundcake Hill is on the east. The "grade too steep for horses", on the west, is spilling onto unpaved Fort St. That tidy cut city engineers were trying for in the photo above, didn't last (they should have put in a retaining wall then). Note the little house on the brow of the hill at upper right. I like the three little hatches under the north eave. It turns up in photos of this site into the 1920s. I believe it was the first home built in this neighborhood, maybe as early as the 1860s, but certainly by the '70s. I used to know the name of the owner, but I've forgotten it now (George Miliken?). The address was 318 Court Street:

usc http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...id/2909/rec/13

Also taken in the 1870s, this shot shows Louis Roeder posed outside his shop on Spring St, a bit south of 1st St (later the Nadeau Hotel will be built next door and the shop itself replaced by the Roeder Block). The little house is on the hill behind, outlined against the sky, its only company is an even smaller house, further down the hill:

islandora

A wider view from one of the towers of the Los Angeles and Independence Railway depot at 5th and San Pedro in ca 1877. The home on the hill with the large fenced yard is Mrs Shepherd's place. The little house is further along to the right on the ridge:
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“View from the Santa Monica Depot, Los Angeles” (1877) @ CA St. Library

Circa 1881 or after. It must be spring. The little house's walled, east facing garden and the whole slope is lush with green:

c.c. pierce http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si.../id/1729/rec/1

In the ca 1882 detail below, we see the Court Hill neighborhood as it looked then. The little house is on the left. Next is the Bixby house, at No. 138 Hill Street, near the southeast corner of Court and Hill, as it looked (single-story; white with green trim) when built in 1881. Just right of center is the Hopperstead home (1880) at 331 Court St. It was one story on its street frontage and two stories at the back to take advantage of the hill. A photo of the front is here and a 1936 article about it here.

On the southwest corner of Court and Hill, at 139 Hill Street, is the lovely home of Andrew Wilson "Will" Potts, the County Clerk. There is an 1880 drawing of it at this link. I do not know what possessed A.W. Potts, but he demolished his nice house and built an enormous three-story, reportedly-drafty mansion on the same site, in the American Renaissance style, designed by Joseph Cather Newsom, which is on view in photos below. He subsequently sold it to L. L. Bradbury in 1887. Bradbury had the misfortune of dying in 1892 and then Mr Potts died the next year. After a colorful, downward spiral, the Bradbury Mansion was demolished in 1929. The Bixby home, which got a second story, a coat of grey paint and various extensions after it first went up, lasted until 1953.

Sarah Bixby Smith (1871-1935) wrote in "Adobe Days" (1925), that the site for their house (in those days, the highest point in the city) was chosen, "...because of the view and the sense of air and space. Below us was the little city, the few business blocks, the homes set in gardens on tree-shaded streets, the whole surrounded by orchards and vineyards. On clear days we could see the mountains far in the east and the ocean at San Pedro, with Catalina beyond" . During bad storms the Bixbys could also see houses floating down the river:

water and power (detail) Full view

The houses on the crown of the hill in this ca 1885 detail are the Bradbury and the Bixby (now with its second story). There is a curious structure (or structures) built into the hillside below the Bixby house with many arches. It does not appear in any other photos I've seen. I assume it's animal pens. Llewellyn Bixby was a sheepman and sheep did used to graze the hillside when it was still relatively bucolic, as it is here. Nowadays goats are employed to graze the steeper slopes, in order to lessen fire danger, on the sides of freeways, in private yards, etc:

water & power (detail) Full view

Another hilltop shot, this time from the south. On the left, at the northwest corner of Hill and 1st St is the brand-new, three-story, balconied Highland Villa (1886), which appears in so many photos (the Highland Villa will be sacrificed in ca 1910 for the 1st St cut and the Hill St Tunnel approach). The Bradbury Mansion is left of center. The Bixby home is across the street to the east and the little house is on the right:

c.c. pierce / full view: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...id/17808/rec/1


The name "Fort Street" was changed to "Broadway" in 1890 by order of Mayor Hazard, at the request of property owners at Fort and Fourth.


A nice panorama from C.C. Pierce, taken from the courthouse tower. The slope now has steps and some rather precarious-looking retaining walls. ca 1891. The Los Angeles Herald, "the Best Paper", is using a retaining-wall section as a billboard. They would like you to know that a month's subscription is only 80 cents. Not a lot of grazing left for the livestock. Note that the little house has rid itself of that cypress tree. It must have been ruining the view. The ramp between the south flight of steps, and those on the north is incredibly flimsy-looking. Note the Baldwin Hills on the left horizon and the Hollywood Hills on the right:

cc pierce http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...d/1740/rec/255 zoomable

A closer view of the Bradbury Mansion, taken from the Bixby's front lawn. Pictured, I assume, is Llewellyn Bixby, Jr. (1879-1942) as a young teen:

(first published here by e_r: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=35530)

The 1889 WCTU temple stands on the northwest corner of Temple and Broadway. One can see the little house about and inch above the temple's roof line with the Bixby house beyond it, mostly hidden by trees. I'm posting this photo because I was so struck by the fanciful houses built along Broadway, very different from the plain New England styles of the previous generation

water and power

A great 1899 panorama from C.C. Pierce (this is just 1/3 of a larger image. The whole thing may be seen here). More substantial buildings are in place on Broadway. One can just see the Hopperstead residence on the right margin. The base of the slope is blocked by billboards, including one for "Ramona". It looks like a beautiful day. One can see the Baldwin and Hollywood hills quite clearly:

cc pierce http://www.shorpy.com/node/7259?size=_original#caption zoomable

The Broadway cut looking south from above Temple in ca 1904-1906. The little house, again, is on the right, looking very gnat-like compared to the court building. It looks as though it could easily fit inside the courthouse's clock tower. Court Flight was installed in 1905, its entrance out of view in this shot:

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si.../id/1725/rec/2

Court Flight and its staircase. The little house (left margin) is now overwhelmed by the new Stevens Apartments, the Court Flight Observation Tower and the New Broadway Hotel:

lapl previously posted by e_r

A similar shot, but this one reveals the retaining wall. Note the little house's low garden wall. The little house never actually lost any land to the encroaching cliff:

water & power

As you can see below, as of 1916, the little house was surrounded on the north by a row of garages (built in 1914 at about the same time as the Stevens Apartments at No. 322 Court St) and then, in 1916, a three-story brick apartment building was built in its precarious front garden at No. 312 Court St:
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Detail of above (I cannot fathom how one gained access to these apartments):


Baist, 1921, lays it out:

baist, 1921, plate 3

Someone's trying to sell the last bit of the slope not already built on:

ebay, previously posted by e_r

By 1924 the little house is still in place, but that brick apartment building, east of the little house, appears to now be missing (I couldn't find a demo permit):

lapl (detail)

The very urbanized Fort St/Broadway cut in 1926. The entrance to Court Flight is hidden from view on the right between The New Broadway Hotel and the new-ish Law Building. On the east side of Broadway from north to south are the Hall of Justice, the grounds of the County Courthouse, the Hall of Records, The Times tower and old City Hall:

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...id/1736/rec/38 (detail)

The Bixby house in 1928. After the Bixbys left, it became the Harmonia Apartments. The Stevens Apartments are on the left and the old Hall of Records may just be glimpsed in the background:

islandora

A 1938 aerial showing the relationship between the slope and what's left of Poundcake Hill:

ebay (detail) previously posted by e_r

The slope being used as a dumping ground. The Law Building at left, Bixby home left-center, Stevens Apartments at center (additional parking for the Stevens is what replaced the little house) and The New Broadway Hotel, lower right (notice the collapsed cliff where that brick apartment building once stood):

ebay (detail) previously posted by e_r

A rather fancifully imagined detail from a postcard image.
The Bixby house, Stevens Apartments, Law Building and the New Broadway Hotel are recognizable,
but the former site of Court Flight looks like a broad boulevard here:

islandora
Court Flight abandoned, ca 1954. Service had ended in 1943 after a fire. The stairs remain:


The footbridge to the Law Building circa 1954. The former Bixby house (a multi-family dwelling since circa 1914) had been cleared in 1953:

previously posted by gsjansen pg 239

The demo permit for the Bixby:



ladbs

1955: The neighborhood has been totally demolished. Workers load the hill itself into trucks to be hauled away, rather putting the lie to Gerald O'Hara's maxim. The west portal of the double-barreled Hill Street Tunnel (train bore, 1909 / street-traffic bore,1912) is still there for now. The huge excavation at left is for the soon-to-be-built Superior Court (1958). There's still a bit of traffic on the doomed stretch of Court Street:

full view: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/re...oll44/id/55296
usc (detail) previously posted by HossC on pg 1103

May 10, 1955. That's the New Broadway Hotel on the right. The hill disappeared before the slope, as the demolition proceeded from west to east so as not to disturb the traffic on Broadway:

lapl previously posted by kznyc2k pg 655

01/16/56: Both the hill and the tunnel are gone.The new County Courthouse will rise on the left, approximately replacing the Bradbury Mansion. East of Hill Street the site of the Bixby and Hopperstead homes, among others, as well as the little house, is now flat as a pancake, dozens of feet below the original grade.

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single...d/8779/rec/183
Originally posted by FredH (pg 1061) from a great series. Check them out here: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=21209

The Law Building lasted until long after the hill was gone. The underground parking between the Superior Court and the HOA hasn't been topped with its park yet. The old Hall of Records looks like a ship that's become unmoored. With street realignment and the then-impending loss of the old Hall of Records, all vestiges of the Indian trail, which influenced Spring Street's route, were erased:

previously posted by sopas ej pg 1

And, of course, again, now. One can still take a few stairs from Broadway to Hill. The Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Courts building is on the right, on what was once Poundcake Hill. No longer bustling or cozy, the area now looks like an architectural model on some forgotten CRA tabletop. I like how the city looks to the west, outside the planned area.

Sarah Bixby Smith wrote that, "Court Street disappeared into a hollow at Hope, where a pond was made interesting by a large flock of white ducks" Maybe some ducks can be added to the moat at the DWP building:

google maps

One last look back at the little house at 318 Court St, here in its 1899 glory days. The three little hatches under the northern eave, each with a side-mounted, solid shutter, remain in place.

(detail)http:http://www.shorpy.com/node/7259...iginal#caption



Another question: Sarah Bixby Smith writes in "Adobe Days" that her second Los Angeles home was the "Shepherd house", in the same neighborhood as the Bixby's third home at Court and Hill. She said that the lot in front of the Shepherd house "was very steep, with zig-zag paths and terraces." The house ended up "...on top of the precipice made by the cutting of First Street between Hill and Olive". Harrison Gray Otis, I think, also lived in the Shepherd house at one time (he had cousins named Shepherd). Can anyone tell me more or provide a photo? Thx. (Note: Flyingwedge answered my question here)

Here's the reference to Col. Otis. I don't know if it can be trusted as the Highland Villa is on this list as the "Hillside Home" and AW Potts is misidentified as "JW Potts":


calisphere



Many thx again to Flyingwedge for finding images #7 (Louis Roeder), #8 (view from the LA&I depot) and #21 (the Bixby House).

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Many of the pix below have been seen before, but probably not together. My ongoing interest in Broadway between Temple and 1st St, plus the hilltop neighborhood on its west side, leads me to this question:

When was Fort St/Broadway cut through to the north from 1st St, severing Poundcake Hill from the rest of Bunker Hill and thereby creating the engineering problem of the crumbling slope, which was met with various solutions, until the whole thing was hauled away?

I'm guessing 1872, but date attributions on photos being what they are, I'm not entirely sure.

We know what happened after (see below). But how did it start?

Poundcake Hill's tether looks intact here. Fort St dead-ends just north of 1st St:

usc via Nathan Masters

This not-always-reliable, 1929 map of 1871 LA shows Fort St stymied by the terrain. No. 29 marks what will become Poundcake Hill:

http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/...64l+pm000231))

The 1849 Ord survey agrees:

http://www.lapl.org/sites/default/fi...ps/map0039.jpg

Early days. The cut is through to Sand St, just north of Temple. Poundcake Hill rises on the left. The "grade too steep for horses", on the right, is spilling onto unpaved Fort St. Note the little house on the brow of the hill at upper right. I like the three little hatches under the north eave. It turns up in photos of this site into the 1920s. I believe it was the first home built in this neighborhood. I used to know the name of the owner, but I've forgotten it now:

water & power

LAHS in place. circa 1873 or after. It must be spring. The little house's walled, east facing garden and the whole slope is lush with green:

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si.../id/1729/rec/1

In this ca 1883 detail we see the Court Hill neighborhood as it looked then. The little house is on the left. Next is the single-story Bixby house, near the southeast corner of Court and Hill, as it looked when built in 1882. Just right of center is the Hopperstead home (1880) at 331 Court St. It was one story on its street frontage and two stories at the back to take advantage of the hill. A photo of the front is here and a 1936 article about it here.

On the southwest corner of Court and Hill is the lovely home of A.W. Potts, the County Clerk. There is an 1880 drawing of it at this link. I do not know what possessed Mr Potts, but he demolished his nice house and built an enormous three-story mansion on the same site, which is on view in photos below. He subsequently sold it to Lewis L Bradbury who had the misfortune of dying in 1892. After a colorful, downward spiral, the mansion was demolished in 1929. The Bixby home, which got a second story and various extensions after it first went up, lasted until ca 1954.

Sarah Bixby Smith wrote in "Adobe Days" (1925), that the site for their house (in those days, the highest point in the city) was chosen, "...because of the view and the sense of air and space. Below us was the little city, the few business blocks, the homes set in gardens on tree-shaded streets, the whole surrounded by orchards and vineyards. On clear days we could see the mountains far in the east and the ocean at San Pedro, with Catalina beyond" . During bad storms the Bixbys could also see houses floating down the river:


water and power (detail).

The houses on the crown of the hill in this ca 1885 detail are the Bradbury and the Bixby. There is a curious structure (or structures) built into the hillside below the Bixby house with many arches. It does not appear in any other photos I've seen. I assume it's stables:


water & power (detail)


The name "Fort Street" was changed to "Broadway" in 1890 by order of Mayor Hazard, at the request of property owners at Fort and Fourth.


Now with steps and some rather precarious-looking retaining walls. ca 1895. The Los Angeles Herald, "the Best Paper", is using a retaining-wall section as a billboard. They would like you to know that a month's subscription is only 80 cents. Note that the little house has rid itself of that cypress tree. It must have been ruining the view:

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...d/1740/rec/255 zoomable

The 1889 WCTU temple stands on the northwest corner of Temple and Broadway. One can see the little house above its roofline with the Bixby house beyond it. I'm posting this photo because I was so struck by the fanciful houses built along Broadway, very different from the plain New England styles of the previous generation


water and power

A great 1899 panorama from C.C. Pierce. More substantial buildings are in place on Broadway. One can just see the Hopperstead residence on the right margin. I wonder if Court Flight reused the northern flight of steps.


cc pierce http://www.shorpy.com/node/7259?size=_original#caption zoomable

The Broadway cut looking south from above Temple in 1906. The little house, again, is on the right, looking very gnat-like compared to the court building. It looks as though it could easily fit inside the courthouse's clock tower:

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si.../id/1725/rec/2

Court Flight and its staircase. The little house (left margin) is now overwhelmed by the new Stevens Apartments and the Court Flight Observation Tower:

lapl previously posted by e_r

1924: The little house is still in place. This is the last photo I've found of it. The hillside looks like a big bubble in this view:

lapl (detail)

The very urbanized Fort St/Broadway cut in 1926. The entrance to Court Flight is hidden from view on the right between The New Broadway Hotel and the new-ish Law Building. On the east side of Broadway from north to south are the Hall of Justice, the grounds of the County Courthouse, the Hall of Records, The Times tower and old City Hall:


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...id/1736/rec/38 (detail)

The slope for sale. I imagine access would've been a bit iffy:

ebay, previously posted by e_r

A 1938 aerial showing the relationship between the slope and what's left of Poundcake Hill:

ebay (detail) previously posted by e_r

The slope being used as a dumping ground. The Law Building at left, Bixby home left-center, Stevens Apartments at center (parking for the Stevens is what replaced the little house) and The New Broadway Hotel, lower right:.

ebay (detail) previously posted by e_r

Court Flight abandoned, ca 1954. The stairs remain:


The bridge to the Law Building. The Bixby house has been cleared:


previously posted by gsjansen pg 239

1955: The neighborhood has been totally demolished. Workers load the hill itself into trucks to be hauled away, rather putting the lie to Gerald O'Hara's maxim. The west portal of the double-barreled Hill Street Tunnel (train bore, 1909 / street-traffic bore,1912) is still there for now. The huge excavation at left is for the soon-to-be-built Superior Court (1958). There's still a bit of traffic on the doomed stretch of Court Street :


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/re...oll44/id/55296
usc (detail) previously posted by HossC on pg 1103


May 10, 1955. That's the New Broadway Hotel on the right. The hill disappeared before the slope, as the demolition proceeded from west to east so as not to disturb the traffic on Broadway:


lapl previously posted by kznyc2k pg 655

The Law Building lasted until long after the hill was gone. The underground parking between the Superior Court and the HOA hasn't been topped with its park yet. The old Hall of Records looks like a ship that's become unmoored. With street realignment and the then-impending loss of the old Hall of Records, all vestiges of the old Indian trail, which influenced Spring Street's route, was erased:


previously posted by sopas ej pg 1


And, of course, again, now. One can still take a few stairs from Broadway to Hill. The Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Courts building is on the right, on what was once Poundcake Hill. No longer bustling or cozy, the area now looks like an architectural model on some forgotten CRA tabletop. I like how the city looks to the west, outside the planned area.

Sarah Bixby Smith wrote that, "Court Street disappeared into a hollow at Hope, where a pond was made interesting by a large flock of white ducks" Maybe some ducks can be added to the moat at the DWP building:

google maps

One last look back at the little house, here in its 1899 glory days. Over the years, a southern wing, with porch and new chimney had been added, and a western extension. The three little hatches under the northern eave, each with a side-mounted, solid shutter, remain in place.



(detail)http:http://www.shorpy.com/node/7259...iginal#caption



Another question: Sarah Bixby Smith writes in "Adobe Days" that her second Los Angeles home was the "Shepard house", in the same neighborhood as the Bixby's third home at Court and Hill. She said that the lot in front of the Shepard house "was very steep, with zig-zag paths and terraces." The house ended up "...on top of the precipice made by the cutting of First Street between Hill and Olive". Harrison Gray Otis, I think, also lived in the Shepard house at one time (he had cousins named Shepard). Can anyone tell me more or provide a photo? Thx
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Thx for the response sadykadie2, but please do not quote my whole post, it was too long to begin with!

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Welcome to noirish Los Angeles T.J.P. You're the Falcon Crest guy right?
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T.P.J., now that I reread your post, I believe you're interested in the more recent history of CBS Studio Center (like when Falcon Crest filmed there).
Does anyone have the more recent history and photos of CBS Studio Center (to help out our new member?)
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p.s. I worked for Lorimar, but I worked at MGM where we filmed 'Dallas" and "Knots Landing", so I have less information on 'Falcon Crest' (since they filmed in the valley and Napa Valley)
The closest I got to Falcon Crest was a gala at the Biltmore (downtown) celebrating their 100th (or was it 200th) episode. I knew Jane Wyman because she was close with my boss, the head of publicity for Lorimar. One day he had me ride with Jane Wyman to LAX (in a limo!) to help with her luggage and such. She had sunglasses on and a ''turban' on her hair and was very nice and very fragile even back then. I helped her to the lounge where she introduced me to Bob Newhart (he was the only one in the lounge). When she introduced me, she made it sound like I was her good friend even though I had just met her.

I also attended a function for Falcon Crest at some mansion above Sunset Blvd. (I wish I could remember which mansion). I rode with the publicist for Falcon Crest and we picked up Susan Sullivan on the way, and took her home afterwards. The party was mostly around the pool.
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Hi ethereal_reality:

Thanks for the post! Yes, I am the Falcon Crest guy, and I am mainly interested in pictures of Republic Studios or CBS-FOX / CBS-MTM Studios (as they were called in the 1980's; nowadays CBS Studio Center) from the 1980's when FC was filmed there.

It's funny you mentioned that Jane was close to your boss -- I assume you refer to Bob Crutchfield, the Lorimar VP Publicity. I hope you will forgive me writing all this, which has basically nothing to do with the topic of this forum, but I recently interviewed Bob for the Falcon Crest website, and he had wonderful stories to share about Jane Wyman. If you are interested, please check out our interview section with staff & crew members here: http://www.falconcrest.org/english/m...nterviews/crew -- the link to Bob is currently the last one in the list. I hope you'll enjoy it. He was so much fun to talk to, particularly because he was so outspoken about the feud between Jane and Lana Turner.

I guess the celebration you refer to must have been the 100th episode party since it was the one held at the Biltmore in 1985.
The 200th episode party took place at the Four Seasons at 300 South Doheny in 1989.

As for the party around the pool with Susan (a dear friend of mine for many years, by the way), could it have been at Merv Adelson's place?

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