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Old Posted Feb 11, 2024, 1:23 AM
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Fascinating old buildings

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Wait, I've got another one beside the previous dozen I need sleuthing on:



Third and Fremont, the Quaker Friends church built in 1901, and I'm dying to know who the architect was but can't figure it out!
Thanks Beaudry for the wonderful photos of these fascinating, imaginative (and sadly demolished) old building and houses. It'll be surprising if anyone knows who the architects were - and they deserve to be remembered - but let's hope.
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2024, 3:18 PM
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I'm going to be first and attribute the above buildings to Bob The Builder.
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2024, 11:49 PM
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I've been stumped by this slide ever since I happened upon it on eBay earlier today.

Seller's description: "Hollywood Street Scene California Cars Stores Billboard Signs 1970s 35mm Slide.


eBay

It finally dawned on me that we're probably looking at the backs of buildings facing Sunset Boulevard. (I could be wrong of course)

But which buildings are they?





There are clues, like the letters on this building. . . . .unfortunately I can't make out what it says.



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Can anyone help me out?



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Old Posted Feb 12, 2024, 1:13 AM
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It's the backside of the Sunset Plaza.



GSV


The business you have circled was Tennant Galleries at 8646 Sunset Blvd.


archive.org - Antiques June 1974
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Old Posted Feb 12, 2024, 5:11 PM
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That's it, Noir Noir. . .and you perfectly matched your GSV view with the eBay slide.

While I was looking for something more on the Tennant Galleries I happened upon this cool photograph that we MAY or MAY NOT have seen before.


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It's very Sunset Boulevard....The dog sure is enjoying the ride.

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Old Posted Feb 12, 2024, 8:00 PM
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That photo can be dated to 1979. The Albert Brooks film Real Life opened the last week of March.
Also, the Sunset Plaza photo can also be dated to 1979. The Champ was released a week after the Brooks film in April of that year.
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2024, 3:04 AM
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OK! So now I'm going to be really annoying and just PILE on the asks. I only do it because I know y'all are the best and the brightest when it comes to this sort of thing...


Mechaelis “Michael” T. Herzog came to Los Angeles from Prussia in 1875, and built this house in 1892, architect unknown, which bugs me mightily



Thanks in advance!!
I didn't see the address of 835 Bellevue noted. Here's the Herzogs in the 1900 census.
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Old Posted Feb 15, 2024, 6:07 AM
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I'm going to be first and attribute the above buildings to Bob The Builder.
Can he build them? YES HE CAN!
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Old Posted Feb 15, 2024, 5:00 PM
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I have spent countless hours enjoying all of your incredible sleuthing and photos of Los Angeles, then and now. I can't tell you how many lunch hours at work I've spent with my nose about an inch from my screen seeing photos of how the city used to be, and seeing pictures of places that I would read about but thought were lost forever.

I have been searching all over for a picture of a particular building that was torn down many years ago. The building was at 321 East 3rd street, between San Pedro and Los Angles streets. In 1983 it was being used as loft living spaces for artist types, and a semi famous musician / tv host named Peter Ivers was murdered there. For some reason I am dying to see a picture of this place. I know it was 6 stories and I think it had been a warehouse or commercial space before artists started living there for the cheap rent.

I tried using the Ed Ruscha Streetscape Photos but even narrowing down the search isn't seeming to do the trick. Can anyone here help me find a picture of this building? I feel like if the people here can't find it, a picture probably doesn't exist.
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Old Posted Feb 16, 2024, 2:47 AM
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Someone will likely come up with a better full shot of the building.

This one from 1926 features the occupants, the Crane Company, showing off their fleet of trucks.



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Noir Noir - THANK YOU! I can't believe how quickly you found a picture - it's a little humbling because I have spent weeks searching for anything about this building.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate you taking the time and actually finding it. This forum is the best.
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Old Posted Feb 16, 2024, 6:07 PM
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Welcome to NLA, Charlie Noir.

I searched all afternoon yesterday and all I found was a corner of the roof. (that's Peter)


getty_images

I also fell in a rabbit hole - and I have to tell you Peter Ivers was quite an interesting character.

His cable show, New Wave Theater predated MTV by a few months and shortly before his death the show had gone national on the USA Network.
He attended Harvard and was arguably the world's best harmonica player. He wrote the song, 'In Heaven' for Lynch's Erasurehead in 1976.


Here's Ivers with a young David Lynch on his show, New Wave Theater..(date unknown)


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His murder remains unsolved.
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I'm much more of a 20th century guy than a 19th, but this 1876 image of what I presume is downtown Los Angeles intrigues me mostly because I don't recognize a single thing in it! Maybe everyone has seen this photo by Carleton E. Watkins already, but...what am I looking at?

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Carleton E. Watkins, American, 1829-1916
Title
Los Angeles
Date
1876, printed ca. 1876
Location
Depicted: United States of America, California
Material
Albumen silver print from glass negative
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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https://library.artstor.org/#/asset/...00485;iap=true
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2024, 5:22 AM
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This one is dedicated to Beaudry!


Title
Bunker Hill Towers under construction
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black-and-white photographs
Date
1960s
Location
Los Angeles, California
Repository
Collection Title Proper: Robert Evans Alexander papers
Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Archival Location: Collection # 3087, Box 93, Folder "Bunker Hill (Residential Towers)..."
https://library.artstor.org/#/asset/...=1708146700485
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I'm much more of a 20th century guy than a 19th, but this 1876 image of what I presume is downtown Los Angeles intrigues me mostly because I don't recognize a single thing in it! Maybe everyone has seen this photo by Carleton E. Watkins already, but...what am I looking at?

Creator
Carleton E. Watkins, American, 1829-1916
Title
Los Angeles
Date
1876, printed ca. 1876
Location
Depicted: United States of America, California
Material
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Repository
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
ID Number
264978
https://library.artstor.org/#/asset/...00485;iap=true

That's a great photo, I don't remember seeing it before. Maybe taken from Boyle Heights, possibly the hill the USC Health Sciences Campus is on?
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2024, 5:49 PM
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I'm much more of a 20th century guy than a 19th, but this 1876 image of what I presume is downtown Los Angeles intrigues me mostly because I don't recognize a single thing in it! Maybe everyone has seen this photo by Carleton E. Watkins already, but...what am I looking at?

Creator
Carleton E. Watkins, American, 1829-1916
Title
Los Angeles
Date
1876, printed ca. 1876
Location
Depicted: United States of America, California
Material
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Repository
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
ID Number
264978
https://library.artstor.org/#/asset/...00485;iap=true
We're up on Fort Moore Hill, looking south toward town. Hill Street is on the very far right.



Some landmarks to orient you. Top, St Vibiana under construction, Main near 2nd. The roundhouse, Main near 3rd. The B'nai B'rith synagogue, Broadway (then Fort St) between 2nd and 3rd.
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Old Posted Feb 17, 2024, 5:50 PM
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This one is dedicated to Beaudry!


Title
Bunker Hill Towers under construction
Work Type
black-and-white photographs
Date
1960s
Location
Los Angeles, California
Repository
Collection Title Proper: Robert Evans Alexander papers
Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Archival Location: Collection # 3087, Box 93, Folder "Bunker Hill (Residential Towers)..."
https://library.artstor.org/#/asset/...=1708146700485
What a great shot! Probably taken in late '67-early '68.
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Spence Block, 601 North Alameda, 1885. Architect?

This was confusing, because it was referred to in the press as the Spence, Mott, Spence and Mott, and Mott and Spence Block.

But I believe we can attribute its design to Messrs. William Alciphron Boring and Solomon Irmscher Haas.



January 1, 1885, Los Angeles Times @ Newspapers.com




January 30, 1885, Los Angeles Times @ Newspapers.com




February 18, 1885, Los Angeles Times @ Newspapers.com


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100-106 N main, the German-American Savings Bank built in 1894, who was the architect?


00047781 @ LA Public Library

The photo above is dated 1929, but was obviously taken much earlier and shows the NEC of 1st and Main perhaps around
1895-1900 (my guess). Clearly, the building was built as a two-story structure. But the original plans called for four stories:



May 6, 1893, Los Angeles Times @ Newspapers.com


Those plans were drawn up by architect Hugh Todd, and the building was supposed to be done around November 1, 1893:



June 13, 1893, Los Angeles Times @ Newspapers.com


However, there was a extended debate over whether to widen First Street, and that delayed the building's construction:



December 4, 1893, Los Angeles Evening Express @ Newspapers.com


Also, I'll speculate that the Panic of 1893 may have caused the bank to scale back the plans for its building. Anyhow,
architect Todd seems to have stuck with the project the whole way:



April 11, 1894, Los Angeles Herald @ Newspapers.com


The bank didn't open its offices until August 2, 1894:



August 2, 1894, Los Angeles Times @ Newspapers.com


Those were some fine-looking buildings, Beaudry. Thanks!

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I thought this mystery location would be fairly easy to solve but I've checked numerous city directories from the 1920s and 30s & came up with.. n o t h i n g.


The Adelle Apartments, Los Angeles


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If you look closely the street number appears to be 744?...or 144?


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I thought this mystery location would be fairly easy to solve but I've checked numerous city directories from the 1920s and 30s & came up with.. n o t h i n g.

The Adelle Apartments, Los Angeles


eBay


If you look closely the street number appears to be 744?...or 144?


detail


From the Long Beach Press-Telegram, 18 July 1924.

PCH was once named State in this part of the world, so if it's 744 PCH you're looking at, it's been redeveloped with a massive Goodwill store.
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