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Another one from my 'This is Hollywood' guide book that I'm not sure has gotten a mention here, though I could be wrong

'Just a few blocks north of Hollywood Blvd lie the remains of a once beautiful 148 acre estate...After passing through the main gates leading into the grounds a crumbling road takes you past the foundation and steps of what was once an English Gothic mansion......further up the curving road are the remains of tennis courts, two swimming pools and several cottages'

In 1942 Supermarket magnate Huntington Hartford bought the estate and let it slowly deteriorate over the period upto the early 60's

He lived to 97!!



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obit...-Hartford.html

anyone have any pictures of the original house??

Looks like the house was known as 'The Pines' and was once inhabited by Errol Flynn!


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1954 Hartford honored by City Council
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Old Posted Jan 16, 2013, 5:32 PM
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1924 - "Sam Seelig Co., California's Leading Grocer." Lot's of nearby lumber too!
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A couple of Safeway priors:

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Old Posted Jan 16, 2013, 6:41 PM
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Thanks.

Sam Seelig "may have" resided at 138 S Wilton Dr. - very close to Lewis Stone (212 S. Wilton). http://rescarta.lapl.org:8080/ResCar...rch_doc=seelig Good neighborhood if you were to unexpectedly run out of sugar, butter or rum?


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Ghosts!?! Is that Daniel Craig, Paul Giamatti and Jeremy Renner in early Los Angeles?



Image courtesy of Berkeley Digital Library SunSite: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/FindingA.../I0006103A.jpg

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Ghosts!?! Is that Daniel Craig, Paul Giamatti and Jeremy Renner in early Los Angeles?

Sure looks like the mustache worn by Daniel Lewis in TWBB or K Costner as Earp. (Both stories have So Cal connections.) http://kluv.cbslocal.com/2011/01/13/...-hear-it-here/

Curious about the light patterned image "apparently" behind the left window near "Groceries." A reflection of the thatched roof across the street? Bolt of cloth? Throw rug display?

Store looks not to have enjoyed electrification. Light fixtures appear to have been gas fed.
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Old Posted Jan 17, 2013, 12:47 AM
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below: I have been trying to place these two photographs I found on an old cd of mine.
When I saw it mentioned in the above article I realized this could be Culver City Airport (as opposed to Hughes Airport or Mines Field/LAX).
What do you guys think?


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That certainly looks like Baldwin Hills to me.







below: Is this the same location, or is the blimp now due west over Hughes Airport?


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Old Posted Jan 17, 2013, 1:13 AM
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We've discussed the long lost rotating beacon atop Los Angeles City Hall since page one.

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So I was intrigued when I came across this postcard on ebay showing a second beacon/searchlight aimed at the iconic tower.



Perhaps it's simply an artist's fantasy....
but it makes me want to find out if there were any other beacons atop any of the surrounding government buildings.
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Hey now . . . these are by far the best Surfridge aerials I've seen. Thanks revheavyg! In the bottom photo, left to right, we see portions of Ellen, Ney, Argo, and Truckey Streets, along with a block of Trask Avenue, that had been removed (along with an unseen block of Ivalee) by 1972.
(see http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=11516 and http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=11517 and http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=11540)
Also, note the large house (w/ turret on its NE corner) on the large lot west of the end of Truckey Street. I wonder if it was "The Castle":
"One of the first demolished, in 1967, was a 6,400-square-foot Spanish-Moroccan mansion that locals called "The Castle." The airport bought it for $86,000 and set upon it with bulldozers rather than let it draw vandals and transients."
(http://articles.latimes.com/2001/aug/30/local/me-40131)

Anyway, more Surfridge stuff:

Unspecified Location, 11/15/67.
LAPL (http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics24/00031649.jpg)


Vista Del Mar and Ney, 11/8/67. I find it odd that it's EAST Ney Street, since the beach is across the street.
LAPL (http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics24/00031651.jpg)


Vista Del Mar and Waterview, 10/15/55. The house with the arched windows is still there at 200 Waterview (formerly Waterloo) and was the home of Surfridge developer Fritz Burns before he went bust during the Depression and had to live in a tent on the beach (he subsequently recovered his fortune).
LAPL (http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics24/00031650.jpg)


LMU Library (http://www.drmillslmu.com/personal/memills/mm1950s.htm)


1951 or 1956 (title and description don't match): Beaumont, Deauville, Epinard, and Fontainbleu Streets.
USC Library (http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...id/57540/rec/7)


It was Grand Pre Blvd. North or South, depending on which side of the median you were on.
USC Library (http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...d/90283/rec/98)


7804 Vista Del Mar @ Patterson (later Palace Street), 1929.
USC Library (http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...id/13010/rec/1)



Advertising, 1926. Look at the bottom sign; they needed to add an accent mark? Were people mispronouncing it as surf-RIDGE or sur-FRIDGE?
Duke Library (http://library.duke.edu/digitalcolle...word=surfridge)


Long Beach blogger Cal Porter grew up at 8721 Rindge (@ Epinard).
Cal Porter's Then and Now (http://www.localbeachhotels.com/defa...r1=View&var2=1)

Among his memories:
"I think my favorite movie shoot was the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy making the 1931 film, Beau Hunks, in which Stan and Ollie join the Foreign Legion so that Ollie can forget his girl friend, Jeanie-Weenie, who had dumped him. The boys proceeded to get good and lost in a sand storm in Africa (Africa being a barren dune two blocks from our house) and fall and roll to the bottom of the hill as the wind machine blasts them with sand."


Another Nice Mess (http://www.lordheath.com/index.php?p=1_134_Beau-Hunks)

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Old Posted Jan 17, 2013, 1:56 AM
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Amazing posts on Surfridge revheavya and Flyingwedge!
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I was very excited when I came across this photograph on ebay.Kit Carson in Santa Monica's Rustic Canyon!!! Can it be?




ebay




Well it turns out this was the backwoods home of Kit Carson's son, Samuel Carson.


http://www.cowanauctions.com/auction...x?ItemId=34853


http://www.cowanauctions.com/auction...x?ItemId=34853




below: Here is a brief obituary.


http://afflictor.com/2012/08/12/a-br...t-carsons-son/

I wonder if there are any remnants of old Samuel Carson's Shack up in Rustic Canyon?
Think of the family heirlooms he might have buried!
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I agree...amazing posts on Surfridge revheavya and Flyingwedge!


Fritz Burns was all over town, even on Bunker Hill.... The house in the article below was apparently at 240 or 242 N. Hope, according to another times article from 1958. For verification, I wish I could find on the thread the great CRA pictorial map that's an inventory of BH in the '50s...anyone remember it?



Los Angeles Times May 4, 1958
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Old Posted Jan 17, 2013, 7:10 AM
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Time to gas up?



West Coast Service Station. Unknown date and location
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Undated. Gilmore at Wilshire and Fairfax Ave. Similar to now Texaco station at 849 N. Highland (Willoughby) - pictured below.
http://yougottobekidding.files.wordp.../image0021.jpg 849 N. Highland http://historian4hire.com/gilmoregas.html



Hotel Paramount 5311 Melrose Ave. (Probably NW corner of Van Ness and Melrose)
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Roar with Gilmore
http://yougottobekidding.files.wordp...1/image005.jpg



Undated ('20s?) and unknown location Pea Gravel Galore. Crunch Crunch.
USC Digital


More gravel ground cover to grind?
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1920 Wilshire and La Brea
http://www.lilesnet.com/farmersmarke...008/img174.jpg



1928 Wilshire and La Brea
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Circle Theatre? (Which way to Carthay?
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Old Posted Jan 17, 2013, 7:22 AM
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1937 Albert Sheetz Mission Candy Company 450 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. Pretty Building.
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The J.J. Haggarty residence at 3330 West Adam Blvd. was dubbed "The Castle".

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below: Here is the grand staircase complete with a pipe organ (!?!?) and Tiffany stained glass.

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Before its demolition J.J. Haggarty's "Castle" was used as a drug abuse rehabilitation facility.

Can you believe they actually placed recovering drug addicts here? To me the whole place seems like some sort of bizarre mind-f*ck.______

Jan 1938
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1938 Sunroom
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Photograph caption dated June 27, 1951 reads, "Rippled by heat of flames, this is how part of the famous mansion looks today after fire sped through the showplace. One fireman was seriously hurt while fighting blaze. The big house had been sold by Hagagrty [sic] and converted into a rooming house, the Villa Arlington. But in recent months it was up for sale again.
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below: I have been trying to place these two photographs I found on an old cd of mine.
When I saw it mentioned in the above article I realized this could be Culver City Airport (as opposed to Hughes Airport or Mines Field/LAX).
What do you guys think?


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That certainly looks like Baldwin Hills to me.


below: Is this the same location, or is the blimp due west over Hughes Airport?


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Yes, the first pic is definitely looking east at Baldwin Hills. I'd wager that both pics are Culver City Airport. The hangars in the second pic seem to match up with an old color pic here (note "swirl" on roof of largest hangar): http://members.tripod.com/airfields_...htm#culvercity
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Wow those hills look like the Montebello Hills!!
might be possible that picture could have been taken in montebello1947 photo of Montebello by Don Downie. The Montebello airport was closed at some point between 1952-53. That view looks so familiar!!!! I drive past those hills everyday and It looks familiar! i know montebello has a rich oil history.
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In search of Francisco Manza

I sometimes go searching for images without a specific purpose, just sort of surfing around and grabbing things that are interesting and reasonably high def. I typically also capture the archived caption but frequently let that be it for the moment, just letting them simmer in my photo-stream until other images appear that relate somehow and then I go back and try to make sense of them and their relationships. This photo came to me first through the Stoltz Family website as being the residence of an early 20th century relative and I liked the image so much I went looking for it at LAPL and then at USC where I found it in the C.C. Pierce collection. Then I left it sit for six months. It appeared regularly on my most-hits list and I wondered what was bringing people to view it. It had ten times the number of visitors as the pictures immediately adjacent to it in the photo-stream. Funny...


412sunset-1925 (1)

Photograph of the exterior of an adobe built by Francisco Manza at 412 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, ca.1925. The adobe, built in 1865, is pictured here from the side; a small brick kiln and a collection of other yard items stands with a small palm tree alongside the house. Farther in, a door with a mail-slat and a six-paned sliding window are visible at the back of the raised porch, from which wooden stairs descend to the right.

University of Southern California. Libraries, Title Insurance and Trust / C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, 1860-1960


Then a week ago I ran across this image...


412sunset-1920 (2)

Photograph of a dilapidated adobe built by Francisco Manza on the west side at the north end of the Broadway Tunnel, Los Angeles, 1920. A collapsing picket fence leans in towards the property of the adobe at the right, leading to the main house which is partially obscured by a hill in the foreground. The adobes have plank veneers along their walls, and the adobe at the far left has a wash basin attached to its side. Several metal poles, which appear to be supports for unused clotheslines, hang in towards the adobes. In the background, telephone poles and the lavish Cabrinic House can be seen.

USC digital archive/California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960/Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, 1860-1960

Checking the details it was apparent they were the same house and this image gave a wide enough perspective to include a glimpse of Fort Moore Hill in the background placing it on the south side of Sunset. I don't always trust the captioned material and like to confirm the information with some visual evidence. And here we have the angle of the sun and some buildings on the top of Fort Moore Hill.

And then I ran across this mystery photograph...(I'm including the archived caption as it appears in the USC collection website)...


Adobe built by Francisco Marigo on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Justica Street east of the Broadway Tunnel, Los Angeles, ca.1900-1909

"Photograph of an adobe built by Francisco Marigo on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Justica Street east of the Broadway Tunnel, Los Angeles, ca.1900-1909. Debris lay along either side of the unpaved street, with the adobe pictured to the right at center. It's double doors are open out towards the street, and several plank boards appear to be nailed near the roofline. A trashcan lid lays on an overhang that extends from the building farther back. Hills are visible in the background along with part of the city."

Well this didn't seem right. The angle of the sun says this is the east elevation of the house and the slope of the hill says it backs up to Fort Moore Hill but still what are the chances two guys named Francisco could have built their adobes directly across the street (N. Broadway) from each other AND have had such similar last names? Then it occurred to me that a handwritten notation of the name 'Manza' could conceivably look like 'Marigo' so I reversed the image and voila'!


412sunset-1909 (3) (rescued)

View of the Francisco Manza adobe at 412 Sunset (most likely Bella Vue in 1909) looking east toward Broadway. This print/neg was/is stored as a reversed negative and lost and misidentified in the USC digital archive/California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960/Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, 1860-1960 prints collection as being 'Adobe built by Francisco Marigo on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Justica Street east of the Broadway Tunnel, Los Angeles, ca.1900-1909'. Of course, being reversed it was difficult for the archivist to properly identify. But the Francisco Manza adobe was on the west side of the Broadway tunnel which meant two Franciscos with suspiciously similar surnames would have been neighbors. I could see how a handwritten 'Manza' could have possibly been misread as 'Marigo'. But I still wanted visual evidence. The latticework on the end of the lean-to porch was a first clue. It appears in both views (east and west) check for it in 412sunset (2) and (1). But the conclusive evidence is harder to see. In this image there is what appears to be the corner of a masonry building at the extreme left edge near the center. That appears to be the northwest corner of the roof of the Colima Restaurant whose address is 400-408 Sunset Boulevard. Pay particular attention to the small decorative cornice and then check 'Sunset and North Broadway, 1929' in this photo-stream.

Now we've got it. Here we are looking at the west side (looking east) of the Francisco Manza adobe located at 412 Sunset Boulevard (most likely Bella Vue at the date of these images).

USC digital archive/California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960/Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, 1860-1960


Here's a shot of the Colima in 1929...


Sunset and North Broadway, 1929

View looking south at Sunset Boulevard and North Broadway showing the north tunnel portal as it empties traffic into the intersection. On the left, a dirt Justicia Street winds up and around the shoulder of Fort Moore Hill. And on the right what is now the Colima Restaurant with its decorative cornice still intact.

LAPL


And here are two shots of the Colima today showing the intersection and the area which would have been the site of the Manza adobe...


Colima Restaurant, 2013

Colima Restaurant, Sunset Boulevard (W. Cesar E. Chavez Avenue) and North Broadway, 2013. One of and perhaps the most remarkable survivors on the north side. The Manza adobe would have been situated in the open area to the right of the restaurant building just at the base of the ivy-covered slope running up to Hill Street.

Google Street View

And here's a detail of the Colima showing the street addresses (the Manza adobe has been identified as being at 412 Bella Vue (Sunset Boulevard)...


Colima2 (2)

Colima Restaurant, Sunset Boulevard (W. Cesar E. Chavez Avenue) and North Broadway, 2013

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Great new info on that intersection, MichaelRyerson. We've visited the intersection of Sunset & N Broadway before but I for one had no idea of the existence of the Francisco Manza adobe.


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http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=3299


And there may be other previous post on the intersection.

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Undated. Gilmore at Wilshire and ? Ave. (Similar to station at 849 N. Highland [and Willoughby]. Don't believe it to be La Brea - see bottom.)
http://yougottobekidding.files.wordp.../image0021.jpg

This is the southwest corner of Wilshire and Fairfax. The building at right still stands: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=6275



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Circle Theatre? (Carthay's in opposite direction.)


This is the northeast corner of Wilshire and La Brea... I think the arrow is pointing in the right direction.


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http://yougottobekidding.files.wordp...1/image005.jpg
I believe this station was at 3rd and Fairfax.
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This is the southwest corner of Wilshire and Fairfax. The building at right still stands: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=6275

Good eye. I focused on deciphering the street sign at the center of photo. Now . . . upon second viewing . . . of course it looks like Fairfax.
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