Further south (from Beverly and Vermont/Virgil - above
), is the corner of South Westmoreland and Sixth Street. On the south side of the street there once existed a residence belonging to Emma A. Summers (603 S. Westmoreland). (Curiously, Westmoreland Avenue had been renamed from "Miami" Avenue and one wonders whether the "Miami" name was a Native American reference, or a reference to locations in Florida, Ohio or elsewhere
.) Emma Summers was once dubbed the "California Oil Queen
." Read more about her here
The photo of her home is dated 1909. It may be well before Dick Whittington's time, but do aerial shots of that neighborhood exist for the 1910 - 1920's?
The photo's accompanying text (link above) states that Emma Summers moved a block south, where Westmoreland intersects Wilshire Blvd. More specifically, she is said to have lived at 655 Wilshire Place and that residence ultimately gave way to
- Bullocks Wilshire
. (ER and others recently posted a few remarkable shots of Westmoreland construction in the '50s-'60s.http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=7943
Are those temporary wooden curb ramps?
A later photograph of the same Westmoreland and Sixth intersection depicts the "Borden Apartments" and assorted first floor businesses. The photo's markings suggest it would have been on the North side of Sixth Street, opposite the Summers' house situs. The "New Nash 400" billboard suggests the photo is from 1928 or '29, and given the evidence of street car traffic, rental housing and a "Westmoreland Shoppe
," it is easy to understand why one might consider moving to a less urban setting. The Borden Apts building has been remodeled and remains at 3109 West Sixth Street.http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8...ed=0CAgQ8gEwAA
Nearby Fourth Street and Westmoreland Avenue seems ripe for development. Photo undated but similar markings suggest late 20s.
Westmoreland-Wilshire area circa 1968