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Old Posted May 18, 2013, 12:38 AM
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The Hazard Taft Family

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Fountains? What about canals or zanjas?

Pershing Square, circa 1880

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Apparently a zanja ran along the 5th and Olive sides of what-was-to-be Pershing Square in early days.

As Pershing Square has come up again and some great pix of the Title Guarantee and Trust Building have been posted, I thought I'd set down what I've read about the pioneer family that once owned the block to the north of the park (not officially a park until declared so by city ordinance in 1870). One of the few bits of real estate in the city, another is the Plaza, that's never changed hands.

In 1866 Captain Ariel Merrick Hazard (1797-1873) and his son-in-law, Harley A Taft purchased the remote, rural block bounded by 5th, Hill, 4th and Olive for $9.80 at an obviously-not-terribly-well-attended tax sale. The final price may have been closer to $30 after fees and "advertising" were figured in. (Compare this to the $450 paid by Robert Stark in 1870 for the even more remote block bounded by 7th, Flower, 8th and Figueroa: http://articles.latimes.com/1998/aug/23/local/me-15827 - link first posted by ProphetM)

Capt Hazard (originally from Vermont), his wife, Eleanor, and children, including Mary Eleanor (1841-1933) George Washington (1842-1914) and Henry Thomas (1844-1921) had come to Los Angeles in 1854 by covered wagon from Michigan. Harley Taft (1826-1906) arrived from R.I. traveling around the Horn. Mary E Hazard and Harley Taft were married in LA in 1856.

Harley and Mary built a home on 5th St near Hill, facing the Park and raised a family. Desperate for neighbors they offered free house lots along the Olive St side of the block. There were no takers. Their son, Alfred Z (1864-1936), was the second of six children, only three of whom lived to adulthood.

An undated view of the original Hazard-Taft house, on 5th St, facing the Park
(it's also in the photo above):

http://books.google.com/books?id=kd4...0house&f=false

Later, Mary and Harley built a second, larger home on the corner of 5th and Hill. This view is circa 1890:

http://books.google.com/books?id=kd4...0house&f=false

(These homes were cleared, of course, in 1904 to build the California Club, which in turn, fell in favor of the Title Guarantee and Trust building in 1930.)


George W Hazard, a businessman, was also our most important early historian. Between the 1880's and 1905 he amassed a wealth of photographs and other material on Los Angeles. The collection is housed at the Online Archive of California: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark...88916qc/admin/

"Of all the local collectors who have given their time and energy to the fascinating pursuit of collecting old material, Mr Hazard is far and away the leader. He has gathered thousands of photographs and negatives. With him this is a hobby...Mr Hazard has been most energetic and zealous in gathering everything possible relating to the early history of Los Angeles. He has photographs of pioneers, views of buildings, views of historic structures in the interior - everything that has borne on the life of the county has been fish to his net. He himself can turn almost at will to any view illustrating a point he desires to make, but this facility is possessed by no one else. His collection has has been of so great importance that on recent occasions he has been called to the witness stand to testify as to the condition of property at a given time, always with the photographic proof to sustain his evidence."

Quoted from "Preserving Historical Data" by WS Broke, July 1911 issue, Out West magazine
http://books.google.com/books?id=GW4...rendall&f=true
(link first posted by Flyingwedge)

Geo. W. Hazard's saddlery shop:

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Henry T Hazard returned to Michigan for his law degree at Ann Arbor. Back in LA he married Carrie Geller became a practicing attorney and started a political career, serving as City Attorney and twice as Mayor. He had no time for the elitist Chivalry Democrats. Henry was often a speaker at the Mexican Independence Day celebrations in the 1870s, which were attended by big crowds of people of goodwill from all ancestries, captivating the throngs with a rousing speech in fluid Spanish on each occasion.

It is remembered that at the outset of the Chinese massacre of 1871, Hazard was in a barber's chair being shaved when a mob formed outside. "Just as he was, with his face covered with lather . . . , he mounted a barrel in the middle of the street and remonstrated with the crowd, attempting to stop it. He was rewarded by being shot at."

It was Henry, as you aleady know, who built Hazard's Pavilion in 1887 next to his sister's house on land once sold by the family to George Lehman (of Round House fame) for that purpose, before Lehman lost everything to bankruptcy in 1879.

Circa 1887-1897 view of the back of Hazard's Pavilion. The roof and upper story of the second Hazard-Taft home can be seen at 5th and Hill:

usc digital archive (first posted by e_r) detail

The interior of Hazard's Pavilion, thronged in 1903:

water and power

Henry T Hazard Park, 2230 Norfolk St, East LA (a zanja ran through it and, at one time, a train):

http://lacreekfreak.wordpress.com/20...#comment-11334

Alfred Z Taft, Harley and Mary's surviving son, grew to adulthood on Pershing Square, married and started his own family on the Hazard-Taft homestead block, but by 1892, already with several children (there were seven in the end), AZ and his wife, Blanche, were finding Pershing Square much too urban and started looking for a new place to build. They looked at property on Hill between 12th and Pico, but thought the $200 price was too high. Instead they moved out to bucolic, temperance-minded Hollywood, taking AZ's parents, Mary and Harley, with them, buying land on the north side of Hollywood Blvd (then Prospect Ave) where Taft Ave is today. AZ planted lemons and did extremely well. He helped start the cooperative Cahuenga Valley Lemon Exchange and developed a way to make lemons last, even if shipped long distances (the lemons are thoroughly washed and then waxed, the method that is still used today). AZ also continued to commute to work downtown as a clothier, a job he finally gave up when he started selling Hollywood real estate out of a shed behind his home.

An undated photo of the pretty Taft farmhouse in Hollywood, surrounded by a white-picket fence. The porch faces south and east:

http://books.google.com/books?id=9W4...lywood&f=false

In 1906, the year his father Harley died, AZ Taft's health failed and he moved to Arizona. Alfred Z, Jr (1889-1941), one of the Taft grandkids born back at Pershing Square, dropped out of UCLA (then on the Vermont campus) to handle his father's business interests. Under his father's direction, AZ, Jr enthusiastically embraced a real estate career, turning the lemon orchards into the Taft Tract. He replaced the family home at Hollywood and Taft with the Taft Realty office (GW tells the tale: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=11318 and http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=54180) and erected the Taft Building (Walker & Eisen, 1923) on the NE corner of Hollywood and Vine, putting the family's stamp on a second famous LA location. Mary Hazard Taft, the girl who came across the plains by covered wagon in 1854 lived on until 1938, celebrated for being the second-oldest lady in Hollywood (after Caroline Wakeman).

The Taft Building entrance:

http://movie-4-buzz.blogspot.com/201...ng-up-for.html

A twilight view:

http://movie-4-buzz.blogspot.com/201...ng-up-for.html

Taft Ave on the still lovely Taft tract:

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More info:

The Historic Core of Los Angeles by CC Roseman, R Wallach and I Taube, 2005,http://books.google.com/books?id=kd4...0house&f=false

The Story of Hollywood by Gregory Paul Williams, 2011: http://books.google.com/books?id=9W4...lywood&f=false

When Hollywood and I Were Babies by Sally Taft Teschke, Los Angeles Times, 2 December 1934: http://allanellenberger.com/category...ral-histories/

Taft Building History: http://tafthollywood.com/history.html

LACreekFreak on Hazard Park. It has a great history: http://lacreekfreak.wordpress.com/20...#comment-11334

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Whoa, you've done your homework T2! -very interesting
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Unidentified building in Long Beach 1930s.


I can't quite make out the horizontal sign on the corner of the building.
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1927 - Gardner Pasadena Sales Company at 163 West Colorado.
Looks like they are displaying a '27 Gardner Griffin
http://collection.pasadenadigitalhis...XT=&DMROTATE=0




Griffin?
'28 version (as many as 4)
http://www.gardnermotorcars.com/imag...-2_256x192.JPG

'27


Not to be confused with Tom Mix, Tom Mix's shoes or his tires.



Can we get this over with?
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A very interesting find on ebay.



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Entrance to the Beverly Hills Hotel? (possibly circa late 1940s)

I found this image in a 1950 book called "The Los Angeles Book." (Photographs by Max Yavno, text by Lee Shippey)

At first I thought it was the front entrance of the Beverly Hills Hotel. The layout is right but I didn't think they renovated the entrance (significantly) since the hotel opened in 1912.

What does everyone think?

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Circa 1920 - "Wood and Jones" Saxon and Ford Auto Dealers Somewhere in north side of West Colorado Blvd. Pasadena (Saxon ceased business in '23)
http://collection.pasadenadigitalhis...ile&DMROTATE=0






http://www.earlyamericanautomobiles....es/amer980.jpg


Wood and Jones

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ER The 1927 directory has Costa Macaroni at 1530 Mateo, which puts it between Porter and East Olympic Blvd. Not sure if this helps to place it or makes things more confusing.
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Homework e_r? Was it that bad?

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Above: The Cadillac dealership at 7th and Bixel where on December 23, 1931, Don Lee's W6XAO launched
one of the country's first regular television broadcasts.





Below: The 1939 plan for the Don Lee studio/transmitter atop Mt. Lee.



earlytelevision.org

A less grandiose studio/transmitter was eventually built.


below: A 1941 postcard of the Mt. Lee broadcasting station.


earlytelevision.org

Below: Much to my surprise, there was actually a pool up on Mt. Lee.

earlytelevision.org
Above: A 1939 telecast from the swimming pool located at the new W6XAO studios/transmitter situated on Mt. Lee atop the Hollywood Hills

Here is the very interesting link.
http://www.earlytelevision.org/w6xao.html


Meanwhile, back in Pasadena at northwest corner of 655 E. Green Street and El Molino Avenue. One source pegs this date as '35.

http://assets.hemmings.com/uimage/3256778-1000-810.jpg















On the tangentially related subject of Los Angeles Manufacturing is this '48 Railroad map.
http://assets.hemmings.com/uimage/3891896-1183-758.jpg




A portion of the map was previously posted by GW here: http://skyscraperpage.com/forum/show...postcount=2754
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Have we discussed this tunnel-like entrance below the Los Angeles County Courthouse? (circled in red)


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...oll65/id/20104




ebay believe or not

Was this the entrance used to transport prisoners into the courthouse? (or perhaps for coal trucks and other maintenance vehicles)




the complete photograph from ebay


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Somehow these images seem incomplete without looking at other pictures posted by ER and gsJansen. http://skyscraperpage.com/forum/show...postcount=2743
http://skyscraperpage.com/forum/show...postcount=2747


Maybe not everyone was celebrating when these pictures were taken.

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Unidentified building in Long Beach 1930s.


I can't quite make out the horizontal sign on the corner of the building.
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Does the sign read YMCA....?
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1933 - Get a better deal at Orrin Fox used automobile lot at 2345 East Colorado Blvd. Best selections before the weather changes



http://collection.pasadenadigitalhis...2/id/400/rec/4







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I found this image in a 1950 book called "The Los Angeles Book." (Photographs by Max Yavno, text by Lee Shippey)

At first I thought it was the front entrance of the Beverly Hills Hotel. The layout is right but I didn't think they renovated the entrance (significantly) since the hotel opened in 1912.

What does everyone think?

It's the port-cochere entrance of I. Magnin on Wilshire in Hancock Park (adjacent). The building is still there and still in pretty good shape. It has been converted to a Korean minimall.
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A bit of LA high-end retail history. The iconic Bullocks-Wilshire store on Wilshire Blvd. (now the Southwestern Law School), was the first major retail establishment outside of downtown. It was also the first in LA designed to be approached on foot from Wilshire or by car on the parking lot side of the store. It opened in the 1920s sometime. I. Magnin was based in San Francisco and had operated a smaller store in Hollywood plus boutiques in a couple of hotels. They decided in the mid-30s to open a major store in LA. At the time, Hancock Park was "old" money on the west side of town, so they located the store close to that neighborhood. They copied Bullocks-Wilshire's approach of having two "front doors", as it were. At some later date, they opened a smaller store in Beverly Hills. It, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman-Marcus all have auto entrances at the rear. I suspect that's how most of their customers arrive at the store now.

Bullocks-Wilshire and I. Magnin merged sometime in the early 1990s, with Magnin closing their store and "rebranding" the B-W store. It was badly damaged in the riots and eventually closed too. The whole Magnin chain went out of business (sadly) later in the 90s.

At the time your picture was taken, I. Magnin and Bullocks-Wilshire were probably the two most opulent, exclusive stores in the U. S. aside from Bergdorf Goodman in New York.
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A bit of LA high-end retail history. The iconic Bullocks-Wilshire store on Wilshire Blvd. (now the Southwestern Law School), was the first major retail establishment outside of downtown. It was also the first in LA designed to be approached on foot from Wilshire or by car on the parking lot side of the store. It opened in the 1920s sometime. I. Magnin was based in San Francisco and had operated a smaller store in Hollywood plus boutiques in a couple of hotels. They decided in the mid-30s to open a major store in LA. At the time, Hancock Park was "old" money on the west side of town, so they located the store close to that neighborhood. They copied Bullocks-Wilshire's approach of having two "front doors", as it were. At some later date, they opened a smaller store in Beverly Hills. It, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman-Marcus all have auto entrances at the rear. I suspect that's how most of their customers arrive at the store now.

Bullocks-Wilshire and I. Magnin merged sometime in the early 1990s, with Magnin closing their store and "rebranding" the B-W store. It was badly damaged in the riots and eventually closed too. The whole Magnin chain went out of business (sadly) later in the 90s.

At the time your picture was taken, I. Magnin and Bullocks-Wilshire were probably the two most opulent, exclusive stores in the U. S. aside from Bergdorf Goodman in New York.
Thank for all that. I'm pretty well up on BW history but hardly knew any of this stuff about I. Magnin, especially about it and BW being THAT exclusive.
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First Hebrew Christian Synagogue

This is another image I found in the 1950 book "The Los Angeles Book." (Photographs by Max Yavno, text by Lee Shippey)

The fact that it was a Hebrew Christian Synagogue really caught my eye so I've been doing some googling but haven't turned up much other than the fact that it was established by someone called Arthur U. Michelson whose autobiography was called "Out of the Darkness into the Light: Life Story of Arthur U. Michelson." But I haven't been able to track down an address for this building.

Anyone...?



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Have we discussed this tunnel-like entrance below the Los Angeles County Courthouse? (circled in red)


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...oll65/id/20104



ebay believe or not

Was this the entrance used to transport prisoners into the courthouse? (or perhaps for coal trucks and other maintenance vehicles)

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It was the entrance to the elevator:


1906 Sanborn @ LAPL

c. 1904 closeup:

USC Digital Library -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...id/2722/rec/25
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This is another image I found in the 1950 book "The Los Angeles Book." (Photographs by Max Yavno, text by Lee Shippey)

The fact that it was a Hebrew Christian Synagogue really caught my eye so I've been doing some googling but haven't turned up much other than the fact that it was established by someone called Arthur U. Michelson whose autobiography was called "Out of the Darkness into the Light: Life Story of Arthur U. Michelson." But I haven't been able to track down an address for this building.

Anyone...?



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2209 Michigan Avenue. Believe it was replaced by apartments/condos.

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It was the entrance to the elevator:


1906 Sanborn @ LAPL
It was the handicap entrance! (and no doubt the loading dock too) I love it. I am such a fan of the courthouse's outdoor elevator. Much better than the Boneventure ones. Well done :-)




You all have sharp eyes, please help me with something that's been tugging at my sleeve. Do you remember the pair of sphinxes at the 1875 Los Angeles and Independence Station on the east side of San Pedro St at the T-junction with Winston?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ang...dence_Railroad


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lo...pot_-_1875.png (detail)

They were on either side of the broad stairs on the north side of the station:

http://books.google.com/books?id=4w8...20tree&f=false

The station was decommissioned in about 1880. At some point the sphinxes were removed and the building remodeled for industrial use. By 1888 the California Door Company and the Los Angeles Storage, Commission and Lumber Company shared the building:

http://books.google.com/books?id=4w8...20tree&f=false

The 13-year-old building burned to the ground on 30 October 1888, the victim of a turpentine fire at the door company.

In 1880, Irishman Andrew McNally (of Rand-McNally fame) moved to Los Angeles from Chicago, living first in Pasadena and then in Altadena. In 1893 he bought 2,300 acres of the old Rancho Los Coyotes, subdividing 1,500 acres into the "La Mirada" development of 20-acre parcels and starting Windemere Ranch on the remainder, planting citrus and olives. McNally commissioned architect Frederick Roehrig to build him a handsome house and outbuildings at Windemere (McNally grandson Wallace Neff was born there in 1895). The home was reached via a pair of curious gateposts, topped with sphinxes. This view is circa 1895:

http://so-cal-arch-history.com/archives/1847

A later view, after the trees had matured. The sphinxes sport breast-plates, although one supposes these could have been added:

http://so-cal-arch-history.com/archives/1847

The breast-plates do not appear on the Windemere orange crate label:

http://so-cal-arch-history.com/archives/1847

Most of Windemere Ranch was sold for a 8,ooo-unit housing development in 1953. The McNally home and a couple of outbuildings still exist in Neff Park, San Cristobal & San Esteban Drives, La Mirada:

google maps

My, by now, painfully-obvious question (hoping I have not put you all to sleep) is, could the station sphinxes and the Windemere sphinxes be the same? Or were sphinxes common then, available at any garden center? Both were bronze or "bronze-colored" and just over life-sized. Where are they now?



Other info, both listing the Windmere sphinxes as missing:
http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NR...t/78000684.pdf
http://www.lincolnparkstatues.com/?attachment_id=1569

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I wasn't being sarcastic T2. I thought your post was really interesting. You put a lot of work into it is what I meant to say.
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