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J. Barrymore's former Sunset-adjacent residence.

Never determined the exact dates Barrymore may have had an interest in the property edging Sunset Blvd. For obvious topographical reasons, these ~1942 images of "the great profile" and his daughter have probably no direct connection with the alleged Sunset Blvd. adjacent estate. Sadly, Barrymore met his mortal demise in 1942, shortly after these images were taken. It may just have been good acting, but he emotes someone capable of enjoying his surroundings.

Stories abound how a certain Errol Flynn added to the Barrymore legend, after the latter's death. http://townsquareexiles.boards.net/t...rrymore-corpse One version of the Flynn-Barrymore story places some of the salient events 'below Sunset". Semi-noirish and dubious, but . . . not impossible.




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Recreating the famous scene from Rapunzel?
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Who's been eating in my [former] house!
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Rudy Valee and John B. in April 1942.
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Our brief visit to Hamptons had the effect of transporting me back to the 1980s.

Does anyone remember when the Mondrian Hotel was painted as a homage to the artist Piet Mondrian?


https://www.facebook.com/VintageLosA...type=1&theater
I remember it e_r. The paint job made it an instant landmark

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Thank you HossC. Swiss engineer Paul Fuller sure knew what he was doing:
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It appears to be a 1937 Wurlitzer 616. For anyone who's interested, you can read more at jukebox-world.de (it's a German site, but over 90% is in English).


www.jukebox-world.de/Christian Gredel
And thank you for the info on our quietly handsome UPS building. Just three blocks from where I live, it's across Pelham from the building which houses the the local Betty Ford Clinic and the Consulate General of Pakistan:

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Old Posted Apr 22, 2017, 9:35 PM
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Yes. Across from the Riot/Hyatt House. Lights strung through the trees. Said to be a former residence of John Barrymore, but unconfirmed. Briefly mentioned a few times on NLA. http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=15317
Riot House? ha ha ha...good one.!!!
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Like Tourmaline, I've spent some time in that UPS facility across from the Mormon Temple, seen in HossC's Shulman post today. FYI, there's an earthquake fault running under the Mormon Temple. Come to think of it, has that been seen on NLA before? Probably.
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Does anyone remember when the Mondrian Hotel was painted as a homage to the artist Piet Mondrian?


https://www.facebook.com/VintageLosA...type=1&theater
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The movie billboard is for the film MISERY.

I remember the Mondrian's paint job, I liked it.


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Why was Olive turned into a One-Way street at this point along the east side of the Mondrian? (curious minds want to know )


detail / gsv

The only thing I can think of....

It helps regulate traffic into and out of the 'House of Blues' (southeast corner of Sunset and Olive)
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The "City of West Hollywood" has put in several various parking detours along the Sunset Strip area. Some of them block the street entirely. Some of them are one way. Some of them are barriers to drive through only after a certain time at night. There is a barrier on Westmount that is only up when the Trader Joe's store is open. When it's closed the barriers are down. Apparently, that was a condition, and closing at 9pm, for the Trader Joe's to open in that location. Co-incidentally, all the West Hollywood officials and city workers live in that area. Funny how that works, huh? Apparently, though, on the street where you used to live, E_R, anything goes.

P.S.: Did you know The House of Blues officially closed on August 4, 2015? President Obama's birthday. I mention that because there was a fundraiser held there on his behalf (9-26-11) when he was about to run for re-election. Several streets in West Hollywood were closed off because of it, as he headed to two other ones in the area as well and then to the Hilton Hotel (Santa Monica & Wilshire) where he was staying. I tried to get a glimpse of him, but did not, but the Presidential motorcade did come down a closed Santa Monica Blvd. that night and I saw that.

This video shows the Presidential motorcade arriving at the House of Blues in front of that barrier in your photo. (The Comedy Store, formerly Ciro's, is the building at the end of the road up on Sunset.)

Video Link


This video shows the Presidential motorcade departing from the House of Blues in front of that barrier in your photo, then coming down Olive and turning right on Fountain...

Video Link


...traveling down to La Cienega and then south on La Cienega in the video below, taken on the north side of Santa Monica Blvd. and La Cienega.

Video Link


Two other videos, one a little north and one on the south side of the intersection of the same location:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMuVgUYUux4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgpwfEJ7KaE

He was heading to the Fig & Olive Restaurant at La Cienega and Melrose Place. After that the motorcade traveled back up La Cienega to this intersection, turned left and then all the way to the Hilton. I saw it when it went by Santa Monica and Hancock Ave.

Taking the place of the House of Blues will be the Sunset Time Project which will bring 149 hotel rooms, 40 condos, rental apartments "for low- and moderate-income people" (...and if you believe that...) and 35,000 square feet of retail space, plus a nightclub. There will also be 6,000 square feet of digital billboards on the building.
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Old Posted Apr 23, 2017, 3:47 AM
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Interesting post MP. Thx


I still have one foot stuck in the 80s folks.

The Bullock's Wilshire Tea Room. [c.1980]


http://digital2.library.ucla.edu/vie...198/zz0002rbm5


Let's see what the today's 'Specials' are.


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I'm trying to picture genteel ladies drinking Harvey Wallbangers at lunch.




What do we have here?


The photographer forgot rule #1.
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Pellissier home at 697 S. Serrano

At NLA we've seen lots of photos of Wilshire and Western and the Pellissier/Wiltern Theater Building there, but I
couldn't find that we've ever seen the 697 S. Serrano Avenue home of this man, Germain Pellissier:



SCWHR-P-050-3305 at Seaver Center


Unfortunately, Pellissier lived in the home for only a little over a year before his death.


July 23, 1905, Los Angeles Herald:



CDNC


September 3, 1905, Los Angeles Times:



ProQuest via LAPL


September 2, 1906, Los Angeles Times:





ProQuest via LAPL


October 1906 The Architect and Engineer of California (this is the same photo referred to in the article above as
showing the side of the house):





Google Books


There is a c. 1913 photo of the house, which you can see here and here (I'm not sure who posted it first).


The 1910 Baist Map shows where the house was originally situated (at the end of the drive, above the P).
The little yellow building down in the lower right corner of the Pellissier property may have been the old
Pellissier ranch house:



HistoricMapworks


The Pellissier ranch house is referred to here:



April 13, 1913, Los Angeles Times


If you look at the 1910 Baist Map, the Pellissier house was in the path of the extension of Cahuenga Blvd., now
Serrano Avenue. So on October 1, 1913, Pellissier's widow, Marie Julie, obtained a BP to move the house out
of the way:



LADBS


The area with the Pellissier home was not on the 1907 Sanborn, but here's the home in 1921 on its large lot
at the northwest corner of Serrano and 7th:



ProQuest via LAPL


The Pellissier home seems to have gotten camera-shy in its old age, but its rear can be seen in some of the
Pellissier Building construction photos, like at top center in this SE-facing view from 1930:



DW-1930-12-01-01A at USCDL


Marie Julie Pellissier died on May 29, 1947, four days short of her 87th birthday. This aerial view taken the
following year shows her Serrano Avenue home at bottom right:



HistoricAerials


Late in the Pellissier home's life it may have gotten an elevator. My only explanation for the HIGHWAY DEDICATION
stamp is that perhaps 697 S. Serrano would have been in the path of the Beverly Hills Freeway if it had been built:



LADBS


Here's 697 S. Serrano in a 1964 aerial:



HistoricAerials


I couldn't find exactly when the Pellissier home was demolished, but I'd guess 1965-66. There is a June 8, 1965,
demo permit for a garage at 697 S. Serrano, and an August 31, 1966 permit to demolish a 1-story, 24 x 27-foot
home (obviously not the Pellissier home) at the same address. Anyway, the site is a parking lot in the 1972 aerial.
Today the Pio Pico-Koreatown Branch Library at 694 S. Oxford occupies the Pellissier home's old lot.

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Excellent post on Germain Pellissier (and his home) Flyingwedge....very interesting.

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Has anyone heard of Larry Finley's 'My Own Place'? (I hadn't until this afternoon)




http://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections menus

I'm guessing that Larry Finley opened his own place (hence the name...'My Own Place' ) after his stint at the Mocambo.


The Mocambo in 1953. Photo by George Mann


'My Own Place' was at 8516 near La Cienega and the Mocambo was at 8588 Sunset.
The M.O.P. menu describes 8516 as "The Room With a View", which makes me think it was a multi-story building.

So far I haven't been able to find out what building stood at 8516 in the 1950s. (do any of you sleuths know?)

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While searching for additional information I found this photograph of Larry Finley with Jane Mansfield.


http://www.gettyimages.com/license/562893439

here's the description: APRIL 19,1955: Actress Jayne Mansfield poses out on the town at The Larry Finley Show in Los Angeles.

But it doesn't say if it was taken at the Mocambo or at 'My Other Place'


Help!
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Oh I almost forgot, here's the inside of the M.O.P. menu. (it's a tad bit blurry)


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and here's the back of the menu

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Guernica, on La Brea and Hollywood?


Demonstrators near La Brea Ave. and Hollywood Blvd. marching toward Ferndell rally. Oct 1961. All from http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...oll44/id/61375















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Has anyone heard of Larry Finley's 'My Own Place'? (I hadn't until this afternoon)




http://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections menus

'My Own Place' was at 8516 Sunset near La Cienega. The M.O.P. menu describes 8516 as "The Room With a View", which makes me think it was a multi-story building.

So far I haven't been able to find out what building stood at 8516 in the 1950s. (do any of you sleuths know?)
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Several sources list the recently mentioned Sea Witch at 8514 or 8516 Sunset Blvd. -- near Dino's. Info on the Water & Power photo site says at capacity the Sea Witch held 60-70 people maximum!

The 1960 CD lists the Sea Witch (as Seawitch) at 8514 Sunset Blvd. and at 8516 Sunset Blvd. it lists the Jordanell Cocktail Lounge, which is also listed in the 1956 CD.

Being on Sunset Blvd. at that location, Larry Finley's "Room with a View" wouldn't have to be multiple stories. It's a pretty expansive view there even at street level.

I'd never heard of Finley's place, or the Jordanell Cocktail Lounge, before, either.
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It's back to retail for today's Julius Shulman post. This is "Job 1438: Kanner and Mayer, Richards Furniture, 1953".



We also get this closer view of the front.



Both from Getty Research Institute

This one took a quick Google to find, as the business appears as Richards Showrooms Inc in the CDs. The showrooms were at 8811 Beverly Boulevard. The building now contains three businesses, all selling furniture. The sidewalk flower beds also survive, but they're now just grass.


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The building on the far left of the first image is also still standing, although it now looks a little different in the hands of Stella McCartney.


GSV
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When I posted that query last year, no one had followed up with any ideas of Hollywood Blvd. ever having been decorated with rows of lighted Santa Claus's instead of the many Christmas tree lined street photos we've seen from many decades. I had never come across any evidence that this had been the case, either. You'd think someone would have taken a photo of such a thing.

Well, at least one person did.





This snapshot that, probably, a soldier took/had taken while visiting Hollywood during WWII, appeared when someone uploaded it on
their Pinterest account and several others have pinned it to theirs, but there's no other information to be gleaned about it.

The marquee in the background is the Paramount Theater, now the El Capitan. The movie playing I deciphered from the "True to" part
that can be read. The film is True to Life, a Paramount film, and was released on Dec. 24th of 1943. The partial names seen on the
marquee turn out to be Mary Martin, Dick Powell, Franchot Tone and Victor Moore. So this photo could have been taken in 1943 or
maybe early 1944.

It's the first definitive proof that I've seen of Santa Claus's lining Hollywood Blvd. at Christmas time, instead of the trees. If the whole
street was lit up with these you'd think there'd have been one photo of that somewhere, as I said, but I guess you never know.

In the distance, by the Chinese Theatre on the right, it does look like those are other Santa Claus's that can be seen lining the street.

Also, I spy a Pacific Electric Red Car coming.

This video is out-of-season, but Martin, if you haven't seen it, you may find it of interest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajDRvUFDxSA

This brings me to the following Shorpy photo, said to be from August '63. I thought I had seen it on NLA, but today my memory and search skills are blunted. Notice the overhead street light. Notice the five horizontal red "dots"? Are they reflectors or lights? Do they serve a specific function, other than being decorative and to splash more color on the canvas?
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The red "dots" were stars. They were supposed to look Hollywoody. That particular 70s-style of electrolier head was called a "bathtub". Each is 5 feet long.
Thank goodness they've been replaced, but, unfortunately, not by the originals (I notice the one lamp there on the right is trying to skedaddle):

gsv

"The Art of Street Lighting in Los Angeles" (1972) by Eddy S Feldman is full of good info

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In this video from 1980 there's a close-up of one right at the beginning and you can make out the star shapes. I don't know if it's the quality of this video or not, but what color are these stars? My memory of them is that they were orange colored.

Also, are those Christmas tree decorations on the blvd. or sculpted trees?

Video Link


Same video, but two minutes longer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLVbEJzv_vo

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This video is out-of-season, but Martin, if you haven't seen it, you may find it of interest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajDRvUFDxSA
Thanks, Tourmaline, I have seen that video! I always wish it was better color! I get a really warm weather vibe from it, too.

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This brings me to the following Shorpy photo, said to be from August '63. I thought I had seen it on NLA, but today my memory and search skills are blunted. Notice the overhead street light. Notice the five horizontal red "dots"? Are they reflectors or lights? Do they serve a specific function, other than being decorative and to splash more color on the canvas?
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...f0f317100f.jpg
Phil Harris Records was around a long time, at least into the 1980's...I'm unsure as to when it actually closed.
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The first Earth Day: Beverly Hills 90210: 1970


(George Fry / Los Angeles Times)

April 22, 1970: Sixth-grader Brad Frank, 11, wearing a gas mask, joins about 100 classmates
from El Rodeo School during an Earth Day march on Wilshire Boulevard.

Brad Frank would be 58 years old.

El Rodeo School
605 N. Whittier Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210



The grounds of the school front Wilshire Blvd. Whittier Drive t-bones at Wilshire Blvd., right between the
Beverly Hilton Hotel and where the Robinson's-May Co. Store used to be located until very recently.

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I tried to find out something about Brad (or Bradley) Frank, I found an article from 2011 stating that a 31 year
old Bradley Frank, who was working at Rogers & Cowan, a noted Hollywood PR firm, was indicted for grand
theft. He would have been born in 1980. If Brad Frank from the El Rodeo school had married at 21 in 1980,
and named his child after himself, he could be this guy's father. Just speculating.

An article from a year later says that Bradley Frank pleaded no contest.
http://variety.com/2012/film/news/pu...on-1118052256/
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Thanks T2 and MP. I'm sure I would have seen the "stars" yet I have no recollection of them, and for that matter, do not miss what I do not remember. Sadly, many memories of that area are of Hollywood's seedier side, reminiscent of a virtual tour with Travis Bickel, perhaps best left forgotten.

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics43/00056031.jpg


http://jpg1.lapl.org/00092/00092553.jpg



http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics30/00049737.jpg



Unrelated, here are two images of Creswell Drugs 8801 Wilshire (and Roberson). (Strangely, there does not appear to be any listing for this Pharmacy, at least at this address. There is a drug store listing for 8800 Wilshire, but with a different name. There is a Creswell on Whittier Blvd.) The first image is from Herman Schulteis, circa 1937. The second image is from some unknown, Ansel Adams, circa 1940.

Schulteis
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00098/00098792.jpg



Note the two individuals apparently climbing down from the Coca Cola sign. Alka Seltzer. "Time to Alkalize" above the entrance.

Adams
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00085/00085761.jpg




http://www.cladriteradio.com/images/alkaseltzer2.jpg

http://www.zanesville.ohiou.edu/emed...%20seltzer.jpg

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London House

Someone I know helped a friend move yesterday. The building, known as "London House", was so eccentric she asked me to look it up:

gsv

London House is on a tiny, dead-end street, La Vista Court, a couple of doors east of the Raleigh Studios (one of our oldest studios, founded 1915 as Famous Players Fiction Studio) and just south of Paramount:

google maps

As it turns out, Lionel Rolfe (who at first thought London House had been built by Felix Peano), in his "Literary L.A.", 1981 (plus his 2013 article), Paradise Leased and the 2016 Historic-Cultural Monument application had done most of the research on this one (even Curbed LA and Larchmont Buzz have written it up). There's some good NLA priors too* (five years old now and missing some pix), but I thought I'd add a little more to what we already know.

London House was built in 1925 as the studio of Norwegian sculptor Finn Haakon Frolich (1858-1947), an intimate of Jack London's (the men bonded over their love of the sea, poker, practical jokes and, of course, left-wing politics). Frolich lived with the Londons at Glen Ellen in 1912, helping to build Wolf House and stayed near his friend until the end. There's one of Frolich's bas-reliefs of London installed on the front of London House (Frolich dedicated the building to the memory of his friend). This has resulted in the persistent rumor that Jack London (1876-1916) lived at London House (an obvious impossibility).

Mark Schafron relates in "A Portion Under the Sun" about weekend dinner parties with Jack London at Glen Ellen in the good years. Poet George Sterling was a regular, as was "Finn Frolich, the sculptor, with his big moustache and square hands, muscled like a stonemason's". These were joined by a merry band of Socialists and Anarchists and, "Sometimes there were ex-convicts (London had spent some time in jail and had a soft spot for ex-cons) and, occasionally, London's sister, Eliza"


Finn Frolich poses in front of London House:
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The above, before it was installed:

huntington dl (detail)


Frolich came to LA in 1920 and moved into a preexisting structure at 5152 La Vista Ct. He remodeled the building into a home and studio, and then, needing more space, built 2 1/2-story London House in front of it as an addition. He acted as both architect and contractor for the building:



la city planning

The 1921 Baist map shows the scene about the time of Frolich's arrival at La Vista Ct (it's unmarked by Baist), then known as McDougal Lane. Note that the Clune Studio is labeled "Douglas Fairbanks's Picture Corp Studio". Also note that the Title Insurance and Trust tomb-like Archive Building is set back from the SW corner of Van Ness and Melrose in the center of a three-acre plot. It was built in 1909 on rolling farm land (the only neighbor was the 1902 Hollywood Cemetery), the first structure on the site of what would become Raleigh Studios:

baist 1921, plate 35

The Archive didn't get any identifying signage until 1927, resulting in many rumors about the place:


Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer Aug 20, 1910, vol 5 No. 15

The Archive had outlived its usefulness by 1939.
At 56' x 76' of solid concrete and steel, it must have been a heck of a demo job:

LAT 31 Jan 1939

From a well-to-do family in Oslo, Frolich ran away to sea at age nine to work on a windjammer. By age 14 he was a second mate. In later life, he surrounded himself with reminders of his years at sea. London House is very reminiscent of a ship. There were ships' lanterns (one is left), a ship's bell, narrow stairs and passageways, and, except for the studio, small cabin-like rooms. Frolich's penthouse bedroom had a view to the horizons, very like a crow's nest.

There's another, different Frolich bas-relief of London at the Jack London State Historic Park up in Glen Ellen and also a bust (a bronze casting of which was in Jack London Square in Oakland until it was placed in storage in the '90s).

Frolich and his portrait bust of his dear friend, Jack London:

lacityplanning

In 1886, after nine years at sea, Frolich left his ship when it was docked in New York. Frolich, just 18, apprenticed to Daniel Chester French (he actually started with French as a model) in New York, working on many of the sculptor's most important commissions. He was with French for many years, the elder man, impressed enough with Frolich, that, in 1895, French sent him to study in Paris at the Ecole de Beaux Arts and Ecole Nationale with Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Frolich had a long and productive career, executing many commissions of his own. He moved from New York to Seattle, Northern, and finally Southern California.

Frolich also sculpted for the nearby movie studios during his Los Angeles years. Most of these works were in plaster and are now lost (he once famously did 100 sculptures in three months for a film). The only film IMDB lists for him, uncredited, is "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923):

gjenvick

Frolich also did "Modern Speed" for Richfield Oil, a sculpture I was told depicts Barney Oldfield piloting the Richfield Racer. A bronze casting of it (about 14" long) stood on a plinth on the executive floor at the Richfield Building, and later, in the lobby of the executive floor at ARCO Plaza.

Frolich was known for his energetic charm and generosity. London House overflowed with his friends and his students, a beloved center of Bohemian, Socialist Los Angeles.

Frolich demonstrates, using a young lady, how he delivered loads of stone, clay and plaster to his second-floor studio and lowered sculptures down to street level, employing the block and tackle at the top of the building (giving a whole new meaning to the term "Frolich Room":
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The studio has a huge windows front and back to flood it with light and a skylight above.

The reverse view, as well as being a terrific photograph, reveals a rare treat:
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Note the "Winter Garden" ice-skating rink, with its great rooftop sign, across Van Ness (this may be the only image of the Winter Garden signage):

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The huge arena was built in 1928 on land leased from The Clune Company just east of the Clune studio property and a couple of hundred of feet south of the Archive Bldg (the plans were announced in 1925). It was first called "Glacier Palace", and then in 1934 "Polar Palace". For a brief time in-between those dates it was known as the Winter Garden. (Martin Pal has taken us here before)The entrance, as one can see, was across from the end of La Vista Ct. The rink burned to the ground in 1963, terrifying the neighborhood:

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A shot of the interior of the enormous wooden rink arena after the 1960 remodel. After the fire, Walter Allen Plant Rentals took over the land (they supplied the studios with greens and greenmen). Raleigh Studios later built a soundstage on the site:

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During its 35-year lifespan the rink hosted professional and college ice hockey, various figure-skating championships, the Ice Follies and the Ice Capades. It was also the well-loved local rink for teens and families through those years. For the 11 years they overlapped, the Archive building and the rink must have made a very strange pair.

Here's an aerial from before London House and the ice rink, with some approximate sites marked in this still quite rural area (the camera is looking south). La Vista Ct was then known as McDougal Lane. There was a pond in the dip, near the London House site (until it was drained and leveled), that was reportedly the filming location for a Keystone Cops car stunt in the teens:

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There were other famous residents of London House.
During Frolich's time in the original building (before the 1925 addition), poet George Sterling, another friend of London's (see quote above), stayed at the house. He left an inscription behind:

"The young at heart shall find their love and laughter anywhere.
He only in Bohemia dwells who knows not he is there.
- dedicated to Finn Frolich by George Sterling, 1924"


Pals Jack London and George Sterling between swims:

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Actors John Carradine (he was also a student of Frolich's), and later, Richard Beymer and Victor Buono called London House home.

John Carradine (here with his own work) tried to break into the movies as a set designer, but DeMille gave him a speaking part instead:

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Chicano activist and union organizer Frank Lopez, a founder of Plaza de la Raza and a friend of Frolich's, bought London House from Frolich's survivors:

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One of Lopez' tenants, writer and script supervisor Robert Gary bought it in 1957. It must have been this last who deeded it to the current owner, "Kitten" Francesca Natividad, who got her start working for Stella Stevens. She was one of Russ Meyer's ("King of the Nudies") stars. They were a couple for 15 years:

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She is, I am told, as vivacious, charming, energetic and generous as Finn Frolich was in his heyday. Now close to 70, she bounds around her complex, consisting of London House, a bungalow and cottages, looking after her buildings, her tenants (at least one is a relative) and many friends. She is, reportedly, instantly adored by all who meet her:

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Kitten's domain at La Vista Court and Van Ness:

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Frolich's third-floor, penthouse bedroom (in the distance) was mostly enclosed by order of LABS and is now used for storage (the rest of the complex is in the foreground)
Note the windows and balconies on the back of London House:

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Roof-top seating next to the skylight above Frolich's first studio in the original, one-story bit of London House:

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Inside, looking out of the upstairs, southern door:

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More photos at the listing

If you don't know Kitten Natividad's career, you should, b/c fun. Her stage work was a knockout:



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Kitten's iconic poster pose from "Beneath the Valley of the Ultra Vixens" (1979) scripted by Russ Meyer and Roger Ebert (as R Hyde):

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I sincerely hope the city grants London House Historical-Cultural status. I think it deserves it, having more historical-cultural cred per square foot than many other listed buildings.


finn frolich's letterhead illustration of london house


More info at links.

*Those priors, all from 2012:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=7566
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=7699
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=7710
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=7726
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=7729

Thank you to e_r for the pix.


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Children's orchestra, May Company Los Angeles [1931]


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-a0EO2UHAKU...rnia,+1931.jpg

I'm guessing the little boy on the right would rather be playing baseball.

I wonder where this was taken?

at a music school perhaps)....or an Ebell Club...or a myriad other places. (there's no way of telling)
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Here's another group portrait.

Bachelors Ball at the Town House, Los Angeles [c.1940]


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...id/88517/rec/5

The couples appear to be representing different countries.

I see Bavaria/Germany...Scotland/tall guy in the kilt, back wall...Argentina/gaucho at far left....(he even has those dangling balls)
but who's the dude representing on the far right....Prussia?....Estonia?







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below: Why is it called a Bachelors Ball if they're married couples?


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...id/88517/rec/5

oops I just noticed the first couple isn't married.

update:

oy vay, the second couple isn't married either (but his date is married? )

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update II:

The 'Bavarian' couple had two separate photograph taken.



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