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Man oh man e_r, I hate seeing the old RKO main entrance closed off. Desilu bought the RKO lot in 1957. Your photo was taken in 1958. It wasn't until 1967, when Desilu sold to Gulf + Western (owner of Paramount Pictures) that the RKO lot was absorbed into Paramount.

As built:


The way it looked when I lived near it in the 70s:


both pix: Hollywoodland

circa 1927:

water & power

PS: I couldn't resist posting this early shot of the RKO lot from before the iconic globe-topped soundstage was built at the corner of Melrose and Gower (near the bottom of the photo). Paramount fills the upper right corner of the shot. The RKO entrance building is two blocks north on Gower from Melrose where Warning T-junctions with Gower. Hollywood Forever cemetery is at upper left:

carolandco

The Gower building was a bit of a false front. The really grand building is hidden behind it:

gsv

The old RKO administration building, set in "Lucy Park":

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1932-33 image of RKO on Gower where the property to the West is unimproved.




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Some of you may already be aware if this...but if you're not, let me share:

The California Historical Society's Digital Library has a superb collection of photographs showing Los Angeles (and some nearby cities) in 1932-1933. All are from one photographer, Anton Wagner.

There are 439 (!!) photos in the collection. Here's a link. Clicking on "Clip Image" at the top of any image will reveal a link to let you freely download a relatively high resolution jpg copy.
Beaudry and BRR have mentioned this before. http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=37294

That said, it looks like the images can be captured in a larger format.

Looking east on Wilshire from Bronson
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remember the shop on North Wilton and Santa Monica that was affiliated with the Sears on Western. I also remember someone complaining at the top of his lungs concerning his tires and one of the employees suggesting he take his business to "Winston Tires" on Highland Ave and ask for "Sam."
http://www.google.com/imgres?q=Sears...69&tx=66&ty=79


If the source is accurate, this view is looking northeast on Wilton Place from Santa Monica Blvd., circa 1932-33. This would likely place it at 1110 N. Wilton Place, which was where the Sears Auto Store pictured above would have been. While the Sears was never the most attractive structure, there is no longer any trace of it. In fact, all of the structures have been raised according to GoogleMaps. FWIW, the single story structure at 1111 N Wilton was constructed in 1919 and moved to 3631 Westwood Bl around 1938 per BPs.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/N+....3135802?hl=en


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This 1928 aerial view isn't too far away in time from the CHS photo. Assuming that the caption's correct, I think the houses above are to the right of the word "Wilton".


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The Sears building appears to date from the early-50s (using Historic Aerials), and survived just long enough to be captured by the earliest Googlemobile in 2007.


GSV

The building was stripped by 2009 (below) and completely cleared by 2017.


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