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Old Posted Mar 17, 2015, 8:46 PM
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Thanks for posting the Baist maps HossC. They really help.

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Old Posted Mar 17, 2015, 8:53 PM
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Maybe I've seen too many pictures of '50s and '60s motels (only kidding), because this one looked very familiar. However, a quick search didn't turn up any previous mentions.

The Kent Inn Motel was at 920 S Figueroa Street. The seller dates this postcard as 1960s.



eBay

I also found this daytime shot.


www.cardcow.com

The listing below is from the 1970 Hotel & Motel Red Book.


archive.org

I've checked Historic Aerials, and it looks like the building was still there in 1989 (it's listed in the 1987 CD), but there was a parking lot there by the 1994. Since 2009, the site has been home to these apartments which bill themselves as "APEX. The One." I'm not a fan of these modern designs where a section gets pushed out of line just because they can.


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Old Posted Mar 17, 2015, 8:53 PM
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There's the substation. The DWP took over the whole street (Boylston?):

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I had no idea the substation in the 1912 photograph was still standing. Thanks tovanger2!

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Old Posted Mar 17, 2015, 9:16 PM
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Here is a photograph from a different angle that shows the wooden section of the old #1 substation at Boylston (on the right) and Second St. (on the left)
(I noticed on the Baist maps that Second Street is also labeled Lake Shore Avenue)

7/01/1912

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/

You get a glimpse of the new station at the far right edge of the photo. At left, a street-car whizzes by. No idea who the man is.

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Here is a photograph from a different angle that shows the wooden section of the old #1 substation at Boylston (on the right) and Second St. (on the left)
(I noticed on the Baist maps that Second Street is also labeled Lake Shore Avenue)


http://hdl.huntington.org/

You get a glimpse of the new station at the far right edge of the photo. At left, a street-car whizzes by.

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Curious structure.

I would assume those buckets served to house flood lights. (Or could they have functioned as signal lights?) (Or they could contained water to douse unsuspecting passersby on April 1? ) I also wonder about those small star adornments reminiscent of more modern seismic retrofitting. Spacing suggests that they are not purely cosmetic. Could they be part of the structure's metal framework?



http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single...d/13183/rec/17





July 1928, X Marks the Spot of the new Boylston Office (as distinct from a station).

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single...d/27427/rec/12

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Old Posted Mar 17, 2015, 9:47 PM
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While searching for something completely unrelated, I came across this unique courtyard apts. on the 1200 block of S. Mariposa.


GSV

At each corner the design resembles flaming torches.


....and the two-story 'anchor' apartment at back carries out that same theme.


GSV

I can easily imagine this as a location in an old film noir.

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Old Posted Mar 17, 2015, 10:07 PM
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I found this photograph of the Noel Apartments a few days ago on eBay.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Historic-Los...item2edecc25c8

The photograph is from an album belonging to developer Joe Richardson and his wife Frances.

below: In the same album there was this photograph of Berenice Noel, who was the manager of the Noel Apartments and the apartment's 'namesake'.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Historic-Los...item2edecc25c8

I found the Noel Apt. listed in the 1923-24 city directory. The address of the Noel was 409 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica


LAPL

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Hey all, just wanted to take a moment to congratulate NLA's own Beaudry on a great lecture last Sunday at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The audience was treated to a slide show, a showing of the rare film "Angel's Flight," and a surprise medley of clips from various noir films shot on Bunker Hill. It was a packed house - I got there a few minutes late and had to sit on the balcony! It's really encouraging to see so many people taking an interest in the subject.
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Old Posted Mar 18, 2015, 1:20 AM
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So great to hear it was a packed house. Congratulations Beaudry!!

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Ester's summer job?

Speaking of Santa Monica, here is the beach in 1937. All looks well to me. What could possibly go wrong.


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Old Posted Mar 18, 2015, 2:13 AM
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Concerning that ghost sign for "The 2 Johns" a few days ago...

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Rear of buildings on First Street. Goodbye.


Mid-late '50s?

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single...id/7939/rec/56



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Here's an earlier view of the same block which shows the top of the ghost signs. The description says this picture is from June 1954. I think the rooftop sign mentioned by tovangar2 reads "3 PALMS PHARMACY", but it's still blurry at maximum zoom. The 1956 CD lists the Valez Pharmacy at 100 S Main, but I couldn't find the 3 Palms.


Huntington Digital Library

I am pretty sure I downloaded the following photo - an even earlier view than the two above - from here, but I was unable to find the post that contained it, so I don't know the source:



(I happened to save it because I am a fan of They Might Be Giants, a band whose two integral members are both named John. As such they have often been referred to as "John & John" or "The 2 Johns.")
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Arroyo de los Reyes

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Note that on both of these maps, the part of Second Street west of Boylston was called Lake Shore Avenue. It gets renamed to Second Street by the 1921 map.
Thanks, we were talking about Lake Shore Avenue re Second Street Park back on page 760. And thank you too for the further uscdl pix of this area, one you posted and one you referenced. They each show the hillsides on both sides of 2nd St which made me realize that, of course, this was part of the Arroyo de los Reyes, a channel made by stream which had its source near Glendale Blvd (formerly Lake Shore), filled Echo Park Lake and the lake at Second Street Park (at different times in history) then worked it's way down 2nd St., filling the famous swimming pond at 2nd and Beaudry (the former site of which is out of frame a block to the right in the photo below) and eventually exiting Bunker Hill at Block 15 as shown in the 1849 Ord Survey map.

It was not appreciated at the time (mosquitoes/mud), so Block 15 could not be sold and became Pershing Square. However, the route of the Arroyo de Los Reyes changed when the Los Angeles Canal and Reservoir Company dammed Echo Park Lake in 1868. It then came out at Figueroa and 5th where it was known as the "wool mill ditch". B. F. Coulter's woolen mill there made use of it and Los Reyes also, for a time anyway, filled the zanja that ran in front of the fine homes on the north side of Figueroa (an ice company later took over Coulter's mill).

Enough. If anyone's interested, L.A. Creek Freak tells the tale here and here.



http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/re...coll59/id/1028




And thank you ProphetM for the "new" photo of the 1882-1907(?) Two Johns/Maier & Zobeleing sign. Interesting to see the the building that protected it coming down and City Hall South going up across the street. City Hall South is where the Health Dept moved after leaving the Bank of Italy building which was torn down a year or so after the photo. The International Bank Building/Bank of Italy Building never had fire escapes, but did still have gas lighting in some offices at the time of demolition.

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Old Posted Mar 18, 2015, 3:17 PM
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I feel like I should know the building in this photo. -yet I'm drawing a blank.


eBay


I enlarged it a bit, but still can't read what it says on the building.


detail

At first I thought it was a Civic building, but the writing suggests a company.
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Old Posted Mar 18, 2015, 3:28 PM
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I need some help on this one as well.



old file/probably eBay

I think the biggest clue here is the architectural ornament on the right. Could that be the top of a movie theater?
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Old Posted Mar 18, 2015, 3:30 PM
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I decided to go ahead and post this one well before I run some errands.

Where oh where could this be?


old file/personal collection

clue: ANITA
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While searching for something completely unrelated, I came across this unique courtyard apts. on the 1200 block of S. Mariposa.


GSV

At each corner the design resembles flaming torches.


....and the two-story 'anchor' apartment at back carries out that same theme.


GSV

I can easily imagine this as a location in an old film noir.

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That is a fantastic set of buildings. All three have a build date of 1926, according to the County Assessor's office. It has sort of an Egyptian feel and may have been inspired by the King Tut discovery in 1922.
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I feel like I should know the building in this photo. -yet I'm drawing a blank.


eBay


I enlarged it a bit, but still can't read what it says on the building.


detail

At first I thought it was a Civic building, but the writing suggests a company.
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From a clue of the distinctive street light, a search was made of that type of light post and a picture came up of Union Station. While I knew that was not the building, I did remember that there was script writing on the Terminal Annex building across the street. Your Building is the United State Post Office Terminal Annex. You can't see the domed top in this picture.
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I feel like I should know the building in this photo. -yet I'm drawing a blank.


eBay


I enlarged it a bit, but still can't read what it says on the building.


detail

At first I thought it was a Civic building, but the writing suggests a company.
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This is the post office 900 North Alameda Street AKA Terminal Annex on the left side of Union Station.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminal_Annex
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HossC provided a comprehensive look at the Moore Cliff Apts./Hotel and its demise, incorporating images from ER, FredH and Jansen. http://skyscraperpage.com/forum/show...70279&page=942 There's quite a bit "Moore" here >> http://www.onbunkerhill.org/taxonomy/term/328

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We have seen the Moore Cliff Apartments before:
Here's a close-up from the top picture. BTW. the sign in the middle of Hill Street just says "Danger Excavation".


Detail of photo at USC Digital Library

From the HossC compilation with a few added views.


http://skyscraperpage.com/forum/show...postcount=2644



http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=2604


http://skyscraperpage.com/forum/show...postcount=4819




http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single.../id/8513/rec/3



Counting Flowers on the wall.

121 Hill










http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single.../id/6281/rec/4



1957 - From Olive looking east. Bye Bye Moore Cliff

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single.../id/8483/rec/1


Olive sign





Steep Driveway





Good bye Wall

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single.../id/7958/rec/4

121 Hill Street wall



December '56
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Workers continue with demolishing the Central Police Station, 318 West 1st Street
Moore Cliff at far right

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single.../id/7960/rec/5



Quote:
Side view of house on Olive Court, which was a one way street accessible from Olive Street between 1st and 2nd Streets. Partially visible taller building at far right edge is the Moore Cliff.
January '57

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single.../id/8689/rec/2







St. Angelo
http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/8776/00068173.jpghttp://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=11776

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Here is a photograph from a different angle that shows the wooden section of the old #1 substation at Boylston (on the right) and Second St. (on the left)
(I noticed on the Baist maps that Second Street is also labeled Lake Shore Avenue)

7/01/1912

http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/

You get a glimpse of the new station at the far right edge of the photo. At left, a street-car whizzes by. No idea who the man is.

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It's this guy...

One happy guy, Engstrum balcony, ca.1920

Guessed at the date, the Briggs will be renamed the Barbara Worth Apartments in about 1926. Little white house below balcony will be gone earlier than that.

NLA member Beaudry

BTW, Lakeshore extended from Boylston up past Echo Park (lake) hence the name. It would ultimately become 2nd Street from Boylston to 1st Street and then Glendale Boulevard north of 1st.
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