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I first posted about Simons Brick Co back in 2015 - you can see that post here. It contains links to a couple of previous mentions, and tovangar2 also posted a follow-up here. The last line of my posts says "By 1932, the Simons Brick Co had moved their main office to 1195 S Boyle Avenue." That gave me a rough location for the building below. These three pictures are a selection from a set of interior and exterior shots taken in 1931.



A closer look at the entrance.



And one of the images of the interior.



All from USC Digital Library

Here's the office building on the northwest corner of the central intersection (E 8th Street and Boyle Avenue). The brick factory is in the top left. It's a detail from Flight ID: C-1930, Frame: 76, Date: December 17, 1931.


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Although the site of the office building was just south of the freeway, it looks like it was probably lost when the freeway was built. Today, it's just a small parking lot.

A couple of blocks south, I spotted the 1927 Sears, Roebuck & Co building on E 9th Street (now E Olympic Boulevard). They had the foresight to put a sign on the roof (although not the type favored by e_r!).


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I first posted about Simons Brick Co back in 2015 - you can see that post here. It contains links to a couple of previous mentions, and tovangar2 also posted a follow-up here. The last line of my posts says "By 1932, the Simons Brick Co had moved their main office to 1195 S Boyle Avenue." That gave me a rough location for the building below. These three pictures are a selection from a set of interior and exterior shots taken in 1931.


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Looks like Gazanias are the flower of choice in the foreground bed.
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Thank you Lorendoc for the history of 619 S June. I know that house by sight, but did not know it was by S Charles Lee. It's down and across from the British Consul General's residence (Wallace Neff, 1928) at № 450, where I've spent many a golden hour.

619 S June has frontages on both June and 6th Street and backs onto John Burroughs Middle School:


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Along with all the other work, the pool appears to have been moved:


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Permits list the owners as Shaul and Danielle Dina. Shaul Dina may be the Hollywood producer (since 2016) of such films as the nouveau grindhouse effort "Carnage Park" (2016), "frequently repellent" said LAT, as quoted by Rotten Tomatoes (critics 60% - audience 30%), which would go a long way towards explaining the choices in facade detailing and hardscape at № 619.



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In 2018, Mr. Huntington might not recognize San Marino the little town [13K people] that he helped found in 1913. There is not a single home in the city under one million dollars [median price is $3 million ] and the population is 46% Chinese...multimillionaire refugees from Hong Kong and other Asian countries.

You might ask, how do these Chinese immigrants pay for their San Marino homes? They usually pay in gold bars....I know this from my experience with them.[/SIZE]


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Yup, that's one of the reasons the newest addition to the Huntington is the Chinese Garden.

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Old Posted Jan 20, 2018, 10:36 PM
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Look, e_r--a free church!


LA Times via ProQuest via CSULB Library, reconfigured for space


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Old Posted Jan 20, 2018, 10:48 PM
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I ran across, and am reviewing as I have a chance, a very large cache of photos I took in the early 1980s, most of which have no prayer of being of interest to NLA. This one perhaps comes close, if anyone wants a detail of (I think) the Pasadena City Hall...


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Old Posted Jan 21, 2018, 1:42 AM
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I have a request....as many pics of the grand old Richfield Oil Co. tower (built in the 1920s) in DTLA as can be posted. Loved that old building from my youth. Torn down in 1968/69 to make way for the construction of ARCO twin towers. I still remember the grand spire shaped like an oil derrick lit up at night. Something to behold. Would love to see some nightime pics with the spire lit up. The only building almost as grand is the blue Eastern Columbia, which fortunately is still there.
I run a Facebook group called Richfield Beacons, about the beacon towers they put up along the west coast in 1928-29-30. Since the Richfield Building was one of the beacons, I have numerous photos.

If any of you have interest in the Richfield beacons, I am still looking for any information or photos I can find of the LA-area beacons:
Castaic Junction - I have aerials of the site and of the Beacon Coffee Shop across the street, but none of the service station and tower from ground level. The tower was purchased by LA County and moved to what is now LA County Fire Station 82 in La Cañada Flintridge, for use as a transmission tower until the 1960s. It's disposition after that is unknown.
Alhambra: supposedly located at what became the site of the Alhambra airport, I have no photos - aerial or otherwise. It was listed as new in the federal government's Air Commerce Bulletin in October 1929, and again as discontinued in the July 1930 issue.

You can go here for the Historic American Building Survey photos in the Library of Congress:
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/item/ca0250/

Here are some photos of the Richfield Building I've collected - some were posted here, others on Facebook, still others found online in various places.


circa 1931


1930s? judging by the cars


Herman Schultheis, ca. 1937, from LAPL


Penthouse, 1950, from the Julius Shulman archive


1950s


From Life archives


A fire at the Richfield Building, 3/1/54. From martinturnbull.com


Atomic dawn over Los Angeles, 3/7/55


1955, a slide from eBay


South Flower Street, August 1955, from a set on the wrecking of old buildings for the Superior Oil Building


A slide from I don't know where


Crop from Julius Shulman photo 7K of Job #4161, Los Angeles Twilight, 1967, from Getty Research Institute


Another mystery source


April 1968


Last day open, 11/15/1968


Last day open, 11/15/1968
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Old Posted Jan 21, 2018, 3:04 AM
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I first posted about Simons Brick Co back in 2015 - you can see that post here. It contains links to a couple of previous mentions, and tovangar2 also posted a follow-up here. The last line of my posts says "By 1932, the Simons Brick Co had moved their main office to 1195 S Boyle Avenue." That gave me a rough location for the building below. These three pictures are a selection from a set of interior and exterior shots taken in 1931.



This entire little building makes me anxious and edgy. Whomever owns the company is a strict advocate of absolute perfection. I think its called anal retentive personality. Not a single mortar rake between the tiles and bricks is off. Count me out.
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Thank you Lorendoc for the history of 619 S June. I know that house by sight, but did not know it was by S Charles Lee. It's down and across from the British Consul General's residence (Wallace Neff, 1928) at № 450, where I've spent many a golden hour.

Permits list the owners as Shaul and Danielle Dina. Shaul Dina may be the Hollywood producer (since 2016) of such films as the nouveau grindhouse effort "Carnage Park" (2016), "frequently repellent" said LAT, as quoted by Rotten Tomatoes (critics 60% - audience 30%), which would go a long way towards explaining the choices in facade detailing and hardscape at № 619.
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T2....most interesting back stories. Something is amiss with this family. At one time they were willing to sell the house in a state of being half remodeled...''as is''. What?!

Now the roof is leaking? Let's pass on this one.....its a can of worms.

So you were doing the shim-sham at the British Consulate?
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Victor Segno and his wife A. Belle appear in the 1910 Census, living at 701 Belmont. This property is currently part of several lots that were turned into condos along the western ridge overlooking Echo Park Lake. It is just next to the staircase that goes up from Glendale Blvd to the top of the bluff. The 1910 census lists his occupation as an author of "scientific works". His wife was listed as a "private Secretary" He was first married to an Evelyn In Canada and they divorced around 1890. He then apparently moved here from Canada, and he took up with wife number 2, A. Belle, (her name was Annie Dell). He was Canadian and Belle was listed as being from Maine. according to the only census where he can be located. He was born in Canada in 1871. They were apparently divorced by 1920 as she appears in the census for that year, listed as divorced, and going by her first name Annie. She is listed as the manager of a mail order house. He cannot be located after that, but probably just changed his name again and moved on.
Thanks oldstuff. -Segno's timeline sure is difficult to follow.

per the article below:

After marrying wife #2 (Annie Dell) Victor Segno ran away to Europe with a married assistant, Irene Weitzel.

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[May 31, 1911?] ehbritten

After his flight to Europe, Victor Segno's birthname is discovered to be William Albert Hall
and his legal wife's name is Dell Dinsmore. (not Annie Dell?)
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Once in Europe, Segno's new paramour, Irene Weitzel, adopts the name Carolyn Segno. (huh? )

'Carolyn' & Victor Segno.

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"And from that point forward, A. Victor Segno and 'Carolyn Segno' disappear from the public record, entirely".ehbritten



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I thought this was interesting.


Nautilus 1906

We discussed the Worlds Fair searchlight in the early days of the thread, but I don't remember discussing how it was powered. (maybe I just forgot)


below / from GIZMODO

"When running at 200 amperes—a current generated by a Pelton water wheel in a nearby canyon—the carbon arc lamp burned with the intensity
of 90,000 to 100,000 candles. A massive reflecting lens mirror magnified that blaze to 375 million candlepower.
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Does anyone know in which canyon this Pelton water wheel was located?
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#2: location of searchlight in relation to the observatory:


ebay find [dated: 1908]

Is this view about 1,500 ft from the observatory?

-was the searchlight in this area in the foreground / where the photographer was standing?









Oh, and one more thing



Am I the only one who didn't know the observatory dome was initially covered in canvas?

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[QUOTE=ProphetM;8054561]I run a Facebook group called Richfield Beacons, about the beacon towers they put up along the west coast in 1928-29-30. Since the Richfield Building was one of the beacons, I have numerous photos.

If any of you have interest in the Richfield beacons, I am still looking for any information or photos I can find of the LA-area beacons:
Castaic Junction - I have aerials of the site and of the Beacon Coffee Shop across the street, but none of the service station and tower from ground level. The tower was purchased by LA County and moved to what is now LA County Fire Station 82 in La Cañada Flintridge, for use as a transmission tower until the 1960s. It's disposition after that is unknown.
Alhambra: supposedly located at what became the site of the Alhambra airport, I have no photos - aerial or otherwise. It was listed as new in the federal government's Air Commerce Bulletin in October 1929, and again as discontinued in the July 1930 issue.

You can go here for the Historic American Building Survey photos in the Library of Congress:
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/item/ca0250/

Here are some photos of the Richfield Building I've collected - some were posted here, others on Facebook, still others found online in various places.


circa 1931


1930s? judging by the cars


Herman Schultheis, ca. 1937, from LAPL


Penthouse, 1950, from the Julius Shulman archive




1955, a slide from eBay


Wonderful pics. Thanks! At least the old Eastern Columbia building still remains. The "oil derrick" spire/beacon of the Richfield might have inspired the design of the Empire State Building's dirigible port spire. Some similarity. Richfield was built a couple of years before. Would be great if some developer could put up a neo-Art Deco tower with a spire/beacon like the Richfield, maybe on the Angel's Landing site on Hill. A 1000'+ homage to Richfield tower. The past and future merge. We can dream. Of all the buildings in L.A. from my youth that are no longer there, the Richfield is the one I miss the most. So beautiful at night, as the lower photo shows.

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I ran across, and am reviewing as I have a chance, a very large cache of photos I took in the early 1980s, most of which have no prayer of being of interest to NLA. This one perhaps comes close, if anyone wants a detail of (I think) the Pasadena City Hall...


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Yup, that's a detail of the dome on Pasadena City Hall. I was there last Sunday on a photoshoot.

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Ran across this house while in search of something miles to the south.... The Herald indicates 420 Mt. Washington Drive, though Samuel O. McMichael (no 's')--
an engineer with the water department--actually lived at 410. He died in 1943, but, per building permits, the family was still in possession as late as 1987.




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I run a Facebook group called Richfield Beacons, about the beacon towers they put up along the west coast in 1928-29-30. Since the Richfield Building was one of the beacons, I have numerous photos.


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It's always a treat to revisit the Richfield Tower, ProphetM, thanks!


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Of all the buildings in L.A. from my youth that are no longer there, the Richfield is the one I miss the most. So beautiful at night, as the lower photo shows.
Ah, but you got to see it!

(Did you ever see the NBC Building at Hollywood & Vine?)
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look, e_r--a free church!
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lol. you sound just like my friend odinthor.



speaking of....

"Class photo taken on the front steps of the Los Angeles Free Methodist Seminary in Highland Park, in an area originally known as Hermon."


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We briefly discussed this place back in 2014.

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Administration building at Los Angeles Pacific College located in Harmon.


ebay

The class photo gives us the first close look at what is written above the door.


detail

L.A.F.M. SEMINARY 1903







GW added this baist map to the conversation in 2014.
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The college was listed at 5732 Ebey Street in the 1936 CD; the shape of a structure corresponding to the building in the picture is on the 1921 Baist map
with its original name, the Los Angeles Free Methodist Seminary.


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This entire little building makes me anxious and edgy. Whomever owns the company is a strict advocate of absolute perfection. I think its called anal retentive personality. Not a single mortar rake between the tiles and bricks is off. Count me out.
I felt the same discomfort looking at this.
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I wouldn't go quite that far.
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GSV / 619 S June
What bothers me most is the overkill with the outdoor lighting/lamps*
I count 10 lamps on the house when the two by the door would have suffixe. (and they could be smaller)
The way it is now, the lamps compete head-to-head with the architectural medallions and catouche(s)
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*there are 8 more lamps along the porch balustrade. (they're in pairs).....and 6 on the stairs in addition to step lighting.

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What bothers me the most is the overkill with the outdoor lighting/lamps*
I count 10 lamps on the house when the two by the door would have suffixed. (and they could be smaller)
The way it is now, the lamps compete head-to-head with the architectural medallions and catouche(s)
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*there are 8 more lamps along the porch balustrade. (they're in pairs).....and 6 on the stairs in addition to step lighting.
I agree ER....The whole project has become grotesque.
As we used to say at Art Center College of Design...'Less is more'...and 'Its not what you add, but what you leave out.'

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What bothers me the most is the overkill with the outdoor lighting/lamps
...and those clunky stairs themselves. They make the place look like a school or post office or something...
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