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Santa Monica - The Beautiful Arcadia Hotel and what gave way to the McClure Tunnel. USCDigital


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Here is why some towers are no longer standing in LA.
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Tower atop a commercial building at 5620 Hollywood Boulevard is damaged during the Northridge earthquake, January 18 1994.

Repaired.
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Hall of Records:
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More here in this post.

Photograph article dated February 4, 1953 reads, "Ticklish Job - Workmen (arrows) remove several large chunks of concrete ginger bread from top of Hall of Records here. The operation, made necessary because an earthquake shook some of the masonry loose, is being done at a cost of $46,000."

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Damage to the Arlington Hotel in Santa Barbara caused by the Earthquake of 1925.
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Mrs. Virginia Patty murder case
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Mrs. Virginia Patty

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Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. (Virginia) Patty 1929

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Photograph caption dated June 6, 1929 reads, "The dress worn by Mrs. Patty when she was murdered and tied in a closet also was many-hued, bizarre and lustrous, greatly resembling that in the previous picture. Police Chemist Rex Welsh examines the bright garment of death."

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Photograph shows William Tallman fingerprints. Top row are prints from the murder scene. Bottom row are U.S.M.C. fingerprints. Photograph dated June 14, 1929.

An "eternal triangle" that ended in murder featured wealthy businessman Frank D. Patty, his beautiful blonde wife Virginia Patty, and William Tallman, who is alleged to have engaged in a love affair with Mrs. Patty. Tallman would become the main suspect and face scrutiny and investigation in Mrs. Patty's death; she was killed with a brick inside an apartment allegedly rented by Tallman.

FATAL BEATING FAILS TO MAKE RICH WIFE CRY

Radio Operator Arrested on Board Ship

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Los Angeles, Cal. June 4. William Tallman, ship radio operator, who is charged with the murder of Mrs. Virginia Patty here, was reported by radio tonight from the steamer Admiral Benson to have been arrested on board the ship.

Los Angeles, Cal., June 4, -[Special]- Mrs. Virginia Patty, 26, wife of a Portland, Ore., banker, fought and died in silence early today in the bachelor apartment of "W.C Johnson" Help was available in the next apartment, but, investigators believe, she refrained from crying out because she feared disclosure of her romance more than death.

Her body was found in a closet, held upright between two hooks by a silk scarf. She had been dead only a short time when police arrived. She had been beaten to death. The bruised condition of her hands indicated that she had battled with whoever killed her.

Mate Hunting her

William Tallman, radio operator on the steamship Admiral Benson, which left San Pedro today for San Francisco, was ordered arrested. In a radio message sent to the vessel by Los Angeles police tonight. In an exchange of radio messages Tallman denied all knowledge of the slaying.

Mr. Patty arrived by plane from Portland yesterday to hunt his wife, who disappeared from his home last Friday. He collapsed when told that her body had been found.

Mr. Patty's chauffeur, Tallman's father, in Oakland, Cal., and others, said Tallman frequently saw Mrs. Patty in the absence of her husband. Mrs. Vivian Brennan, who introduced Mrs. Patty and Tallman, said she attended a beach outing here last week at which Tallman manifested jealousy when Mrs. Patty told him things were "off" between them because of her husband.

In the room where Mrs. Patty's body was found was a note saying, "Mr. Johnson - Virginia called." Attaches of the apartment building said the "W. C. Johnson's" description corresponds with Tallman's
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Old Posted Oct 11, 2012, 7:23 PM
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Virtually across from the Four Star Theater on Wilshire

Previously posted construction photos of Security First National Bank of LA. Forgot to include this perspective of the neighborhood. The E. Clem Wilson Bldg has not been constructed.
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Old Posted Oct 11, 2012, 7:29 PM
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Another noirish unsolved murder: Diane Sparks

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Photograph caption reads: "Her murder still unsolved two years after death". Photograph printed: Jan. 29, 1948.

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"Principal witnesses in the Gonzales murder trial which opened today in Superior Court are shown here. George Sparks, Los Angeles policemen, whose wife, the beautiful Diane Sparks, was murdered last Jan. 29". Photograph dated: July 17, 1946.

Los Angeles Times March 12, 1946
Sifting slim clues dimmed by time and the elements, officers yesterday roamed over the Roscoe foothills seeking a key to solution of the six-week-old murder of Mrs. Diane Sparks, 31, wife of a policeman, and former film extra whose body...

Pittsburgh Press—March 13, 1946

Husband Denies Quarrel With Slain Ex-Dancer

VAN NUYS, Cal., March 13 (UP)
--Motorcycle Officer George E. Sparks, husband of former film dancer Diane Sparks, 31, whose body was found Sunday, denied today that marital discord preceded her disappearance Jan. 29.

The nude, mutilated body was in a shallow San Fernando Valley grave.

Sparks said his wife had complained that he spent too much time working on their new North Hollywood home but that there was no quarrel.

Reports of a “big drinking party” at their home the night before Mrs. Sparks disappeared were denied by Sparks. A friend, Ronon (sic) Gonzales, was released after questioning.

San Jose News-March 20, 1946
Suspect is Booked for Girls Murder

Los Angeles, March 20 (INS)
Ramon Gonzales, North Hollywood cement mixer who was once cleared of any connection with the slaying of Diane Sparks, former show girl wife of a policeman, was held as a suspect in the case today.

He was booked on suspicion of murder after a sawed-off rifle owned by him was established by ballistics tests as the weapon in which Mrs. Sparks was killed.

Gonzalez readily admitted ownership of the rifle, but he reiterated his denial that he killed the attractive young woman and he asserted the gun was stolen from him about three months ago.

Mrs. Sparks disappeared from her North Hollywood home last Jan. 29 and her body was found in a shallow grave in the Verdugo Hills on March 10. Gonzales was questioned early in the investigation because he was the last person with whom she was seen.

The case took a new turn when a resident found a rifle a quarter mile from the grave and turned the weapon over to the police.

(Los Angeles Times Archive: there is a charge for the rest of the story)
A kiss on the cheek given Ramon Gonzales, 32, North Hollywood cement contractor, by Mrs. Diane Sparks, 31-year-old former film player, was described yesterday by the woman's husband, George Sparks, Los Angeles policeman, at Gonzales'...Mar 28, 1946

Ramon Gonzales, 32-year-old cement contractor, must stand trial in Superior Court for the murder of Mrs. Diane Sparks, 31, former film player and wife of Police Officer George Sparks, Municipal Judge Edwin L. Jefferson ruled yesterday on com-...March 29, 1946

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"Pedro Amezqua, who is circulating a petition attesting to the good character of Ramon Gonzales talks with Frank Green, reporter for the Valley Times in Municipal Court". Ramon Gonzales was put on trial for the murder of Mrs. Diane Sparks, his next-door neighbor, whose body was found in an abandoned olive grove a month after she was reported missing. Photograph dated: March 28, 1946.

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Photograph caption reads: "She remembers hearing her mother repeat Mrs. Bessie Hensley's eyewitness account of the Diane Sparks murder. Shown above is Pauline Brown, 19, whose mother, Mrs. Orma Brown, works at the "metal saw next to Bessie's at Lockheed." Mrs. Brown said she heard the tale "probably Jan. 30," the day after Mrs. Sparks was murdered". Photograph dated: May 1, 1946.

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"Principal witnesses in the Gonzales murder trial which opened today in Superior Court are shown here. Mrs. Bessie Hensley with her daughter, Barbara, who found Mrs. Sparks' body in a shallow grave in the hills above Roscoe. Mrs. Hensley has told police she saw what she believes was the killing as she hiked through Lanark Canyon the afternoon Mrs. Sparks disappeared". Photograph dated: July 17, 1946.


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"Dr. Marinne Sparks of Dallas, Tex., sister of George Sparks, center, whose wife was slain, and Deputy District Attorney John Barnes, right, in charge of prosecution".

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"Threatened by someone who told her to "shut up and not talk to the police," Mrs. Bessie Hensley reports the incident to Regis Goldbach, Valley policeman. Mrs. Hensley received the warning after telling police she witnessed the murder of Mrs. Diane Sparks". Photograph dated: May 2, 1946.

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Ramon Gonzales during the trial for the murder of Mrs. Diane Sparks, his next-door neighbor, whose body was found in an abandoned olive grove in Roscoe a month after she was reported missing.

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"Principal witnesses in the Gonzales murder trial which opened today in Superior Court are shown here. Upper right is Ramon Gonzales, North Hollywood contractor and neighbor of the Sparks', who is charged with the killing". The photograph was cropped when published to show only Mr. Gonzales. The unidentified man seated next to Mr. Gonzales is filling his pipe.

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"Mrs. Ramon Gonzales, wife of the North Hollywood contractor accused of the murder of Diane Sparks, and the couple's three small daughters, are shown in the living room of their home, confidently awaiting a verdict of not guilty. Left to right, they are: Raquel, 7; Mrs. Connie Gonzales, holding the baby of the family, Marie, who is 13 months old today, and Connie, 3, affectionately called "Cookie" by her daddy. Gonzales goes on trial Monday". Photograph dated: July 13, 1946.

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"Freed by all-woman jury". Ramon Gonzales during the trial for the murder of Mrs. Diane Sparks, his next-door neighbor, whose body was found in an abandoned olive grove in Roscoe a month after she was reported missing. He was found innocent.

August 1, 1946 Los Angeles Times
Ramon Gonzales, cement contractor, was acquitted late yesterday of the slaying of Mrs. Diane Sparks, 32, former film dancer, by an all-woman jury which deliberated less than seven hours.
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Old Posted Oct 11, 2012, 8:25 PM
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Looking at many of Architect Wayne McAllister's contributions to this forum. He is reputed to have designed many of the drive-in restaurants e.g., Simon's Herbert's, Wich Stand, Melody Lane and Bob's Big Boy. The list is long.

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Herberts 1940s - located on the lot currently occupied by CBS (Southeast Corner of Beverly and Fairfax). Look closely and you can see a bit of Gilmore Stadium in background. This also means that it might have been from this same location that the photo of the Fairfax Theater was taken. Of course if you couldn't find a parking spot you could try Simons - a few blocks south on Fairfax. Notice the omission of an apostrophe. Artistic license
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Old Posted Oct 11, 2012, 8:26 PM
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More of Architect Wayne McAllister's handiwork.

Melody Lane
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Wich Stand (Figueroa and Florence/Slausen and Overhill
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Wich Stand's Broom Room.
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Old Posted Oct 11, 2012, 8:32 PM
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A couple more of my mashups.....the image underneath is of the Hill Street Tunnel being demolished in '54:



And a more recent episode, this is of the shuttle flying in:

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Old Posted Oct 11, 2012, 9:09 PM
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This photo or similar has been posted before. Circa 1939 - it would likely be of interest to those who remember the Flying Saucer, A&P, Roman Foods, Judy Garland's Flower Store and Bob's Airmail Service. http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=7493

This may be wishful thinking, but when enlarged could there be an exposed wingtip in the shot? This would be dubious given the purported date of the photo - '39.

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Old Posted Oct 11, 2012, 9:30 PM
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The Broom Room building is still there, now a health food store/restaurant.
Right next door is a motel that was also discussed here some time ago, Jet Inn.
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I just came across this button on ebay.




...and this postcard.


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What the heck was Tilton's Trolley?
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A very cool fire truck in front of Engine Company #43, 10234 National Blvd, in September 1942.


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And the station!


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The station still exists but is no longer in use. It'll be auctioned off on October 31st.
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Shall we all chip in and buy it? It could be 'noirish Los Angeles' world headquarters.
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Three color saturated slides from 1955.













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An extremely noirish view of the New Chinatown in 1942.


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The picture of the earthquake damaged hotel was not taken in Pasadena. It is of the Arlington Hotel in Santa Barbara. Bertram Hancock, Son of millionaire George Alan Hancock lost his life there in the 1925 Santa Barbara Earthquake. See the attached website for the story and a postcard view of the hotel before the earthquake.

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Shall we all chip in and buy it? It could be 'noirish Los Angeles' headquarters.
Looked noirish back that and still does today! I'm game to throw a few $20s into the pile

First things first, that spray paint MUST be cleaned off the glass blocks.

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Who in their right mind would spray-paint glass blocks?? It certainly boggles the mind.
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The Broom Room building is still there, now a health food store/restaurant.
Right next door is a motel that was also discussed here some time ago, Jet Inn.
You're absolutely correct Wenders.

originally posted by bifrayrock





below: The Slauson Witchstand today. A bit on the tacky side but still there. (notice how those two palms have grown)


google street view






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Several of my earlier posts have featured the 'ersatz' Jet Inn...the next door neighbor to the Witchstand.





For a glimpse into the hallucinogenic interiors of the Jet Inn click on the link below to see my post from 2010. I guarantee it will blow your mind.

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Mrs. Virginia Patty murder case
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Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. (Virginia) Patty 1929

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Mrs. Virginia Patty

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Photograph caption dated June 6, 1929 reads, "The dress worn by Mrs. Patty when she was murdered and tied in a closet also was many-hued, bizarre and lustrous, greatly resembling that in the previous picture. Police Chemist Rex Welsh examines the bright garment of death."

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Photograph shows William Tallman fingerprints. Top row are prints from the murder scene. Bottom row are U.S.M.C. fingerprints. Photograph dated June 14, 1929.

An "eternal triangle" that ended in murder featured wealthy businessman Frank D. Patty, his beautiful blonde wife Virginia Patty, and William Tallman, who is alleged to have engaged in a love affair with Mrs. Patty. Tallman would become the main suspect and face scrutiny and investigation in Mrs. Patty's death; she was killed with a brick inside an apartment allegedly rented by Tallman.

FATAL BEATING FAILS TO MAKE RICH WIFE CRY

Radio Operator Arrested on Board Ship

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Los Angeles, Cal. June 4. William Tallman, ship radio operator, who is charged with the murder of Mrs. Virginia Patty here, was reported by radio tonight from the steamer Admiral Benson to have been arrested on board the ship.

Los Angeles, Cal., June 4, -[Special]- Mrs. Virginia Patty, 26, wife of a Portland, Ore., banker, fought and died in silence early today in the bachelor apartment of "W.C Johnson" Help was available in the next apartment, but, investigators believe, she refrained from crying out because she feared disclosure of her romance more than death.

Her body was found in a closet, held upright between two hooks by a silk scarf. She had been dead only a short time when police arrived. She had been beaten to death. The bruised condition of her hands indicated that she had battled with whoever killed her.

Mate Hunting her

William Tallman, radio operator on the steamship Admiral Benson, which left San Pedro today for San Francisco, was ordered arrested. In a radio message sent to the vessel by Los Angeles police tonight. In an exchange of radio messages Tallman denied all knowledge of the slaying.

Mr. Patty arrived by plane from Portland yesterday to hunt his wife, who disappeared from his home last Friday. He collapsed when told that her body had been found.

Mr. Patty's chauffeur, Tallman's father, in Oakland, Cal., and others, said Tallman frequently saw Mrs. Patty in the absence of her husband. Mrs. Vivian Brennan, who introduced Mrs. Patty and Tallman, said she attended a beach outing here last week at which Tallman manifested jealousy when Mrs. Patty told him things were "off" between them because of her husband.

In the room where Mrs. Patty's body was found was a note saying, "Mr. Johnson - Virginia called." Attaches of the apartment building said the "W. C. Johnson's" description corresponds with Tallman's
Tallman dismantled the lock on stateroom/cell and vanished off the Admiral Benson. In March of 1932 Tallman was working on the Hoover Dam near Las Vegas NV and was spotted by a PI (hired by Mr. Patty?). He evaded the PI but shortly thereafter committed suicide. Drugs were reportedly found in the Portland home. A real Noir story; one has to wonder about that "suicide."

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1933 Remodel was exceptionally stylized.

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