Originally Posted by gsjansen
all these ebay glass images are amazing E_R!
in this image, the zelda is the big apartment building at top center, (located at grand and 4th). the tower poking up behind the zelda is the brunson mansion
. The front facade of the brunson is visible just to the right of the zelda. across the street from the zelda to the right is the rose mansion
. Simply amazing photographs
Originally Posted by Beaudry
Simply amazing is right; what I find fascinating about this one is -- there's the Zelda top center, and below it down Grand, that big low white building is the Granada, and then
there's what looks like some demo remains. Wellll
those're the foundations poured in the '90s, the ones people bitched and moaned about until the Sherwood was built on that spot in 1912 (read a bit about those at the beginning of this here http://onbunkerhill.org/HollywoodComestoSherwood
) and to finally see a photograph rather than a colored/postcard image (like on the great A Visit to Old Los Angeles
) is something else...
(I'm sorry, who doesn't get preternaturally excited looking at pictures of abandoned Victorian foundations?)
I checked through the thread but I didn't find any closer photos of the Zelda, on the SW corner of 4th and Grand, or the Granada, two doors to the south.
First, two pre-Zelda photos of 4th and Grand from March 1890. It looks to me like the same people wearing the same clothes are in both photos, although the angle of the roof on that little building (house?) certainly looks different. The first photo looks south, and the other sort of northwest:
Huntington Digital Library -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...id/14808/rec/2
Across the street is the top of the Brunson Mansion
at the NW corner of 4th and Grand:
Huntington Digital Library -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si.../id/2895/rec/3
The Brunson Mansion
, c. 1880-96:
USC Digital Library -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...d/2443/rec/113
Here's the 1921 Baist map of the area (the Engstrum was originally the Westonia?). There appears to be a 12-foot-wide alley, or at least right-of-way, between Grand and Hope, north of 5th for most of the block:
HistoricMapWorks -- http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/19413/Plate+007/
Here is a 1930 view of the roughly the same area as the Baist map. The Edison building is being built on the right edge of the photo; we see the side and rear of the Granada and the Zelda to the left of the steel framework. Just above the framework on the SE corner of 4th and Grand is the L. J. Rose Mansion
. The Rubaiyat on Hope Street is a bit unusual with its many large windows and shutters. Note the garage on Hope (3rd building up from the corner); it looks a little low, although I guess there's an entrance there but maybe the alley in back was used also:
USC Digital Library -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...id/71421/rec/1
That garage was replaced by the Edison Annex, seen here in April 1931:
Huntington Digital Library -- http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single...id/27111/rec/2
And now, without further ado, here's Zelda!
Huntington Digital Library -- http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single...id/12564/rec/3
The Granada (both Zelda and Granada photos taken April 19, 1912):
Huntington Digital Library -- http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single.../12566/rec/139
posted a different photo of the Brunson, a photo of the Rose, and photos of other mansions nearby, here: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=1619