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Old Posted Mar 28, 2013, 9:30 PM
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Aerial view of downtown Los Angeles looking southwest from the Hollywood Freeway

Bittersweet view of a great town. 1971

USC digital archive/Dick Whittington collection

Gee, is the Stuart Oliver house still there?
No, it was torn down in September 1969.
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Old Posted Mar 28, 2013, 10:23 PM
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"Roberta Semple , Aimee Semple McPherson, and Rheba Crawford at parade."
What was being celebrated?

January 8, 1935
http://dlproj.library.ucla.edu/deriv...0283220a_j.jpg

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Used to attend circuses and carnivals on that site at Washington and Hill Streets across from the Mode O Day building in the late 40's...
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Old Posted Mar 28, 2013, 10:25 PM
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No, it was torn down in September 1969.
Great view of "Bunker Flats"...
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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 12:48 PM
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On the Boulevard...


On the Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1936

The Wiltern, St. James Episcopal, a row of Wilshire Specials and a couple of working stiffs shooting the breeze while the swells are inside putting on the feedbag. Super nice image of a Chrysler Air Flow doubling up as they pick-up...



On the Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1936 (2)

A couple of good-looking dames and beautiful signage...



On the Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1936 (3)

Passersby, a seemingly delighted window-shopper and the height of mid-thirties commercial fonts...



On the Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1936 (4)

More Wilshire specials, Morgan Flowers on the corner of S. Gramercy Place and two more for lunch...



On the Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1936 (5)

A dapper guy enjoying a smoke and a stroll...



On the Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1936 (7)

and a chauffeur going for the car or looking for some shade...



On the Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1936 (8)

Mr. & Mrs. Nick Charles and Asta for lunch. Man's best friend needs to eat, too and this is our best look at The Bachelors' signage...



On the Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1936 (13)

and more of the waiting game, wondering if he's got enough time for another cigarette...


A Dick Whittington commercial assignment for the Chouinard Art School, people on sidewalk in front of Perino's, Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 1936

USC digital archive/Dick Whittington Photography Collection, 1924-1987

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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 5:26 PM
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Here's a little quiz.
Who can tell me what became of Willard's Far Famed Chicken at Los Feliz & Hillhurst?


BDLF/


ebay/matchbook


unknown

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Postcard featuring the exterior of Willard's Restaurant. "Top o'the Hill" is visible at the top of the postcard. The large "Willard's" sign also reads "Far-famed chicken-steak dinners." Many people stand near the entrance, and automobiles have crowded the parking lot and all sidewalks. The postcard reads at bottom: "No, we are not giving something away-it's only the response to the call of Willard's dinner bell." The address is listed at 9625 Pico Blvd
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics18/00008774.jpg
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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 6:01 PM
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Val D'Amour - Built in '28. 854 S. Oxford Avenue

Early '30s (?)
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics14/00026669.jpg

1987 - Image captioned: "Decaying Deco."
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics49/00074357.jpg

contemporary
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5063/5...0ef0625d_b.jpg


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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 6:05 PM
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beautiful art deco. I'm familiar with the building but not that awesome rooftop sign. -nice surprise
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If I remember correctly, Willard's Fried Chicken eventually became a Brown Derby.*




*I just found this...so, yes it was a Brown Derby
I thought there was a fight to save the building, but I looked up the address and it's no longer there. -bummer


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lo...y_postcard.jpg
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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 6:59 PM
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On the Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1936 (5)

A dapper guy enjoying a smoke and a stroll...


[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelryerson/8598531386/]
USC digital archive/Dick Whittington Photography Collection, 1924-1987
Thank you for those MR. I still recall some of the tree-less, well-kept glamour of our streetscapes existing into the 1950s.

Wilshire at S Gramercy Pl, 2011:

gsv

BTW, do you know if the Bilike who built the Bilike Building was the same one who commissioned Parkinson and Bergstrom to build him a house on Monterey Rd, South Pasadena in 1905?

699 Monterey Road:

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/michael_locke/7449403506/
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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 7:02 PM
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618-620-622 S. Broadway

gsv

I know we've discussed this exquisite building and it's elaborate wrought-iron grillwork, but I don't recall seeing the interior.




until now....

Schaber's Cafeteria


http://www.flickr.com/photos/zilf/53...7166/lightbox/


The elaborate grillwork on the facade appears in the interior arches as well. This must have been a stunning place!
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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 7:37 PM
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One stretch of Wilshire that never seemed to get the glamour treatment was a few blocks of old Orange St near downtown. A great many turn-of-the-20th-century frame houses, re-purposed as businesses, still existed until relatively recently. One pretty 1901 survivor is still hanging in at #1314 (at Witmer), the front yard long-since lost to street widening (below). Three or four others on this block have been given new facades.


http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/15813...os-Angeles-CA/
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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 7:53 PM
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618-620-622 S. Broadway


Schaber Cafeteria


http://www.flickr.com/photos/zilf/53...7166/lightbox/


The elaborate grillwork on the facade appears in the interior arches as well. This must have been a stunning place!
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That's incredible e_r!
The grillwork, the ceiling, the tilework, the light fixture, the color, just the sheer volume of the place....all amazing.

It's now Figaro Bistro and does not compare, but still better than the bulldozer:

http://localfoodandwine.blogspot.com...l#.UVXuvBek9dw


http://www.figarobistrot.com/noces/index.html

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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 8:23 PM
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By sheer coincidence, citywatch just posted this on the 'Los Angeles Developments' thread.



http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=7610

simply beautiful
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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 8:27 PM
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beautiful art deco. I'm familiar with the building but not that awesome rooftop sign. -nice surprise
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If I remember correctly, Willard's Fried Chicken eventually became a Brown Derby.*




*I just found this...so, yes it was a Brown Derby
I thought there was a fight to save the building, but I looked up the address and it's no longer there. -bummer


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lo...y_postcard.jpg
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It's still there. Was doing business as a Louise's Trattoria. Just reopened recently as the "The Mess Hall"

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug...sold--20120817
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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 8:54 PM
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Thanks Moses H. Sherman! I'm relieved it's still there. Have anyone here been inside recently?
I am having a hard time envisioning the interior of that dome.
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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 9:17 PM
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http://www.martinturnbull.com/2012/1...berscafeteria/

I'd love to see the return of that marquee (not to mention the rest of the exterior ironwork and the stone window screens), but the door's been moved one bay over.

It's great the way the neon sign over the left window is fitted around the now-vanished wall-mounted half-urn.

The interior muralwork at Schaber's was apparently by Danish artist Einar Petersen (1885-1986). He discusses it in the article within an article here:
http://ladailymirror.com/2011/09/19/...gotten-artist/

Part of the Schaber's muralwork was saved according to this article:
http://articles.latimes.com/1985-10-...100th-birthday

More: http://ladailymirror.com/2012/12/28/...inar-petersen/

Petersen built himself a home (1927) in Hollywoodland at 2706 N Beachwood Dr and a pretty court of artists' studios (1919) on Beverly Blvd, both of which still exist:

4350 Beverly Blvd, patterned after Abletoft, Petersen's childhood home (LA Historic-Cultural Monument #552):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityprojectca/4360279563/

Petersen also exhibited in galleries. His appealing paintings still sell well:
Dry Dock, San Pedro Harbor, California (n.d., oil on canvas 26" x 32"):

http://www.askart.com/askart/p/einar..._petersen.aspx

Schaber's replaced the old Platt Music Company. They moved to their new Walker & Eisen building at 834 Broadway in 1927. Platt was in business from 1905 to 1987.


http://www.you-are-here.com/broadway/platt.html

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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 10:50 PM
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The Willard's site became the 13 story Beverly Hillcrest Hotel in the mid 1960's (now called Mr. C Beverly Hills) on the NE corner of Pico and Beverwil Drive.

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The 1925 Young's Market Co. building at the SW corner of 7th and Union:


GSV, 2011


vintage detail

unknown/old cd of mine

today

gsv/2011


I wonder who would have been the clientele for Young's Market?

Well, just south of Young's Market on Union Ave. is the old Charleston Hotel & Apts.



gsv


impressive old sign

gsv


entrance

gsv
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Across from the Charleston is the old Stuart Hotel. (looking south on Union Ave.)


gsv


a fairly nice entrance (beneath a hideous sign)

gsv
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South of the Stuart Hotel is the white and gold Cambria Union Apartments on the southeast corner of Union Ave. and Cambria Street.


gsv



rare

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downtown Los Angeles looms in the distance

gsv



ebay





gsv
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Further down Union Ave. on the southwest corner of Union Ave. & 8th Street is another remarkable apartment building from the same time period.


gsv


quite eclectic

gvs


and very interesting

gsv

Somewhere in my files I have a 1970s black & white photograph of this apartment when it was in disrepair.
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Mr. Young's customers could have come from the opposite direction as well.
This view is looking north across 7th Street on Union Ave. In the distance is the massive President Hotel and Apts. (built in 1928 and designed by architect C. Waldo Powers)


gsv



like the Charleston, it still sports an impressive vintage sign. (I would have preferred a rooftop sign )

gsv




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I'm sure back in the day this neighborhood was 2 or 3 times as dense as it is now. Many of Young's customers would have been commuters traveling west on 7th Street from downtown Los Angeles ("Honey, would you pick up a nice brisket on your way home?")
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Thanks Moses H. Sherman! I'm relieved it's still there. Have anyone here been inside recently?
I am having a hard time envisioning the interior of that dome.
Here's half of the Los Feliz Derby dome when it was a nightclub (Swingers, 1996, was partly filmed here):

http://yesteryearremembered.com/?cat=4

And the other half now:

http://la.eater.com/archives/2012/12...s_for_2013.php

A nice, noirish shot of the "Car Cafe" side:

http://www.hollywoodphotographs.com/...ant/?pg=1&r=96

Now:

http://www.kevineats.com/2012/09/mes...ngeles-ca.html

And a couple of elevations (I really like these b/c this building's kind of confusing):

http://www.leewestla.com/?p=8&a=view&r=84

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Petersen built himself a home (1927) in Hollywoodland at 2706 N Beachwood Dr and a pretty court of artists' studios (1919) on Beverly Blvd, both of which still exist:

4350 Beverly Blvd, patterned after Abletoft, Petersen's childhood home (LA Historic-Cultural Monument #552):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityprojectca/4360279563/

Looked better without the bars and with the poultry.


http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=9571

Certain that pictures of the Beverly Blvd artisan's enclave exist. Difficulty is in the locating.
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Looked better without the bars and with the poultry.

Certain that pictures of the Beverly Blvd artisan's enclave exist. Difficulty is in the locating.
This is all I've got (looks charming). Thx for the chicken :


google maps

P.S.

This explains the chicken:

"Similar detailing graces a small office near the entrance of the complex, which Inouye rents as a storefront for her Chicken Boy novelty item business...".

http://articles.latimes.com/2003/jan...tm-oppetersen3 (descriptions of the studios, no pix)

http://www.chickenboy.com/:

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