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Dec. 15, 1907: Architectural Rambling to South Pasadena

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 15, 1907 Los Angeles Anybody who sets out to study the development of the city’s neighborhoods can expect to do lots of driving. My recent travels have taken me to an … Continue reading

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Dec. 12, 1907: Recreation Center to Be Built in Heart of Industrial District

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec.12, 1907 Los Angeles In the gritty, industrial heart of the 8th Ward at Holly Street and St. John, officials are planning a large recreation facility “as an oasis in the wilderness,” … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood Sign Built and Illuminated November-December 1923

The Hollywoodland Sign, in a photo published in the Los Angeles Evening Herald, Dec. 8, 1923. Note: This is an encore post from 2017. Originally constructed as a publicity gimmick and branding symbol to help generate sales for a real … Continue reading

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Dec. 2, 1907: Glendale Homes Built on Site of Glassell’s Vineyards

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 2, 1907 Los Angeles The Times real estate section features an apartment building at 2nd Street and Figueroa—no point in even going to look for it. But there’s also a large … Continue reading

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Just Say No to Stucco

Note: This is a clip I did in 2006.

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Nov. 30, 2006: Architectural Rambling

Here’s the former Calvary Presbyterian Church in South Pasadena, now the Grace Brethren church. Note: This is an encore post. Nov. 30, 2006 Los Angeles I don’t think anyone who knows both of us will ever confuse me with Nathan … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Actor Jack Donovan Designs Bungalow Courts for Hollywood Artistes

Jack Donovan on the porch of his home, “Picture-Play Magazine,” April 1923.. From its beginnings, the Hollywood film industry has constructed elaborate sets and facades before demolishing them to build something else, such as David O. Selznick burning down old … Continue reading

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Nov. 24, 1907: Roving to Monrovia

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 24, 1907 Monrovia The Times real estate section takes a look at what was then the distant suburb of Monrovia, 22 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The writer notes the increasing … Continue reading

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Nov. 18, 1907: Historic Pasadena Presbyterian Church Moved to South Pasadena

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 18, 1907 South Pasadena Calvary Presbyterian Church at Center (now El Centro) and Fremont was dedicated in a service featuring prominent local religious leaders, including Dr. John Willis Baer, president of … Continue reading

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Nov. 10, 1907: Story of L.A. Real Estate Is Dislocation, Dislocation, Dislocation

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 10, 1907 South Pasadena What sort of monument do we leave for real estate developers? For John B. Althouse, who built hundreds of homes in the Wilshire district, as well as … Continue reading

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Nov. 3, 1907: A House With Curb Appeal

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 3, 1907 Los Angeles Mrs. E.N. Eskey is building this 10-room house in Pico Heights, on Van Ness just south of Pico. According to The Times, the two-story house (with basement) … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Tam O’Shanter Celebrates the Art of Dining

The Tam O’Shanter, as seen in the 1920s, when Los Feliz Boulevard was a dirt road. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. Opened 96 years ago, the storybook-style Tam O’Shanter Inn has always provided homey dining with stylish flair. … Continue reading

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Coming Attractions: Celebrating the Reopening of the Central Library

The Los Angeles Central Library, courtesy of the library. Los Angeles is celebrating one of its great treasures – the Central Library – this weekend on the 25th anniversary of its reopening in October 1993, seven years after a devastating … Continue reading

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Col. John Bryson, 1819 – 1907 | Ex-Mayor Was Millionaire L.A. Developer

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 11,1907 Los Angeles Perhaps John Bryson’s early life was something out of Horatio Alger, but the death of the Los Angeles developer and self-made millionaire could have easily been taken from … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Richfield Building Jazzes Up Los Angeles’ Skyline

The Richfield Building in an undated postcard. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. After years of deprivation, darkness and worry during World War I and its aftermath, America was ready to look toward a shining future of prosperity … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Thomas Ince’s Dias Dorados Salutes California’s Past

  In the early 1920s, Hollywood was booming. The adolescent film business had blossomed from a small by-the-seat-of-the pants mom and pop operation into a major industry backed by Wall Street, which was turning the large companies into international conglomerates. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Hamburger’s Department Store, Arrow Movie Theater

A postcard of Hamburger’s Department Store is listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $2.99. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. The classy, oversize May Co. Department Store located at 801 S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles … Continue reading

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On Location in Los Angeles: ‘The Unfaithful’ (1947)

Here’s the sequence of shots in “The Unfaithful” showing Angels Flight, photographed by Ernest Haller, edited by Alan Crosland Jr. In image No. 1, we have a news vendor and the upper entrance to the funicular.

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Black L.A. 1947: A Guide to the Homes of Famous Black Entertainers

Hattie McDaniel’s home at 2203 S. Harvard. Ethel Waters lived almost across the street, the Sentinel said. Via Google Street View.   The home of composer William Grant Still, 3670 Cimarron St., via Google Street View. Aug. 21, 1947: Sentinel … Continue reading

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Historic L.A. in ‘Illegal’ | Part 6

In the last post on historic Los Angeles in “Illegal,” here are a few nighttime shots of Main Street. At the far right you can see the sign for the Hotel Cecil. The 500 block of South Main Street via … Continue reading

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