Los Angeles City Archives Tour

I went on a tour of the Los Angeles City Archives recently. I’m in search of information and photographs for my next book which is also about Southern California architects.

The archives are in a Brutalist’s building on a sketchy street. [translation: I was apprehensive about parking my car on the street.] Those concrete L-shaped forms are balconies.

This is the view from the third floor balcony looking west.

I’m including this because it states the architects’ names (L.W. Davidson & Associates), who I’ve never heard of before, and the year the building was completed (1981).

There was a nice outdoor eating area for employees on the way to the archives.

This is the unassuming entrance.

Everyone who took the tour seemed to be doing research for a book.

There were not a lot of artifacts on display but I liked this one. It was from the Rose Parade to the city of Los Angeles.

Certain items are held in the vault. This is the vault door.

These are in the vault.

This is the kind of information in the registry of licenses.

These items are also in the vault. There are rows and rows and rows and rows and rows of them.

All the papers from the cities that were annexed by Los Angeles including Eagle Rock, Venice and Hollywood are housed in the vault.

Most of the archives are not housed in the vault but rather on steel shelving that goes almost up to the ceiling.

Here’s another view halfway down one of those long aisles.

This was found on the side of the road by Tom LaBonge and donated to the city.

One of the huge (6 feet by 8 feet?) old photographs of Los Angeles that the archive holds. In the upper center is a long stretch of green space. That’s where Disney Hall, The Broad Museum and other buildings would be built. You can see the Dorthy Chandler Pavilion just to the right of the green space.

A more recent view of the city but there’s no Caltrans’ Building yet.

Michael Holland is the city archivist and he led the tour. He did a great job and I enjoyed it very much. Hopefully, they’ll have some material I can use in my next book.

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My book from The History Press, Architects Who Built Southern California, was released on March 11, 2019. It’s 10 chapters with each chapter devoted to a different architect (or architectural firm) including: Harrison Albright, John Austin, Claud Beelman, Elmer Grey, Hudson & Munsell, A. C. Martin, Meyer & Holler, Julia Morgan, Morgan Walls & Clements and Alfred F. Rosenheim.

 

 

Published in: on June 16, 2019 at 6:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Los Angeles Downtown News interview

The Downtown News interviewed me in conjunction with my book. The interview turned out great!

Here is a link to the article in The Downtown News:

http://www.ladowntownnews.com/news/three-questions-with-an-architectural-historian/article_69a02b82-8ca3-11e9-b380-5b67594c081c.html

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My book from The History Press, Architects Who Built Southern California, was released on March 11, 2019. It’s 10 chapters with each chapter devoted to a different architect (or architectural firm) including: Harrison Albright, John Austin, Claud Beelman, Elmer Grey, Hudson & Munsell, A. C. Martin, Meyer & Holler, Julia Morgan, Morgan Walls & Clements and Alfred F. Rosenheim.

Published in: on June 12, 2019 at 7:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Frederic Roehrig’s Hotel Green

The Hotel Green, which is also known as Castle Green, had an open house on June 2, 2019. The architect of the hotel is Frederic Roehrig.

This is the brochure handed out at the event.

It has all the information you would ever need to know about the Green Hotel.

The hotel looks idyllic and inviting on this postcard.

Here’s an image of G.G. Green. This image is from Men of the Pacific Coast.

Here’s the hotel on a postcard.

The brochure was full of information.

You enter the grounds of the Hotel Green through this long sidewalk.

The building has a wonderful entrance. It doesn’t disappoint.

This is the lobby. Right inside the door.

The view from the first floor landing of the staircase.

Looking into the lobby from the north.

Looking into the lobby from the south.

There are three large public rooms south of the lobby. This is one of them. It’s the Main Parlor.

This statue was located in the Moorish room. I want it.

The elevator wasn’t in use during the open house. I would have loved to ridden in it. For the experience, of course, but the building has six floors and the steps were exhausting after my initial excitement.

Only one condo had a sign posted with the words “no photography.” Even so I didn’t feel comfortable taking pictures inside people’s residences so I didn’t take any.

The doors to the condos are very simple. I like them.

There was a display case with Hotel Green artifacts and this was one of them. Is it a chamber pot?

This was also in the case. I want this plate.

On the first floor landing was this beautiful print of the establishment.

On the top floor was this wonderful light fixture.

The east building was torn down. It looks out of place to me in this postcard view. Maybe, because it’s built right up to the sidewalk and the massing of the building is too overwhelming?

Here’s another very pretty view on a postcard.

I found this image in Western Architect. It’s the same image that’s on one of the previous postcards.

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Sources

Men of the Pacific Coast: 1902-1903. (1903). San Francisco: The Pacific Art Company.

Green Hotel. (1905, December). Western Architect, (4)12.

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My book from The History Press, Architects Who Built Southern California, was released on March 11, 2019. It’s 10 chapters with each chapter devoted to a different architect (or architectural firm) including: Harrison Albright, John Austin, Claud Beelman, Elmer Grey, Hudson & Munsell, A. C. Martin, Meyer & Holler, Julia Morgan, Morgan Walls & Clements and Alfred F. Rosenheim.

Published in: on June 6, 2019 at 3:24 pm  Leave a Comment