Metropolitan Theater – Los Angeles

The Metropolitan Theater no longer stands. It only exists in photographs. It was demolished in 1960 and was a Sid Grauman Theater located across from Pershing Square, at the corner of 6th and Hill Streets, in downtown Los Angeles. I came across some photos of the theater at work. The architect of the theater is William Lee Woollett but I haven’t been able to find a book on him which is amazing. The architect of the outer building, which housed the theater, was Edwin Bergstrom.

This is a LA Public Library photo.

This is a LA Public Library photo.

A drawing of what the building originally would have looked like.

A drawing of what the building originally would have looked like.

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I found some great images of The Metropolitan Theater in this book. The book is from 1927.

This is an interior image. This book is 14 inches by 20 inches so it didn't fit on my scanner. I was reduced to taking photographs of the pages with my Kodak Easyshare.

This is an interior image. This book is 14 inches by 20 inches so it didn’t fit on my scanner. I was reduced to taking photographs of the pages with my Kodak Easyshare.

Here are some interior details.

More interior images.

The Metropolitan's proscenium.

The Metropolitan’s proscenium.

Here's a nice elevation.

Here’s a nice elevation.

Another elevation.

Another elevation.

A longitude.

A longitude.

I'm not sure what this is.

I’m not sure what this is.

The images that follow are from an old book from 1927 title Concrete in Architecture.

The images that follow are from a 1927 book titled: Concrete in Architecture. This building cost three million dollars to construct according to the LA Times though the LA Examiner claimed it was four million. It had two entrances: one on Hill and one on Sixth. There was 155 feet of frontage on 6th while Hill had 247 feet of frontage. On Sixth St. the entrance was set back ten feet from the rest of the building to create a grander entrance. There were shops along the frontage on both streets and the building itself had Edwin Bergstrom as its architect while Woollett designed the theater. The buildings foundation could support thirteen stories but only six stories were built. The Last Remaining Seats‘ Ben Hall says the theater’s style was “Hispano-Persian” and sat 3,485 people. A reporter for the LA Times who covered the premiere, Edwin Schallert, called it “primitive massiveness” which seems more accurate to me. *Charles Beardsley, in his book Hollywood’s Master Showman, says those two columns next to the stage support “mythical griffon heads.”

The Mezzanine.

The Mezzanine.

Another view of the mezzanine underneath the balcony.

Another view of the mezzanine underneath the balcony.

This is the mural between the supports in the previous image.

This is the mural between the balcony supports in the previous image.

 

It's a lion and reptile combined.

It’s a lion and a reptile combined.

A snail deer? Okay, I think somebody was on drugs.

A snail deer? Okay, I don’t want to be disrespectful but I think somebody was on drugs.

This is the balcony entrance.

This is the balcony entrance.

A way into the theater.

A way into the theater.

Movies are a diversion.

Movies are a diversion.

Inside the theater. One of the walls.

Inside the theater. On one of the walls. The walls were deliberately left “rough” to show how the building was constructed.

A wall sconce.

A wall sconce.

This is the mezzanine from the other side. The photo is from a publication called Architect.

This is the mezzanine from the other side. The photo is from a publication called  The Architect.

Here's a Buddah nestled in a niche up in the balcony.

Here’s a Buddah nestled in a niche up in the balcony.

This is from Architectural Digest.

This is from Architectural Digest. The bottom image is why I’m including this. What’s beyond that door? My guess would be a restroom.

The following photos are from this publication.

The following photos are from this publication.

It was a long article and there are lots of pictures.

It was a long article and there are lots of pictures.

It's by the architect William Lee Woollett.

It’s by the architect William Lee Woollett.

Near the proscenium.

Near the proscenium.

What appears to be the lobby.

What appears to be the lobby?

A lantern and modern art?

A lantern and some modern art.

Pendants, pendants, pendants.

Pendants.

This is a model of what's on top of the column; the mythical griffith.

This is a model of what’s on top of the column; the mythical griffith.

A model of that deer snail.

A model of that deer snail. The more I look at it the more I like it.

It's deemed a work of art.

It’s deemed a work of art by this writer.

work of art page two

Work of art page two

Bernard Maybeck, who created one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, had this to say about the Metropolitan Theater.

Bernard Maybeck, who created one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, had this to say about the Metropolitan Theater.

Bernie "Palace of Fine Arts" Maybeck page 2

Bernie “Palace of Fine Arts” Maybeck page 2

I was looking through old journals, for something else, when I found this. California Southland was a publication that was put out in the 20s. It appears to be something from a chamber of commerce entity and it was published in Pasadena.

I was looking through old journals, for something else, when I found this article. California Southland appears to be something from a chamber of commerce-like entity and was published in Pasadena.

The article is written by William Lee Woollett. It appears rather high-minded.

The article is written by William Lee Woollett. It appears rather high-minded.

That grill-work is nice.

That grill-work is nice.

I like the image of Woollett in the bottom photo.

I like the image of Woollett in the bottom photo.

The premiere for the theater was held on January 21, 1923. The first film shown was My American Wife starring Gloria Swanson and Antonio Moreno. The host was Theodore Roberts and many of the stars who attended are depicted in the pictures that follow*. LA Times reporter, William Schallert, claimed there were twenty to thirty thousand people on the street who couldn’t get in because the venue was sold out even though tickets cost $5 per person. What he describes below sounds like a scene right out of Nathaniel West’s Day of the Locust (1937) but it couldn’t have really been that bad, could it?

  • In a section of his article titled CROWD IS UNRULY Schallert states: “The early part of the program was punctuated at intervals by shouts from the crowds outside. At one time due to the way they crowded around the door, signs of a riot appeared. The militia was forced to hold the crowd back with their rifles and several times struggles for the possession of the guns between members of the mob and the soldiers were seen. The police had to be continually on guard to keep the crowd from storming the theater so great was the spectators desire to obtain a glimpse of the stars and of the interior of the house.”

The reporter went on to describe the proceedings onstage and said the most rousing moment was when the orchestra played the Star Spangled Banner and two men, dressed as Uncle Sam, stood up in balconies that flanked the stage to great applause. According to Schallert while there were many female stars present they weren’t part of the onstage festivities. During the proceedings, the stars in the audience, were asked to stand so the audience could see them but despite being movie stars, on this particular night, the stars were for the most part shy and declined to have the spotlight turned on them.

  • As for the theater Schallert states this in a section titled THROUGH MAIN ENTRANCE: “Of course, the house is ornate beyond any one’s conception. One gets the most striking effect by coming in through the main entrance on Sixth street. Here all the  massiveness of the mezzanine floor’s decorative scheme strikes the vision. One gazes upon an elaborate blending of color on all sides and, above, finds that these assume shape in sculpture and fresco and painting at every turn. Truly the pictorial note is sounded in every part of the theater, yet without distraction to the audience. The building as a whole has a primitive massiveness and sweep. It is not quite free from draughts as yet but this slight detriment can probably be easily obviated and when it is, the theater will be a glorious and perfect example of the palatial and magnificent that harks back the medieval era and yet is filled with the spirit of the present day.”
  • Regarding the Gloria Swanson film Schallert wrote under LOCAL OF THE PICTURE: “The romantic local of “My American Wife,” will attract the theatergoer. It offers a horse race in fashionable South America, a deul and some other items of excitement. Gloria plays detective in the picture and routs the faction that is rival to that of her lover. “My American Wife” is therefore entertaining, though not altogether believable and offers a cast of rather exceptional interest. Most of all, though, the public will want to see the theater and it will flock there during the next few weeks. The mob surging around the doors last night gave ample evidence.”

*This list of attendees is from Charles Beardsley’s book on Grauman’s theaters. All of the stars that follow were at the Metropolitan’s premiere.

LIST OF ATTENDEES

theodore roberts

She was the greatest star of them all.

ANTONIO MORENO

blanche sweet

william desmond

ruth roland

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buster keaton

charles ray

norma talmadge

lois wilson

marie prevost

tom mix

hal roach 2

milton sills

mary pickford

doug fairbanks

I recently found this postcard. It has some writing on the front. A mother sent this postcard to her son.

I recently found this postcard. It has some writing on the front. A mother sent this postcard to her son.

What’s interesting is that Grauman opened the Metropolitan on January 21, 1923 but by July of 1924 he had sold all his interest in this theater, The Million Dollar and The Rialto. They were bought by the Publix group and by 1929 a Paramount marquee hung outside the theater. The building was demolished in 1960 for a parking lot. The firm hired to demolish the building lost money because they couldn’t get the building down by the deadline.

That's Rube Wolf, of Fanchon and Marco on the stage.

That’s Rube Wolf, of Fanchon and Marco, on the Metropolitan’s stage when the theater was being torn down.

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Beardsley, C. (1983). Hollywood’s master showman: the legendary Sid Grauman. Cranbury, NJ: Cornwall Books.

Concrete in architecture. (1927). Chicago: Portland Cement Association.

Fox, C. & Silver, M. L. (Ed.) (1920). Who’s who on the screen. New York: Ross Publishing, Co.

Hall, B. (1961). The best remaining seats: the story of the golden age of the movie palace. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc.

Metropolitan Theater. (1922). 1922 Year book of architecture and allied arts: southern California chapter, American institute of architects, Los Angeles architectural club. Los Angeles: Young & McCallister.

Metropolitan Theater. (1925, March). The Architect, 3(3), 142-144.

Reagan, O. (Ed.). (1927). American architecture of the twentieth century. New York: Architectural Book Publishing Company.

Schallert, E. (1923, January 27). Crowd surges at theater; premiere of Grauman’s metropolitan is in the midst of dazzling splendor. Los Angeles Times, 3.

Woollett, W. E. (1923, April). The architect and the craftsman. California Southland, (40), 11-13.

Woollett, W. E. (1923, May). Concrete and creative architecture. The Architect and Engineer, 73(2), 51-90.

 

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Dear Teen Me

My publisher set up an opportunity for Bold Strokes Books authors; it involved writing posts for a website called Dear Teen Me. The website is centered around writers writing letters to themselves.  Basically, “what would I say to myself now that I know what I know.” Here’s the link.

http://dearteenme.com/?p=9875#more-9875

Teen Me

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Parkinson & Parkinson

Father and Son.

Father and Son.

I like the Parkinsons. There are so many Parkinson buildings in Los Angeles that I can’t cover all of them so I decided to concentrate on my favorite ones. I also included a couple of buildings from Seattle where John Parkinson got his start.

[Note: if you download any of these images and use them elsewhere please acknowledge my website:

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It took a lot of research to find all these images. Thanks!]

Before John Parkinson began building in Los Angeles he worked in Seattle. He formed a partnership with Cecil Evers for roughly two years. This is the Calkins Hotel. It was built in 1889-1890. This building has been destroyed but it is a Parkinson Evers building.

Before John Parkinson began building in Los Angeles he worked in Seattle. He formed a partnership with Cecil Evers for roughly two years. This is the Calkins Hotel. It was built in 1889-1890. This Parkinson-Evers building has been destroyed. It was located on Mercer Island.

The Frank Pontius House in Seattle. (1889). This is another Parkinson-Evers building.

The Frank Pontius House in Seattle (1889). This is another Parkinson-Evers building.

Seattle National Bank in Seattle 1890-1892. This building is attributed to Parkinson only.

Seattle National Bank in Seattle 1890-1892. This building is attributed to Parkinson only.

This is the Interurban Bank today. This photograph is from Wikipedia and the photographer is Joe Mabel.

Interurban Bank today. This photograph is from Wikipedia and the photographer is Joe Mabel.

This is from Southwest Builder and Contractor. It was a publication for people in the construction industry. John and Donald's address and phone number are down near the bottom.

From Southwest Builder and Contractor. It was a publication for people in the construction industry. John and Donald’s address and phone number are down near the bottom.

This is a brochure published by the Parkinsons in 1921 to promote their firm.

A brochure published by the Parkinsons in 1921 to promote their firm.

This is the publisher's note opposite the title page.

The publisher’s note. There is no title page in this brochure. I’ve seen two different copies of it. In both the page above is followed by 2 images of the University of Southern California’s Bovard administration building on the opposite page.

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Hibernian Building/Braly Building done in collaboration with his partner Edwin Bergstrom.

408 S. Spring Street

In 1904 when the building was erected it was called the Hiberian Building.

This is from the Parkinson brochure.

I found this issue of Architect and Engineer and it had a lengthy article on John P. and his partner at the time.

I found this issue of Architect and Engineer and it had a lengthy article on John P. and his partner at the time. It’s from 1910.

Here are the two partners.

Here are the two partners.

Now, look at this. Here it is called the Union Trust Building in 1910 but by 1921 it's being referred to as the Hibernian Building.

Now, look at this. Here it’s called the Union Trust Building (in 1910) but by 1921 (the date of the Parkinson brochure) it’s being referred to as the Hibernian Building.

It was built in 1904 and still stands.

In 2015 it’s called the Braly Building. I keep looking for interior photos of this building but as of yet haven’t found any.

Some cornice detail.

Some cornice detail.

The article in Architect and Engineer has approximately two pages of text in an article that’s thirty-four pages long. The writer, who is not identified, states, “The illustrations of their work in this number tell the story of their success more forcibly than words.”As a result, the other 32 pages are photographs of their work. It’s a great resource. There’s a bit of information. It says Parkinson was born in Bolton, England on December 12, 1861. He took architecture and engineering courses at Bolton, came to the U.S. in 1883, spent two years in Minneapolis, moved to Napa for approximately four years, went to Seattle for five years, and moved to Los Angeles in 1894. Then it listed all his memberships which were all pretty predictable but one stuck out: he was a member of the Jonathan Club which is a swanky club in downtown Los Angeles which still exists today.

As for Bergstrom, he received even less space text-wise. In a very short paragraph it was revealed that he was 34 years old and joined Parkinson in 1905 to form their firm. He was a graduate of Boston Institute of Technology and Yale. He was a member of the Jonathan Club too.

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King Edward Hotel done in collaboration with Edward Bergstrom

121 E. 5th Street

King Edward Hotel from the Parkinson brochure. I read an article in the Los Angeles Times from February 18, 1906 about the King Edward. It said the hotel had 150 guest rooms, two passenger elevators and two freight elevators. It was fireproof and had a telephone in every room. The furnishings for the hotel cost not less than $50,000 and that all the materials used in the building were from the Los Angeles area. The article also stated that it would be run on the European plan. The writer said The King Edward wasn't a large hotel but it was situated near the train depots for customer convenience.

King Edward Hotel from the Parkinson brochure. I read an article in the Los Angeles Times from February 18, 1906 about the King Edward. It said the hotel had 150 guest rooms, two passenger elevators and two freight elevators. It was fireproof and had a telephone in every room. The furnishings for the hotel cost not less than $50,000 and that all the materials used in the building were from the Los Angeles area. The article also stated that it would be run on the European plan. The writer said The King Edward wasn’t a large hotel but it was situated near the train depots for customer convenience.

The King Edward on a post card. It opened February 10, 1906.

The King Edward on a post card. That cool little bus went to the train station to pick up potential lodgers.

The King Edward Hotel at 5th and Los Angeles Street.

This is what The King Edward Hotel looks like in 2015.

A close up of the entrance.

A close up of the entrance.

Somehow that staircase looks wrong. Maybe the ceiling was higher at one point.

King Edward lobby. Somehow that staircase looks wrong. Maybe the ceiling was higher at one point? I’ve seen a postcard when the building was new and that staircase wasn’t there.

King Edward interior. Part of the check in desk.

King Edward interior. Part of the registration desk.

Here's a view of the King Edward interior.

Here’s a view of the King Edward interior.

This is the back of the interior's postcard.

This is the back of the above postcard.

This image shows the west side of the building. It looks like this postcard is from the time when the building was new.

An image that shows the west side of the building. The building looks new in this postcard.

That is so cool. I didn't venture in because I wasn't sure if it was open or not and I was alone.

That is so cool. I didn’t venture in because I wasn’t sure if it was open and I was alone. I figured I would get drugged and sold into white slavery if I went inside. Since I had to go to work the next day I took a picture instead. (This building is on the edge of skid row.)

I want that sign.

I want this sign.

I bought this card online. It's 3 inches by 5 inches. It is very cool.

I bought this card online. It’s 3 inches by 5 inches.

This is the back of the card. As the LA Times article stated it was near the big train stations. I like this card so much and it's just a piece of paper.

This is the back of the card. As the LA Times article stated it was near the big train stations. I like this card so much and it’s just an oversize business card.

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The Los Angeles Stock Exchange done in collaboration with Samuel E. Lunden.

618 S. Spring St.

The Los Angeles Stock Exchange.

The Los Angeles Stock Exchange. An LA Times obit on Lunden said construction began on the building the week after the 1929 stock market crash. Despite that, no corners were cut and the building cost $1.5 million to construct. The bronze, front doors were the biggest west of the Mississippi.

Light fixture from the Stock Exchange.

Light fixture from the stock exchange.

Mantel in the stock exchange.

Mantel in the board room.

The original doors to the stock exchange.

The outer doors of the stock exchange.

The inner doors of the stock exchange.

The inner doors.

The lobby of the stock exchange.

The lobby.

A Hercules window.

A Hercules window. He doesn’t look like Steve Reeves, Kevin Sorbo or Dwayne Johnson but I still like him.

The window opposite.

The window opposite. These two windows are in the “member’s room.”

The trading floor.

The trading floor.

Another view from Southwest Builder and Contractor.

A closer view from Southwest Builder and Contractor.

There are ads like this in all these architectural journals for practically every major building constructed.

There are ads like this in all these architectural journals for practically every major building constructed.

The building today.

The building today.

This is above the door.

This is above the door.

I have no idea if these are the original doors. If they are they need a better locking system.

These original doors need a better lock.

Was there something else attached at one time?

Was there something else attached at one time? Bronze rosettes?

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Bovard Administration Building, Science Building, Student Union Building and Physical Education Building at the University of Southern California. Parkinson & Parkinson.

University Park

Bovard at the University of Southern California.

Bovard Administration Building at the University of Southern California from the Parkinson brochure.

It's well maintained.

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It's Columbus.

That’s John Wesley a Methodist church founder. USC was founded by the Methodists.

It's Lincoln.

It’s Matthew Simpson who was a Methodist preacher. (Note: on the north side of the tower are Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt and on the west side it’s Cicero and Plato.)

This was the backcover for California Southland dated June 1921.

This was the backcover for California Southland dated June 1921.

All these buildings have been in constant use by faculty, students and staff for approximately 90 years. USC has renovated all of these buildings and they have new plumbing, new electrical systems, new bathrooms and new walls. They even have Wifi. They’re practically completely new inside. The exteriors, though, remain intact and unchanged.

The Parkinson's are down near the bottom.

The Parkinson’s are down near the bottom.

USC's Science Hall.

USC’s Science Hall.

I've always liked the ornament above the door and those gates.

I’ve always liked the ornament around the arch and the strip of ornament above the door. It’s very Louis Sullivan-ish.

There are two of these gates back from the arch. This is looking out. Uh, those gates are pretty nice too.

There are two of these gates beyond the arch. This is looking out.

This was not done by the Parkinsons. It was done by Jean Goodwin in 1937 as her thesis project. I just think it's beautiful and I'm not even sure what the four of them are looking at. This artwork is big. It's probably, at least, six feet high and embedded into a wall. It's through the archway and past the metal gates.

This was not done by the Parkinsons. It was done by Jean Goodwin in 1937 as her thesis project. I just think it’s beautiful and I’m not even sure what the four of them are looking at. This artwork is big. It’s probably, at least, six feet high and embedded into a wall. It’s through the archway and past the metal gates.

I like this ornament too. It's above one of the side doors.

I like this ornament too. It’s above one of the side doors.

Here's a plaque commemorating the building. This says 1927/28.

Here’s a plaque commemorating the Student Union Building. It says it was erected in 1927/28.

It's the Student Union building at USC.

The Student Union Building at USC.

Above the student union front door is this frieze.

Above the Student Union front door is this frieze.

It was erected in 1926-27.

This cornerstone says 1926-27 which contradicts the plaque above.

I've always liked this chimmeny detail.

Chimney detail.

Up near the top of the building is this likeness of Rufus B. VonKlindschmidt who was president of USC from 1918-1954 AND monkey thumbing his nose.

Up near the top of the Student Union Building is this likeness of Rufus B. von Kleinsmid who was president of USC from 1921-1947. Down a few corbels is a monkey thumbing his nose.

I found this image of the student union building in a copy of Pacific Coast Architect.

I found this image of the student union building in a copy of Pacific Coast Architect.

Another plaque commemorating this Parkinson and Parkinson building.

Another plaque this time commemorating the erection of the P.E. Building.

The Physical Education Building.

The Physical Education Building on the university park campus.

I've always liked this head on the physical education building.

That big head looks like something out of a gladiator movie.

The north side of the P.E. Building.

The north side of the P.E. Building.

Above the side door are these animals.

Above the side door are these animals.

The rams are kind of goofy looking so I like them.

The rams are kind of goofy looking so I like them.

This is the lobby of the P.E. Building. I've seen plans for this buildings renovation. The building isn't going to be used for phys ed. anymore. The interior is going to be completely redone. A new physical education building was built about ten years ago.

This is the lobby of the P.E. Building. I’ve seen plans for this buildings’ renovation. The building isn’t going to be used for phys ed. anymore. The interior is going to be completely redone. A new physical education building was built a few years back so this building’s original use is no longer warranted.

This light fixture hangs right inside the P.E. Building's front door.

This light fixture hangs right inside the P.E. Building’s front door.

The PE Building surrounds an inner courtyard. This is the view looking west.

The PE Building surrounds an inner courtyard. This is the view looking west.

This is the view looking east in the courtyard.

This is the view looking east in the courtyard.

Inside the east wing of the building is a very large swimming pool.

Inside the east wing of the building is a very large swimming pool.

There is an appropriate amount of school spirit in the pool area.

There is an appropriate amount of school spirit in the pool area. I’ve never swam in the pool but I’ve used the locker room on numerous occasions to shower and change.

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Hotel Alexandria done in collaboration with Edwin Bergstrom.

501 S. Spring Street

From the Parkinson brochure.

Hotel Alexandria from the Parkinson brochure. It opened in 1906. It cost over 2 million dollars to construct. The furnishings were from Baker Bros. and cost upwards of $300,000.00

Here's the Alexandria Hotel on a post card.

Here’s the Hotel Alexandria on a post card.

The Alexandria Hotel is where all the silent film stars went in the teens before everyone moved to Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

The Hotel Alexandria is where all the silent film stars went in the teens before everyone moved to Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

A griffith behind the sign.

A Griffith behind the sign on the Spring Street side.

Another Griffith on the other side.

Another Griffith on the other side.

Detail from the top of the Alexandria.

Detail from the top of the Alexandria.

The lobby from a postcard.

The lobby from a postcard.

The mezzanine from a post card.

The mezzanine from a postcard.

A resting room? I wonder if it was just for women? It seems so Victorian.

A resting room? I wonder if it was just for women? It seems so Victorian.

One of the dinning rooms.

One of the dinning rooms.

Another dinning room in the Hotel Alexandria.

The Franco-Italian dinning room.

Another dining room

Another dining room. It could be the same room as the previous card but with different chairs. The ceiling is different though. Oh, and the balcony doesn’t appear to be in the first card. Plus, in the first card the wall and ceiling “curve” together. They don’t in the second one. These two cards are like one of those cartoons where you spot the five differences.

This grill. Those tables don't look big enough for a meal so I suspect they only sold snacks or light fare. The candlestick telephone on the far booth makes me think people were self consumed with communication even back then.

The grill. Those tables don’t look big enough for a meal so I suspect they only served snacks or light fare. The candlestick telephone, on the far booth, makes me think people were consumed with communication even back then.

With the exception of that 2nd Empire bookcase on the left wall everything in the room appears to be mission style.

With the exception of that 2nd Empire (?) bookcase on the left wall and the lamps everything in the room appears to be mission style. A room after my heart.

I don't want to sound bitchy but couldn't they decide on one style. It's all over the place. I was thinking maybe it's just "contemporary" furniture? As for that bed: it looks like a full size. That's big enough for one large man but where would the bride sleep?

I don’t want to sound bitchy but couldn’t they decide on one style? It’s all over the place visually. I was thinking maybe it’s just “contemporary” furniture for the time? As for that bed — it looks like a full size. That’s big enough for a large man but where would the bride sleep?

The postmark on the back of this postcard is May 27, 1925. I love this postcard because the individuals look so Edwardian but considering the date on the postcard shouldn't they be flapper types?

The postmark on the back of this postcard is May 27, 1925. I like this postcard because the individuals look so Edwardian but considering the date on the postcard shouldn’t they be flapper types?

I had always thought from afar that whatever had been done to the Alexandria's interior could be undone. This postcard tells me I was wrong.

Hotel Alexandria lobby. I had always thought, from afar, that whatever had been done to the Alexandria’s interior could be undone. This postcard tells me I was wrong.

I bought this online. Along with the brochure came a letter to travel agents dated July 1955.

I bought this online. Along with the brochure came a letter to travel agents dated July 1955.

Here's the inside of that brochure.

Here’s the inside of that brochure.

Here's a great envelope with the Alexandria on it.

Here’s an envelope with the Alexandria on it.

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I’m only including the back because of the graphic and so everyone can see that the glamorous Alexandria was owned by the same people who owned the Hotel TallCorn.

Here's an envelope from 1906 the year that the Alexandria opened.

Here’s an envelope from 1906 the year the Alexandria opened.

I found this tiny brochure online.

I found this tiny brochure online.

Here's the other side.

Here’s the other side.

It's a baggage label.

It’s a baggage label.

The Hotel Alexandria rents out their ballrooms for events and film shoots. This decal was on one of the doors up to the ballroom.

The Hotel Alexandria rents out their ballroom for events and film shoots. This decal was on one of the exterior doors that leads to the ballroom.

He was the manager of the Alexandria.

He was the manager of the Alexandria.

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Rosslyn Hotel and Annex. Parkinson & Parkinson.

112 W. 5th Street

The Rossalyn Hotel from the Parkinson brochure.

The Rosslyn Hotel from the Parkinson brochure.

This is the original one.

This is the original building.

I read an article in the Los Angeles Times concerning the Rosslyn. It was from October 8, 1922 and titled: Giant Hotel Planned: Owners of Rosslyn Lease Site on Opposite Corner for New $1,000,000 Hostelry. The article stated that a 99 year lease was signed between the Edwards’ estate (the owners of the land) and Dwight H. and George H. Hart (the owners of the Rosslyn). The lease deal was for $4, 148,200. The article went on to say that the Edwards’ family bought the land at Fifth and Main Streets in 1868 for $500. The Times said there would be no dining room in the new hotel because the dining room in the current hotel across the street was sufficient. It also stated that the exterior would be an exact duplicate of the present Rosslyn. At first I was unsure what this sentence meant, “Each room will be served with ice water through a modern ice water circulation system.” Then I realized it was air-conditioning or the precursor to air-conditioning. Another thing of note in the article was: there was a small, three story hotel already occupying the site and all tenants had been given notice to vacate the property by January 1, 1923. The new Rosslyn Hotel was scheduled to open in October of 1923. I don’t know if they built it in 10 months, or not, but that was the plan.

Rossalyn today.

The Rosslyn in 2015. The one on the right was built first. The other one is identical and the two are connected by a tunnel under the street.

Letterhead from the Rosslyn.

Letterhead from the Rosslyn.

A Rosslyn Hotel envelope.

A Rosslyn Hotel envelope.

One of the lobbies. It looks like it's from the 1930s.

One of the lobbies. It looks like it’s from the 1930s.

I like how these brothers incorporated their name into their advertising.

I like how these brothers incorporated their name into their advertising.

This lobby looks like it's from the 20s.

This lobby looks like it’s from the 20s.

That's not carpeting. That's a tile floor.

That’s not carpeting. That’s a tile floor. It doesn’t make the room look very elegant but it’s probably more hygienic.

It's a postcard. That's a pretty decent price since it cost 2 cents to send a postcard.

It’s a postcard. That’s a pretty decent price since it cost 2 cents to send a letter.

The one on the south side appears to retain it's original .....

The one on the south side appears to retain it’s original glass marquee. It is now a SRO Hotel that has been beautifully restored. The lobby had a large skylight and most of the original architectural details. (There was a lot of gilding!) They wouldn’t let me take photographs but they let me look around.

The one on the north side, the older one, has been converted to lofts and has a replaced .....

The one on the north side, the older one, has been converted to lofts and has a replaced marquee.

A baggage label that incorporates the Hart Bros. last name without ever stating it.

A baggage label that incorporates the Hart Bros. last name without ever stating it.

A marble subway and a drive-in lobby.

A marble subway and a drive-in lobby.

I found this tiny brochure online. It appears to be from the 1920s.

I found this tiny brochure online. It appears to be from the 1920s.

This page from the brochure describes the underground link.

This page from the brochure describes the underground link.

I found this blue heart online and bought it. I like the blue one even more than the red one.

I found this blue heart online and bought it. I like the blue one even more than the red one.

I found this old brochure online. It looks like it’s from the 1920s.

The Inside.

I like this old painted sign.

The old painted sign is great.

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Banks-Huntley Building. Parkinson & Parkinson.

634 S. Spring Street

This building is on Spring Street south of the Stock Exhange.

This building is south of the stock exchange.

According to a Los Angeles Times article from July 24, 1996 titled: Group Restores Historic Building. Maldef (The Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund) moved into the building in 1984 and then agreed to purchase the building in 1991 for $8.5 million dollars. Maldef still occupies two floors of the building and leases out the other floors.

I couldn't get it all in one shot. Here's the top.

Here’s the top of the building.

This is street level.

This is street level.

This is from across the street in a parking lot. I've lived in Los Angeles for more than 20 years and this is the first time I remember it raining in July. I took this picture in the rain.

Photo taken from a parking lot across the street. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for more than 20 years and this is the first time I remember it raining in July. I took this picture while standing in the rain. I was hoping I wouldn’t get any rain drops on the lens because I was tilted up.

One of the security gates.

One of the security gates.

A light fixture inside the lobby.

A light fixture inside the lobby.

The building's elevator doors. Nice. Not amazing but nice.

The building’s elevator doors. Very understated.

This is to the right of the entrance.

This is to the right of the entrance.

This is to the left of the entrance. I like that metal detail.

This is to the left of the entrance. I like that metal detail.

I love this image from Architectural Record. It looks so 1930s. This looks like a movie set.

From Architectural Record. It looks so 1930s; like a movie set. I expect Irene Dunne or Katherine Hepburn or Carol Lombard to pull up in a car and step out.

They must have taken this photo from the building across the street.

They must have taken this photo from a building down the street and from one of the upper floors.

An Architectural Record photo of the elevator from 1932.

An Architectural Record photo of the elevator from 1932.

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Los Angeles City Hall done in collaboration with Albert C. Martin and John C. Austin.

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From American Architect before the building was built.

A rendering from American Architect around the time of construction.

This image is from Western Architect (vol. 37, 1928).

This image is from Western Architect. Look how small Spring Street is in the photo.

I went on a tour of City Hall. I took this shot in the morning before the tour. The photo has a hazzy look to it that I kind of like.

I went on a tour of City Hall. I took this shot in the morning before the tour. The photo has a hazy morning look to it.

I was standing in the courtyard of the building looking west.

I was standing in the building’s courtyard —  looking west.

A more expansive view from the same location.

A more expansive view from the same location. The shadow on the left side of the photo is from the building itself.

The front door. I think it should be bigger and monumental considering the scale of the building.

The front door. I think it should be bigger considering the size of the building. The doors should be as big as the Wizard’s door in the The Wizard of Oz. Just sayin’.

Western Architect has a nice shot of the front door.

Western Architect has a nice shot of the front door.

The cornerstone.

The cornerstone.

Looking toward the front door.

Looking toward the front door.

This is inside the front door.

This is inside the front door.

Identical hallways go to the north and south of the building.

Identical hallways go to the north and south of the building.

Above the center rotunda is this light fixture.

Above the center rotunda is this light fixture.

A close up on the light fixture.

A close up on the light fixture.

This is on the floor of the rotunda.

This is on the floor of the rotunda.

This ceiling fresco is on the north side of the building (down that long hallway) above the staircase.

On the north side of the building is this artwork above the staircase. (Down one of those long hallways.)

This is above the south staircase. Shouldn't it be naked women? Wouldn't that make logical sense?

This is above the south staircase. Shouldn’t it be naked women? Wouldn’t that make logical sense? Maybe, my mind is too symetrical?

This is above the bank of elevators on the main (3rd) floor. It's Mercury but I don't know who the woman is.

It’s Mercury but I don’t know who the woman is. She’s riding Pegasus. This is above the bank of elevators on the main (3rd) floor.

The door to the city clerk's office. The bear is a nice touch.

The door to the city clerk’s office. The bear is a nice touch.

This amazing ceiling is outside the clerk's office door.

This amazing ceiling is outside the clerk’s office door.

This City Council Chamber was locked but this room was open.

The City Council Chamber was locked but this room was open.

Here's part of the room.

Here’s part of the room.

Here's the ceiling of the room.

The ceiling.

This is behind the benches in the first photo.

This is behind the benches in the first photo.

The City Council Chamber?

The City Council Chamber?

Part of the mayor's office.

Part of the mayor’s office.

On one of the top floors there is an exhibit of mayoral portraits. It contains portraits of all the mayors of Los Angeles. This is Cryer. He was mayor when city hall was built. He looks great.

On one of the upper floors there’s an exhibit of mayoral portraits. It contains portraits of all the mayors of Los Angeles since 1851. This is George E. Cryer. He was mayor when the present city hall was built. He’s right out of The Great Gatsby.

Here's his bio.

His bio.

The only other mayoral photo I took was of this guy because I liked the way he looked and I liked his name. His name was Henry T. Hazzard and he was mayor from 1851-1853.

The only other mayoral photo I took was of this guy because I liked the way he looked. His name was Henry T. Hazard and he was mayor from 1889-1892. I’d vote for him.

There was a surprise for me on the tour. The tour guide who reminded me of George Jefferson's mother on The Jeffersons said,

There was a surprise for me on the tour. The lady tour guide, who reminded me of George Jefferson’s mother on The Jeffersons, said, “Now, let’s go up to the Observation Deck.” My response was, “What?” I didn’t know there was an observation deck. This is the view of the entrance to the Observation Deck when the elevator doors opened.

From the observation deck looking toward Bunker Hill.

From the observation deck looking toward Bunker Hill.

From the observation deck looking south.

Looking south.

From the observation desk looking west. That's the Department of Water building straight ahead. You can seen Frank Gehry's Disney Hall at 11 o'clock.

Looking west. That’s the Department of Water building straight ahead and you can see Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall at 11 o’clock.

Looking north east. That's Union Station.

Looking northeast. That’s Union Station.

Observation deck. One of the columns.

One of the columns.

Observation deck. This shot was taken with my back against the wall and shooting straight up/

This shot was taken with my back against the wall and shooting straight up.

A plaque from the observation deck.

A plaque on the observation deck.

This is the back of the building.

The back of the building.

City Hall on a stereoptical card.

City Hall on a stereo-optic  card.

Union Station: Parkinson and Parkinson

700-888 N. Alameda Street.

Union Station.

Union Station.

It's very modern.

It’s very modern looking but opened in 1939.

The information booth near the entrance.

The information booth near the entrance.

This is above the entrance.

This is above the entrance.

South of the information booth is this walkway to the old Fred Harvey restaurant.

South of the information booth is this walkway to the old Fred Harvey restaurant. I’m a fan of the Judy Garland movie The Harvey Girls and I have the song The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe on my iPod. It’s a G-R-E-A-T song.

The old ticketing area (north of the information booth) which isn't used anymore.

The old ticketing area (north of the information booth) which isn’t used anymore.

The waiting area. Looking west toward the front door.

The waiting area. Looking west toward the front door.

It's art deco seating.

It’s art deco seating.

This clock is above a doorway that leads to an outside patio.

This clock is above a doorway that leads to an outside patio.

This is how you get to the trains.

The way to the trains.

OBITUARIES

John Parkinson's obit from Architect and Engineer.

John Parkinson’s obit from Architect and Engineer, January 1936.

The Currier Building is one of the first buildings John Parkinson designed in Los Angeles.

The Currier Building, mentioned in the above obit, is one of the first buildings John Parkinson designed in Los Angeles.

Donald's obit from Architect and Engineer, January 1946. He deserved better.

Donald’s obit from Architect and Engineer, January 1946. It’s rather brief.

My book The Odd Fellows was released on December 16, 2013.

Public art in Los Angeles. This mural is on Sunset Boulevard about a block away from Dodger Stadium. My book The Odd Fellows was released on December 16, 2013.

Okay, after I poster this post, a month later I was going through some journals and stumbled upon this. I had to attach the article and pictures. More pages follow.

Okay, after I posted this post, about four months later I was going through some journals and stumbled upon this article. I had to attach some of the article and some of the photos. They follow.

Bullocks cover

bullocks title page

bullocks whos who

Bullocks Page 2

Bullocks Page 3

bullocks page 5

An interior view of the store from a marble advertisement.

An interior view of the store from a marble advertisement.

Below are some photographs I took of the building on January 1, 2016.

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There were three hanging light fixtures at the front of the store over window and door openings but none of them were the same. I found that interesting. The other two follow.

There were three hanging light fixtures at the front of the store (over window and door openings) but none of them were the same. I found that interesting. The other two follow.

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This bronze decoration was above one of the doors. Bullocks Wilshire did have a department where patrons could buy riding clothes.

This bronze decoration was above one of the doors. Bullocks Wilshire did have a department where patrons could buy “riding clothes.”

This bronze panel was adhered to one of the storefront windows.

This bronze panel was adhered to one of the storefront windows.

I went into this store when I first moved to California. It was still a department store and it was very nice.

I went into this store when I first moved to California back in 1988. It was still a department store and it was very nice.

In August of 2016 I went to Bullock’s Wilshire for a book signing. It was for Stephen Gee’s book on the Los Angeles Public Library. While there I took some more photographs of Bullock’s Wilshire. They follow.

We entered through the back.

We entered through the back.

The porte cochere.

The porte cochere.

Overall view of the mural followed by sections of the mural.

Overall view of the mural on the ceiling of the porte cochere.

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Porte ochere entrance detail.

Porte cochere entrance detail.

The book signing and lecture were held on the 5th floor.

I took this elevator to get up to the 5th floor.

I took this elevator to get there.

This clock was in the elevator waiting spot on the 5th floor.

This clock was in the area where one waits for the elevators.

There were large windows that looked out onto the surrounding neighborhoods. Two views from those windows.

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This grill was in the ante-room to the lecture spot.

This grill was in the ante-room to the lecture hall.

The ceiling of that ante-room.

The ceiling of that ante-room.

Adjacent to the ante-room and the lecture hall was this 1940s cafeteria.

Adjacent to the ante-room and the lecture hall was this 1940s style cafeteria.

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A sconce in the cafeteria.

A sconce in the cafeteria.

A place for trays and trash.

A place for trays and trash.

On the second floor were two showrooms where woman could sit and watch models walk around the room and model clothes. This was the first room.

On the second floor were two showrooms where woman could sit and watch models walk around the room and model clothes. This was the first room.

Another view of the room.

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The other room used for this purpose.

The other room used for this purpose.

The entrance on the main floor from the porte corche.

The entrance on the main floor from the porte cochere.

The clock above the door.

The clock above the door.

Looking toward the Wilshire Boulevard entrance.

Looking toward the Wilshire Boulevard entrance.

Oh, and then I found this. The article seems more like an advertisement for the tradesmen mentioned. It's for the Gas Company Building.

Oh, then there is this. The article seems more like an advertisement for the tradesmen mentioned. It’s for the Gas Company Building.

gas company page one

gas company page two

gas company page three

In the top photograph the text states that a dictograph is the most “wonderful of wonderful” inventions.

In December of 2015 I discovered this article on the Title Insurance Building in Pacific Coast Architect.

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The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

I found this image and the image below in an article about terra cotta.

This image and the image below were in an article about terra cotta.

Unfortunately, this stone entrance has been removed. I wonder what happened to it?

Unfortunately, this terra cotta entrance has been removed. I wonder what happened to it?

The building still stands on 7th street in Los Angeles.

The building still stands on 7th street in Los Angeles.

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Here's the building on a postcard.

Here’s the building on a postcard.

An interior photograph of the Beef Steak room.

An interior photograph of the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s Beef Steakroom.

The back of the postcard.

The back of the postcard.

I found this image in a book called, Our First Century: The Los Angeles Athletic Club 1880-1980. It's filled with photographs. According to the book the statue had been damaged and was removed around 1964-1965.

I found this image in a book called, Our First Century: The Los Angeles Athletic Club 1880-1980 by Betty Lou Young and Thomas Young. It’s filled with photographs. According to the book this figural group was removed around 1964 for two basic reasons: 1) it had sustained some damage and was “crumbling” and 2) the board wanted to upgrade the entrance and make it more appealing to potential members. The model for the central figure was Dick Retzer who was the winner of a “perfect man” contest.

Retzer was part of a gymnastic troupe. He's pictured on the bottom.

Retzer was part of a gymnastic troupe. He’s pictured on the bottom. The name of the member’s publication that the Los Angeles Athletic Club produced was called The Mercury.

I found a John Parkinson Building in an advertisement for Terra Cotta.

A John Parkinson Building in an advertisement for Terra Cotta.

I'm not sure if this building is still there or not but I like the advertisement.

I’m not sure if this building is still there or not but I like the advertisement.

I was looking for information on Morgan, Walls & Clements and came across this.

Next time I'm in Pasadena I'll look around for this store.

Next time I’m in Pasadena I’ll look around for this store.

JOHN PARKINSON STORE BUILDING TWO

I found this image in a Western Architect from 1911.

I found this image in a Western Architect from 1911.

Here's the place on a postcard.

Here’s the place on a postcard.

This oversize postcard shows what the interior of the bank looked like.

This oversize postcard shows what the interior of the bank looked like.

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Banks-Huntley office building, Los Angeles. (1932, February). Architectural Record. 71(2), 114-116.

Bullock’s Wilshire store, Los Angeles. (1929, December). Architect and Engineer. 99(3), 44-52.

California Southland. (1921, June). (19), 24.

Directory of practicing architects. (1930, December 5). Southwest Builder and Contractor. 76(22), 11.

Field, W.S. (1994). Parkinson centennial, 1894-1994: 100 years of the Parkinson architectural firm in Los Angeles. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Conservancy.

Gee, S. (2013). Iconic vision: John Parkinson, architect of Los Angeles. Santa Monica: Angel City Press.

Giant hotel planned: owner of Rosslyn lease lot on opposite corner for new $1,000,000 hostelry. (1922, October 8). Los Angeles Times.

Group restores historic building. (1996, July 24). Los Angeles Times.

Jones, F.W. (1931, March). The Los Angeles stock exchange. Architect and Engineer of California, Pacific Coast States. 104(3), 24-45.

Karl, J. (1994). Shaping Seattle architecture: a historical guide to the architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Los Angeles city hall, Los Angeles, California. (1928, July). Western Architect. 37(7), plates 109-121.

Noted Los Angeles architect dies. (1946, January). Architect and Engineer. 164(1), 30.

Obituary. (1936, January). The Architect and Engineer. 124(1), 57.

Oliver, M. (1995, June 16). Samuel E. Lunden: veteran LA architect. Los Angeles Times.

Parkinson, D. (1928, December). Title insurance building, Los Angeles. Pacific Coast Architect, 33(12), 27-33.

Parkinson, J. & Parkinson, D. B. (1921). John Parkinson and Donald B. Parkinson: architects, Los Angeles. Columbus: Denny A. Clark.

Store building, Pasadena, California. (1920, February). The Western Architect, 29(2), plates 1-2.

Student union building, university of southern California, Los Angeles, John Parkinson and Donald B. Parkinson, architects. (1928, October). Pacific Coast Architect, 33(10), 41-42.

Terra cotta buildings clean like new. (1930, January). Architect and Engineer. 100(1), 14.

The king Edward hotel: a new hotel, magnificently planned on the corner of Los Angeles and fifth streets. (1906, February 18). Los Angeles Times. p. 24

The work of John Parkinson and Edwin Bergstrom. (1910, September). The Architect and Engineer of California, Pacific Coast States. 22(2), 35-69.

Young, B.L. & Young, T. (1980). Our first century: the Los Angeles athletic club 1880-1980. Los Angeles: LAAC Press.

Million Dollar Theater

I hadn’t been to the Million Dollar Theater for a long time. I saw Nightmare on Elm Street Part IV in this theater years ago. I remember I wasn’t really interested in seeing the movie but I was interested in seeing the theater so I went.

The Los Angeles Conservancy is responsible for a series called The Last Remaining Seats.

The Los Angeles Conservancy is responsible for a series of events called The Last Remaining Seats. They go to different theaters on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles and show classic films. Once again I wanted to see the theater but the movie this time was better. It was Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO from 1960.

Here's a view from Hill Street looking back toward Broadway.

Here’s a view from Hill Street looking at the back of the building. I like that arcade! A.C. Martin was the architect.

I would like to get into one of the apartments on the top floor. They must have great views. William Mullholland evidently had an office here.

There were offices above the theater originally. Now, they’re apartments. They must have great views. William Mulholland evidently had an office in this building. Mulholland was essential in bringing water to Southern California.

This is a side entrance. It's amazing.

This is a side entrance for tenants. It’s amazing.

A close up on some of the detail.

Standing on the sidewalk and looking up.

A bison head.

A bison head.

A longhead steer skull.

A longhead steer skull.

Directly above the side entrance.

An eagle directly above the side entrance.

The front entrance.

The front entrance to the Million Dollar Theater. The building is located at 307 S. Broadway.

This is from Architectural Digest 1922 (there is no month indicated). 2 Interesting things: the building is called the Edison Building and the theater is just called Grauman's. Click on the exterior picture to see what I mean.

This is from Architectural Digest 1922 (there is no month indicated). 2 Interesting things: the building is called the Edison Building and the theater is just called Grauman’s. Click on the exterior picture to see it.

The theater's grand opening was February 1, 1918. The first film shown was The Silent Man starring William S. Hart.

The theater’s grand opening was February 1, 1918. The first film shown was The Silent Man starring William S. Hart. This is an old press photograph.

Corner decoration on the 2nd story.

Corner decoration on the 2nd story.

These statues run across the front of the building above the marquee.

These statues run across the front of the building above the marquee.

She's playing a harp, I think.

She’s playing a harp, I think.

This is from the sidewalk.

This is from the sidewalk.

view from across the street. I don't know what it is but I like it even though I find it kind of scary.

View from across the street. I don’t know what it is but I like it even though I find it kind of scary. I did a little research. It might be THOTH. The Egyptian God of Knowledge.

He's supposed to be comedy and tragedy but he looks pretty scary no matter which mask he's wearing.

He’s supposed to be comedy and tragedy but he looks pretty sinister no matter which mask he’s wearing.

This jester is on the 3rd Street side of the building.

This jester is on the 3rd Street side of the building. (Where the tenant entrance is.)

She's also on the 3rd Street side of the building. She reminds me of my niece.

She’s also on the 3rd Street side of the building. She reminds me of my niece.

It's a rather large building. I couldn't get the entire building with my Kodak Easyshare camera.

It’s a rather large building. I couldn’t get the entire building with my Kodak Easyshare camera.

This is the medallion at the very top in the center.

This is the medallion at the very top in the center.

The Botanica on the north side. This is where the Old Drug used to be.

The Botanica on the north side. This is where the Owl Drug Store is in the Architectural Digest exterior photo. Notice on the window the red words Tempio Santa Muerte. Here is a Wikipedia link to Santa Muerte.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Muerte

This is from a book called, Hollywood's Master Showman The Legendary Sid Grauman by Charles Beardsley. It's a wonderful book and has tons of information on the Million Dollar, Metropolitan, Egyptian and Chinese Theaters. Beardsley did a lot of research. The book is from 1983.

That’s Sid. This photograph is from a book called Hollywood’s Master Showman: The Legendary Sid Grauman by Charles Beardsley. It’s a wonderful book and has tons of information on Grauman’s Million Dollar, Metropolitan, Egyptian and Chinese Theaters. Beardsley did a lot of research for this book and he did a great job.

This is the brochure they handed out at the event.

This is the four page program they handed out at the event.

This is from the brochure. It is a good sumation of the Million Dollar.

This is from the program. There’s a brief history of the Million Dollar on this page and a photo of the stage taken with the house lights on. The photos are by Annie Laskey and Stephen Russo. Russo also has a book called The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces of Tinseltown.

This is at the top of the proscenium. It's called Tragedy Triumphant.

This is at the top of the proscenium. It’s called Tragedy Triumphant. It was designed and modeled by Wm. L. Woollett.

This very small lobby is underwhelming to me.

This very small lobby is underwhelming to me. I had to remind myself that this theater was built before the huge movie palaces of the 1920s. Eventually, I concluded I was wrong. I was looking at a journal called Marquee from 2002 and it had an article on the Million Dollar Theater. That article had old photographs of a large mural that once graced the lobby. That mural is no longer present. They must have remodeled the lobby sometime in the 1940s or 1950s and lowered the ceiling.

The theater, which holds 2,400 people, was sold out. The even took place on a hot day in June. The theater is not air-conditioned. As a result, they opened all the fire doors to let some air in. When I was up in the balcony I stepped out onto the fire escape and took this picture.

The theater, which holds 2,400 people, was sold out for this event and took place on a hot day in June. The theater is not air-conditioned. As a result, they opened all the fire doors to let some air in. When I was walking around the balcony area I stepped out onto the fire escape and took this picture.

This is the standard photo that is used when an article is written about the Million Dollar Theater. Notice the grill work behind the original marquee.

This is the standard photo that’s used when an article is written about the Million Dollar Theater. Notice the grill work behind the original marquee. That’s no longer there. It’s been cemented over. (Image courtesy Beardsley’s book.)

Here's the ticket booth. It looks like it's from the 40s. Very streamlined.

Here’s the ticket booth. It looks like it’s from the 1940s. Very streamlined.

This is a Million Dollar Theater program from 1920 for another William S. Hart movie called The Toll Gate. I think it's very cool. I had never seen one before I bought it. That's the building floating within the proscenium.

This is a Million Dollar Theater program from 1920 for another William S. Hart movie called The Toll Gate. I think it’s very cool. I had never seen one before I bought it. That’s the building floating within the proscenium.

The Million Dollar on a postcard.

The Million Dollar on a postcard.

In October of 2015 I was going through some journals and found these images of the Million Dollar.

In October of 2015 I was going through some journals and found these images of the Million Dollar.

It's an advertisement but a great image of the Million Dollar. I think it's still under construction.

It’s an advertisement but a great image of the Million Dollar. On the right side of the picture in the back is a “neon?” sign with Grauman’s name on top of a genie lamp.

What I would like to find is images of the lobby's interior.

What I would like to find is images of the lobby’s interior.

MILLION DOLLAR THEATER FOUR

My book The Odd Fellows was released on December 16, 2013.

My book The Odd Fellows was released on December 16, 2013.

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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

I went on a tour of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It’s located in Exposition Park. It was free and I had never been there before.

From the other side of the fence.

From the other side of the fence.

Up close.

Up close.

Real close.

Real close.

The zodiac sign within the arch.

The zodiac signs within the arch.

On the inside of the Perishyle.

On the north side of the Peristyle.

The south side of the perishyle.

The south side of the peristyle.

They have these bronze markers all along the peristyle.

They have these bronze markers all along the peristyle.

I like this one because it was for a woman. 99.9% were for men.

It’s Babe. I like this one because it was for a woman. 99.9% were for men.

This tells the whole LAMC story.

This tells the whole LAMC story.

I bought a book called Men of the Pacific Coast 1902-1903 and this image of Parkinson was in it.

I bought a book called Men of the Pacific Coast 1900-1902 and this image of Parkinson was in it. Parkinson was the architect of the Coliseum along with his son Donald.

This is a view from the roof.

This is a view from the roof of the press box.

Here's a view from the press box. The press box is not air-conditioned!

Here’s a view from within the press box. The press box is not air-conditioned!

We went in here too.

We went in here too.

Inside the Trojan locker room.

Inside the Trojan locker room. It’s a little blurry but I was really excited about being in the locker room.

I like the graphics.

I like the graphics.

That's me getting all school spirit-y.

That’s me getting all school spirit-y.

When the opposing team comes out of their locker room they see this...

When the opposing team comes out of their locker room and heads to the field they see this first…

...and this.

…then this.

This is walking out to the field.

This is walking out onto the field. This reminds me of Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind when the aliens release the abductees at the end of the movie.

This was very cool part of the tour.

This was a very cool part of the tour.

My brother loves Traveler.

My brother loves Traveler. (Okay, I’m being sarcastic. My brother is not a big fan of Traveler. Traveler is the name of USC’s mascot horse.)

It was an overcast day in May but the grass looks green.

It was an overcast day in May but the grass looks green. The tour was two hours but it didn’t seem that long.

Since USC took over the coliseum tours are available.

Since USC took over the coliseum tours are available.

Some Coliseum articles.

This is a very pretty image I found California Southland. This was before the coliseum was built.

This is a very pretty image I found in California Southland. This was before the coliseum was built.

This is the text that accompanied the cover artwork. That photograph looks like it's from the Southwest Museum and I'm not quite sure why it's included.

This is the text that accompanied the cover artwork. That photograph looks like it’s from the Southwest Museum and I’m not quite sure why it’s included.

Five months after I posted this post I found these images.

Five months after I posted this post I found these images.

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OTHER THINGS AT EXPOSITION PARK

There are many other interesting things at Exposition Park next to the Los Angeles Coliseum.

These statues are pretty cool. They're by Robert Graham. Evidently, they were controversial when first installed.

These statues are pretty cool. They’re by Robert Graham.
Evidently, they were controversial when first installed.  (Photo courtesy Coliseum website.)

On the other side of the Coliseum is the Natural History Museum. The Natural History Museum sits next to this huge rose garden.

On the other side of the Coliseum is the Natural History Museum. The Natural History Museum sits next to this huge rose garden.

It's very pretty in the summer.

It’s very pretty in the summer.

Another view.

Another view.

That's the Science Center back there. I'm pretty sure that's where they have the Space Shuttle.

That’s the California Science Center behind the fountain. I’m pretty sure that’s where they have the Space Shuttle.

My favorite things in the park are these two walls. They were done in 1931 for the Olympic games by Bartolomero (Bartolo) Mako.

My favorite things in the park are two walls. They were done in 1931 for the Olympic games by Bartolomero (Bartolo) Mako.

Some close-ups. I really like the boxers.

Some close-ups. I really like the boxers and the Strongman.

The Coliseum is between the discus thrower and the fencer.

The Coliseum is between the discus thrower and the fencer.

Is that guy carrying LA City Hall? Or the Bovard Administration building at USC?

Is that guy carrying LA City Hall? Or the Bovard Administration Building at USC?

Here's the other one.

Here’s the other one.

On the other side. The side with green pain on the outer wall.

Close up.

These look more ceremonial than the ones on the other side.

These look more ceremonial than the ones on the other side. The bird is a nice touch.

The discuss guy is cool.

The discus guy is cool. I could be him if I were taller, thinner and more athletic.

That horse appears to be the only animal.

The horse is like Traveler in stone.

This is at the entrance to Exposition Park commemorating the 1932 Olympics held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

This is at the entrance to Exposition Park commemorating the 1932 Olympics held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

A couple of months after I did this post one of my lodge brothers let me borrow his ticket for this game. It was great and USC won. My book, The Odd Fellows was released on December 16, 2013.

Six months after I did this post one of my lodge brothers let me borrow his ticket for this game. It was great and USC won! My book, The Odd Fellows was released on December 16, 2013.

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Olympic stadium in Los Angeles. (1931, December). Architectural Record. 70(6), 419-24.

The Los Angeles stadium. (1922, August). California Southland. (32), 8.

Hollywood Museum

I drove over to Hollywood on Saturday because there was an exhibit at the Hollywood Museum that I wanted to see. The museum is housed in the old Max Factor Building near the corner of Hollywood and Highland. It’s a great museum and well worth the $12 price of admission. All pictures were taken with a phone which is a first for me.

This is an old cardboard ad I found in the back advertising the opening of the museum.

This is an old cardboard advertisement I found near the back of the building.

This

This “BAD” costume was to the right of the entrance. It was worn by Michael Jackson.

To the left of the entrance was this Superman costume. It looks so simple compared to Batman's costume.

To the left of the entrance was this Superman costume. It looks so simple compared to what Batman wears. Batman’s kind of flashy. I think he wants attention.

I didn't come to see these shoes but they were up near the reception desk.

I didn’t come to see these shoes but they were up near the reception desk.

Are they the most famous shoes ever? Cinderella's slipper would be a close second.

Are they the most famous shoes ever? Cinderella’s slipper would be a close second.

It was hard for me to believe they were real but read that second sentence. Evidently, they are.

It was hard for me to believe they were real but read that second sentence in the last paragraph. Evidently, they are.

On the way to the second floor was this huge Duel in the Sun poster. The movie is over the top but it has Jennifer Jones who I've always liked and Lillian Gish too.

On the way to the second floor was this huge Duel in the Sun poster. The movie is over the top but it has Jennifer Jones, who I’ve always liked, and Lillian Gish who isn’t too bad herself.

This Kiss of Death poster was across from Duel in the Sun. I don't know which on I like better.

This Kiss of Death poster was across from Duel in the Sun. I don’t know which poster I liked better.

This was at the top of the stairs. Ma and Pa Kettle at Home.

This was at the top of the stairs. Ma and Pa Kettle at Home. Marjorie Main was good at this kind of role.

Hanging up on the wall was this photo of James Whale.

Hanging up on the wall was this photo of James Whale.

This was the bio underneath. It's great that he's not forgotten.

Underneath the photo was this bio. It’s great that he’s not forgotten.

I found it odd that a Beverly Hillbillies truck would take up the center of the second floor but I do like that Jethro.

I found it odd that a Beverly Hillbillies truck would take up the center of the second floor but I do like that Jethro. He’s big and dumb. How can you not like him?

Here's a better shot from the front.

Here’s a better shot from the front.

This was sitting on the bumper. Notice the rainbow? Whenever my brother and I talk on the phone and our conversation comes around to Hollywood Lesbians he always recounts the Love Boat episode where Nancy Kulp and Pat Carroll are two spinsters on the Love Boat and how there is a kissing bandit stalking the ship and how Nancy and Pat are afraid the Kissing Bandit will somehow mash them and brother always says,

This was sitting on the Hillbillies’ bumper. Notice the rainbow stripe? Whenever my brother and I talk on the phone and our conversation gets around to Hollywood Lesbians he always recounts the Love Boat episode with Nancy Kulp and Pat Carroll. The two play spinsters on a cruise that’s being terrorizing by a Kissing Bandit. (He grabs women and kisses them.) Nancy and Pat are afraid the Kissing Bandit will grab them and kiss them but my brother always says, “The Kissing Bandit isn’t stupid. He knows he isn’t getting anything out of their stateroom but a kicked butt.”

I like this a lot mainly because I like old Hollywood and Hal Roach is part of that.

This is great. Hal Roach deserved it.

Great Poster and Tyrone Power's outfit.

A very colorful poster and Tyrone Power’s outfit. Tyrone is wonderful in The Razor’s Edge and Nightmare Alley.

This is a great model for the Grand Budapest Hotel.

A model for the Grand Budapest Hotel.

Rocky's robe. This must be from one of the later ones.

Rocky’s robe. This must be from one of the later ones.

Marilyn's Korea-USO dress.

Marilyn’s Korea USO dress and other outfits.

This was in one of the cases.

This was in one of the cases.

They were showing Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

They were showing Pee Wee’s Big Adventure on the second floor in the back.

There was a case on Hal Roach and in it were Laurel and Hardy. I like the fat one.

There was a case on Hal Roach and in it were Laurel and Hardy. I like the fat one.

They had one of Harry Potter's wands.

They had one of Harry Potter’s wands.

Oh, and some Harry Potter costumes.

Oh, and some Harry Potter costumes.

I don't think this movie exist anymore. I think it's lost.

I don’t think this movie exist anymore. I think it’s lost. I wish it wasn’t because I would love to see it.

Okay, I want this. It's so cool.

Okay, this is so cool.

It's something Ramon wore in Ben-hur (1925).

It’s something Ramon wore in Ben-hur (1925).

A close-up on Ramon. I think he's holding in his stomach.

A close-up on Ramon. I think he’s holding in his stomach.

That C3P0 guy from Star Wars.

That C3P0 guy from Star Wars.

I like this movie. Not only does it have Clifton Webb and William Bendix but Mark Stevens and Lucy are pretty good too. I don't know whatever happened to Mark Stevens.

I like this movie. Not only does it have Clifton Webb and William Bendix but Mark Stevens and Lucy are pretty good too. I don’t know whatever happened to Mark Stevens. He should have had a bigger career.

A Judy Garland costume from A Star is Born.

A Judy Garland costume from A Star is Born.

It's a minature of the Lasky-DeMille barn.

It’s a minature of the Lasky-DeMille barn in a room full of autographed photos. The barn was originally at the corner of Selma and Vine. Later, it was moved over to the Cahuenga pass near the Hollywood Bowl. The Lasky barn was where the 1st Hollywood feature length film, The Squaw Man, was filmed in 1914.

This was in an elevator shaft looking up. Music from the musical Chicago was playing in here.

This was in an elevator shaft. Music from the musical Chicago was playing in the background.

Wow! That is some poster. It was on the way downstairs to the horror section.

Wow! That is some poster. It was on the way downstairs to the horror section.

Elvira looks great here.

Elvira looks busty and leggy.

Freddy and Jason.

Freddy and Jason.

This is what the exterior of the building looks like currently.

This is what the exterior of the building looks like currently.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

Survivor

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills had a photo exhibit on the CBS television series Survivor. I have watched every single episode of Survivor since 2000 so I’m definitely a fan. It wasn’t the greatest exhibit that I’ve ever been to but it’s the only exhibit regarding Survivor that I’ve ever heard of or seen. Often people dismiss Survivor with “Is that still on?” Yes, it is and I’m glad Survivor is receiving some respect from the Paley Center.

Here's how they advertised the exhibit.

Here’s how they advertised the exhibit.

That's me, Guillermo Luna, in front of the Survivor logo.

That’s me, Guillermo Luna, in front of the Survivor logo.

There were lots of BIG photographs. Jeff looks good here. I want this photograph for my bedroom wall. Is that too teenage girl-ish?

There were lots of JUMBO photographs. Jeff looks good here. I want this photograph for my bedroom wall.

It seems so long ago but this was the beginning. Rudy is on the right. Richard Hatch is on the left.

It seems so long ago but this was the beginning. Rudy is on the right. Richard Hatch is on the left. Kelly is in the back.

I like this shot because I never thing that there's a crew presence but this shows there is.

I like this shot because I never think there’s a crew presence but this photo shows there is.

I've never been a fan of Rob. His win was an easy win because everyone on his tribe just rolled over and did whatever he said.

I’m not a fan of Rob. His win was an easy win because everyone on his tribe just rolled over and did whatever he said.

That's Mark Burnett next to Jeff Probst. My opinion of Burnett has changed over the years depending on how well I liked each season.

That’s Mark Burnett next to Jeff Probst. My opinion of Burnett changes depending on how well I like a particular season.

A case with torch snuffers.

A case with torch snuffers.

Not the best picture of the currently immunity idol. Entertainment Weekly's Dalton Ross says it looks like a weird Mr. Peanut. I agree. I think his hand is made out of a fork.  This item was laying on it's back in a case with skylights overhead so you'll have to excuse the reflection. Sorry.

The currently immunity idol. Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross says it looks like a weird Mr. Peanut. I agree. I think his hand is made out of a fork. This item was laying on it’s back in a case with skylights overhead so you’ll have to excuse the reflection. Sorry.

Here's another view from the other side. The overhead lights are reflected onto the case. He looks even weirder at this angle.

Here’s another view from the other side. The overhead lights are reflected onto the case. He looks even weirder at this angle.

Some immunity idols from one of the cases. I wanted to hold one because they looked almost plastic.

Some immunity idols from one of the cases. I wanted to hold one because they looked plastic.

The Paley had these banners on the steps that go up to the second floor.

The Paley had these banners on the steps that went to the second floor. Escameca is the name for the Blue Collar Tribe. Everybody’s favorite player, Rodney, is a member of the Blue Collar Tribe. So is Dan who I really like.

I don't know which season these banners are from and I've watched all 30 seasons. It's a blur. A blur.

Masaya is the name for the White Collar Tribe. Max’s tribe. Sorry you went out 4th Max but you’re no Cochran. Who are they going to pixelate now?

The No Collar tribe had creepazoid Vince and Joe (that somebody on-line compared to Malcolm. Which was a bad comparison.)

The No Collar tribe had creepy Vince and Joe with the Fabio hair. Someone online claimed that Joe was the new Malcolm. I don’t think so. (Now, watch Joe win it all.)

More torch snuffers.

More torch snuffers.

One of the best things at the exhibit was a huge television that played the best of Survivor clips. It went on forever. The time when Russell played his idol for Parvatti and then it came down to a vote between him and Tyson and Tyson was evicted; When Brenda demanded at the final tribal council that Dawn take her "bridge" out just to humiliate her. When Eliza played the fake idol given to her by Jason that Ozzy had made. (It was a stick with a face on it.)

One of the most enjoyable things at the exhibit was a huge television that played “best of Survivor” clips. The clips went on for hours (?). Clips I watched included: the time Russell played his idol for Parvatti and then it came down to a vote between him and Tyson and Tyson was evicted; Brenda demanding at the final tribal council that Dawn take her “bridge” out just to humiliate her; Eliza playing the fake idol given to her by Jason that Ozzy made. (It was a stick with a face on it.); Laura and Tina fighting to get back into the game by balancing on a beam while holding up a pot with the other foot and Laura begging Tina to “give it to her” and Tina saying, “No, way sister!”; Sue calling Richard a snake and Kelly a rat; Russell trying to get back into the game after his tribe deliberately lost and Russell “getting emotional” when he didn’t succeed; Kat talking about how “fun and exciting” blindsides are and then getting blindsided; Tony building his spy shack and telling us how he’s going to control the game (when, in reality, he was pretty much alone at that point). I could have stood and watched it all day long. It was the best parts of Survivor played over and over.

The Paley Center for Media also has a library.

The Paley Center for Media also has a library.

I went upstairs to the Paley Library and watched the first episode of Survivor again. Within the first ten minutes of the show Richard was already saying he was going to win and they could write the check already.

I went upstairs to the Library and watched the first episode of Survivor again. Within the show’s first ten minutes Richard was already saying he was going to win and they should just write him the check already. I like Richard very much but sometimes I think he might benefit from some therapy.

After the first episode I watched an event filled in 2001 at the Paley Center. It was filled while season 2 was running. Jeff Probst revealed that he hadn't worked for two years prior to filming. Richard said that when he first heard, "The tribe has spoken" and "Fire represents life" and many of the other Survivor sayings, he thought, "oh, brother" and "how hokey" but now he sees that as perfect.

After the first episode I watched an event from 2001 (?) at the Paley Center. I think Mark Burnett said it was taped while season 2 was running. Jeff Probst revealed that he hadn’t worked for two years prior to filming Survivor. Richard said that when he first heard, “The tribe has spoken” and “Fire represents life” and many of the other Survivor sayings, he thought, “oh, brother” and “how hokey” but now sees them as perfect. Jeff also said when Michael Skupin fell into the fire he thought it was great for the show! Mark Burnett said something about it being terrible and being concerned with everyone’s safety but I didn’t believe him when he said it because there was a glint of happiness in his eye.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

S30 must stand for Survivor 30. My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

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San Francisco

I went up to San Francisco to do some “book readings” at two book events on two different nights.

I took the Coastal Starlight from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

I took the Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Oakland.

I left from Union Station in Los Angeles. Consensus pretty much says this is the last great train station built in the United States. I agree.

I left from Union Station in Los Angeles. Consensus pretty much says this is the last great train station built in the United States. I agree.

We stopped at the Santa Barbara Station for a smoke break. It was a great station right out of the 1920s. Taking the train is like going back in time.

We stopped at the Santa Barbara Station for a smoke break. It was a wonderful station right out of the 1920s. Taking the train is like going back in time.

An hour or so later we stopped for another smoke break here.

An hour or so later we stopped for another smoke break here. This train station needed a good coat of paint but it was still beautiful.

Along this stretch we saw 50 (?) miles of ocean from the train.

Along a 50 (?) mile stretch all we could see out the windows on one side of the train was the Pacific ocean.

It was cool being that close.

It was cool being that close.

I actually debarked at Jack London Square in Oakland. Then took a shuttle bus to San Francisco.

I arrived at Jack London Square in Oakland — then took a shuttle bus to San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO

PALACE OF FINE ARTS

This has to be one of the most beautiful buildings every built and rebuilt.

Since I was going to San Francisco there were a few places I wanted to see and this was number one. This has to be one of the most beautiful buildings ever built and then rebuilt.

We went at the right time of day. The light was just great.

We went at the right time of day. The light was just great.

This building was originally built for the Pan Pacific International Exhibition in 1915.

This building was originally built for the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in 1915.

The architect was Bernard Maybeck.

The architect was Bernard Maybeck.

Bernard Maybeck. This photo is circa 1886 and from a book called Bernard Maybeck: Artisan, Architect, Artist by Kenneth H. Cardwell.

Bernard Maybeck. This photo is circa 1930 and from Pacific Coast Architect.

It's just wonderful.

It’s just wonderful.

Originally built of plaster and wood it was practically collapsing by 1964.

Originally built of plaster and wood it was on the verge of collapse by 1963.

The city of San Francisco wisely rebuilt the entire structure in 1964.

The city of San Francisco wisely rebuilt the entire structure in 1964.

It's an amazing monument. It's only function is to be beautiful.

It’s an amazing monument. It’s only function is to be beautiful.

That's Bob and me. I'm the one slightly out of focus.

That’s Bob and me. I’m the one slightly out of focus. Bob is my number one picture taker and my oldest friend. I’ve known him for more than a quarter of a century so I emailed him and said, “Why don’t you meet me there, we can go and see all these sights together, go to these book “events,” and you can take pictures of ME!” Jeez, I sound big headed when I write this stuff down. I don’t know why he puts up with me or still talks to me.

 THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Uh, it's the Golden Gate Bridge.

Uh, it’s the Golden Gate Bridge. It wasn’t on my to see list but I’m glad I went because it’s spectacular.

This is a plaque on the way to the bridge.

This is a plaque on the way to the bridge. Basically, the plaque says the Bank of America’s founder Amadeo Giannini was the first finance guy who thought the bridge was a good idea. On the plaque he’s shaking hands with the bridge’s engineer.

The engineer of the bridge was Joseph Strauss. This blurb and photo are from a brochure I bought at the bridge's store.

The engineer of the bridge was Joseph Strauss. This blurb and photo are from a brochure I bought at the bridge’s store.

I'm not into selfies but I did take one of myself at the Golden Gate Bridge.

I’m not into selfies but I did take one of myself at the GG Bridge.

This photo was taken before walking across the bridge. That's Alcatraz out there.

This photo was taken before walking across the bridge. That’s Alcatraz out there.

This view is from the bridge itself.

This view is from the bridge itself. You can see the Palace of Fine Arts in the foreground.

I went to the first tower. It was really windy and cold but I forced myself through. (Uh, there's a dark spot on the left side of this picture and the next one. There was a smudge on my camera lens but I'm still using these photos.)

I went to the first tower. It was really windy and cold but I forced myself through.

It's huge. "That's what she said," The Office.

It’s huge. “That’s what she said,” The Office.

A brochure I bought for a $1.

A brochure I bought for a $1.

 COIT TOWER

This is a view of Coit Tower from the Ferry Building from the day before we actually went.

This is a view of Coit Tower (architects: Arthur Brown, Jr. & Henry Howard) from the Ferry Building.

It's not a exceptionally tall building but it does have a presence.

It’s not a exceptionally tall building but it does have a presence. It looks like a government building.

A plaque installed when the building was built.

A plaque from when the building was built.

A plaque from 50 years later.

A plaque from 50 years later.

There are murals throughout the ground floor.

There are murals throughout the ground floor.

wpa mural 2

He’s a surveyor and very WPA.

I think the reason I like these murals so much is because they are WPA.

I think the reason I like these murals so much is because they are WPA.

This is one of my favorites. It seems so common man.

This is one of my favorites. It seems so working class.

He's a big cowboy and he looks moody.

He’s a big cowboy and he looks moody.

I bought this at the gift shop.

I bought this at the gift shop.

BOOKS, INC.

I took this picture about an hour before the event started. It's a real bookstore.

The primary reason I went to San Francisco was to read my short story, Motorcycle Mash-Up, at a book launch. My story was included in an anthology called, Best Gay Romances 2015. I’m not sure why they included my story. My story is bitter, angry and unhappy. What’s that got to do with romance? I took this picture about an hour before the event started. The Bookstore was located at 2275 Market Street in the Castro district.

This was inside the window. There's the book.

This was inside the window. There’s the book.

Felice is doing an introduction.

Felice Picano is doing an introduction.

This guy had a great story and he had a low key delivery.

This guy, Kevin Killian, had a great story (But for the Grace of God, Baby, There Go I) and he had a low key, almost lethargic, delivery. He was quite funny.

Dale Chase is a kind human being. I immediately liked her. I should be more like her.

Dale Chase is a wonderful human being. I immediately liked her. She was reading from her story, Matters of the Heart.

That's me. I wasn't nervous at all but I felt as if everyone had much more experience doing this than I did. I was thrilled to be there though and overwhelmed to be asked.

That’s me. I wasn’t nervous at all but I felt as if everyone else had much more experience doing this. I was thrilled to be there. I felt more like a writer that night than I ever have before or since.

This guy was also very funny. He was very emotional when he read his story.

Daniel M. Jaffe is an experienced storyteller. His story is called The Great Masturbator. 

There was a good crowd.

There was a good crowd.

All the writers read that evening. The night surpassed my expectations.

All these writers read that evening. The night surpassed my expectations. I’m glad I went.

GOOD VIBRATIONS

I didn't like any of the pictures that were taking of me at this event but I like this one. It was an unusual venue.

I didn’t like any of the pictures that were taken of me at this event, Good Vibrations, but I like this one. It’s a little blurry but that just makes me look younger. It was an unusual venue.

There's the book on the counter.

There’s the book on the counter.

This is Felice Picano. He's reading his introduction to the anthology.

Felice is reading his introduction to the anthology.

This guy is funny. He's been published in over 30 anthologies. Wow. I'm impressed.

This guy was humorous. I forget his name. He’s been published in over 30 anthologies. That’s 29 more than me but it’s not a competition, I know. Whatever.

I've know Eric for about a year. He always dresses so nicely and he's slim. I'm slightly envious.

I’ve know Eric Andrew-Katz for about a year. He always dresses so nicely and he’s slim. His story is called The Kingdom of Haeven.

I didn't get to talk to him but his story was interesting.

I didn’t get to talk to Tom Baker but his story, Jury Duty, was interesting. It involved murder. The other authors that read that night were Dale Chase, Daniel M. Jaffe and me.

My story, Motorcycle Mash-Up, is at the link below. You can read the whole thing there. It's got an alternate book cover but it's still the same book.

My story, Motorcycle Mash-Up, is at the link below. You can read the whole thing there. It’s got an alternate book cover but it’s still the same book.

http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2015/02/felice-picano-ed-on-best-gay-romance-2015-excerpt/

The Ferry Building

It was a nice building with restaurants, gift shops and a grocery store.

It was a nice building with restaurants, gift shops and a grocery store. It sits next to the bay.

The story behind the Ferry Building.

The story behind the Ferry Building.

I took this short. I'm going into photography if this writing thing doesn't work out.

I took this shot. I’m going into photography if this writing thing doesn’t work out.

These two birds spent a lot of time squaking at each other. The one on the railing was kind of dirty. He didn't groom himself very well. Maybe, that's what they were talking about? It was obvious that they were friends.

These two birds spent a lot of time squaking at each other. The one on the railing was kind of dirty. He didn’t groom himself very well. Maybe, that’s what they were talking about? It was obvious they were friends.

CABLE CAR

Cable Car safety tips.

Cable Car safety tips.

We went downtown to take a Cable Car. We wanted to get on the Powell/Hayden line because it went the furthest.

We went downtown to take a Cable Car ride. We wanted to get on the Powell/Hyde line because it went the furthest.

My ticket.

My ticket.

We were near the front so we had a pretty good view.

We were near the front so we had a pretty good view.

The gears were ancient.

The gears were ancient.

Look at that ceiling. It must be a hundred years old.

Look at that ceiling. It must be a hundred years old.

Another selfie but this time on a Cable Car. It was a rocky ride so I'm kind of amazed it's focus.

Another selfie but this time on a Cable Car. It was a rocky, jerky ride so I’m amazed it’s in focus.

THE ODD FELLOWS TEMPLE

That's me at the 7th and Market Streets Odd Fellows Temple. It is such a cool building. How this building survived all these years intact is a miracle.

That’s me at the 7th and Market Streets Odd Fellows Temple. It is such a cool building. How this building survived all these years intact is a miracle.

I like God's eye the best followed by the shaking hands.

I like “God’s eye” the best followed by the shaking hands.

The three tenets of the Odd Fellows are Friendship, Love and Truth so I like that Truth is painted on the side of this Odd Fellows building.

The three tenets of the Odd Fellows are Friendship, Love and Truth so it’s appropriate that Truth is painted on the side of their building.

Their entrance. I want to get inside this building. Evidently, Peter Sellers, has created a small Odd Fellows museum inside.

Their entrance. I want to get inside this building. Evidently, Peter Sellers, has created a small Odd Fellows museum inside.

I contacted California Lodge number 1, in advance, because I wanted to visit. They no longer meet at 7th and Market streets (but other lodges do). Instead, they meet in this building. I don't remember the names of everyone I interacted with but Patty, Rose, Tom, Frank and Chris were all extremely friendly when I visited their lodge. The great thing about the Odd Fellows is

I contacted California Lodge no. 1, in advance, because I wanted to visit their lodge. They no longer meet at 7th and Market streets (but other lodges do). Instead, they meet in this building above. I don’t remember the names of everyone I met but Tammy, Rose, Tom, Frank and Chris were all extremely friendly when I visited their lodge. The great thing about being an Odd Fellow is no matter where you go — you always have friends. I’m glad I joined the three links fraternity.

SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY

We didn't have the best WiFi in our motel room but it was at a great location -- 17th and Market Streets. Consequently, we went to the San Francisco Public Library every morning to plan our day. I'm looking at my IPAD there. I hope I'm not looking at pictures of myself.

We didn’t have the best WiFi in our motel room but it was at a great location — 17th and Market Streets. Consequently, we went to the San Francisco Public Library every morning to plan our day. I’m looking at my iPad here. One of the wisest things my publisher had me do was create a website. I never realized how much I would use it. On the other hand, one of the worst things my publisher had me do was create a website. I find myself fixating on it sometimes which is never good.

THE END

Great bag! I bought some post cards at the Golden Gate Bridge store and they put them in it. My book, The Odd Fellows, was published on December 16, 2013.

Great bag! I bought some post cards at the Golden Gate Bridge store and they put them in this bag. I’ve put it in one of my scrap books. My book, The Odd Fellows, was published on December 16, 2013.

Odd Fellows’ Rose Parade Float 2015

The Odd Fellows have had a float in the Rose Parade for years. Since, I became an Odd Fellow in 2014 I decided to help out with the float.

The Odd Fellows have had a float in the Rose Parade for years. Since, I became an Odd Fellow in 2014 I decided to help out with the float.

The building where the decorating took place.

The building where the decorating took place.

This is a rendering of what the float would look like.

This is a rendering of what the float would look like.

Here are some initial photographs I took.

Here are some initial photographs I took.

The eagle at the front of the float.

The eagle at the front of the float is cool.

I like this Wounded Warrior symbol.

I like this Wounded Warrior symbol.

Cathy is applying white rice (?) to the Odd Fellows sign. It's cold in the building.

Cathy is applying white rice (?) to the Odd Fellows sign. It’s cold in the building.

Working on the eagle.

Working on the eagle.

A volunteer applies seeds.

A volunteer applies seeds.

Here I am adhering cut beans to some yellow leaves. I told the girl who took the picture to “get what I’m doing.” Unfortunately, she didn’t get a lot of my face but you can tell it’s me from my Van Dyke.

Here I am adhering cut beans to some jumbo yellow leaves. I told the girl who took the picture to “get what I’m doing.” Unfortunately, she didn’t get a lot of my face but you can tell it’s me from my Van Dyke.

Here I am working on a Rose with Dian. What I'm doing is putting glue on the rose structure and then applying cut flower petals (which have been blended by Mel) to the rose form with the aid of a sponge. The cut and blended flower petals are in the box in the foreground.

I’m working on a rose with Dian. What I’m doing is putting glue on the rose structure and then applying cut flower petals (which have been blended by Mel) to the rose form with the aid of a sponge. The cut and blended flower petals are in the box in the foreground.

Another angle on my rose work.

Another angle on my rose work.

Okay, I'm cutting flowers. Now, I want to mention that my brother,cliff,  once told me that when he dies he wants to come back as a robin. He says that if he dies before me whenever I go outside and see a robin -- that will be him. I like that. If I come back I want to come back as a ginormous, manly teamster. I say that because I included this photograph because I look like I'm one apple-tini away from donning sequinned short-short and joining a Liberace revue.  Ugh, I look like a goofball but that's who I am.

Okay, I’m cutting flowers. Now, I want to mention that my brother, Cliff, once told me that when he dies he wants to come back as a cardinal. He says that if he dies before me whenever I go outside and see a cardinal — that will be him. I like that. If I come back I want to come back as a Teamster. I say that because in this photograph I look like I’m one apple-tini away from donning sequinned short-shorts and joining a Liberace revue. This photo’s redeeming value is that it makes me laugh. That’s why I’m using it.