Saturday, May 21, 2016
Today I have two vintage slides (undated, but perhaps from the late 1950's, or even the early 1960's).
Los Angeles' City Hall is a real landmark... built in 1928, City Hall was the tallest building in downtown L.A. (by law) until 1964, at 453 feet high. I showed this slide to my pal Rich W., and he chimed in with this helpful info:
"This is a wonderful photo! It's looking SE on 1st Street - - that's 1st and Hill in the lower center. Yes, that dirty building to the left (the one with the peaked roof) was the old Hall of Records. It's long gone - along with the law building and the handsome big building in the right-center (I think it was the State building). At left where the black statue with raised hands is would be the Courts buildings that were finished in the late 1950's."
He continued: "In trying to date this photo I think the medium blue car (parked just in front of the orange car) along 1st St. is the newest model - and I don't know what it is. Without that blue car I would say that this is about 1958 - but something tells me the car could be 1959 or '60. The photographer was standing up by Olive St. where demolition was taking place".
Here's another shot from the same batch; clearly the photographer climbed up that hill a bit further. Love the Pheonix palm tree! I tried to get some screen grabs to show what the area looks like today, but there are so many tall buildings that it was impossible.
Of course many of you know that City Hall was destroyed by a Martian heat ray in 1953. Fortunately it was quickly rebuilt!