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Sinai Temple on New Hampshire
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Schultheis, Herman
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
[ca. 1938]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Title supplied by cataloger.; Herman J. Schultheis was born in Aachen, Germany in 1900, and immigrated to the United States in the mid-1920s after obtaining a Ph.D. in mechanical and electrical engineering. He married Ethel Wisloh in 1936, and the pair moved to Los Angeles the following year. He worked in the film industry from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, most notably on the animated features Fantasia and Pinocchio. His detailed notebook, documenting the special effects for Fantasia, is the subject of a 14-minute short-subject included on the film's DVD. In 1949, he started employment with Librascope as a patent engineer. Schultheis was an avid amateur photographer who traveled the world with his cameras. It was on one of these photographic exhibitions in 1955 that he disappeared in the jungles of Guatemala. His remains were discovered 18 months later. The digitized portion of this collection represents the images Schultheis took of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities after he relocated to the area in 1937.
Sinai Temple was the first conservative congregation in Southern California, established in 1906. For nearly 20 years, the temple was located at 12th and Valencia Streets. Architect S. Tilden Norton designed a new synagogue located at 401 South New Hampshire Avenue. Services were held in the 1,400-seat structure from 1925 to 1960. This building was declared Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 91 in 1971. The building became the Korean Philadelphia Presbyterian Church after the synagogue moved to 10400 Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood.
View of the arched facade of the Sinai Temple from a park across the street. This park is now a parking lot.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-196 8x10
Sinai Temple (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Synagogues--California--Los Angeles
Architecture--California--Los Angeles--Mediterranean influences
Parks--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
New Hampshire Avenue (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Norton, S. Tilden

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