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Nostalgic bow
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Valley Times Photo Collection
Rothschild Photo
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Arnold Foerster's, "Beethoven," was dedicated in 1932 to William Andrews Clark, Jr., the founder of the Philharmonic Orchestra. It was given to him by the orchestra members in gratitude for his generous financial support. Originally the orchestra members wanted the memorial to be made in Clark's likeness, but Clark asked that the memorial be made of his favorite composer instead. The statue of Beethoven was placed on the Fifth Street side of Pershing Square, to face the Philharmonic Auditorium where the orchestra performed from 1919 until 1964 when the auditorium was closed and the Philharmonic Orchestra moved to the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion. In 1994, after major renovation of Pershing Square, the statue was placed on the northeast corner, "Historic Court," of the park and aligned to face the site where the Philharmonic Auditorium once stood, having been demolished in 1985. A parking lot was built in the auditorium's place.
Photograph caption dated November 4, 1964 reads, "The head of Ludwig Van Beethoven appears to hang a bit lower with news of the closing of Philharmonic Auditorium, background, as an entertainment center. Actually, the statue was removed from its position when renovation of Pershing Square began a few weeks ago. The famed hall will become a full time church. Beethoven's fate is still uncertain."
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Beethoven, Ludwig van,--1770-1827--Statues
Philharmonic Auditorium (Organization : Los Angeles, Calif.)
Auditoriums--California--Los Angeles
Statues--California--Los Angeles
Memorials--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Storefronts--California--Los Angeles
Parks--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Fifth Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Pershing Square (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs
Foerster, Arnold

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