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Pepperdine Mansion, West Adams
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. 1937]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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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.
George Pepperdine, for whom Pepperdine University is named, made his fortune in an automotive supply business. He and his wife, Lena, built this large home, but did not live there together long. Only one other family lived in the home before it was sold to Holman United Methodist Church in 1951. The church razed the structure and replaced it with a new sanctuary in 1958.
Exterior of a two-story Spanish Colonial Revival home located at 3320 West Adams Boulevard.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-005-018 8x10
Pepperdine, George--Homes and haunts
Pepperdine Mansion (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Dwellings--California--West Adams (Los Angeles)
Mansions--California--West Adams (Los Angeles)
Lawns--California--Los Angeles
Architecture, Domestic--California--West Adams (Los Angeles)--Spanish influences
Lost architecture--California--West Adams (Los Angeles)
Adams Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
West Adams (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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