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Second Montebello High School
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
Circa 1938
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.
Architect A. C. Smith designed the first 1909 Mission Revival style Montebello High School, which was located on the Southwest corner of Whittier and Cedar. This building has been demolished and the streets reconfigured. Architects Jeffrey and Schafer designed the second 1925 Italian Renaissance style Montebello High School, located at 1600 West Whittier Boulevard, which featured a multicolored brick technique created specially for the project. The building was converted to a Junior High School in the late 1930s when architect Theodore C. Kistner designed a new high school located at 2100 Cleveland Avenue. The Italianate Junior High was demolished in 1971 because it did not meet earthquake safety standards, and new buildings were built in the same location.
This view of the Montebello High School facade is taken from across a wide lawn. Although the bricks seem to be different shades, the multicolor effect can't be captured in this black and white image.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-008-541 8x10
Montebello High School (Montebello, Calif.)
High schools--California--Montebello
High school buildings--California--Montebello
Architecture--California--Montebello--Italian influences
Lost architecture--California--Montebello
Montebello (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Jeffrey & Schafer

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