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View of MacArthur Park looking west
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.
Westlake Park was built in the 1880s as a reservoir connected to the city's systems of zanjas (trenches). When the city abandoned the zanja system for a pressurized pipe system, smaller reservoirs were converted into parks. By the 1890s, the park was a vacation destination surrounded by luxury hotels. MacArthur Park, renamed in honor of General Douglas MacArthur, is Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #100.; Richard M. Bates, Jr. designed the1926 Westlake Theatre (636 South Alvarado Street) in the Spanish Baroque-style. In 1935 S. Charles Lee remodeled the theater, which is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #546.; Architect Claude Beelman designed the 1924 Gothic revival style Elk's Lodge No. 99, (607 South Park View Street) which later became the Park Plaza Hotel and is Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #267.
This view of MacArthur Park looking west includes the Westlake Theater (lower right corner), Wilshire Boulevard curving off around the lake (left), and the Park Plaza Hotel (high-rise with the arched doorway across the park).
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-008-383 8x10
Westlake Theatre (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Elks (Fraternal order).--Lodge No. 99 (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Parks--California--Westlake (Los Angeles)
Urban lakes--California--Westlake (Los Angeles)
Motion picture theaters--California--Westlake (Los Angeles)
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Westlake (Los Angeles)
Mountains--California, Southern
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Alvarado Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
MacArthur Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Westlake (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Panoramic views
Schultheis Collection photographs
Beelman, Claude,1883-1963
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