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Tidewater Oil Co., Los Angeles, looking northeast
Alternative Title
Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Photo Collection
Kelly, Howard D
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1958
Publication Information
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The white marble office building housed the headquarters for Getty Oil and came to be known as the Harbor Building. Prior to its construction, the lot had been occupied by an expansive estate, built in 1926 for William Jenkins, which served as the home of aging Hollywood star Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder's film "Sunset Boulevard."; Built in 1926 by Edward B. Rust and Luther Mayo in a Mission Revival style, the Los Altos Apartments were originally developed as a "co-op", but went bankrupt during the Great Depression. It is rumored that William Randolph Hearst once kept his mistress, actress Marion Davies, in the penthouse apartment. Other Hollywood stars also rumored to have stayed at the famed hotel include Bette Davis, Mae West, Judy Garland and Loretta Young, among others. In 1999, Los Altos received a design award from the California Preservation Foundation, it was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1999 - Building #99000765; it is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #311.
Aerial view of the Tidewater Oil Co. building, located at 4201 Wilshire Boulevard; view is looking northeast. Wilshire Boulevard diagonally at lower right; Crenshaw Boulevard peeks up at bottom right. The street paralleling Wilshire diagonally at top is 6th Street. The architects for Tidewater Oil Co. are Claude Beelman and Associates; with Bethlehem Pacific - steel frame fabricators and builders; and C.L. Peck Construction and Realty Co. - general contractors. Right of center are the Los Altos Apartments and lower right is a circular drive-in restaurant. Photograph was taken for Pioneer Flintkote in 1958.
1 color negative :safety ;10 x 13 cm.
Photographic safety negatives
Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Collection
KH 233 C-1
Los Altos Apartments (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Harbor Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Tide Water Oil Company
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Dwellings--California--Los Angeles
Apartments--California--Los Angeles
Apartment houses--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Restaurants--California--Los Angeles
Drive-in restaurants--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Church buildings--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Architecture, Domestic--California--Los Angeles--Spanish influences
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Hancock Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hancock Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Aerial views
Crenshaw Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Aerial photographs
Rust, Edward B
Mayo, Luther

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